My previous involvement with the jewelry industry was creating the designs for my Zebra and Company line, this was fun and allowed me to not only learn a great deal about the design and manufacture process, but gave me the opportunity to assemble some truly gorgeous pieces. But I always felt that there was a piece missing, the actual physical act of forming raw materials.
Of course, since the Mexican Gallery time I have dabbled with building jewelry pieces from purchased components and have been passionate about both raw and polished gems but did not really have the ability to meld metal beyond using wire-work to build some lovely pieces. Then I found the small glass fusing microwave kiln that I had purchased years ago and fooled around with the bits of glass that came with the kit with some satisfaction, then I remembered precious metal clay! Now I own a big kiln and a selection of silver, bronze, copper and gold clay and my long-stored collection of gems is coming into its own!