I don't know about you, but there are some questions that I get asked a lot. They seem to always come up in conversations with people upon first meeting, or even with those who I have known for a while. Here goes:
1. What do you start with when you make jewelry?
For those of you who have been reading the blog for a while, you know that I am a jeweler. When I tell people what I do for a living, they are typically intrigued because they don't know much about how jewelry is actually made. They almost always ask me about the materials I use and how I order them.
"What does the metal look like?"
"Is it a big bar of sterling silver that you melt down?"
Well, I order sterling silver and gold mill products. I typically buy sheets and wires that look like this:
There are endless varieties of precious metal mill products you can choose from, so I order what is most appropriate for the project at hand. Do I know how to melt scrap metal and mill it into a sheet or wire? Yes, and sometimes I do it myself. However it's typically much faster if I just order the metal already milled in the form I need.
For example, when I made my friend Laura's wedding ring, I ordered 18k gold sheet metal. With several sessions of cutting, shaping, soldering, filing, sanding, hammering, stone setting, and polishing, I transformed flat sheets of gold into a beautiful ring that Laura will wear forever.
2. You live alone. Do you cook a lot?
I try to cook once or twice a week. I prefer making a lot of something and then having leftovers for a day or two, so I don't have to cook every night. In the winter, I usually make a big pot of soup once a week. In the summer, it's typically a salad. My favorite salad of the moment is a kale and cabbage combo:
Kale (make sure to massage so it's nice and tender!)
Chopped green onion
Dry Ramen noodles (throw out the seasoning packet and break up the noodles into small pieces)
Salt and pepper
Dress with olive oil and red wine vinegar
(Optional: Add any other veggie goodness you like... I prefer tomatoes and cucumbers)
Simple right? I will make a big bowl of the kale, cabbage, and onion and keep that in the fridge. When I am ready to eat I will pull out as much as I need, then add the almonds and Ramen, and dressing. I usually make enough to last for two large dinner salads and a smaller one for lunch.
3. You love to run. How far do you typically go?
Right now, a standard run for me is 3 miles. I like to add in a longer run about once a week. Usually that is 5 miles. However, since Abby and I are running a half marathon in November, those distances are going to start increasing in the future!
I really love to track my runs with an app called Runkeeper. Runkeeper records your time, milage, and elevation change, so it's a great way to see how you are progressing. It allows you to rate how you feel during each run and make any notes you feel important, such as weather conditions. There is a paid version that will provide even more detailed statistics, but I have found the free version to be great. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to run!
Thanks for reading!