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    Default Hi from Deepest Darkest Dorset!

    After 10 years of doing nothing following an almost fatal fight with an 18 ton truck, I came to smithing almost by chance. I visited Flux 'n' Flame Jewellery School, a local school run by Jesa & Al Marshall, during Dorset Arts Week & became a student in Jan 2013. I'm now a silver addict with a small workshop at home, have just sent off my first batch to be hallmarked & have a small website. That said, I have days when nothing goes right & I know that have so much to learn. Feel free to call me Mel or CiH. I hope my name doesn't offend but I embrace my disabilities, they are what I am not who I am, but part of me nonetheless.

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    Hi Mel - I admit, I twitched when I saw the username; I've slopey-shouldered the responsibility of deciding how much it may offend people
    Jesa & Al are great people, both excellent teachers and the facility they have is fantastic.

    So what do you make?

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    Hi Mel from me. If you have a disability you can call it what you like and stuff what people think! You could have been crippled by heels like most women. Looking forward to seeing your work

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    I guess my use of the C word is a defence mechanism, but if it does offend of course I'd change it. Thank you Caroline ^_^

    I'm solely making jewellery. Mainly just silver with some stone setting & antique spoon/sugar tong jewellery. Trying to get the get-up-&-go to set some of my stupidly large collection as I'm selling at two events locally over the Summer. Yes the Marshall's are wonderful, very encouraging & great teachers. I've also done an etching course & I now use a lot of it in my work.

    How do I attach my website address to my profile/posts?

    Thank you both for the welcome

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    Welcome to the forum Mel. There's loads of wonderful people on here who are full of great advice, I'd be lost without this forum for sure!
    Your name didn't offend - in fact I find it inspiring how you've managed to come through such an awful experience and have a good attitude about it. If anyone's offended - that's their problem xx
    Sian Williamson

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    Hi Keia & thank you. I have looked on here for information several times but only recently registered. I use books and videos, blogs, vlogs & Pinterest to find information, so I'm sure this forum will become indispensable to me very quickly. I grew up being told "There's no such thing as too much knowledge." & have lived by that so I'm part self-taught.
    Re my disability - being bitter and angry is ok for a while, but letting it define you is the quickest way to being alone. So I slap on the lippy, a smile & heels (by necessity). If you can't laugh you're sunk.
    Right, off to get my back tattoo finished.......... x


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cripple in Heels View Post
    I guess my use of the C word is a defence mechanism, but if it does offend of course I'd change it.
    Ach, I'm not bothered either way, personally. But I only speak for me

    I'm solely making jewellery. Mainly just silver with some stone setting & antique spoon/sugar tong jewellery. Trying to get the get-up-&-go to set some of my stupidly large collection as I'm selling at two events locally over the Summer. Yes the Marshall's are wonderful, very encouraging & great teachers. I've also done an etching course & I now use a lot of it in my work.
    Hmm, should I be doing the recruitment drive for the ACJ Wessex group? Nah, I'll leave you in peace on that one for now...

    How do I attach my website address to my profile/posts?
    If you edit your signature block, that should do it - although there's a block on posting URLs until new members have 5 posts to deter spammers. A bit.

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    Thinking about it, I know a few men who have been temporarily crippled by heels too.
    Some of them deserved it.

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    1. Good!
    2. ACJ Wessex? I'll come back to you on that......
    3. I'll try that & cross my fingers.
    4. Heeheehee! Me too & Eddie Izzard is my role model 😄

    Thanks so much again x


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    I'd been thinking more of being trodden on than wearing outsize heels.

    ACJW - https://www.facebook.com/acjwessex
    (Although I think you already found us!)

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