View Poll Results: Where did you get your skills?

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  • Self Taught only

    29 37.18%
  • Self taught and the odd short course

    30 38.46%
  • Series of longer courses but no qualification

    5 6.41%
  • FE qualification (A Level, OND etc)

    0 0%
  • HE qualification (HND, Degree etc)

    4 5.13%
  • Apprenticeship

    5 6.41%
  • Self Taught then Qualification

    0 0%
  • Self Taught then Apprenticeship

    1 1.28%
  • Natural talent from birth

    2 2.56%
  • something else (please say)

    2 2.56%
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Thread: self taught, apprenticed, night school or degree trained?

  1. #21
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    I'm self taught on the jewellery side of things, albeit with a fair bit of help and advice from people on here. I did have a bit of a head start in that I was a qualified engineer and reasonably experienced fabricator before I started on jewellery, so at least the basic notion of manipulating materials and making stuff from scratch wasn't new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemsetterchris View Post
    Taking a lesson wether a short specific course or a long apprenticeship will get you on the right track fast..but...It's a long trip from there on.
    Experience & practical doing has no shortcuts..to be able to overcome or avoid every obstacle you come across takes a while.

    Nowadays with the new tools available & the internet, It's so easy to get the basic idea & result..you just need a shed load of practicing with different projects & It's very important to make mistakes, because you can't master something without making a few & learning from them
    not true. As you can see from the pole, MzG emerged as a fully functional maker

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    Quote Originally Posted by medusa View Post
    not true. As you can see from the pole, MzG emerged as a fully functional maker
    Only because none of the others quite fitted!!
    (and, of course, very much tongue in cheek....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Only because none of the others quite fitted!!
    (and, of course, very much tongue in cheek....)
    I've have this bizarre image of your mother as a kind of durston rolling mill squeezing you out with pliers in hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by medusa View Post
    I've have this bizarre image of your mother as a kind of durston rolling mill squeezing you out with pliers in hand
    If you ever met my mother, you'd know just how very bizarre this is

    I did, however, acquire my first pliers as a toddler...

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    I bought my first pliers from Woolworth as a boy and still use them. My school was banned from Woolworth as they were renowned for stealing things. I never did though no.

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    Think all my pliers are pretty recent, although one of my files does have a long and proud history behind it

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  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    My school was banned from Woolworth as they were renowned for stealing things. I never did though no.
    The first time I ever saw anyone steal something was as a young boy in Woolworths, in probably 1968-9. Two boys were filling their pockets with sweets while the assistant was looking the other way. One reason Woolworths were so vulnerable to petty theft from schoolchildren was that they used to have their sweets piled high in great big (glass?) display boxes ranged in tiers. They looked fantastic, and clearly the temptation was too much for some.

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    I have had help from here, books and videos and a couple of courses on stone setting (14 days ish worth) and a focus course on mechanical movement in making jewellery, although jewellery really was not really accurate with the end results. If I had found this sooner, I would have gone for formal schooling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    If you ever met my mother, you'd know just how very bizarre this is

    I'm so glad you took that with the humour intended. I almost deleted it. I also suspect I'm just projecting about my own mother

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallace View Post
    . If I had found this sooner, I would have gone for formal schooling.
    same here. I am intending to get better next year but I'm starting to get pushed into academia a bit more. I'm not too sure where I'm going to go. I need a careers advisor. Preferably one who won't tell me I should consider nursing because my spelling is too bad to be a secretary.
    Last edited by medusa; 20-09-2014 at 06:19 PM. Reason: messed up me quotes

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