Why “Adventures of An Aspiring Silversmith”?

I have only just discovered working with silver and making jewelry, and I enjoy reading many of the other blogs here at Ganoksin, but I thought that it would be nice to have one that follows the beginner through the process (I am teaching myself) of success, failure, what works and what does not, classes I am taking and lusting after more tools!


I am an Engineer by schooling (B.S. Engineering, M.S. Manufacturing Management), though since I was a small child I have had a natural ability to see how to put to things together. This is my first career and worked as a manufacturing engineer for over 10 years.

I am a Software Engineer by choice. I have been working as a software engineer for the past 15+ years and this is my second career.

I aspire to be a silversmith. This will be hopefully be my third career.

I currently live in California with my sweetie-pie husband (a.k.a ‘the e-man’), and Boots the cat, who adopted us.

Other Interests

  • Reading, I suck down books.
  • Sewing, and that includes clothing, quilts, anything with fabric. Vintage Kimono silk is my favorite
  • Sci-Fi which is any book, movie, tv show. If it is Star Trek – I am there (yes, I even sewed my own uniform). Unlike most girls, it was Scotty that was my hero.
  • Rock Hunting.
  • Lapidary work – I can make a mean cab but don’t know how to facet – yet!
  • History and ancient machines including the Trebuchet, and any kind of sword.


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Stacie Williams June 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Hey LJ I was just reading thru your blog. I also belong to a R & G club where I learned to cab on a genie. But wanted to be able to cab at home so I’ve recently purchased an Inland Flat Lap. When you have a chance could we talk about the differences? I’m getting loads of flat spots on the flat lap & before discouragement sets in……I’m looking for some pearls of flat lap wisdom! Thanks in advance.

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