Thanks for visiting my website. I started
creating metal sculptures at the age of 16 in an automotive
recycling yard using old auto parts. Over the years I've dabbled in
functional art using objects at hand.
David Lee Smith, MCSE
This was the greatest class and instructor
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident
enough to help a couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my
projects, and although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them,
and will now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the
techniques I learned with some enameling techniques.
Class review by Miranda Ackerley
This is the perfect class for anyone wanting to learn how to be a successful silversmith, whether for yourself or your business. Iíve taken a silversmithing class before, but was unable to continue making silversmithing pieces because of how expensive the supplies were. Therefore, I was most impressed by how affordable the tools and supplies used in this silversmithing class were. Unlike other silversmithing classes, Dave taught me how to use supplies that are less expensive and donít require their own room to keep from burning my house down. After the class, I was able to purchase the supplies and set up an area on my kitchen table to work without spending a small fortune. I think Dave can make any unsure beginner feel like an expert, and I left with the confidence to make beautiful pendants on my own.
Class Review By Alexis Brown
Just a note to thank you again for the great Intro to Silversmithing class. I learned so much in the 2 short days... and you gave me such a renewed appreciation for Southwestern jewelry. I have a large collection of Native American jewelry that I have collected for many years... just looking at those pieces now, and realizing what is involved to create these pieces... well, I'm in awe!.
Dave Smithís Beginning Silversmithing class was AWESOME! Two days of nonstop education. Dave is very organized, patient and entertaining. He took time to help each person individually while keeping the rest of the class working too. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better while instilling confidence in what you are doing. I am quite impressed with my project pieces and can't wait for the advanced class. I have been making and selling beaded jewelry for about 4 years and while I love the creative aspect, I havenít really found my Ďnitchí. Until now! Thanks Dave,
Hi Dave, I just wanted to thank you again
for the Silversmithing class you taught at Beadoholique in Spring,
Texas. I had a great time and FINALLY learned to solder without
being scared of it. I am quite happy with my piece and enjoyed your
way of teaching. I too teach jewelry classes and I'm a fine silver
snob!! There's nothing like it although I am told gold is wonderful
to work with but too rich for my 'not very deep' pockets! Thanks
again and I hope to be in another one of your classes somewhere in
Hi Dave, I was in your class at Argenta Bead Company this past September. After your class I took another beginner silversmith class because a pendant, ring and possibly a bracelet was to be taught and I wanted more practice and knew I'd probably get to learn different techniques with silversmithing. So far the class has only worked on a ring. I am very thankful I found your class because this class is more of a craft class. I got to experience an acetylene torch, saw, warm pickle and paste flux (I prefer your method for flux & pickle) but it has been very frustrating and illogical with some procedures. Many students have had to re-solder pieces because the instructor did not do a good job at showing how to manipulate the solder with heat. Because you made us watch twice how solder follows heat I was able to save my solder when it balled up on the inside of my ring connection. Very proud moment for me because I was in a state of panic. There is much more I can point out but it would be a book. If I hadn't found your class and took just this other one I would have given up on making jewelry, and I want this to be a business. So thank you for sharing your skills and experience. I hope to take another class from you some day.
This was so much more than a soldering class. I went home and created jewelry for my wife and kids. They love it!
OMG! I am so looking forward to the advanced silversmithing class. I am the only student at my school who is making their own sterling body art.
I tried learning in on-line silversmithing classes but there just wasn't enough detail about how to solder a bezel or how to handle the problems I was having. Dave covered all that in class. My comfort level is enough now that I plan to start selling as soon as I get enough pieces created.
Eddie F., November 20, 2013
Devon C., June 15, 2013
Marty C. October 12, 2013
Dave, I wish I had bought your videos first. I was ready to give up. I spent over $1500 online for videos, tools and materials and spent 20 hours trying to do what a bunch of people on you tube told me to. I failed every time. After seeing your videos I realized that my torch was way to hot and was causing me to melt everything. I especially liked the way you showed me how to control the solder flow. I thought the projects would be redundant with so many pieces that looked similar, but your method of introducing a little more information on each one was very helpful. I have already used several of the tips and tricks and made a few of the bonus projects.
Judy S., July 21 2013
I have been selling beaded
jewelry at craft fairs for the last three years. Some of the little
shows have had as many as ten booths out of thirty that are also
selling beaded jewelry and many of them the Chinese stuff that looks
very much like mine. I wanted to expand into some of the more upper
scale shows but didn't feel like my beaded pieces would be enough. I
got your videos and WOW! I was making beautiful professional quality
rings and pendants in less than a week and even sold one to my
neighbor before it was finished. I have never felt like I could
learn something like this from a video. Thanks so much, Judy
How to Make Money Selling Your
Jewelry Creations Seminar Reviews
Julie F., North Bend, OR February 21, 2010
Wow! What a class. I have been fiddling around trying to sell my jewelry for the last couple of years. I was pretty disappointed with my profit to work ratio. Your talk about raising the price of my pieces was really hard to swallow when I wasn't selling them very often and at barley what it cost me to make them. So I figured "What do I have to lose"! It really worked I upped the price by three times what I had been asking and sold more in one day than I had sold all year. Thank you so much.
Sally G., Sacramento, CA July 15. 2010
Thanks for doing this seminar. I have applied several of your suggestions and set up fundamental rules like you suggested and it has effected my whole like, especially the pleasure I get from making and selling my jewelry. I found my niche and am selling consistently.
Darleen K., Warsaw, IN August 15, 2010
Dave! I am mad at you! I used your tools and started selling so much that my husband now expects me to make money regularly. No seriously, I only implemented a few of the things you taught me in class and it changed the way my jewelry business was heading. My time is so much more productive than it used to be. Thank you.
Marty C. October 12, 2013
Sorry I am getting this response to your question "How are things going" back to you so late, a little over three years now. When I attended your seminar I was Gung Ho to go back home and really pursue selling my creations. Life got really in the way. my cancer, my husbands passing, my daughters wedding and about a dozen other things. When I retired this year I picked up the workbook and CD I got in class and started back through it. I got Gung Ho again and started doing what I learned. I now have a great business and extra income to augment my retirement.
Connie P., May 1 2010
I found my niche! You
helped me focus my efforts and get what my time is worth. I now pay
for my supplies and keep a little extra. The seminar was great and I
am anxious to take more classes with you. Thank you David!