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My Bench: David Murphy

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
DAVID MURPHY says that the key to success is to be patient and listen, believe in your ability and never be afraid to learn or try something new.
DAVID MURPHY


Works at: David Murphy Jewellers

Age: 57

Years in trade: 40 years

Training: Apprenticeship

Other qualifications: Ringcraft Jewellers in 1978.

Favourite gemstone:

Ceylon sapphire. Blue is my favourite colour and these stones come in a great range of blue.

Favourite metal:

Wax can create a lot of pieces in all shapes and sizes. It is easy to alter if you make a mistake and there is not a lot of waste. I also love 18-carat yellow gold. It is the easiest metal of all for cleaning after soldering and polishing.

Favourite tool:

A saw frame; it can take a lot of metal in one go. I always loved saw piercing and still have a piece I did in TAFE from over 38 years ago.

Best part of job:

Seeing the finished piece all polished up ready to go, then the reaction of the customer when they collect it.

Best tip from a jeweller:

Watch and learn what you’re being taught and try to replicate it.

Best tip to a jeweller:

Be patient and listen, believe in your ability and never be afraid to learn or try something new.

Biggest health concern on the bench:

That my eyes will still able to stand up to the rigours of the trade. I have to focus for long periods of time.

Love jewellery because:

There so many facets to it and every jeweller has their own style and understanding of it.

My bench is always:

Messy; I try to clean at least two or three times a year, then promise myself to keep it that way.

 

 

 



















Sunday, 16 December, 2018 07:12am
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