Often, when I start chatting with people on the train, at the building where I am staying or in a coffee shop, they are surprised that I am studying jewelry. This morning, a man at my brother's condo said, "You made that? You bought the loops and put it together?" "No," I said, "It's made out of wire. I built it. I cut the wire, made the loops, and soldered each one."
I don't know if he more surprised that jewelry can be hand built or that people are still doing it, still striving to learn the classic skills. But he seemed pretty impressed.
Here's the bracelet. I made it from a piece of wire.