Subject: Faceting Academy: Barion Square & 3 Reasons Artists Fail


For April, we're highlighting a classic Barion Square design based on Watermeyer’s original.

I've tweaked it into a CAM to make it faster and easier to cut. As square Barions go, it’s a great performer and not too deep.

It’s a good design to work with for learning to float your meets into nice sharp points.
I've posted a video detailing how to sequence the design and some tips on getting it right. I hope you enjoy.

And, if you cut the design and send a photo, I may feature your work (and a link to it if you want) in a future newsletter. It's like a faceting competition you can join at any time!


We're coming to the deadline to grab your seat in the Faceting Academy, Scotland event. We can't take registrations after this Friday. So, if you're serious about learning faceting in Europe this year, GRAB YOUR SEAT NOW.

EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE HERE for the event to be held June 5-13. The exact schedule is posted on the Academy Events page.

There are only a few seats in this special event. Make sure you are in one of them.

Someone told me they think there are three main reasons why artists fail.

The first reason, they said is "not enough practice".

The problem with that is that practice does NOT make perfect - unless it's perfect practice. It doesn't matter how many hours a person practices things that aren't efficient - or maybe don't work well at all. That will only entrench patterns that drag against the success that's trying to grow.

And, finding the "best practices" on one's own can take YEARS. I know this from having done it myself.

The second reason, they said was "lack of knowledge".

Success as an artist doesn't mean just the ability to complete a piece of work. It means being able to complete work with consistent results. It means being able to do that efficiently enough that you can keep up with everything else.

And, what's that "everything else"? Sourcing materials, networking with suppliers, marketing, delivery, shows, bookkeeping - everything - including cleaning the tools, and sweeping the floor. Each of these things involves a need for special skills. And, learning how to manage the other stuff efficiently can also take YEARS for those who go it on their own.

The third reason, they told me was "FEAR".

Some people think upwards of 75% of artists give up - or never even pursue their passion.

If you find yourself procrastinating or distracting yourself with peripheral nonsense, you're probably suffering the FEAR. It leads us to anything that will let us avoid the moment of judgment - because people are naturally afraid of rejection.

And, learning to deal with that FEAR effectively can take YEARS - for those who get past it at all. Others may eventually just quit rather than continuing to face it.

What's great about this?

The great thing about this is there's only THREE things between someone with a passion - and the realization of that passion. And, the great thing about that is ONE thing can deal with all of them: QUALITY TRAINING.

There's a reason we have the expression "best practices": Nothing makes practice more useful - so accelerates progress faster - than perfecting the practice itself. And, the easiest way to do that is with quality training.

The fastest way to gain knowledge is also through quality training. And, one of the best ways to keep it going is to join a strong network of other successful professionals, each with their own solid base of both experience and professional training.

And, the best remedy for fear is confidence - the confidence that comes from knowing you are following best practices, from having your work critiqued, and from having a solid network of fellow artists supporting you.
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever has. For the love of god, don’t let it kill yours too".

This is why I founded the Faceting Academy. This is why Academy alumni are demonstrating success everywhere from their local area to Tucson. And, this is why, if you're serious about taking the brakes off your faceting career, you may want to consider training with us and joining our graduates' network.

Faceting Academy Basic Training,  in Oregon, USA is open for registration.

To maintain high-quality, hands-on, personal attention, my events have a LIMIT OF TEN students.

We usually do two events in the USA per year, but due to our event in Scotland, there's ONLY ONE EVENT IN THE USA THIS YEAR.



EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE HERE for the event to be held September 1-9. The exact schedule is posted on the Academy Events page.

If you are ready to take the brakes off your faceting with us at the International Faceting Academy home base - just a few hours from the Oregon Sunstone mines - grab a seat while you still can.


Summer is upon us, and my studio is slammed-busy cranking out custom jewelry and commission work as fast as possible.

When things get like that - or if you're just really loving faceting and spending long hours in the studio, you may not notice the hours passing. (I know I don't.)

When I get into something new - a design - or writing on the upcoming book on faceting - I may work for more than six hours without moving.

And, this isn't a good thing.

Last week, I worked at 21 hour day (6:30 AM to 3:00 AM the following morning). I was doing computer work, and loving the new standing desk I got from
these guys. (I have no financial interest in the company - I just think the product is great.)

I got the thing to help deal with the fact I had been SITTING too long, but it turns out that STANDING motionless for too long can turn your ankles into painful little balloons...

Other than the risk of repeating the "doing something too long" mistake, I highly recommend the Varidesk (or something like it) to help you change your position - and work in healthier positions.

If you tend to enjoy "work trance" (one of my favorite states) - whether sitting or standing - add a timer to your collection of standard office gear that may include a standing desk. Your spine and ankles will thank you - and your productivity will increase. I can testify that the more disciplined I am with this, the better I feel - and the more I get done.

This little missive is in keeping with our global approach to health, happiness, and success. It's no good to make art and/or money if you spend it all on the chiropractor and remain house-bound rather than ... paragliding.

I hope you enjoy Faceting Academy News - and find the content useful to your overall progress, success, and enjoyment of faceting.

If there's something you want me to write about - or a question you want me to answer - just reply to any newsletter with your query and I'll answer - maybe in an article or even a video.

I hope you're all having a great 2016.
That's the Faceting Academy News this time.

All the best,
John Bailey, Faceting Academy
John Bailey, 1010 Main St, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601, United States
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