Filed under: Spring 2013
My Magnolia Earrings have just been approved as a production design on ShopBevel.com….what does this mean? It means that you can order a replica version of my original design at a much lower cost than the originals. Check out this link to pre-order, and when you enter the code PREORDER50 you can take 25% off the listed price! Just perfect for wedding season…I made these in time for my friend Meghan’s wedding last year, I hope you will enjoy them on any fanciful occasion!
Filed under: Winter 2013 | Tags: bronze, copper, interlocking, oxidized, ring, soldering
We’re tweaking the curricula at 3rd Ward where I teach. I decided, before I could ask students to make this project, I ought to try it. So here’s my interlocking ring sample in bronze and copper. It looks a little like bunnies, but the original intention was for the line to look like the top of a wheat schaff or other cluster of grains. I think I’ll have my students keep it a little more simple.
Filed under: Commissioned Work. | Tags: bronze, heat patina, lost wax casting, soldering
On my way to drop this commission piece with the client I took a few snapshots of this wild bronze bikini. Each flower is about 4.5″ x 4″ x 3″. I left a rainbow oxide/heat patina on the piece, and each adjustable chain is hand built, forged and soldered. Now you know what I’ve been doing the past few months – plus, my never ending quest for the next steps in my design studio and with my non-profit, Uproar Art.
Filed under: Uncategorized
These little bracelets were a smithing challenge to myself. I had a little leftover 10 gauge bronze wire from a commission piece, so I decided to see how dramatically I could shift the wire into something wearable. The top bracelet has a flattened mid section and raised sides, and the bottom bracelet has flattened sides and a raised/curved top. I really like the way these lay against the body, check out the shots below for more images of these rustic, oxidized cuffs.
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During the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and throughout the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates I do my best to stay informed by watching as much direct source information as possible. Meaning, as best I can, I listen to folks giving speeches live, in real time, without moderation/pundit babble. I have trouble though, multi-tasker that I am, sitting still, not fidgeting and staying focused. This year, to combat that issue I did all the chasing and repoussee for this piece in my studio. Each time I’d sit down to listen to a speech I’d do another round of work on this small copper piece. I wasn’t sure what it would end up being, but in the end I decided on a hair ornament, something that I use quite frequently (most often it’s a pencil in my studio). I liked the hammered texture, and the abstract form reminded me of a freshwater mussel, so I soldered in a pearl post, attached a stem/stick of sorts, blackened the copper and dipped the piece in a thin layer of iridescent epoxy resin. It’s a hard piece to photograph because of the contrasts of the black/shiny copper, the pearl and the sterling stick base. Hopefully you get the gist of this approx 2″ x 1.75″ hair ornament, with approx. 6.5″ stick. Have a look-see!