|Sterling Silver Astrological Bracelet|
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Often times when I come up with a new jewelry design, it is without conscious effort. Many times I will wake in the morning with an idea in my head almost as if it had come from a dream. The drops of these earrings came to me in just that way. They are inspired from the "zanshin" acupuncture tool. When I awoke with the design, it was a zanshin that was coiled and it resembled a sort of machinists version of a shell. For this particular design I preferred them being straight plus I have a few details of the coiling that, technically, will be challenging. Often times our ideas are simple but the execution of them not so. These times of challenge are one of the reasons I enjoy metalsmithing so much and they drive me to become more skillful.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
These earrings were made last year and have a bit of tarnish on them but still are eye catching. The triangular moonstones are set on sterling silver discs that were first roller printed and then slightly domed. The bottoms were formed on a homemade hydraulic dye forming press. Moonstones have such a timeless way about them. They seem to impart wisdom upon the wearer.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
One of my classmates asked me to make a charm bracelet charm for one of her special clients that was turning 21 years old. She wanted the charm to contain a bit of ultra pure moxa. I did not want to have any hinges or other openings since jewelry warn on the wrists tend to get a little abused. I opted to form a chamber underneath the stone that held the moxa and was permanently encapsulated by the faceted amethyst itself. Sorry the picture of the stone does not show it's beauty. This piece was created by first sand casting a rough ingot of silver. The ingot was then turned on a metal lathe to a perfect cylinder. The groove detail as well as the moxa chamber and the stone setting itself were all milled on the lathe as well.