Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rings from recycled gold and silver

I start with the scrap pieces (above).

 Melt them in a crucible.

 Once it melts, it makes a metal plug.

 I hammer the plug out flat.

 Flat plug.

 Cut out the center of ring.

 Refine the shape with a file.

 And here are the finished rings.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New chased copper charms I've been making.  Designs are based on mourning jewelry.  These are not finished yet; I think I may enamel them.  Updates are forthcoming.

In the meantime, the Art of Mourning has great images of mourning jewelry.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

More images of my charms for "Charmed III; third time's the charm".  The silver one is being donated to a series of charm bracelets that will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Society for Contemporary Craft.

I'm pretty pleased with them--I think they're, ahem, quite charming.

On their way!

This spring I was invited to participate in Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft's "Charmed III:  third time's the charm" exhibition.  I made the enameled charms you see above.  Each one is approximately 3/4" high.  The charms will be available for sale in the store and on their website beginning February 3rd.