Moxy Metals

Stone Setting Sample Ring
January 24, 2010, 5:39 am
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This is a simple bezel setting I made for my Silversmithing students as a sample.  This session both of my classes elected to learn bezel setting, and I figured I’d better bone up because it’s been about 2 years since I’ve done a bezel setting myself.  I ended up with this simple horizontal oval hematite and sterling ring.  The hematite is about 1/4″ at it’s widest point.  The ring is slightly oversized, but it still fits.  I made the bezel plate this shape by accident – our small torch is broken at present, so I had to use the large welding torch to solder this piece together – and while I’m grateful the band and bezel didn’t melt, I’m frustrated that I melted an edge of the plate.  Still, I filed its opposing side for symmetry, and I kind of like the layout of the ring.  It’s simple, but not boring.


Spine Study 2
January 24, 2010, 5:33 am
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These earrings are the next study for my spine and vertebra series.  As opposed to pressing out the points in these earrings fold in, though it’s a little hard to see in this image.  Also, these are domed forms, instead of linear.  I made them for my mother, because she liked the other spine study pendant, and I intend to give them to her for her birthday – Happy Early Birthday Mom!  These sterling earrings are hand cut, pierced and finished with a fine grit emery paper.  They are approximately 2″ x 1″, and the holes at the top are for the ear wire.  I am still in the process of fabricating a balled wire hook.  Perhaps I’ll re-photograph them after that, but I wanted to get them onto the site before I sent them off to my Mom in February.

Vertebra Study 1
January 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
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This vertebra link was a quick test for a programmable paragon kiln we just inherited at 3rd Ward.  I am interested in skeletal and spinal structures at present, and would like to create a linkage based on vertebrae.  In addition to inheriting the kiln, we also inherited several ounces of PMC (precious metal clay).  Unfortunately, this clay was too hard to model by hand (it should be about the consistency of sculpy) but I was able to carve it with my flex shaft (dremmel tool).  However, because this was a test piece I didn’t spend a great deal of time making it “finished” as I wasn’t entirely sure the new kiln wouldn’t just melt it!  But it works, thankfully.  The piece is apprx. 3/4″ wide by 1/2″ tall, in very clean sterling silver.  It is extremely light weight, which might be due to its shrinkage – the kind of pmc I was working with was high temperature, quick fire PMC plus, but it still shrinks 15%.  Still, the test of the kiln was successful, which is exciting because it will function as an enameling kiln, a PMC kiln and a burnout kiln for Bev, who will run our first ever lost wax casting class this spring!  Hooray!  Now onto more finished vertebra related pieces…look for them in the near future.

Enameled “Ms. Tiff” Pendants
January 5, 2010, 12:30 am
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This fall, our morgan mare Ms. Tiffany died at age 27.  Tiffany had an unfortunate condition common to her breed called cushings, which is a body regulatory disorder that operates sort of like diabetes – in this case it effects the metabolism, temperature regulation and coat growth.  Tiffany has been an important part of my life for some time, so I made 3 enameled pendants as Christmas gifts for the people that were closest to her.  I wanted each pendant to be the same image, but with a different effect that I figured would suit each wearer’s taste.  Each pendant is a 2″ copper disc, which has been etched with an image of Tiffany in profile.  I also etched  a smaller circle around the outside of each disc.  Then, when it came time to enamel, I applied an opaque black enamel to the backs as counter-enamel, and wet packed black enamel into the etched image.  Then I covered the entire face with a transparent enamel, and traced around the image with either a second coating of transparent enamel or an opaque color.  For the green pendant it was transparent in the middle, with a little blue around the outside, the purple is simply a second coating of transparent violet (though it came out more maroon than I had hoped) and the blue is two coats of transparent cobalt.  I wanted to partially obscure the image, but make sure it was still clearly a horse.  In this way it would appear ethereal and ghost like.  I think they do her justice, and the recipients of the gifts really appreciated them.