Moxy Metals

New Commission Work: Claw Ring

This ring was designed for a client who wanted a delicate, organic, adjustable setting.  This ring will be reproduced with various raw stones, and will need to fit a variety of shapes.  Formed from a single piece of 18 gauge sterling silver, this piece features an opening behind the stone and five arms that extend around the stone to “grasp” it in place.  This ring as a rough feel, and a hammered surface.  The client requested that we see the hand of the maker in this piece, so I’ve left a bit of torque to the setting and a bit of warping to the ring band itself. Hope it’s what she expected!


New Commission Work: Gas Mask Pendant, Final Result
March 10, 2010, 4:46 am
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Here is the final result of all my hard work – an oxidized, proper cast.  Now we’ll see how many times the client would like to replicate this pendant…here’s hoping many!  I included a thumb photo for size reference, because it’s easy to mistake this pendant for being larger than it is.

New Commission Work: Gas Mask Re-cast
March 9, 2010, 4:28 pm
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I used the silicon mould from the original gas mask to create the wax for this cast.  You can see how much more detail I was able to achieve with the wax burnout, and how I didn’t get the porosity like the last mould.  I still have to do some finishing work, but this pendant is well on its way!

New Commission Work: Gas Mask Pendant
March 4, 2010, 1:30 am
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This piece is cast in fine silver, then patinated with liver of sulfur and finally sanded to get an aged and battered look.  The client wanted to replicate a model gas mask (apprx. 1″ x 1/2″) for a pendant.  I edited the gas mask slightly, which arrived perhaps as a toy soldier’s ecoutrement.  The initial piece was in a rubber of some kind.  I filled holes, and drilled new ones at the top for jump rings, and popped out eye holes.   Unfortunately, because I tried to cast from the rubber original, there was a lot of porosity in the burn out, and I was left with an incomplete casting.  Luckily, I made a silicon mould of the original in advance, in case such a mis-cast should occur . Still, I think the worn nature of the cast works with this vision, with the exception that I wish the mid section of the mask had cast, there should be a piece connecting the mouth covering with the piece stretching down between the eyes.  Hopefully the client will allow me a second attempt; this time I’ll cast a wax pulled from my silicon mould, hopefully with better results.

Here’s the pendant pre- liver of sulfur, so you can see the difference if you’re not familiar with this process.

New Commission Work: Vietnam Pendant
March 4, 2010, 1:20 am
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This piece was designed for a client who wanted to explore the possibilities of the form of Vietnam as a Pendant.  We settled on chemical milling the piece in copper, which unfortunately cost us some edge detail.  The liver of sulfur finish gives this graceful, delicate piece more weight.  It’s apprx. 2″ long by 1/2″ wide in 24 guage copper.

After I finished the top pendant I was unhappy with the edge quality, so I redesigned the piece as an etched oval, instead.  This works better for production purposes, in my mind.  The client would like to have 12 identical pendants, eventually, so I will ask if he is willing to go this route instead.  I may chance the shape of the oval, so there’s no thinking of those squished pennies that come from machines occasionally.