Moxy Metals

Ivy Leaf Belt Clip
April 29, 2010, 4:09 am
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This Friday my boyfriend Brian has a big performance, at the MoMA no less!  I have an ok dress, nothing too fancy, so I decided I’d make a center-piece to fancy it up a bit.  I came up with this sort of clip accessory to attach either to the center of the V neck of the dress, or to a high waisted belt.  It’s about 4″ x 4″.  It’s hammered and chased 26 gauge copper sheet.  Tomorrow I’ll turn this piece green, and take photos of the finished product on the dress where it belongs.


Double Bird Pendant
April 12, 2010, 8:13 pm
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This pendant ended up a little two subtle.  It is supposed to feature two birds facing away from one another, with an abstracted tree behind.  The piece was enameled several times , with the hope of achieving a raven/iridescent black effect.  Unfortunately, the more times it was enameled the more details were lost – line work in the feathers, and hammer markings for eyes and wing details.  I’m ok with the piece as an abstraction, but would have preferred it to be more literal.  Also lost in the multiple enamel firings were three holes at the top to create a place where the pendant can hang.  I’ll have to epoxy on a jump ring, or re-fire one onto the back side.  I think I’m done firing for now.  Below is the art nouveau wallpaper that inspired the piece in the first place.   Expect more art nouveau inspired work this spring.

Student Work: Production Epoxy Pendant
April 12, 2010, 7:58 pm
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I still like this little resin pendant I made during my junior year of art school.  It has 12 matching counterparts because it was built for a Production Jewelry class – meaning it should be mass or at least batch manufactured.  It includes a piece of chemically milled sterling silver that is supposed to bring to mind the magnification of leaf veins under a dome of a droplet of water.  The entire piece is very lightweight.  Sad to say, it’s original cord of silicon rubber with a magnetic clasp has since gone missing, this leather one fills in just fine.  Also, due to air trapped in the epoxy resin, there is some tarnishing happening to the silver, but I think it kind of works with this piece.  I had really bad photos of this piece til now – when I have a fairly bad but acceptable photo.  The piece is about 2″ long by 1″ wide by 1/4″ deep with hollowed back.

Stone Setting Sample Pendant
April 12, 2010, 7:52 pm
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I’m always happy when I can pull a finished piece off in a short time.  This pendant was built with scrap silver as a demonstration bezel setting for my intro to silversmithing class.  It includes a wimpy little aventurine cabochon on sterling backing with fine silver bezel wire.  The entire piece is about 1″ long, and 1/4″ wide.  Sometimes, though, it seems like the simplest pieces tend to be my most wearable – I hope this doesn’t mean I have boring taste!