Moxy Metals


New Online Classes!
April 30, 2012, 6:04 pm
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Hi All,

I know this is my jewelry website, but you should know that I’m also a painter, and I teach painting and drawing as well.  I’ve just started teaching a new series of live webcam classes at http://www.powhow.com  Here’s a link to my profile:

http://www.powhow.com/classes/moxymetals

Look it up if you or someone you know is interested in learning painting an drawing via computer.  And of course, as always, you can follow the link to Craftsy.com where I teach an online jewelry class.  Thanks for all the comments, and sorry to have abandoned my website for so long!  

 

– Max

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The Timothy Treadwell Special Ring!
April 30, 2012, 5:50 pm
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So it had been since October when I finally got back in the studio the past few weeks and built something for myself!  What a crazy season of commissions I had this winter – not that I’m complaining.  Still, it was nice to get in and play.  A student in my lost wax casting class was attempting to carve a lion’s head, but was having some trouble with depth and proportions when working from an image.  I started to rough out a basic roaring face on a spare piece of ring wax – but it turned out my object wanted to be a bear!  So after the class I went ahead and finished it, and decided to experiment with some cast in place stones.  I set one CZ in the bear’s open mouth, and a topaz in each eye.  The CZ and one topaz survived the casting (though both were discolored), but one didn’t – so I pulled both eyes and set new stones.  This is the result – a very dramatic, but super fun ring.  I named it after my favorite bear lover, Timothy Treadwell, star of the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man.  If you haven’t seen it, look it up! I hope you like the ring – check out the gallery below for more shots.

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Granulation Practice Post Earrings
April 30, 2012, 5:41 pm
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As a student at the Tyler School of Art, we discussed the ancient (and awesome!) technique of granulation, but I never got to try it.  I decided to try a bit with my sterling silver.  I wasn’t sure if it would fuse the way that gold is supposed to, so I added some extra easy solder, which I think made a mess of things.  Still, I’m pretty happy with the results – these little earrings with copper tube set 2mm topaz bits.  I wear them often, and like that they can dress up or down.  Here’s a shot with my finger in it so you can see the scale – teeny tiny!

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