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November 23, 2012, 3:26 pm
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Flat and Curved Smithed Bracelets
November 5, 2012, 3:17 am
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These little bracelets were a smithing challenge to myself.  I had a little leftover 10 gauge bronze wire from a commission piece, so I decided to see how dramatically I could shift the wire into something wearable.  The top bracelet has a flattened mid section and raised sides, and the bottom bracelet has flattened sides and a raised/curved top.  I really like the way these lay against the body, check out the shots below for more images of these rustic, oxidized cuffs.


Mussel and Pearl Hair Stick
November 5, 2012, 3:11 am
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During the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and throughout the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates I do my best to stay informed by watching as much direct source information as possible. Meaning, as best I can, I listen to folks giving speeches live, in real time, without moderation/pundit babble.  I have trouble though, multi-tasker that I am, sitting still, not fidgeting and staying focused.  This year, to combat that issue I did all the chasing and repoussee for this piece in my studio.  Each time I’d sit down to listen to a speech I’d do another round of work on this small copper piece.  I wasn’t sure what it would end up being, but in the end I decided on a hair ornament, something that I use quite frequently (most often it’s a pencil in my studio).  I liked the hammered texture, and the abstract form reminded me of a freshwater mussel, so I soldered in a pearl post, attached a stem/stick of sorts, blackened the copper and dipped the piece in a thin layer of iridescent epoxy resin.  It’s a hard piece to photograph because of the contrasts of the black/shiny copper, the pearl and the sterling stick base.  Hopefully you get the gist of this approx 2″ x 1.75″ hair ornament, with approx. 6.5″ stick.  Have a look-see!