Moxy Metals

Leaf Pendant
October 25, 2010, 6:21 pm
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This etched copper pendant is what I made to give me a break from the Muybridge horses.  I like it, it’s dainty, and simple.  It’s on a leather cord.  I’m hoping to make more from this pattern to sell for the holidays.  I don’t know why the winter onset always makes me want to make things that make me think of spring, but here it is.  I think I’d like to try a few more of these with enamel as well.


Production Horse Jewelry
October 25, 2010, 6:16 pm
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Cuff Bracelet


I wanted to make a few production pieces to sell at the barns where I ride and teach horseback riding to kids.  It’s difficult, I think, to make horse jewelry that’s not cheesy.  So, I kept these etched pieces rustic and imperfect, and focused on movement.  I took the images from Muybridge’s famous images of horses galloping and jumping, but removed the riders.  I made the first batch in copper, but intend to make silver versions as well.  The bracelets come in both adult and child sizes, and for a small fee I’ll add personalized initials or names to the back of each piece.

Etched Pendant with Green Bead
October 25, 2010, 6:01 pm
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This etched copper pendant includes a simple arching pattern, a glass bead I picked up in Italy and a simple silver jump ring.  The total scale is about 1″ x .5″ I like the brown leather cord for my copper pieces.  I think it complements the coloring well.  I also have matching earrings of the same pattern and color scheme featuring french hooks as earwire.  Here’s a second version:

Orchid Pendant/Clasp
October 19, 2010, 8:29 pm
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I actually carved this pendant during the fall/winter of 2008, while I was finishing up my student teaching.  I suppose that makes it the first piece I created after finishing school.  I wanted to carve a form that I really liked, and that was challenging to me – something that I could return to again and again.  I love orchids, and actually used a live model to create this carving.  It’s slightly below scale to keep the weight down, though it’s still heavier than something I’d make today.  For whatever reason (traveling, change, tumult) I never got around to finishing it, but this week I pulled it out of the closet to finally get it done.  The original intention was that the piece act as a clasp on a string of pearls, and it actually has loops designed into the back for hooks to grasp, but I seem to have lost the hook counterpart.  In any case, it could still work as a pendant on its own, or maybe I’ll build it a hook one day.  It’s apprx. 1″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ in sterling silver, below is a thumb photo for scale reference.

Drawer Pull: Stripe Study
October 18, 2010, 9:13 pm
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I have been very busy with commission work, jobs and teaching this fall, and haven’t been able to make as many of my own things as I might like.  However, after some recent discussion it looks like  I might collaborate with a number of furniture builders in the beginning of next year to make some custom work.  I decided I’d better bone up on my furniture fixture skills, so I’m working on a series of drawer pulls, knobs and feet for furniture.  This first piece, an etched copper hinged drawer pull is simple, clean and elegant.  It has 3 holes drilled, allowing it to be mounted via screw or bolt to a larger piece of furniture.  This is a prototype, the final piece will have a nicer finish and be more cleanly lined up.  This pieces is apprx. 3.5″ wide by 2″ tall, and is a bit heavy in sturdy 14 ga. copper.  Eventually the piece would be cast into bronze, and plated whatever color/finish the client prefers.  The two parts will be hand riveted together with nickel rod for maximum strength and durability.  Below is a shot of the drawer pull in its open position.  Keep checking back this fall for more furniture experiments!