Moxy Metals

Magnolia Earrings
July 2, 2012, 7:01 pm
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I actually had another stone in mind when I built these large-ish post earrings.  They are approx. 1″ wide and .5″ tall, with a gold plated, balled wire center, and a tiny 2 mm peridot.  They consist of a back post, and 3 layers of hammered petals.  They’ve been a big hit, so while I was thinking of only building one pair, now I may build others.  We’ll see.  There are a few more shots below.


New photo of the Tri-Pendant
July 2, 2012, 6:49 pm
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So I finally got around to getting a picture of this one properly color corrected and with a new chain!  This piece de resistance is my major experimentation with cloisonne.  It’s a 3 piece sterling silver pendant, with a total scale of about 6.5″ x 4″.  I love wearing it with a black dress, it’s fantastic.

Cast Skull for Memento Mori
July 2, 2012, 6:32 pm
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This little 1″ skull is part of a larger piece I had in mind.  Originally I wanted to build a pendant, but now I think I’m going to convert it to a money clip for a friend.  The piece was designed as a memento mori and was actually inspired by a casting student who was having some trouble carving a skull.  A memento mori is a reminder of our mortality – usually they read “What you are, I once was; What I am you too will be” But in latin – still not 100% sure what the accurate translation here would be.  I hope to finish the piece within the month, with an etched mechanism with that inscription.  I’ll post new images when I do.

Poppy Pendant
July 2, 2012, 5:55 pm
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I got bored a few months ago, wasn’t sure what to work on.  So I figured I’d try to do an inlay since I never had before.  I made this poppy pendant from a photo I found online, and tried to keep the line quality as accurate as possible.  I kept it matte to keep the image visible, which made it super difficult to photograph!   A friend helped me here.  The whole thing is about 1.5″ x .5″ in sterling silver with inlayed bronze.  The frame around it is approx. 12 gauge 1/2 round wire, and the bail is large enough for a substantial chain or leather cord.  I’m quite happy with the results.

Pesade for Philippe Karl
July 2, 2012, 5:43 pm
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As you may or may not know, I am an avid equestrian.  I particularly admire the work of Classical Dressage trainer Philippe Karl – here’s his website if you want to take a look.  One of Karl’s aims is to get the most effective work out of the horse, with the lightest of aids, so he founded his Ecole de Legerete or School of Lightness.  The School of Lightness trains riders and horses with classical aids and movements, including this one, the Pesade.  The Pesade is perhaps the highest form of collection and strength a horse can achieve.  I built this 1″ cast silver horse to send to M. Karl to show my appreciation of his work, and the encourage him to allow me to join his first clinic series in the US in Pennsylvania.  My fingers are crossed, but either way, this little horse is going to France to a new home!  I hope he is appreciated.  Here’s a gallery of other views of the tiny horse.