Moxy Metals

Trial and Error Cuff Bracelet
September 13, 2010, 4:18 pm
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Oh, the yellow balance on this camera is way off…this thing is not actually these colors.  This is a simple bronze cuff bracelet I made over the past week.  I really like that green netting stuff that comes on fruits and vegetables, I’ve seen a few artists using it in installations, and I wanted to give including it in jewelry a try…boy was that more effort than I intended!  As any good jeweler knows, you can attach most anything to metal with cold joining, so this cuff bracelet sandwiches the alternative material between two pieces of sheet bronze using rivets.   I oxidized the metal under the netting a cloudy black using liver of sulfur, polished the demi-circular disks and hammered the sides of the bracelet to include a variety of finishes.  Still, I’d like to see a more dynamic form than just these curved wires for the netting to stretch over, so I think I’ll push this idea a good bit further when I build it a matching ring or earrings.  As it stands, though, I’m happy with the first attempt.


New shoes!
August 13, 2010, 4:23 pm
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Here is my second ever pair of sandals!  I love this color combination, sort of a dark, army green, seriously canary yellow and subtle metallic gray.  The double X design came from a desire to make peep-toes, but because I have no lasts (wooden feet you can build shoes around) I had to simplify and create some strategic, functional cutouts.  These mules make me proud!  They also feature a small, leather heel and no sewing!  Which was my main problem with the last pair…here are a few more pictures of my all leather (plus Dr. Scholl’s inserts for the insoles) sandals…

Water Earrings
August 13, 2010, 4:17 pm
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These enameled earrings were made to match the earlier double circle pendant.  I love the wavy transition between the transparent blue and the opaque water blue enamel.  I haven’t decided yet on the earwire, to match, but I suppose it will depend on the wearer, eventually.  I like the paddle shape of these earrings, and am considering making a series of them in a variety of colors.  They are about 1″ long, and 1/2″ wide at the widest point.  They are dramatic, but still lightweight, and in this case they are copper, but could be silver as well.

Eames Chair Cufflinks
August 13, 2010, 4:12 pm
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I made these cufflinks for my step-father’s birthday.  He is obsessed with the designs of Charles and Ray Eames, so I wanted to make some simple, abstracted cufflinks based on the chairs of these two design greats.  The chair images is semi obscured under translucent resin, and from afar, just looks like an abstract design…but!  Up close, any true Eames fan will see the chair within the domed cufflink.  I think this combination of specificity and subtelty fits my step-father’s tastes perfectly.  The cufflinks are about 3/4″ in diameter, 1/4″ deep, and with a 1/2″ nickel silver bar to hold each mirrored link in place.  They are mirror finish on the back, and sandblasted underneath the resin.

Little Man!
August 13, 2010, 4:05 pm
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My brother is an avid Role Playing Gamer, so like the time-rich but cash-poor, crafty sister that I am,  I built him a custom figurine for Dungeons and Dragons.  This figure was created through lost wax casting, and is solid bronze.  He has been painted with enamel paints and sprayed with clear acrylic to keep him shiny and keep his paint from chipping.  He took about 6 hours to complete, in full.  Check out the shots below for a sense of his tiny, tiny (1 x 1.5″ total)scale.

Abigail’s Knotted Necklace
July 20, 2010, 6:38 pm
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If you know me well you know I don’t usually do beads, pearls and stones, but for my good friend Abigail I will make an exception.  This three tiered necklace is knotted every three beads, included gold filled linked pearls and crystals.  Abigail and I picked the colors and beads together to match her dress for her sister’s wedding.  Also note the colored wire at the base of the three strands, it’s blue, is Niobium, one of my favorite, most colorful reactive metals.  Reactive metals can be colored through anodizing – basically you put the reactive metal into a bath and shoot volts of electricity through the bath…at a specific voltage a surface is grown on the metal, and a specific wavelength of color is refracted and perceived by the human eye.  Pretty neat, no?

New Commission Work: Love/Hate Pendants
July 1, 2010, 2:52 am
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Here are two new silver pendants.  Commissioned for an emerging urban/street wear brand, these pendants say “love” and “hate” respectively, in arabic.   This is sure to put my little Moxy Metals blog on the terrorist watch radar, so if you’re reading this FBI, hey!  And please use my tax dollars for something more relevant than reading my blog!  The pendants feature a nice contrast, with one sporting a high polish, and the other a deep liver of sulfur finish (that would be the hate).  They were hand cut from 10 guage sterling silver after a sheet wax casting mishap.  They’re about 1/4″ wide, and 1 and 1 1/4″ long, respectively, to give you a sense of the scale.  I think they came out pretty well, and the clients were happy, so here’s hoping for more work with them in the future.