Moxy Metals

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!


Maker Faire 2012
September 16, 2012, 1:41 am
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Hi All, if any of you are in the metro NYC area, you can come meet me at Maker Faire 2012 on Saturday, September 29th. I’ll be offering a free demo-activity with my friends at Kollabora. They recently did a nice interview with me, check out the link below.

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.