Moxy Metals

Snapshot: Interlocking Ring Sample
February 26, 2013, 3:16 pm
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We’re tweaking the curricula at 3rd Ward where I teach.  I decided, before I could ask students to make this project, I ought to try it.  So here’s my interlocking ring sample in bronze and copper.  It looks a little like bunnies, but the original intention was for the line to look like the top of a wheat schaff or other cluster of grains.  I think I’ll have my students keep it a little more simple.

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Change Purse
July 6, 2011, 3:49 am
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So it’s been a busy couple of months, and then my camera broke!  Here are some images of a change purse I just finished.  I love the aesthetic but unfortunately it’s a millimeter too small for my credit cards!  Ack!  so annoying!  In any case, it’s copper and bronze with leather detailing, and as you may guess has its design origins in the beauty of antique cigarette cases.   Enjoy!

Sneak Preview!

Last week I had a blast filming a new online class for a company called Sympoz (  Eventually, my jewelry class will be posted on Sympoz’s new website for crafts classes.  If you want, I’ll teach you pearl knotting, wire wrapping, chain making and….photo etching!  Here are some shots that our rockstar cinematographer Joe Baran took of sample work for the class (note I’ll be updating earlier posts on this blog and my Etsy with more of Joe’s stellar shots).  More of Joe’s work at his website  I guess you’ll just have to wait for the class premier to see more of my work 🙂

Islamic Pattern Oval Pendant
February 2, 2011, 9:39 pm
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This dainty etched pendant was another attempt at creating a piece for my mother.  Something that could be dressed up or dressed down.  The green aventurine is subtle, and the nearly grey/black color would allow the piece to be worn with almost any color.  Hanging from a 16″ sterling chain, the piece sits nicely with a low neckline or a high, and is lightweight.  The entire dimensions are about 1″ x 3/4″, and the piece is light because it’s only 20 guage copper.  Here are a few more shots:

Islamic Pattern Post Earrings
February 2, 2011, 9:34 pm
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After loving my last pair of turquoise/etched copper earrings, I decided to make a lighter, more casual, every-day style post.  These small coin-like earrings are lightweight, and treated with clear acrylic spray to make them safe to wear.  The sterling border and bezel gives them a little higher end penache, and allows them to go dressy.  The entire width is about 1/2″.  Check out a few shots of the earrings being worn:

Islamic Pattern Teardrop Pendant

I made this teardrop etched pendant with my mother in mind.  I wanted to make something elegant, with multiple colors, that could be dressed up or dressed down.  Something that she could wear to work, to coffee with friends or out to dinner.  This pendant is copper, with liver of sulfur oxidizing to bring out the pattern.  There are two small bezel set stones – a rose quartz and a small aventurine.  There is also a custom cut-out at the top where the sterling jump ring attaches the pendant to a 16″ sterling chain.  The total size of the drop is about 1″ x 2″  Here’s a shot of the pendant on the body:

Turquoise/Etched Copper Islamic Tile Earrings
January 9, 2011, 9:53 pm
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I had leftover copper shapes from my last etching class, and was inspired by a student who brought in a book of Turkish Ceramic patterns, and this elegant pair of etched earrings is the result.  I actually found an image of this Islamic Tile Pattern on the internet, and loved the octagonal shape and fine detail.  I was very happy with the etching, and conveniently, somebody left their extra bezel wire in the studio, that happened to look great against some leftover turquoise cabochons I had lying around.  So, from scraps and leftovers, come some lovely earrings!  With a total diameter of about 1″ and a total length of about 2.5″, and all sterling hardware (french earwires) these stunners are my favorite piece of the new year- I can’t wait to wear them out!  Get your own pair at my Etsy, see the link to the left.  Here’s a gallery of other shots of the pair: