handmade jewelry & metalsmithing

Skulls, Flowers and Autumn

This month I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of responding to the suggestions of others: all the skull-wear, turning earrings into pendants & vice versa, Basically I’ve acted on every suggestion I’ve gotten, except for Matt’s idea about cupcake cuff links…and I want to make those, but I am 100% sure he was joking.

James suggested little skull studs, like the skull cuff links. Can't have too much skull stuff around Halloween, right? I hope so, because I'm making a skull & crossbones pendant also.

Just like making the cuff links, I draw the outline onto masking tape over the silver sheet, then saw it out and file in the details.

Next, I solder the earring stem onto the back.

I made the backs for these earrings-just hammered my sheet a little thinner, drew an outline, drilled a hole, then shaped it up.

I also made some cute little flower studs. Flower time is almost over here in Knoxville--it's getting to be all acorns, gourds and corn stalks everywhere you look. I absolutely love flowers, i should make some more little blossoms, that was fun-and not a skull for a change.

Speaking of the skulls, this was my studio magic moment of the week--each time I set these on the table after sanding them, they would leave a dusty outline of themselves. It was beautiful and as transitory as it gets.

I also intoduced twisting to my blacksmithing-inspired jewelry schtick. I really like these earrings, they're big but the detail is very intricate, so they have a lot of grace.

The finished piece--these are in silver, but the black silver is gorgeous also.

I put these guys up on Etsy. All these guys actually, I add to my Etsy shop throughout the week, when stuff's all fresh from the studio.

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One response

  1. Cara

    My Matt? Because he doesn’t joke. He doesn’t eat cupcakes but he’d wear them I’m sure.

    November 15, 2010 at 9:49 p11

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