To begin this ring, I saw the band from a sheet of sterling silver. I snip off chips of 14k gold wire and heat them with a hand torch until they spin into little granules. Using tweezers, flux and gold solder, I place them in line and solder them with a hand torch.
After soldering and cleaning the solder joint with sandpaper, it is ready to be shaped on the ring mandrel with a rawhide mallet. Then I will use a ball peen jeweler’s hammer to create texture and flare out the edges.
This ring and more original handmade works are available in my Etsy shop.
August 27, 2014 | Categories: Making Jewelry, New Metalwork | Tags: american craft, Christina Holland, custom jewelry, fine craft, handmade craft, handmade jewelry, Knoxville art, mens jewelry, metalsmithing, Tennessee artisans | Leave a comment
It’s a New year and a time when lots of art lovers are looking for a new outlet. Well, I have some advice: make whatever you want, whenever you can.
If you feel inspired to try your hand at creating something in metal, here are some excellent books to guide you.
The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight
Gemstone Settings by Anastasia Young
The Complete Book of Jewelry Making by Carles Codina
The Design and Creation of Jewelry by Robert Von Neumann
Indian Jewelry Making by Oscar T. Branson
If you can only get one: The Complete Metalsmith
But if you can get two, get that and Indian Jewelry.
This year, keep an eye out for beautiful craftsmanship and make some of your own! Here are some shots of the studios, craftsfolk and craftwork at Colonial Williamsburg for further inspiration.
January 29, 2014 | Categories: Design & Craft, Making Jewelry | Tags: artist inspiration, bench jewelry, handmade jewelry, jewelery making studios, jewelry making books, metalsmithing books, metalsmithing studios, studio jewelry, Williamsburg | 1 Comment
It’s the start of a good day- going to explore and experiment with the contents of this box!
After ten years of metalsmithing, I’ve finally become curious about trying my luck with enameling. I’m looking forward to seeing shiny colors and experimenting with torch-firing. I’ve ordered sifters, trivets and colors. No kiln though- I want to be up close for the changing colors and molten glass!