Friday, December 3, 2010

Metalsmithing Class -- Class Project

Well, things got a bit hectic and time flew!  This week marked the completion of our Basic Metalsmithing class. Whew!  I think it was a great experience...I believe I learned almost as much of what NOT to do as what TO do!  Overall it was a productive class!  We are looking forward to the Advanced Metalsmithing class that starts mid-January.

"So, what did you MAKE in that class, anyway", you ask???  Well, I made a lot of mistakes, but after all, and in and amongst, that, after much sweat, tears and even a little blood, I was able to make THIS!

Brecciated Jasper in Sterling Bezel, Copper Backplate, Brass Bale on Solid Copper Chain. All oxidized and polished for dimension and UMPH!

The project assignment was to use piercing as part of the design. I chose drilled holes and pierced decoration for the backplate. Additional design factors of mixed metals to compliment the luscious colors in the stone!

 The copper backplate reminds me of tooled leather.

 Backplate cut-away to reveal stone back.

Now I need a name for it! :)


  1. Oh my word! I love that -- and what I really like is how you made the back as beautiful as the front. And I don't know why "Map of the World" jumped into my head. Maybe "Map of Mars"? Dunno. It's just beautiful, though!

  2. You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.

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  3. Thank you both for your kind words! I truly enjoy doing jewelry and hope that it shines through in the pieces.


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