What's New in the Studio — sterling silver

How to Make Fold Formed Earrings

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How to Make Fold Formed Earrings

Fold forming is a versatile hammering technique for beginners and advanced metalsmiths alike. This freeform approach to jewelry design allows you to start simple and continue toward more complex folds. Here, I'm going to take you through making a pair of earrings with just one fold. I'm going to assume that you already know a few basics, like annealing, drilling, and polishing. These earrings will be asymmetrical. Each earring will be unique, but compliment one another. To begin the earrings, you are going to need some sterling silver discs, about 1 inch or 2.5 cm in diameter. They should be dead soft....

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You can now find my Heart Ohio necklaces at the Mansfield Art Center!

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You can now find my Heart Ohio necklaces at the Mansfield Art Center!

Some friends have requested I make some heart Ohio charms for Mansfield, and now they've been picked up by the Mansfield Art Center gift shop. They are all signed sterling silver, and I cut each one out by hand, including the little heart over Mansfield. This is the one my friend Catherine picked out and bought at the May Show Opening Reception. Thanks, Catherine! I'm very excited to be a part of the gift shop, the best place in the area to find something unique and special, made by local artists.

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Making an Enamel Bangle from an Old Copper Pipe

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Making an Enamel Bangle from an Old Copper Pipe

I found a short length of heavy copper pipe at a scrap yard and immediately thought of bracelets, but it was a long time before I was able to develop the idea. Because the pipe was seamless, I knew enameling was going to be a part of my process. I cut the pipe into many cross sections and just started hammering. Each bangle took 3 to 4 courses of hammering to bring it to the right proportions. I used cross pein hammers to give it a robust texture that would show through transparent enamel. After hammering to size, I domed...

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