I use sheet metal, either purchased or from my own scraps melted into a form I can use. Depending on my project, I may roll it into a flat sheet to form bezels, pendants, ring shanks or wire. I can also sand cast the molten metal as well.
I buy both purchased wire or roll my own melting scraps using a rolling mill. I use wire for ring shanks, scroll form designs and "do dads" for added detail and dimension. I also use it to add gemstones for a little extra bling on a chain.
Metal clay is a clay-like medium used to make jewelry, beads, and small sculpture. It consists of very small particles of precious metals (such as silver, gold, bronze, steel, copper, etc.) mixed with an organic binder and water. One the binder is burned off it becomes pure metal.
I love incorporating vintage leather to pieces. It reminds me of growing up raising horses. It adds an earthy vibe and it feels so natural when wearing it as well.
STRINGING & Knotting
Sometimes a piece just needs a simple design, other times it needs something more. Stringing is another way to add more and make a statement. Even a simple silk hand knotted pearl necklace is a thing of beauty all by itself.
ELECTROFORMING & KEUM-BOO
Electroforming is a way to deposit metals onto a conductive surface. It can be more organic and rough or nice and smooth.
Keum-boo is a more cost effective way to add luxurious gold to a silver piece.
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