Thursday, July 13, 2017

new pendant

Last week I finally finished this pendant.  I did the design in ZBrush while I was living in Korea.  A client wanted me to make them a custom piece and chose this one out of several designs I presented.  I am glad she liked the finished piece.  I am always worried the client won't be happy when they see the finished piece.  I am mostly happy with how it came out.  The materials are 18k yellow and white gold and a yellow sapphire.  This isn't the first piece I have done with CAD, but I think it is the first one I have done all the work on, from designing it with CAD to finishing the metal piece.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Class at GRS soon

I'll be going to Emporia, Kansas in about a week and a half for the Advanced Stone Setting Class with Blaine Lewis at the GRS Training Center.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I've wanted to take that class for a few years.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Iowa State University Art Museum

Recently these 3 pieces accepted into the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University.  

These pieces are all anodized aluminum and sterling silver.  This black ring I made in 2005 and gave to my ex.  A couple years after we broke up she sent it back.  I told her if she doesn't want it, just throw it away.  When I received it I seriously considered destroying it.  The stones are sapphires.  I wish I had a better photo of it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Traditional Japanese Metalsmithing Kickstarter update

The Japanese Metalsmithing Kickstarter was successfully funded.  Now the person will start producing the videos.  I wonder how long it will take?  With my previous experiences with Kickstarter the projects all took much much longer than planned.

Anyway, it was successful.  I'm not going to worry about it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

LongHouse Reserve

I just found out one of my pieces was acquired by LongHouse Reserve.  It is this folded copper vase from 2008.

I am told it will be in a basket exhibition from April 29th.  It's not a basket, but I guess they think it looks close enough.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Master Classes on Traditional Japanese Metalsmithing Kickstarter

Today I learned of a project on Kickstarter for a series of instructional videos on Japanese metalworking techniques.  If this person reaches her goal of raising $10,000 she will go to Japan and make some videos about a type in inlay with Kazuo Kashira.  This is something I would really like to see happen.  I pledged $90 for 3 videos and I hope anyone reading this blog will also support this project.  For anyone unfamiliar with Kickstarter, if the $10,000 goal is not reached, the project will not be started and you will not be charged if you pledged money.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Classic Goldsmith

As I said in December, I am trying to improve my skills.  So recently I got the book The Classic Goldsmith by Mark Maxwell, one of my former instructors at GIA.  It is sort of an intermediate level project book. Intermediate or higher level because the basics are not discussed, for example it might just say to set a stone, but not talk about how to do it.

the classic goldsmith by mark maxwell
The Classic Goldsmith by Mark Maxwell

I feel I need practice at fabrication so I am fabricating something similar to the first project, the Edwardian style brooch.

Edwardian style brooch

I also feel I am too dependent on the laser welder.  Even when I am soldering I like to tack things in place with the laser before soldering, so I am making the brooch without using the laser at all.

This last pic is where I stopped Saturday night.  It's going pretty slowly.  I don't have a lot of time to work on it and I am making it to the best of my ability.  I really enjoy working that way, going slowly and doing things as good as I can.  I'll post all the process photos after I finish it.

Checking the fit before I solder

Another thing I have been working on is flush setting.  It's one of my favorite types of setting and also probably the one that I need the least amount of practice at.  Still I am trying to improve all my setting skills and this one is easy to do without preparing anything in advance, like bezels or prong settings, or channels.

Flush setting practice