Knot all Rings grow on Trees

Okay – so you may not get my sense of humor, but thought I would share the process I go through when making my Fine Silver Stack Rings.

Each piece is measured and cut with my jewelers saw
Each piece is measured and cut with my jewelers saw
I bend the metal into a triangular shape, the tension helps keep the seam tight when fusing
I bend the metal into a triangular shape, the tension helps keep the seam tight when fusing
These have all been fused using my oxy/propane torch
These have all been fused using my oxy/propane torch
Using different hammers, I create different textures for contrast
Using different hammers, I create different textures for contrast
Each ring is polished and now ready for sale
Each ring is polished and now ready for sale

If you are interested in purchasing a set for yourself or as a gift, you can visit my Etsy Store at www.sterlingechoes.etsy.com.  To go directly to this item just Click Here.

Metals, Beer & Eyewear

I swear it was a coincidence but this past May the annual SNAG  (Society of North American Goldsmiths) conference was held in Seattle, WA during the same week as Seattle’s annual Beer Week.

What an amazing week.  Not only did I get to compile a ton of information in regards to metal smithing, I was also able to visit a different brewery nightly and enjoy in my other favorite activity…..beer drinking.

While at SNAG with Sara Krempel, my metals teacher here in Bend, OR, she introduced me to many of the industry’s leading artists.  One that really left an impression was Deb Stoner.  Her technical skill, design creativity and passion are an inspiration!

Deb only teaches her eyewear workshops twice a year and I just missed the one in June.  So, you can bet I will be watching her website closely for an upcoming date.  Until then, I will be spending lots of time in thrift shops looking for those unusual lenses that have been discarded so I can have a selection to choose from as soon as the opportunity to attend her workshop arises.

Images shown are from Deb’s website www.debstoner.com

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