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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:55 pm 
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My next one... And the last
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Love, love, love it Hans! I love to see step by step fabrication. Fantastic work! Thank you for posting it. =D>


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Indeed, you how-tos are better than most you can read elsewhere! Thanks for posting! :)

But why in the world would it be your last?

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Hans,

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I'm a newbie at metalsmithing, and this was wonderful. The detail in your tips such as flame size are really helpful.

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Some recent creations/experiments......

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Malaya Garnets

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Tourmaline and Chrysoberyls

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oh Carrie, those are delightful!

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Wow Carrie -- Jason is right, those are simply delightful. Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks boys! I am delighted that you like them!


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Hey Carrie!

Not sure about the earrings - I guess just not my taste, but I love the necklaces, especially the 2nd and 3rd one. How long did it take you to make them? Do you sell your jewelry at shows or were these for someone in particular?

Im still working on my husband for the 3 month New Approach School course!!!


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That's cool Lucy! My work is not everyone's cup o' tea! Those particular earrings were inspired by some Violet graphics on a little drinking glass from the 1940's, a violet in profile. Sorta whimsical.

For time, if I am remaking a previous design, construction and finishing can go pretty quickly depending on the complexity. I make metal patterns or templates of shapes and have sketches and photos to go by. Often though I am making something for the first time. So I sketch and play with the layout, sometimes solder things together and reject the result or make changes. Some very simple pieces can go from start to finish in an hour and half maybe. More involved pieces like that second pendant, I probably spent two afternoons on it (after the layout was actually decided). Construct my framework, petals and bezels one day. Polish, patina, and set stones the next day. There are usually several projects underway at the same time. There have been pieces in the past that I have spent many days and nights working on, with handmade chain and more complex construction. This current work is intentionally more spare.

These pieces are at a local jewelry gallery. (Hopefully some have sold already!)

I am planning to make some similarly inspired work in all gold. I feel critical of my own work more so now than ever before with my recent appraisal training and would like to bring my craftsmanship up to a higher level. Hopefully you will see my work evolve.


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WOWIE WOWIE WOWIE....This has got to be the best thread ever. Thanks so much for sharing.

It's just wonderful seeing everyone's work....PLEASE PLEASE keep them coming!!!!

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CARRIE,

You shouldnt crituze yourself so hard , i think their great pieces , and the added hand made makes it sooo much better then mass produced pieces , dont get to good it takes away from the appeal :wink:
just remember perfection isnt always perfect :P


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I think your work is pretty awsome already Carrie! Hopefully some of your pieces have sold already! money to put towards the next course right?? :roll: - If I ever make back the money I have spent so far it will be a miracle!

Do you say "cup o tea" in the US? I thought that was only a yorkshire thing!


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I say cup o' tea, but maybe I am just odd.

Here are a couple of older pieces that involved more fabrication.

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This one has a handmade, fused fine silver double loop in loop chain.

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The body of this one is a hollow form. Not sure if I still have a photo of the back of this one but the back was quite decorative too with little vents sawn into the form. Sterling, 18K gold, mokume gane, Chrysoprase.

I love doing this type of fabrication and chain making. I just reserve that energy now for those special one of a kind pieces.


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Oh! :D The second and the last pendants of the first batch... and of course, the silver flowers (I could imagine them in mokume gane in their entirety 8) ). You have touched a week spot... Always loved the essential look of metals at least as much as any sophisticated stuff. My jewelry box can testify as much.


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