I have always loved jewelry, especially silver. After I retired, I took a class in metalsmithing. It was wonderful and I was hooked. At times it was frustrating, other times rewarding but it just didn’t matter because as the saying goes, “Do what you love and love what you do.
I’ve learned several techniques over the years such as; hammering (my favorite), soldering, texturing, riveting, enameling (most recent), and fold forming to name a few. I work mostly with sterling silver and copper but also on occasion I incorporate brass, and bronze. I also mix metals; I think they complement each other in interesting ways, which gives me quite a lot of latitude to create unique pieces. I forge cuff and linked bracelets, earrings, rings, and pendants in all of the metals mentioned.
I considered working leather into my jewelry. I think it’s great to keep evolving designs so recently I made my first sterling and leather cuff bracelet. I’ll continue trying different designs in metal and leather jewelry and may be making things for men as well as women.