More Jewelry Prototypes!



Prototype

Yet another of my jewelry prototypes. I’m really fond of this design. Its just….elegant. The process of carving, sanding and finishing this design is extremely time consuming. With 2 different iterations breaking in the carving process, I’m going to have to rework it to strengthen the sides and thicken certain portions of the wood.

But this design has legs.

I’ll need to pick a different colored glass. As much as I love the rippled green stained glass, it doesn’t read. When held up to light, the green glass just glows with rich viridian hues. But they aren’t going to be worn in front of a window, but snug against the skin. Without a bright lighting source behind them they read as black or dark, dark green. I’m probably going to need to switch to an opaque color.

……maybe a rich red or orange?

Prototype too

 

Carving Jewelry Prototypes



Carving Jewelry

The tools necessary for the intricate work of carving jewelry is very different from those I use on larger scale pieces. I have to put together custom vises, micro chisels and use the most delicate drills on my Dremel to put these pieces together.

Carving Jewelry

It all has a very ‘Geppetto’ like feel!

 

First Jewelry Prototype



Jewelry Prototype

Months and months of concept design work, carving, cutting, sanding and grinding have finally produced my first (albeit imperfect) prototype pendant necklace! Roughly 3 inches in length and an inch and half wide and carved from walnut, this design is a simplification of the Rose Window design.

As a proof of concept….it works. Its made of 3 layers of laser cut thin stock hardwood: a front, a spacer, and a backing layer. The front (seen in the photo above) is hand carved with chisels, files and carving knives and sanded until it has the proper depth and flow. The spacer holds a custom ground medallion of stained glass. The backing holds the glass medallion in place.

So far, so good! More pictures to come. I’m just thrilled that this idea I’ve been working on for so long actually works. You never actually know until you can touch it with your own hands!

 

 

A new commission!



Chichen Itza

A recent commission has given me the opportunity to explore recreating the organic undulations of ancient trees. Created with layers of laser cut and then hand tooled poplar, this is my first attempt at an olive tree. With the final installation being 4′ by 8′, I’m getting to experiment on a scale I rarely get to work with.

This tree will eventually become one of 9 separate pieces that can be broken down for shipping and reassembled at the installation site.

 

 

A Fun Side Project



It can’t all be epic castles, proud dragons and stately oaks! This piece is a lark for a lively 5 year old who is about to turn 6. As concepted, its approximately 4 layers, with a 3″ disk of stained glass at its center. The blue accents at the bottom are flat glass marbles to be inset into the wood. When the piece is finished, we’ll be sure to post a few pictures!

 

 

Research at the California State Railroad Museum



With the Artists Collaborative Gallery showing our work, we’re making a locomotive themed piece. Its being specifically sized to be easy to transport in the hopes that visitors from out of State (or perhaps even out of country) might be able to take a piece home with them. But every good design starts with the same thing: research!

I’ll wandering around the California State Railroad Museum (http://www.csrmf.org/) looking for inspiration. And it abounds with some pretty stunning examples of it! I’m honing in on a side shot, with brass accents, perhaps 18 to 22″ in length. Its should look lovely on a wall, fit nicely into a piece of luggage, and work wonderfully with some of the salvage glass from one of our larger pieces.

 
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