MIXED MEDIA JEWELRY ARTIST
My inspiration comes from the colors and textures found in nature. I work in copper, brass, silver, polymer clay, gemstones, mild steel, and precious metal clay. These various forms of materials provide me with limitless possibilities of expressing my inner self and imagination through the elements given to me by Mother nature. My jewelry is composed of at least two different metals which are tabbed together to create height and dimension. I add texture to each piece which enhances it as well as highlights the focal point, whether it is a gemstone, polymer clay or fused glass. Black mild steel with 22 carat gold fusion is an intensive and time consuming art. Each cuff I make I use 18 gauge mild steel. Each piece is different, some have graphics designs and some have tooled designs that are stamped into the steel by hand. By using a copper sulfate it allows a deep etch into the graphics. After it is completed, I fuse gold to the steel by using a torch which flows the gold into place. Upon completion of this process, the cuff is formed, cleaned and a patina is applied. Precious metal lentil bead pendants are made with 960 precious metal clay. The clay is cut, textured, dried and fired in a kiln. After firing the clay it becomes sterling silver. Each piece is different with stones and some are just the medium by itself.