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In a world where everyone who ever crossed the threshold of a craft store now sells handcrafted jewelry on a web site, one humble metalsmith's feeble attempt at getting some attention....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Money Clip Love

I love working with sterling silver and my guy loves money clips, so it was only a matter of time before my interest turned to making money clips. Money clips are wonderful alternative to the bulky wallet - just slip in your money, an ID, and your credit card de jour. I think that they are kinda sexy, too.

I've been using different texturing hammers for designs, and recently completed my first clip with a cabochon setting. It has a really cool vintage glass tile that I found a few years ago, and looks quite elegant and just a bit nostalgic.  

Here are a two of my new money clips.

Graduation and wedding season, and Father's Day season are fast approaching. Consider a money clip for a distinctive gift.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Goodies From the Mailman

It's been almost better than Christmas here for the past week.  I've gotten new tools and new metals and new stones - lots of new things to play with!  My bench is piled high with silver, bronze, stainless steel, and anodized aluminum; rivets and texturing hammers and hole punchers; jaspers and saginite and the cutest little lampwork glass animal beads.  The new designs that I've been dreaming about can now become real.

Tonight I played with bronze and a fabulous new texturing hammer to create this chunky cuff.  The bronze is heavy - 16 gauge.  (For those of you who don't speak metal gauge, that's a little bit thicker than a quarter).

I'd love to stay up and play all night, but I have to play responsible adult and go to bed now.  *le sigh*