Here is a quick look into how I make things... I put immense energy into hand making my work from very basic materials. I create everything from start to finish in my home studio located in Sherwood Park, Alberta. My hope is to make a truly unique piece for you to enjoy and cherish for years to come.
Piercing Sterling Sheet
Very fine fretwork is accomplished all by hand using a small coping style saw and very fine toothed blade.
Stud Earring Production
All these earrings are made from sheet and wire; textured, cut out and formed by hand then soldered with care.
I choose unique, natural gemstones with interesting cuts that I hope will capture your interest.
Pretty much everyone's fave treat... In pendant form. I cut the "crust" from sterling silver and brass by hand and topped it off with some copper pepperoni. Yum yum!
I build all my settings by hand. In this case, I have fabricated a prong setting using wire and precise soldering skills. It can be tricky to gently set prongs against a stone. Too much pressure and the stone will crack; not enough and the stone will shift and may fall out over time.
I have a sweet setup for casting; I can burn out objects in my kiln which have been set in a sort of "plaster" which creates a mould. I then cast molten metal into that mould using a centrifugal casting arm. This allows me to replicate anything I carve out of wax, as well as organic and plastic objects.
Here are some of my faves... Ye old rolling mill for making wire and textured sheet (to name a couple uses). As well, I have some really great hammers and a select group of specialty pliers.
Green Onyx Ring
Here I have used a cast element from a succulent plant. I also fabricated all other components, including a ring shank I rolled out from scrap sterling and a setting which I hand made for the green onyx.