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We STILL Want to Know, “What Are You Working on Now?”

Mar 6, 2013
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It's that time again, folks! After a two month hiatus, our "What Are You Working on Now?" contest is back!

This contest gives us a chance to see what's cooking in your creative brains and also allows each chosen winner some time in the spotlight! What could make this little contest even sweeter? How about a $10 Rio credit for the winner? This month's winner is Kathy Anderson from the San Luis Valley in Colorado!

Here's what Kathy had to share about her silver and copper layered pieces:

I'm just trying to finish these pieces and configure the silver back piece and accent stones for each one, decide how many stones, sizes, and colors. I always use silver for my back layer, it’s cleaner against a shirt than copper.

[Pictured are] two copper/silver overlay multi level pieces for pendants. One cab is turquoise the other is a cool jasper with combos of accent cabs. Yes….my workbench is a MESS!! But I know where everything is. . . I think, ha ha. 

And I couldn't resist featuring two other pieces from Kathy's Etsy store. Take a look:

Kathy's Lace Agate Ring and bone-carved Moonface necklace.

Would you like to see more of Kathy's work?  Visit her Etsy Store, Golden Ram Metalsmithing. 

Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!

We need the following information in order for your entry to be considered:

  1. Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like)
  2. A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
  3. A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!

Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be announced in April—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!

Comments (14)
  1. Just finished on Sunday, in time for our Art Festival Call for Entry due Monday! Titled “Gingko Nouveau” so the judge will get the Art Nouveau reference! I’ve been making a lot of pieces in Copper, Brass and Patinas lately and wanted to do something completely in silver but I had only a small piece of Argentium Silver left about 6 inches by 1.5! I had a beautiful London Blue Topaz that I thought would look great with silver. So here is my finished piece, photographed with the gradient background added.

  2. Forgot to mention, the necklace is faceted aquamarine, faceted moonstone and coin pearls, 18 inches length with the 3 inch pendant. Also, the photo is only 3.5 inches high and 142KB, really don’t know why it uploaded so big!

  3. I really love Kathy’s layered metals and her textures. I have to say, my favorite earrings that she has posted on Facebook are right here on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/96007971/multi-metal-earrings?. Gorgeous, layered, impressive.

  4. Name: Kharisma Sommers
    Website: http://popnicute.com
    Project: Guitar pick, Stormy Summers. A gift for my father in law who is a musician. The design is an original design that’s inspired by his logo which is also being designed by us (me and husband). I cut the design using a jeweler saw and the brass lightning is inlaid in between silver clouds. Then I added another silver cloud on top. Due to its low relief, this pic is playable and quite comfortable to hold. This would be the first of many to come. The design is soldered on a handsawn copper pick.


  5. Champion belt buckle I just finished up this morning. Copper base with sterling silver accents and German silver hardware.

  6. Hey! My name is Traci Berg, and I have recently endeavored to start my own jewelry company, Teja Designs. Lately, I have been in love with large scale silver wire “filigree” incorporating found oceanic treasures; pearls, shells, pebbles and urchin quills.

    I recently finished my “Mitosis” bracelet and earrings set, which features a gorgeous double pearl that never quite fully separated. The pearl reminded me of a cell suspended in the state of replication, and I wanted to magnify the unseen miracle of the everyday. The bracelet and earrings are accented by sweet little tube set cz’s and matching round pearls (thanks to Rio!).

  7. 1. Ivona Posavi Psak, https://www.etsy.com/shop/IMNIUM

    This is my Kaleidoscope IV pendant, the fourth one in this mini-collection. The inspiration came from one childhood memory, the countless beautiful, symmetrical images produced by a kaleidoscope. I loved that thing and now i keep making kaleidoscope pendants.
    They all have multiple axis of symmetry. This one has 6. The large circle is actually hammered round wire. All circles and the bail are soldered (using Rio paste solder which is so much easier to use than regular solder) and all other parts are wrapped. About 25 hours of work went into it. It is difficult to get 3D symmetry and being a perfectionist does not speed things up at all :D
    Anyway, here it is and i hope you like it :) Thank you!

  8. Currently, much attention is given to metal clay, it’s really amazing news for jewelry, but I still think that you do not forget the traditional metalworking technique. These are the secrets that will be lost . When creating jewelry, I try to do it without using stamping, or any duplication methods.
    I would be very pleased to hear other opinions.




  9. Name: Lisa Oristian
    website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KissingDogDesigns

    This piece is from a series I call “Uptown Poppies,” inspired by the famous Marrimekko fabric pattern. The sterling is roller printed, darkened and is highlighted with Keum Boo. The pearl is embedded in clear resin with tiny glass beads. The pendant hangs from a sterling cable.

  10. I’ve been working on a Solstice Series in PMC sterling and PMC3 clays. I combine these with sapphires and other stones, pearls etc and polymer clay. There is 14 pieces in this series so far and I like how the pieces has developed.

    Here are several bench shots and also two of the finished pieces. This piece is “Sun Burst Solstice” the most elaborate of the series so far it was quite a challenge and I had to replace one of the sapphires that didn’t cooperate the piece ended up being fired 4 times.
    The playing around with components creating the design layout.

    It keeps growing

    and growing

    almost done (well the first firing anyways!) final clean up and finishing up back

    Sun Burst after second firing and getting new components where the one sapphire failed, working on two other pieces in the meantime – a little simpler!

    Sun Burst finally complete! yay!

    and Tides Solstice (middle piece on upper bench photo) this one has a large button pearl set in polymer clay with silver beads inlaid. It also has light pink sapphires. It’s PMC sterling.

  11. Thank you so much for the award and exposure! Kathy

  12. My current workbench mess. The bigger piece is a request from my high school art teacher for his wife, what a daunting task to make something for this guy who I credit with giving me the skills and designs basics that I have used all my life since high school! The other stones are just works in progress…..

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  14. Kristin L Landon
    Find me on Facebook under Kristin L Landon
    The first pic is my workbench and what a mess! I have little scraps of paper all over it with projects that pop into mind. Also have bagged up stones for projects that I will be making as soon as I can.
    The second pic is my “Spiderweb” bracelet that I made in Marthe Roberts/Shea’s class at the Delaware Art Museum. We worked on these bracelets for weeks. It was the ultimate lesson in patience – nothing could be rushed. I don’t think that I have ever put a torch to a project as many times as I did in this class! I did most of the work at home because Marthe’s classes are so popular. I have been a student of hers for a few years and always manage to learn something new. I teach the Beginning and Beyond Beginner classes at the museum and work hard to prepare my students to eventually walk into Marthe’s class with skills and a love of working with metal! I started at the museum as a student about nine years ago and have had the most amazing local metal-smiths as my teachers. Delaware (and surrounding areas) has an incredibly rich supply of artists who are willing to pass along time, talents and skills to those interested in learning.


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