Well folks, way back in August, we asked the question, “What Are You Working on Now?” and we’ve been thrilled to get your responses AND to get a peek inside your studios! in gratitude for all the inspiration you’ve shared, we have randomly chosen a winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!
This month’s winner is Denise Harrison of Sterling Echoes in Bend, Oregon. Denise creates evocative, texturally interesting pieces that are inspired and created directly from photographs using an etching and centrifugal casting process (her website includes a great explanation of how she does it). Take a look for yourself at her compelling work at, Sterling Echoes Handcrafted Jewelry and at her Etsy Store. Here’s what Denise shared about what she has on her bench right now:
I finished this piece just in time for Halloween. Each piece starts from a photograph. This ring started from a photograph I took of bones and skulls in the Catacombs in Paris, France. I etch the image into a copper sheet and then use that to texture wax. The band was hand carved and the textured wax element fused to the top. Then I set 2 garnets in the eyes and hand painted the patina. This size 16 men’s ring will certainly be a statement!
And, here are a two more examples of Denise’s etched and cast pieces. Each is shown alongside the image it was created from.
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:
- Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
- A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
- 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.
- 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 in the spotlight in November—Amy, over at Rio’s facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!