Sunday, July 20, 2008

July Meeting- Chasing/Repousee Demo

Cindy in action...
Have pitch pot and feet- will travel!

Cindy demonstrates chasing/repousee for (l to r) Bodil, Luisa, and Ellen (I'm taking pic)
Pitch pot with copper sheet and tools.

Thanks to all who came to yesterday's meeting at Cindy's house in Arlington. Thanks a ton to Cindy for hosting such a fun and informative meeting! Great food, great chat, great demo! It inspired all of us to pick up some quality pitch and hammers...

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Hello! Just a reminder for those of you in Baltimore- Artscape is this weekend!! Friday through Sunday. This year they have made quite a few changes and it will be chock full of great artists and metalsmiths. They have added new sections by closing Charles St as well as adding an organic market. I'll be there in the new D.I.Y. section. Since I never seem to be able to make it to the meetings- come stop by and say Hi! Have a great Weekend!

Invite - Synchroblog

I wanted to pass along an invite to a jewelry artist synchroblog.
A synchroblog is when a group of people opt to 'synchronize' their blogging on a set schedule and cover one topic. The jewelry artist synchroblog is scheduled to run monthly and you can opt in and opt out for any month. Topic suggestions are always welcome.
We are doing the first one in July - we are running a bit late - and the topic is 'art and economy' and can be approached from ANY angle at all. There are two blog posts linked so far and I know a few more will be coming.
Anyone interested can read more about it here. And you can find info on July's topic here.

Upcoming Virginia Meeting

Hello Ladies,

Hope you can all come to Cindy's house on Saturday July 19th for a repousee and chasing demo! She'll also have some tools for sale! Email me for more information: Thanks! -Dana

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For Creative people ;)

My husband recently made a post on his blog that i really appreciate as a "creative person" plus i love the show This American Life and Ira Glass....
anyways i thought some of you might get a kick out of this if not appreciate his advice and experience on the topic. ;)

originally from
by Justin

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Chasing and Repousse

Here are a few samples of Chasing and Repousse I have done. I hope you find them intriguing enough to want to come to the July meeting in Virginia

Image #1, The deer was chased and repoussed in sterling silver sheet; working in the flat, and then bent round to a bracelet.

Image #2, The Rams Head Drinking vessel started out as a flat sheet of sterling and was hand raised to cup form. Then the ram's features were hammered out using a snaring iron and chasing tools.

Image #3, The shell shape is chased and repoussed in the flat and then embellished with electroformed copper stripes and surface set with white sapphires.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Baltimore Meeting

This month's Baltimore meeting was at the home of Courtney Legenhausen. She and her husband, Eric, work full-time making jewelry and are living the dream of supporting themselves (very well!) with their craft. Thanks Courtney! Courtney's husband Eric demonstrates his mastery of Computer Aided Design.

These are some waxes that Eric designed and milled himself.
This is the CAD machine busy milling out a wax.

A close-up shot of the CAD layout screen.

Courtney shows me (Dana- taking pic), Robin and Julie how to tube-set.

Courtney's work table (she cleaned up for us, too!)
What a fun and eye-opening meeting- hope more of you can come next time!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A "Sea" Pendant

Here's a pic of my "sea" pendant- 2-3/4" diameter sterling silver etched in metal from an original drawing, and a 20" chain of coral beads. Fun to make- so many ideas; it took a long time to get to simple! :) Dana