Posted on | February 23, 2013 | 24 Comments
Something magical happens when I dip wire into a blue flame and watch the metal ball up and roll in on itself and I have been feeling the magic of metalsmithing since I took that first workshop in 2005 taught by master silversmith Susan Lenart Kazmer at a national art retreat. My metalwork education continued through a not-so-fun college semester in silversmithing, a few workshops here and there and time in my studio working things out and learning by trial and error how metal moves. I’m now teaching all over the county metalsmithing and mixed-media art techniques as part of my work with ICE Resin® and Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC and I feel so blessed to be doing so. As you read, I’m packing up to teach at the Adorn Me art retreat in Texas.
I thrill of manipulating of metal stirred my soul so much that I felt the need to share my love with other creative souls and thus my book “Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Form and Fold Metal Jewelry Designs” published by F+W Media, January 2013. I wrote this book for other folks, like myself, who admired the look of beautiful handcrafted jewelry with the itch to learn how to make it themselves, but who don’t wish to spend a fortune to get started on what might or might not become their next art-making passion.
This book is a perfect beginning entry into metalsmithing, with some definite mixed-media (fibers, paper, resin) tossed in for good measure. You’ll learn how to make metal jewelry out of found objects (Fork Bracelet page 58), wire (an Ear Cuff–exclusive QR code tutorial in the book), metal sheets (Dapped Circles Necklace, page 114), and many more techniques.
Now I would like you to share in my excitement with the gift of a signed copy of my new book, along with Art Mechanique Bronze Sheet Metal and a package of Art Mechanique Connections.
Now I would like you to share in my excitement. Comment on this blog post and tell me THREE things:
1. WHAT intrigues you about working with metal?
2. The JEWELRY piece you would like to design, stamp, forge, form or fold is…
3. What FAMOUS, or NOT-FAMOUS PERSON you would like to personally adorn with your handcrafted metal jewelry piece?
You have until 6 a.m. MST on Monday, March 4, 2013, to leave your reply. One entry per person, except…
Follow ICE Resin on Twitter as we will be announcing a few ways to be entered multiple times through March 3, 2013.
Good luck and happy jewelry forging!
Official rules for the Making Metal Jewelry Book Prize Package: The winner MUST have a United States shipping address. You must be 18 years old to enter. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.Entrants must answer all three of the questions on the February 22 blog post or follow the instructions from ICE Resin’s Tweets. Entry will be accepted from 3 a.m. MST on February 23 and will end at 6 a.m. MST on March 4, 2013. ICE Resin will assign each entry a number and draw on random winner. The winner will be contacted by March 6 and will have 2 days to respond. In the event of no response, another winner will be randomly drawn and then contacted. Winner announced via social media channels the day following contact.