I work in precious metals: fine silver, sterling silver, 14 KYG, 18 KYG, sometimes using two metals to create contrasting combinations.
- Cold and hot connections and riveting: joining two metal surfaces together with wire.
- Torch work: using flame, flux and solder to heat and join two surfaces together in multiple combinations.
- Texture: imprinting numerous textures onto a metal sheet. I use a torch to heat the metal multiple times causing reticulation, hammers to form, shape and move the metal, and a rolling mill to imprint. All of these create a tactile surface.
- Patination: the use of liver of sulfur creates a darkened surface.
- Keum-boo: heat fusion of 24 kt gold foil to fine silver.
- Stone setting: tapered, bezel prong, tube, tab, gypsy and basket style settings.
- Lapidary: cutting, shaping, and polishing rough stone material into a cabochon, which is a rock with a flat base surface and round top.
In many of my designs, I juxtapose metals with precious gemstones, minerals, and cabochons. These provide additional texture and visual elements such as: color pattern, depth, iridescence, luminosity, symbolic significance, and shape.
Metals are tactile. Sterling silver and fine silver provide the medium for my artistic expression.