I work primarily with precious metals, including fine silver, sterling silver, 14 KYG, and 18 KYG. See below for more techniques and styles that I often use when fabricating pieces.
- Soldering and connecting - cold and hot connections and riveting with wire.
- Torch work - using flame, flux and solder to heat and join two surfaces together in multiple combinations.
- Texture - imprinting various textures onto a metal sheet. I use a torch to heat the metal, hammers to form, shape and move the metal, and a rolling mill to imprint the patterns.
- Patination - the use of liver of sulfur creates a darkened surface on metal.
- Keum-boo - heat fusion of 24 karate 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 different metals with precious gemstones, minerals, and cabochons. I love to experiment with texture and visual elements such as color pattern, depth, iridescence, luminosity, shape, and symbolic significance.
Metals are the medium for my artistic expression because they are both tactile and versatile.