Elle Blaisure's Profile

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I stared making jewelry as a young teen, with just some inexpensive beads, thread and wire. Now I am a trained metalworker and silversmith but I am a Mixed Media artist at heart. I love combining anything from casted silver, beadwork, wirework and even paper. For many years I was self-taught, learning from books and the internet. Now I am professionally trained. I have taken college courses in metalsmithing, attended workshops and have apprenticed under a certified Master Silver/Gold Smith.

I love antiques and other findings not generally meant to be used in jewelry, and incorporate them into my designs. I love steampunk, fantasy, boho and eclectic styles and this is reflected in my jewelry. I try not to limit myself to one style.

To cast my designs I use an ancient technique known…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 7
  • Joined April 18, 2010

Favorite materials

Wire, Beads, Sterling Silver, Copper, Bronze, Polymer Clay, Gemstones, Sheet Metal, Paper, Resin, Glass, Enamel, PMC

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About

Hello!

I stared making jewelry as a young teen, with just some inexpensive beads, thread and wire. Now I am a trained metalworker and silversmith but I am a Mixed Media artist at heart. I love combining anything from casted silver, beadwork, wirework and even paper. For many years I was self-taught, learning from books and the internet. Now I am professionally trained. I have taken college courses in metalsmithing, attended workshops and have apprenticed under a certified Master Silver/Gold Smith.

I love antiques and other findings not generally meant to be used in jewelry, and incorporate them into my designs. I love steampunk, fantasy, boho and eclectic styles and this is reflected in my jewelry. I try not to limit myself to one style.

To cast my designs I use an ancient technique known as Lost-Wax casting. I create a model made out of wax. I either create the model using a mold or carve it by hand. Eventually I suspend the model in a metal flask and surround it with a plaster like substance known as investment. Once this is done I put the flask into a kiln where the wax is destroyed and leaves a negative cavity. Liquid metal is shot into the negative space using a torch and centrifuge. I submerge the flask in water, breaking away the investment revealing the cast model. I finish the piece using a flex shaft. For more information on the process and its history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost-wax_casting.


For my latest updates regarding my jewelry go to my blog:

http://elleblaisure.blogspot.com

And/or my Facebook community:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moonlight-Creations/159123790777771

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