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I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was finally able to hold a torch and learn to use it, I knew I was doomed; there is nothing more satisfying to me than working metal into something wearable and emotionally, visually valuable.

I have a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, and afterward I became an apprentice for a large jewelry company. I am still always looking for new techniques to learn, and since school I've continued my own education by teaching myself.

I don't make my pieces to anyone's specifications except my own. I learned a long time ago that I just wasn't cut out for that kind of work, that it was better to let the world hand me the idea and my hands to interpret it. However, if you enjoy my style, please don't hesitate to drop me a line for a custom piece; sometimes people are the best place for getting new ideas…

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  • Born on February 10
  • Joined April 7, 2009

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Gold, silver, gemstones, inspiration

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About

I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was finally able to hold a torch and learn to use it, I knew I was doomed; there is nothing more satisfying to me than working metal into something wearable and emotionally, visually valuable.

I have a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, and afterward I became an apprentice for a large jewelry company. I am still always looking for new techniques to learn, and since school I've continued my own education by teaching myself.

I don't make my pieces to anyone's specifications except my own. I learned a long time ago that I just wasn't cut out for that kind of work, that it was better to let the world hand me the idea and my hands to interpret it. However, if you enjoy my style, please don't hesitate to drop me a line for a custom piece; sometimes people are the best place for getting new ideas.

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I work primarily in sterling silver that I usually stain and/or chemically age to enhance the texture and character of the metal. This only effects the surface of the metal, not the strength of it.

I accent my pieces with gold in two ways: one is a primitive kind of granulation, using small balls of gold and adhering them to the metal with solder or inlay.

The second is a Korean metalsmithing technique called keum boo, where I use heat and pressure to bond 24k gold foil to silver. Unless otherwise stated, any gold designs you see in my pieces are usually keum boo.

If you have questions about any of my work, please let me know.

New! I have a Flickr account of the work I've sold, both commissions and ready made:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30608261@N06/sets/72157626664953197/

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