Jessica Duke's Profile

About

My love for rocks, gems and jewelry began as I child when my dad took me rock hunting, whether it was hiking through the woods or browsing through rock shops. When I was a teenager my dad taught me how to make cabochons mostly out of opal and agates which I then set in pre-made mountings.

Then I began a career in computers--system management and programming-- and my jewelry making was put on hold. After 30 years of working for “corporate America” I retired and decided to pursue my love of working with stones. I began by buying beads and ready-made pendants and making necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets, etc. After about 4 years of this, I wanted something a bit more challenging so I started taking classes at the University of New Mexico in Taos. I have taken several semesters of “Small Metals Construction” at the University, plus specialized classes from master…

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  • Female
  • Joined July 30, 2011

Favorite materials

Argentium Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver, 22K Gold, 18K Gold, 14K Gold, Precious and Semi precious stones, Diamonds, Topaz, Garnet, Turquoise, Lapis, Jasper, Agate

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About

My love for rocks, gems and jewelry began as I child when my dad took me rock hunting, whether it was hiking through the woods or browsing through rock shops. When I was a teenager my dad taught me how to make cabochons mostly out of opal and agates which I then set in pre-made mountings.

Then I began a career in computers--system management and programming-- and my jewelry making was put on hold. After 30 years of working for “corporate America” I retired and decided to pursue my love of working with stones. I began by buying beads and ready-made pendants and making necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets, etc. After about 4 years of this, I wanted something a bit more challenging so I started taking classes at the University of New Mexico in Taos. I have taken several semesters of “Small Metals Construction” at the University, plus specialized classes from master goldsmiths Harold O’Conner of Colorado and David Anderson of New Mexico. I recently spent two fabulous class days with master goldsmith, Bill Fretz, learning how to forge various cuff bracelets and pendants using his stakes and hammers. I also spent a couple of great days with the master of fold-forming, Charles Lewton Brain, learning many hammering and fold-forming techniques.

I really get a kick out of “moving” metal and use several techniques including fold-forming, repousse’ and a 20-ton hydraulic press that I use to create domed geometric shapes and hollow forms. I also love texture (hence the name Textured Metal Designs) and will texture my metal using various stamping tools, wire brushes, texture hammers, and a rolling mill used with hand-made papers. I also like reticulated metal, cuttlefish castings and mokume gane. They remind me of weathered wood or tiny replicas of the mountains that surround the area where I live.

My love for rocks continues and my husband, Ronnie, shares that love. We enjoy rock hunting and spent two months in early 2011, digging and chiseling rocks out of the Arizona desert around Quartzsite. We had a wonderful time even if most of the rock we got isn’t good for making cabochons. It looks great in the flower beds and there are a few pieces that will make interesting cabs. We also joined the Quartzsite rock club and Ronnie learned how to use the big rock cutting saws and also how to make cabochons. Now Ronnie makes a lot of my cabochons, especially when I need or want a customized shape.

I take pride in my jewelry. I set high standards and strive to always achieve those standards.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my creations.

I am also a photographer. See my other Etsy store featuring my photography:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JessDukePhotography

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