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Coming from a fine arts background, my approach to jewelry design is very personal and expressive. I took my first jewelry class at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. I loved working with metal and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University in Northern California. There I learned the importance of strong design and craftsmanship and it's where I learned how to anodize aluminum. When I realized that I could play with color and metal at the same time, I was hooked for good.

So, what is anodized aluminum?
Anodizing is a three step process that allows me to custom dye the metal a wide range of luminous colors. It also strengthens and protects the surface. It does not tarnish or rub off.

The metalworking process is very satisfying to me. As I respond to the metal, the piece will evolve and come onto…

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  • Joined May 20, 2009

Favorite materials

Anodized Aluminum, Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Copper

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About

Coming from a fine arts background, my approach to jewelry design is very personal and expressive. I took my first jewelry class at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. I loved working with metal and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University in Northern California. There I learned the importance of strong design and craftsmanship and it's where I learned how to anodize aluminum. When I realized that I could play with color and metal at the same time, I was hooked for good.

So, what is anodized aluminum?
Anodizing is a three step process that allows me to custom dye the metal a wide range of luminous colors. It also strengthens and protects the surface. It does not tarnish or rub off.

The metalworking process is very satisfying to me. As I respond to the metal, the piece will evolve and come onto focus. I feel a piece is only successful when I achieve a balance between craftsmanship, composition, and artistic expression.

I currently live in Portland, Oregon. I sell regularly at the Portland Saturday Market and I’m an active member of the Creative Metal Arts Guild.

For more information, check out my policies.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/allenmetalarts/policy

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