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W E B S I T E . . . www.jennykim.org
F A C E B O O K . . . http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenny-Sueyoun-Kim/189035903091
TWITTER . . . https://twitter.com/JennySueyounKim

Hello! I'm a metalsmith artist and a one-woman business. I'm originally from Los Angeles, but I have been living in the San Francisco Bay area for about 20 years. My education and prior work experience were in entirely unrelated industries, but I have always been an artist at the core. I took my first basic Metal Arts class in 2004, with the intent of learning a new hobby, and simply making myself a few rings. I immediately fell in love with metalwork, and since 2007, I have been making my jewelry on a full-time basis.

I use 100% recycled metals for all my pieces. Each piece is created using the ancient "Lost-Wax Casting" method, made…

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  • Joined December 10, 2007

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Individually Hand-Sculpted, Cast Jewelry...

About

W E B S I T E . . . www.jennykim.org
F A C E B O O K . . . http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenny-Sueyoun-Kim/189035903091
TWITTER . . . https://twitter.com/JennySueyounKim

Hello! I'm a metalsmith artist and a one-woman business. I'm originally from Los Angeles, but I have been living in the San Francisco Bay area for about 20 years. My education and prior work experience were in entirely unrelated industries, but I have always been an artist at the core. I took my first basic Metal Arts class in 2004, with the intent of learning a new hobby, and simply making myself a few rings. I immediately fell in love with metalwork, and since 2007, I have been making my jewelry on a full-time basis.

I use 100% recycled metals for all my pieces. Each piece is created using the ancient "Lost-Wax Casting" method, made from a one-of-a-kind, original model, which I first sculpt from wax. Over the next few days, I will create a temporary, plaster-like mold called an "investment" around the model, burn out the wax, heat the investment in a kiln, and then (the fun part), with the use of an oxy-propane torch, I hand-pour molten metal from a crucible into the investment. Finally, there is the cleanup and finishing work, which in some cases, can take almost as much time as the initial sculpting.

This multi-step process occurs over several days even for a single piece. I genuinely enjoy the entire casting process, but I love the sculpting part most of all, and therefore, I do not have any re-usable molds to copy the same piece multiple times -- so, each piece is truly an original -- every petal of each flower, every fine detail, is unique.

I sculpt at home in San Mateo, and then do all the dirty work at my workshop in South San Francisco. I'm also a one-woman business: All the sculpting, casting, and finishing work, as well as the photography, bookkeeping, and website maintenance are done by "yours truly," in order to keep my costs as low as possible.

Jenny Sueyoun Kim
--Member of SNAG, Society of North American Goldsmiths

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