David Brand and Sandra Picciano-Brand's Profile

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David and Sandra's bio

My husband, David and I work together in our loft studio and exhibit in galleries and juried art fairs. We enjoy many shared passions, especially the love of creating and teaching jewelry, as well as gardening, and travel. We have been making jewelry for over 30 years, and teach lost wax casting and jewelry making techniques at our studio.

All of our work is designed and meticulously handcrafted by us, and is original in concept and execution, utilizing traditional and ancient jewelry making techniques. Almost every piece is a one-of-a-kind.

For our upcoming classes, shows, and photos of our student work,
please visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MythicSilver/209237675789673,
and our website: http://www.mythicsilver.com/…

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  • Joined June 15, 2008

Favorite materials

Bronze, sterling silver, gemstones, gold, antique found objects, mokume gane, keum boo, druzy

About

David and Sandra's bio

My husband, David and I work together in our loft studio and exhibit in galleries and juried art fairs. We enjoy many shared passions, especially the love of creating and teaching jewelry, as well as gardening, and travel. We have been making jewelry for over 30 years, and teach lost wax casting and jewelry making techniques at our studio.

All of our work is designed and meticulously handcrafted by us, and is original in concept and execution, utilizing traditional and ancient jewelry making techniques. Almost every piece is a one-of-a-kind.

For our upcoming classes, shows, and photos of our student work,
please visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MythicSilver/209237675789673,
and our website: http://www.mythicsilver.com/

David

Through the use of distinctive forms and textures, Dave’s pieces are imbued with a sense of ritual evocative of antiquity, but maintain a freshness of line that appeals to the modern eye. This idea has been carried over into a series of vessel jewelry pieces. With his more elegant jewelry, he selects stones of unusual form, color, or surface texture to incorporate.

The process that is employed is lost wax casting in which an original model is intricately carved or formed with various types of wax, then imbedded into a plaster-like material. The wax is burned away (lost) in a kiln leaving a space into which the metal is poured. Dave casts his silver and bronze pieces either by centrifuge or vacuum casting. After the metal cools, the plaster is broken away. David also utilizes many fabrication techniques, including mokume gane, chasing and repoussé.

Dave utilizes many finishing techniques; the objects are polished, or given a patina by means of chemicals, dyes, or heat. Some pieces incorporate enamels which he creates with powdered glass fired onto metal. Dave’s work is known for its unsurpassed use of texture and patina.

Sandra

While utilizing many design and jewelry-making techniques, one thing has remained a constant in Sandra’s work -- the organic form, romantic themes, and a sense of elegance and fluidity. Inspiration for her sterling silver, gold, pearl and gemstone jewelry comes from nature, music, dance and mythology, as well as travels to Europe and Mexico.

Sandra utilizes lost wax casting, as well as various metal fabrication approaches, such as hydraulic press forming and the ancient techniques of reticulation, granulation, and Kum Boo., which she shapes into graceful three dimensional forms and solders. She also enjoys the spontaneity inherent in working with wire, with its flowing and graceful possibilities, and endless forms.

Kum Boo is the process of rolling 24 K gold sheet into a foil thickness, then heating and burnishing it onto fine silver The fine silver is created by heating and then dipping sterling silver several times into an acid bath. Granulation is the technique of heating 22 k gold into small spheres, applying them onto fine silver, and then heating until the fusing process is complete. These processes are accomplished by using an acetylene torch.

Sandra and Dave have won numerous Best of Show and First Place awards for their jewelry and sculpture. All of their work is meticulously handcrafted in their loft studio, utilizing both traditional and innovative jewelry making techniques. With their many years of experience, they teach metal casting, and jewelry/metals workshops at their studio in Dayton.

We hand make many of the attaching componets and chains, as well as many of the metals we use, such as mokume gane, reticulated silver, and niello, and keum boo.

Sandra and Dave have won numerous Best of Show and First Place awards for their jewelry and sculpture. All of their work is meticulously handcrafted in their loft studio, utilizing both traditional and innovative jewelry making techniques. With their many years of experience, they teach metal casting, and jewelry/metals workshops at their studio in Dayton.

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