My hand forged and repousse’ work features designs that are hammered in, raised up off the surface, or pushed through sheets of dead soft metal. I use a variety of antique and modern anvils, hammers, metal working tools, and patterns cut into iron to form the initial image. At that point, the metal is folded, bent, and hammered to reduce the cross-section of the metal to the desired working thickness; a technique similar to the way various antique swords were produced in centuries past. The result is a tempered metal which is very strong, thin, and lightweight, as seen in the earrings. A variant of this technique produces hand wrought pieces that are quite heavy, as seen in the one inch cuffs.
In the 1990s I learned to weave metal from a blacksmith.
I use various gauges of dead soft sterling silver wire to create intricate braided designs in metal. Once I weave the metal I reduce the cross-section through hammering, producing a form of tempered or 'spring' metal. The result, as seen in the woven cuffs and bangles, is a metal that will flex slightly as you slide it over your wrist but will retain its original shape.
Current designs and custom pieces can be ordered by contacting me at the studio