You know ever since I lived over in Laos and learned a little about raising metal, I've wanted to do the same here in the U.S.A. I never got that stump that I felt I needed to make it all happen. 20 or so years later I finally bought a stump and am motivated to start using it. Hopefully I can find the time to start learning this again. I love doing it so hopefully I can get some practice in. As yo can see in the image the first school I went to to learn silversmithing. I worked on the bowl for a long time over that stump and although I made it too thin by the end, it was my first one and I love how it turned out. We started by melting a bunch of silver into a button. Then from that point on it was all hammering and annealing. First hammer out the disc and then start to raise it. Then chase it at the end. I hope to do this process again because it brings back so many memories, but for now I think I'll buy the sheet to save time. Either way I now have a stump and a few hammers to get going. This was a long time waiting, so let's see what can come of it now.
I'm having some fun with these designs. They are some of my earlier designs that never get old. The square came from the round version just to change things up. I've always loved creating these and wearing them because they are not your standard bands that you can find anywhere. These are just solid designs that are not just found anywhere. I love to come up with new patterns. They don't always translate from sketch to reality so in the design process I have to adapt as needed while creating them. Hopefully you'll have able to enjoy wearing them as much as I enjoy making them.
Now is the time to place your orders. Well you have maybe 1 weeks before it won't make it in time for Christmas. This is a busy time of year and packages can have a hick-up because of weather, etc., so please order soon to make sure there is no delay in receiving your items.
So I was working on my site of course and I ran into a snag. I could not get the shopping cart to work with variant options the way I needed. I found a workaround that has to do. So when selecting a gold ring to buy you will have to just add it to the cart and then a popup will allow you to add the metal color. Just that simple. It's one of those hidden simple things that hopefully doesn't confuse anyone.
I thought I'd post an old video I made of a ring that I handmade. I hope to have time to make more videos. Here it is. It's an engagement ring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tumdkoyqtl0
I just thought I'd update what's been going on lately. I found a little time to work on a video. Still a lot to do and still not finished after a few years. I need to find more time to work on it.
So far this past year I was able to make new business cards, a few new designs, receive honorable mention in the render category of the Gemvision design symposium 2012 and have lots of fun. Work is fun so I never know when I'm working or having fun. It's the same to me. :) This year I hope to work on the video, shot more photography and practice some more art. I'm getting into digital art a little more. I feel the key to it is drawing directly on screen. Without that it's not as much fun. I'm inspired to keep moving along. If I ever create anything worth while to share, I'll share.
I'll try and post more often. Until then, bye. :)
Recently I have been inspired to make more bands. This past year I have been working on a series of bands with patterns on them. I have broken them down into different categories on my site. Hopefully this will help when looking for certain rings. I first started out with my his and her series. This series is very unique in that it connects couples with matching bands. I plan to keep working on new rings and themes for this section of my site.
I also have added lots of textured bands that are very different. These textures should not wear off and they look very cool. I have gone crazy and have added many textures to the rings that come to my mind while designing. I hope you can enjoy them too.
I have a few more sections with other bands. They too are unique with patterns. There is no theme to these bands, but they are truly neat to see and wear. Check out my site to see my newest items. Dana Arts You can also follow me on FaceBook where you'll see the most recent designs. I hope to see you there.
Lately I've been wanting to do lots of videos. Videos about jewelry and just videos in general. I for some reason just love to make them so I will start out with a project to make a promo video. Stay tuned to see it. It may take me a month or so, but it will come.
The Art of Jewelry and CAD can be a combination that creates jewelry never able to be done by the average person like you and I. Now with new technology CAD jewelry can help you create things you never thought were imaginable. I love to create beautiful art. Using CAD has enabled me to push the limits of Jewelry Art in a way that I never imagined. Feel free to look around at my work. www.DanaArts.com