I made these earrings in my last semester of college. The pink stones are lab-created sapphires, and the blue-gray stones are labradorite. All the metal is sterling silver. The design was influenced by a demonstration I viewed at a metals conference in Houston earlier this year. The conference was put on by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, better known as SNAG. (snagmetalsmith.org) During the demo, a pneumatic (air-powered) tool was used to give a metal disk a texture similar to hammer marks, but MUCH smaller. Since I don’t have access to these tools, I used a teeny tiny dapping tool (like a baby hammer) to create a comparable effect. (I felt very clever, and it made my whole day.)
The picture here was taken by my stunningly talented photographer friend, Jillian Zamora. (jillianzamora.com) With the help of a friend in the communication design field, this image was made into a postcard advertising my senior show, which I had to put on in order to graduate from the Metals program. I do believe everything about this picture is quite lovely, if I may say so myself.