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Adventures in Silversmithing with Impress Art Metal Stamps

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Rolling out silver for a bracelet project!

A while back I told you all about an exciting silversmithing workshop my mom and I have started taking in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Our journey into the world of silversmithing in partnership with Impress Art Metal Stamps continues be a very inspiring and fun experience! I’m happy to share this update on what we’ve been creating!

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Testing out the Impress Art Metal Stamps

Here you can see my mom Dulce working on some tests for a really cool bangle trio that I will be sharing with you in a future post!

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Dulce hammering

Here’s a sneak preview of some design elements for her pieces. The bangles incorporate lines from a beautiful Spanish poem. She’s also played around with some of the design stamps, in addition to the letters! Check it out!

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Stamp Test Piece

Lately Dulce’s focus has been on the development of a line of wearable perfume pendants for her new product line, Begum Parfums! Please show your support and LIKE Begum Parfums on Facebook! Here’s one of her new bottles. This one incorporates a crown motif and aquamarine!

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Begum Parfums wearable pendant with crown

I’ve really enjoyed the primal experience of creating original silver jewelry with fire and basic tools. It’s so empowering and the possibilities for creativity are limitless! It feels good to make something of value that can be enjoyed for years to come.

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Getting my blow torch on!

I’ve created so many wonderful pieces over the past few weeks. I’ve certainly caught the silversmithing bug! Here’s a picture of the very first piece I created, a silver ring with hearts that says “CREATE”. I wanted to start off simple and enjoy the process of building this new skill.

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The beginning of my first silver project

First I rolled out a band of silver from a smelted and formed rod. Then I stamped the letters and hearts. However if you’d like to start off really simple, Impress Art recently introduced these easy DIY Bracelet Blanks!

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“Create” ring in process

Then I soldered the bands ends into a circle, formed it into a round circle, filed the edges and polished it. And here I am proudly modelling my first piece of handmade silver jewelry!

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Proud moment! I finished my first silver project!

Mom began the workshops much sooner than I did, so her projects are more advanced. Here are pictures of another type of perfume pendant bottle she developed for Begum Parfums which incorporates more precious stones and a dangling hand cut charm!

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Pendant Bottle with Domed Cap and Charm for Begum Parfums

The details on her wearable pendant bottles are just stunning!

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Pendant Bottles with Domed Caps and Charms for Begum Parfums

And to top it all off, at the end of one of our classes we were greeted by this beautiful rainbow!

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Beautiful rainbow over San Miguel de Allende!

The adventure continues, so please stay tuned for more amazing silver projects incorporating Impress Art Metal Stamps coming soon!

A New Obsession Begins with Impress Art Metal Stamps

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I recently became the proud new owner of a fabulous assortment of Impress Art metal stamps! I am pleased to inform you all that this event marks the beginning of a new craft obsession for not only myself, but for my mother as well! First a little back story…

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My mother Dulce founded a successful perfume business called Talisman which lives on to this day in the hands of the current owner. She imported the exotic essential oils from Tangiers, Morocco. The oils were featured by numerous high end magazines and in upscale retailers around the globe. Here my sister Christy and I are with our mom on one of our many trips to visit her supplier throughout our childhood. My sister is being held by our gardener/manny Bacali.

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Flashback to current times, here we are together at mom’s birthday party last year. Oh and while I’m at it, I’d like to give a shout out to my equally creative and entrepreneurial sister Christy and her business World Fusion Cuisine! Please LIKE Chef Christy on Facebook! Did I mention I come from a very creative family???

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But back to the story at hand…

Recently our mom began work on a new brand of perfume called Begum Parfums. I invite you all to show your support and LIKE Begum Parfums on Facebook!

In the quest for the perfect bottle to house her new product she collaborated with a local silver master in his jewelry making workshop, here in our current hometown of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. She created the first prototype which you can see here with her own two hands. Isn’t it amazing?! It’s not only a functional perfume bottle, but also a doubles as a beautiful wearable pendant!

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I was so inspired by her creation, that decided to join the workshop and begin my exciting journey into the world of silversmithing and metal stamping! But first, I had to get my hands on the ultimate gold standard in tools – a set of Metal Stamps from Impress Art! Well, I actually got several sets and predict that my collection will continue to grow as I delve deeper into this inspiring new genre!

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Look at all of the wonderful tools we have to work with! Next week I  join the silversmithing class. The teacher Abelardo Gil Perez is extremely excited to incorporate these metal stamps into the curriculum!

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We especially love these spiritual designs and have many awesome ideas swirling around our heads for projects using the different letter font stamp sets! Just look at these fabulous fonts!!!

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They even include punctuation marks, which I’m sure will appeal to mom’s creative sensibility. Did I mention she is a writer too?

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I’ve tried out Impress Art metal stamps at a trade show demo by Margot Potter of DIY Doyenne and The Impatient Crafter, so I know the imprint quality is phenomenal! I am super excited to devote some time to creating my own original pieces with the aid of these superb new tools! My journey into the world of metal stamping is just beginning, so please stay tuned!!!