Today I am excited to share my latest creation from the silversmithing classes I’ve been taking down here In San Miguel de Allende. I created this sterling silver “florero”.
It makes a beautiful accessory when filled with water and used to display flowers. It can be worn as a necklace or displayed in the home or office!
I created this piece with the help of ImpressArt’s Newsprint Lowercase Letter stamps. It features the Oscar Wilde quote, “a flower blossoms for it’s own joy.” It’s a really beautiful and powerful quote open to all sorts of interpretations!
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I created a texturized custom capsule to house this surreal shaped geode and also created the entire chain by hand, by forming and soldering each individual link from silver wire.
For the large quartz crystal, I created a silver wrap that I imprinted with the ImpressArt‘s Ganesh, Hand of Miriam and Om design stamps! There’s a lot of good karma symbolism going on in this bohemian style piece!
I’ve been doing a lot of silver jewelry projects lately, but recently I acquired a fabulous stash of Makin’s Clay and I am excited to start incorporating these ImpressArt Metal Stamps into some new mixed media pieces with the clay!
The creativity shows no sign of slowing down, so be sure to continue to stay tuned to the blog! Lots more unique project inspiration coming soon!
I created a beautiful silver bracelet with a gunmetal patina that features 3 hand set bezels with CZ stones and the stamped words love, faith & family. I used the Impress Art Newsprint Letter Stamp Set and some of their design stamps as well.
Here you can see me modelling my new creation alongside a trio of beautiful stretch bracelets that I created from a kit by Jolene Star of The Bead Fairy TV. If you’ve never heard of Jolene, I highly recommend that you check out her YouTube Channel for tons of super cool and creative beaded inspiration! I met Jolene at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show and was instantly a mega fan of her beautiful and brightly colored creations!
I think Jolene’s bracelets add a nice touch and accent my hand stamped bangle beautifully! And now for my next creation…
I designed a trio of majestic natural bangles that incorporate a silver scarab, large pearl, herkimer diamond and rough cut amethyst. I love the juxtaposition of the thin silver bangles alongside the large stones. These really remind me of my flower childhood, growing up in Woodstock, NY amidst the healers, psychics and metaphysical enchantments!
I practiced the metal stamping for the love, faith, family bracelet, on a small sheet of brass before stamping into my hand forged bracelet. Then later I cut up the practice sheet to make this adorable set of refrigerator magnets!
As you can clearly see. the journey into the world of silversmithing and metal stamping is beginning to take us into some very inspired and exploratory places! Be sure to tune in next time to see my new geode necklace and mom’s poetic bangles! These creations are not to be missed!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
The details on her wearable pendant bottles are just stunning!
And to top it all off, at the end of one of our classes we were greeted by this beautiful rainbow!
The adventure continues, so please stay tuned for more amazing silver projects incorporating Impress Art Metal Stamps coming soon!
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…
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.
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???
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
They even include punctuation marks, which I’m sure will appeal to mom’s creative sensibility. Did I mention she is a writer too?
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!!!