Mad About Metal

Etched copper "spade" riveted onto a brass sheild

Etched copper “spade” riveted onto a brass shield

There is something about working with metals.  Learning to manipulate it to create so many different shapes and textures has become an obsession.  And though I’ve yet to use my jewelry saw or solder, I’ve managed to cut it, etched on it, rivet it, make it more dimensional, and color it to make some interesting jewelry.  I’ve even started to carve out my own stamps just to etch them onto metal.  It’s a fun journey.  Maybe I can make a sword someday – at least a tiny one!

Ever since I made those leaf earrings so many years ago, I keep dreaming of more metal designs.

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Etched brass formed into a domed pendant

Etched brass formed into a domed pendant

Etched, domed (in the center) and flared out edges, pendant

Etched, domed (in the center) and flared out edges, pendant

Hammered brass disks shaped into a convex shape and made into earrings

Hammered brass disks shaped into a convex shape and made into earrings

Cut from brass sheet, etched with my own design and form into a pendant with copper bail

Cut from brass sheet, etched with my own design and form into a pendant with copper bail

I had to create some jewelry components as part of a tutorial for Wirework Magazine for their Spring 2014 issue.  These all have the same basic shape as they are part of the featured necklace design.

A jewelry component made as part of a tutorial for Wirework Magazine

A jewelry component made as part of a tutorial for Wirework Magazine

IMG_9161 IMG_9155IMG_9166By now I’ve made many, many, metal leaves for earrings and pendants.  I’ve yet to tire of leaf motifs but you may be tired of looking at them, so here is a pair of rustic, sickle shaped earring dangles on a pair of earrings.

IMG_9060I have to work on that sword!

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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8 Responses to Mad About Metal

  1. Laurien says:

    Amazingly beautiful, as always! No, I am not tired of leaf designs yet either, especially your leaf designs on metal!

  2. So exciting you are creating components for a Wirework Spring 2014 tutorial!! Oh my, they are gorgeous. I love leaves, especially your detailed, rich, varied, welcoming, elegant, organic and just simply oh so cool leaves! You are such a gifted artist, with an exquisite style that often takes my breath away with its beauty. I’m inspired and excited. I’ll be watching Wirework magazine. Wonderful post! Thank you 🙂

  3. Diane Smith says:

    I never tire of seeing your new creations, Zoraida. Keep ’em coming!

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Diane! You’re such a great supporter 🙂

  5. Those first earrings in copper are stunning, actually, everything I see here is soooo nice! It looks like metal is your right element, so stay with it. One day you will make that sword!

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