More Cold Connections and Mixed Metals

IMG_9544I haven’t been able to stop this obsession with cold connections and mixed metals.  I don’t know what it is but I’m hooked – at least until my next obsession!  Perhaps it’s because I can create artistic pieces with so few materials, just some metal sheets, rivets, hammers and stamps that I find it easy.


Sometimes I combine etching so that requires a little more but still, there are no expensive materials like gems or precious metals.  I may add a chain and that involves some wire work.


IMG_9504Basically I love hammering and forging that hard metal material to suit my will and turn it into shapes that suggest the softest of things, like flowers or leaves.  What a sense of power!IMG_9525 (2)

I’ve yet to use that jewelers saw or torch either.  My metal cutting shears have sufficed so far.  I’ll tackle those tools someday but not today.  Today I just want to beat that metal into submission 🙂

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 and my website at
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13 Responses to More Cold Connections and Mixed Metals

  1. Diane Smith says:

    Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Diane! I’m having so much fun making these 🙂

  3. Shelly says:

    You have been one of my inspirations in my jewelry making endeavors. I’m 48 & had a stroke in April of 12 and can no longer work as I used to. But, the good Lord gave me a way to manage little pocket money. I’m still learning every day, but I love your rustic & warm characteristics in your pieces. We follow each other on Pinterest…..

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you so much, Shelly. I am honored to have inspired you in any way. Good luck with your jewelry 🙂 Are you still on Artfire?

      • Shelly says:

        No. I only had a couple of sales in 4 months, so it didn’t justify the monthly cost at the time. I have been selling in local consignment shops & mountain Lake hotel (where the movie dirty dancing was filmed). I am going back online in the spring, I should have enough pieces ready by then. I just haven’t decided where yet.

      • zoraidabros says:

        Good luck, Shelly, where ever you decide to sell your jewelry. It does take time to become established on any online marketplace. I didn’t sell a single thing the first year.

  4. Janicef Plasterer says:

    Zoraida, Love the stacked hearts! The cross will be nice for Lent and Easter that is coming up. Beautiful work as always, Jan P

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you, Janice. I do like the way the hearts pendant came out. It was an experiment that worked out. The cross was a makeover from an earlier project. I like it better now 🙂

  5. Tela says:

    Wonderful! That middle piece, the oval, is spectacular. I like it a lot and the others, too. Cold connections is something I haven’t done yet, but would like to try. You seem to be doing everything right. 🙂

  6. zoraidabros says:

    Thank you, Tela!! That oval celestial pendant is my favorite. I can’t even think of selling it. That same piece has morphed so many times. The brass oval in the center is actually covering up some words I had stamped and wasn’t happy with. I liked this pendant so much I made a bracelet with a similar theme. It’s rather big and bold and I named it my warrior woman bracelet –

    Perhaps you can tell me what you think of it 🙂

    • Tela says:

      Oh! I like it a lot. I love the stamping and the celestial feel. The construction is really cool, too. It’s hard to imagine there is no solder. This is such a great companion piece to the necklace that I’m surprised you don’t keep it.

      My first (not messed up) soldered piece had a big boo boo that I covered with a wire. I’m glad I made the mistake otherwise I wouldn’t have added the wire and I really like it. Sometimes mistakes are a blessing. 🙂

      Let me ask you…. do you burnish your edges? I can’t tell from the pictures. I think it would add a lot. It’s a really small thing, but it makes a big difference. Just thought to mention it. I do it with the silversmithing. It looks especially nice with patined copper.

  7. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, Tela. I thought something was missing. I usually file the edges with a jewelry file and then use steel wool. You’re right it could use a bit more finishing. Thanks for your fine, discriminating eye. I appreciate it, really 🙂

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