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Arizona Artist Series: Kristi Ellstrom - Northwoods Silver Q & A

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How did you get into metalsmithing?

I have always loved silver and turquoise and wanted to do something that included those in my creative outlet. My early childhood, I grew up in Arizona so that had a lot of influence on my interest in the Southwestern styles. My Dad had a very close friend who had the largest Turquoise belt buckle I had ever seen. I thought it was so beautiful and special, I will never forget it.

I also credit my start into silversmithing to my Mom! She passed down her turquoise ring from the 1970’s to me when I was sixteen. I still wear the ring almost daily. We spent our summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin on a lake (my favorite place) and every year on one of our “town” visits, we would visit a silver shop and would get to pick something out. That is why I named my business Northwoods Silver.

My path to metalsmithing was a bit untraditional, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just 8 months ago, I took my first class at Harold Studio and have taken several more since then. I opened Northwoods Silver this spring and have been working on honing my style since then.


Turquoise Necklace on Silver Chain



What inspires you?

Nature! I love spending time outside, taking in the fresh smells and sights. I also love to travel and am especially interested in other cultures. There is so much diversity in the world, you can take bits and pieces of it and apply it to your work. I am still discovering my own personal style when it comes to silversmithing, so I suppose the inspiration will keep coming from many different avenues!



Turquoise Earrings with twisted wire


What is your design process?

It usually begins with the stone. I love gems, so I really take in the color, shape, size, any special inclusions, etc. Then I trace around the stone on a piece of paper and from there I draw out a design. Many times, I end up tweaking the design once I get going. You’ll notice what works or doesn’t work during the actual process of making the piece. I try to stay as fluid as possible, because I’ve come to learn that if you try to force it – it won’t turn out well and I’ll be frustrated.

I also love making custom pieces, because I think about the person while I’m making the item. Wonder if it will be an everyday piece for them or something for special occasions? If it is a gift, I’ll smile and think about how surprised and hopefully happy the person receiving it is. It brings me a lot of joy to creative something that someone in the world will cherish as their own. I also hope that they will be passed down to friends or family, just as my turquoise ring was to me. I love when objects have a history


Turquoise Pendants on leather suede


What is your favorite tool and why?

 This is such a hard question! There are so many, but if I had to narrow it down, I would say the Flex Shaft machine, the rawhide mallet, and the bench block. I use those things every day I am working, couldn’t live without them. The Flex Shaft is a workhorse and I use it to clean up the metal during the process and also to polish the pieces. The mallet and bench block are two items every metalsmith needs and will use constantly. These would be my first recommendations to newbies!


silver stack rings


What is on your bench right now?

Right now I am working on 15 cuff bracelets. I don’t normally have such a large volume of items on my bench at the same time, but something came over me and I wanted to create numerous cuffs for the upcoming market I’m heading to!


Simple circle earrings


Where can we find your work?

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/northwoodssilver/
Etsy- https:https://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthwoodsSilver

jewelry work bench and tools

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Arizona Artist Series: Crystal Cleveland - Skye Silver Q & A

Sterling Silver Rings with Turquoise and Onyx Cabochons


How did you get into metalsmithing?


I’ve been into collecting jewelry since high school, when I inherited a bit of my grandmas native turquoise jewelry collection. Then after collecting and searching for stuff that I like or that fits for years, I just decided I wanted to try to make things that I couldn’t find and things that fit me. I have a couple good friends who are also into metalsmithing, lapidary and collecting that also really helped me get into silversmithing. I took the 8 week jewelry 1 class at the Harold Studio and really took off from there!


Sterling silver rings with Turquoise and Silver Accents



What inspires you?

Everything! I live for 40s/50s Fred Harvey era silver. Turquoise! The desert! Stones! Stones, probably more than anything, they really make every piece so special.


Sterling silver Rings with Turquoise and Moonstone Cabochons


What is your design process?

I don’t know if I really have a process really. I doodle designs a lot, but my drawing is terrible. I usually just lay out some stones and it really just comes to me from there. Ill start moving elements around on my bench, playing around until a design is laid out. I do a lot of the designing at my home and then head to the Harold Studio to finish up the pieces.


Cabochon Bolo Ties


What is your favorite tool and why?

 My favorite tool is the polisher. Polishing, patina and cleaning up pieces and getting to the final step makes me really happy.

Various Jewelry Components and Tools


What is on your bench right now?

I probably have 10 or so ideas on my bench right now. A lot of rings, a couple bolo ties. I’m thinking about attempting my first bracelet!

Sterling Silver Hoops with Turquoise and White Buffalo Cabochons


Where can we find your work?

Instagram- @SkyeSilversmithing
Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkyeSilversmithing


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Arizona Artist Series: Stefanie Dicker of Bezel and Brass Q & A

Sterling Silver Botswana Necklace

How did you get into metalsmithing?

Years ago, my grandma gave me her wedding ring and told me that I could reset the stones, if I wanted to do so. I felt that the best way to honor her, would be to learn how to reset the stones myself. Ironically, I no longer want to reset the stones. I cherish the memories that I have of her wearing that ring. I want to preserve the ring and the memories.

Sterling Silver and Brass Geometrical Earrings

What inspires you?

I'm very inspired by other cultures. Specifically, Native American and Hispanic cultures. I love the story, the spirit, the richness and the detail.



Bezel and Brass Silver Hoops with Brass Dangles

What is your design process?

 I tend to be a more methodical person, so, I'm not one to "wing it".  I almost always have a plan before I start working on a piece. Usually, I end up deviating or modifying somewhere along the way. That's the part of the process that I have a tricky relationship with. I don't like uncertainty, although, uncertainty can be our best teacher.

Bezel and Brass Silver Jasper Ring

What is your favorite tool and why?

 My favorite tool changes, depending on the pieces that I'm working on. Consistently, though, I love my rotary tool. The finishing process is cathartic for me.


Bezel and Brass Work Bench with various tools


What is on your bench right now?

I'm finishing up some chrysoprase earrings and starting a collection for a salon in Minnesota.

Bezel and Brass Silver Varasite Ring




Where can we find your work?
-Local Nomad on Camelback and Central, localnomadshop.com
-late spring/early summer at Mérite House of Beauty in Minnetonka, MN
-Etsy, bezelandbrass.etsy.com


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Arizona Artist Series: Alex Babic of White Crow Works Q & A


silver jewelry collection with semiprecious stones


How did you get into metalsmithing?

"I developed an obsession with turquoise in 2018. It literally developed overnight. Until then, I used to think it was an "old lady stone", guess I'm an old lady now ;). Anyhow, I bought a few pieces of old Navajo jewelry and the workmanship was amazing, so I wanted to know how it was all put together. I looked up silversmithing classes and came up on Harold studio and the rest is history (not that long of a history I guess).

 
What inspires you?

I find inspiration in different places...antiques, old metal structures and even stones themselves (sometimes I "sit" on them until it "comes" to me what they should be). My love for vintage and rustic shows in textures and designs of my jewelry.


Copper Cuff, Turquoise Rings and Pendants


What is your design process?

Design process...as much as I overplan in all other aspects of my life, jewelry design just comes to me. I start working on something and it develops into a piece of jewelry. Don't get me wrong, I have rocks that I started months ago and have yet to become anything…someday.


What is your favorite tool?

Favorite tool- hands down rolling mill. I love texture, it gives life to a plain piece of metal. You can add depth, designs, whole stories to your piece. It's so forgiving as well, if you don't love what you did, you can wipe the "slate" clean and start all over.


cCopper Cuff, silver earrings, pendants and rings

What is on your bench right now?

There's always a turquoise stone and a buffalo nickel in various stages of completion on my bench.

Silver pendants and rings

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

No upcoming shows at this time, I do plan on doing some in the future.  Meanwhile you can find my work on Instagram @whitecrowworks and Etsy whitecrowworks.etsy.com/."


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Arizona Artist Series: Susan of Wallace Chambers Design Q&A

sterling silver spiral ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I had an uncle who made a living as a watchmaker. He also had an interest in stones and made some jewelry. When I was in elementary school he would take me along to hunt for rubies, and on one occasion he bought me a handcrafted Sterling dogwood flower ring. I thought this was so amazing! Later on I became aware of art shows, and grasped the fact that I could actually make a living designing and making jewelry.


What inspires you?

I would have to say beauty. I relate to the fluid nature of metal, and am totally in love with the drama of fire. I find clarity in looking for design, and it is usually a subtle, very unplanned idea that starts my process.

csterling silver cuff



What is your design process?

Very simply, I make it up as I go along!


What is your favorite tool?

I like working with my foredom ..... the finishing process I find
rewarding as the piece is becoming a whole.

Sterling silver twisted pendant on black cord


What is on your bench right now?

 I have been working on silver earrings with raw sea
glass. I decided to make unbacked bezel setting, and still have finishing to accomplish
on them.

sea glass earrings, ring mandrel, projects in process

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

I just finished my season in the Seattle area, where I do a Farmers Market on Saturdays.
My current goal is to focus on my website, and host my own online shows.


Where else can we find your work? 
In Arizona I have work for sale at Taliesin West, in The Frank Lloyd Wright Store. In
Washington I am working on a collection for SAM, Seattle Art Museum for the
spring/summer 2019 season.

https://www.wallacechambersdesign.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WallaceChambers?ref=search_shop_redirect


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Arizona Artist Series: Jen Lin of Hello Pecan Designs Q&A


Green Turquoise Shadow Box Ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I have always enjoyed learning and doing anything art and crafts related. I also admired all the pretty silver and turquoise jewelry out there, but had a hard time finding rings or cuffs that fit. I remember thinking maybe someday it would be cool to be able to make it myself. Two years ago, I was looking for a creative outlet to balance out my life and randomly searched the internets for a local metal-smithing class. I found Harold Studio, took the awesome Jewelry 1 class, and have been hooked ever since.  

What inspires you?
Lots of things - a lot of the times just looking at the stone itself sparks some idea for what it could become or what style would fit it best. I had lots of fun looking to nature and the National Parks for inspiration for several pieces. Sometimes running low on supplies (rarely happens right...) generates ideas. It ends up being a semi-fun challenge to see what I can try to create using what I have left until I can restock! 

Turquoise Shadow Box Ring

What is your design process?
I like when I can sit there with the stones I want to work with, along with whatever metal I happen to have on hand in front of me. I arrange things and mix and match all the pieces until I hit upon something that I like and want to wear myself. 

What is your favorite tool?
It's a toss up right now between the fresh stack of yellow bristle polishing discs and the buttery smooth metal file. 

What is on your bench right now? 
Currently on a ring kick and have a couple of different ones going on right now - some simple turquoise ones (my favorite), a few multi-stone rings, a Jasper one. Also finishing up an little cuff. 
Double Band Turquoise Ring

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

Annual Fall Festival of the Arts on October 28, Noon-4pm at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, Tempe. 


Where else can we find your work? 
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Arizona Artist Series: Roy Benjamin Harlin of Rbenjeejewelry Q&A

How did you get into metalsmithing?
I was searching for an alternative creative outlet removed from the food world that I have spent my working career in.   I needed a new medium that still let me use my hands and tell a story, but without being edible. (ring)
Brass Flower Ring with two stones

What inspires you?
The natural world inspires me the most.  I look to the scenery around me for form and functionality.  Themes are important to me.  I like to set an idea and then open up the drawing books to let the creative juices flow.  I research botanical illustrations, animal anatomy, and maps to help ground my wandering mind. (earrings)

earrings with amazonite




What is your design process?
Draw, draw, draw.  I try to draw in my books daily, even if I feel that is not consistent with what I’m working with at the moment.  It helps me keep a log of what I was feeling at the moment.  I also make prototypes for myself that I can where out and see the response I receive.  The responses help me know if the piece is liked by the collective and not just myself. (earrings)

silver earrings with topaz stones

What is your favorite tool?
I’m currently obsessed with my soldering pick.  It can be a challenge at times, kinda like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.  The benefits out way the juggling act with cleanliness on the piece.


What is on your bench right now? My bench is a bit of mess currently with some research and development happening. I will say that there is a strong presence of opal and rutilated quartz with silver and copper.


various tool, notepad and plants





Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m doing a show at noons on September 22nd.  I will be showcasing the #MOTHER line.  It is focused on asymmetry, elements, and clean lines.

Where else can we find your work.
Currently you can find my idiot line in Tucson at Popcycle.  I will be at noons starting October.   I also sell custom on line at www.rbenjeejewelry.com
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Upcoming Classes

We have some great classes scheduled to start in the next couple weeks!  Click on the class to register or for more information.

Also, the studio will be closed this Wednesday, January 21 and will be open on Thursday from 12-3pm.



Make jewelry in spinner ring jewelry class
Spinner Ring - Saturday January 17th 1-4pm

Learn to cabochon, tube, and flush setting
Stone Setting - Tuesday 6-9pm - Begins January 20th
Learn to solder, saw, pierce, rivet, texture, patina, and set stones
Jewelry 1 - Friday's 12-3pm - Begins January 23rd
Learn the jewelry enamel technique of Cloisonne
Cloisonne - Saturday and Sunday January 24 and 25,  9-5pm









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Lots of Jewelry

Some of the great jewelry made at Harold Studio this week.

Wide silver band with texture and patina and narrow silver bands on top
Textured Silver Spinner Rings

Brass and copper pierced and sawed then riveted together with silver wire.
Riveted, pierced pendant in copper and brass.

Brass and copper textured heart with silver wire rivet
Copper and brass riveted, textured heart pendant.

Sterling silver with copper enamel discs cabochon set to make earrings.
Enameled silver earrings.

Harold Studio jewelry display table at the Grand Avenue Festival
Our table at the Grand Ave. Art Festival.

Harold Studio jewelry display table at the Grand Avenue Fall Festival
Lynn, Rebekah, and Valerie working our table.
Square silver wire formed into a circle and tube set
Silver tube set pendant.

Sterling silver balled and soldered to form a ring
Silver bubble ring.

Vintage buttons with silver wires
Vintage button earrings.

Rectangular silver ball ring
Silver ball ring.

sterling silver ring made with silver balls
Silver Ball ring.

brass wire with copper flowers, silver  and orange beads
Brass and copper necklace made in the treasure box class.





Sterling silver rings soldered with purple tube set stones
Silver tube set cuff.

Studio dog
Silly Cody!

Boxes formed with copper and beads riveted in boxes.
Copper box and bead settings.


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