Monday, September 7, 2009

The first piece of jewelry I made...

I made my first piece of jewelry well over 20 years ago. Sure, I strung macaroni and made construction paper link necklaces years before that...but this was was first metalsmithed piece.

I had an amazing high school art teacher (thank you Mr. Pozun!) and he introduced jewelry making when I was a sophomore (circa 1986 - age 16). The funny part of the story is....I HATED it! We had to lay out our design on a sheet of nickle silver and cut it out. The tedious sawing and filing that followed was TORTURE. And Mr Pozun did all the soldering, so I missed out on the FIRE (aka the fun part)!

I truly discovered my passion for working in metals a year later, while at the PA Governor's School (a summer art camp of sorts) when I was introduced to steel sculpture and braising. Metal + Fire = LOVE!

And a year later, I was in college and concentrating my studies in Jewelry/Metals. Funny how things work out, huh?

To read about my fellow EtsyMetal members' first piece of jewelry, please visit the following blogs:
Andes Cruz
Beth Cyr
Caitlyn Davey
Clare Stoker
Cynthia Del Giudice
Delias Thompson
Kerin Rose
Laura Crawford
Libby Rosas
Nina Dinoff
Nina Gibson
Sara Westermark
Tamra Gentry
Quercus Silver


Quercus Silver said...

Such a fabulous first piece. Thanks for sharing it!

Kerrie said...

This makes me want to go search for the first piece I ever made! Thanks for sharing.

Delias Thompson said...

giggles. I wish my school had offered metalsmithing! How lucky are you?

Fun post!

kerin rose said...

there is something I really like about this ring Danielle!....very exotic lines, I think!

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