June 29, 2009

Yammers of Hammers - Silversmithing and Metal Stamping

It's mid-afternoon and the entire house is reverberating with banging, deafening noises that keeps getting louder by the minute. "She's at it again!". My daughter announced. Screaming like a banshee so she can be heard amidst the racket.

The source is me. Hunched on my work desk, pounding and hammering silver like a mad woman. This is my altered ego pursuing a new-found passion. Silversmithing and Metal Stamping.

Oddly, I found that I LOVE the design hammering creates. More so, when oxidized, enhancing the design. So I hammer! Though my husband concluded that, this, is my ultimate outlet for stress. He can just be right!

On Twitter, someone told me how she remembered the good old days when I blogged daily. I remember those days too and I miss it... But "life is like a box of chocolate and you don't know what you're gonna get..."

As of late, the Creative Chocolate dominates. Whoever said "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" was a pessimist. I'm neither old nor young, but I find that there's always room to grow and learn. It's a mindset. So I learn.

After taking Silversmithing class with the "only game in town" : Dan Haga, I was hooked. I realized that making unique jewelry doesn't end in beading. You can up your skills by learning different options and techniques. 90% of handmade jewelry-makers I know are Beaders and only 10% of them took up a new trick to learn. You don't know know what you're gonna get... You might just like it!

Things you can create with Silver and Hammer

Men's Hammered and Oxidized Pendants on Leather cords
{Men needs jewelry too- first time in my collection}

Icthus Earrings /Domed disk Earrings

Modern Lily Earrings / Make a Wish-bone Earrings

My most treasured one...

The"new" Mommy Bracelet

{currently my bestselling customizable design}

Thinking of Silverworks now? Here are some websites that I personally use for my supply needs to help you get started:

a) Beaducation - Got good stuffs for metal stamping. Affordable prices.
b) NileCorp - Got the cheapest priced tools with online discounts.
c) Widget Supply - offers best variety for rouge polishing bars and more.
d) Artbeads - Free Shipping in the US. Great for bulk needs though limited collections.
e) Firegemmountain - Also great for bulk needs. Wide variety but a little on the expensive side.
f) CoolTools - Offers Eco-Friendly options. Best one so far!

Let me know if you have any questions. Now on with the Torch! - Nooo, I'm not going to torch the house!

Happy Creating! {don't forget the earplugs and safety glasses}

Note: Ear wires and Clasps used are also handmade. Oxidizing agents used on all the jewelries is an Eco-Friendly solution {not sharpie markers} that's good for the plants. Jewelries are created in a smoke-free environment. My pledge for a safer environment and safer you.


  1. I love your jewelry. Amazing work with the silversmithing. I think it's important to grow as an artist. Beautiful jewelry, YOU ROCK.

  2. Wow!You have somebeautiful things here! Hammer away!

  3. Wow! You make some beautiful jewelry! Amazing! Thanx for stopping by my blog. Have a great day! :)


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