In the spotlight is Alaya Vautier, an outstanding metal artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz. Alaya’s artisan jewelry reflects vibrant elements of nature and experiments with diverse textures, a collage of metals, and a mix of gems and stones. She creates unique pieces that are one-of-a-kind and never mass-produced. As well as showing […]
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How to Grow Copper Crystals
Here is a little time lapse inspiration for growing your own copper crystals: Now that you have had some inspiration, here are some how-to videos, in case you want to start growing your own crystals. To grow your own copper crystals you will need: -A good container (flat walls let you observe the growth better!) […]
Hand Carving a River Stone
This video gets a little weird, has a lot of fun, and makes some art! Posted from Bobby Duke Arts on YouTube.
Put a Ring (or Bracelete, or Necklace…) on it
What’s better than art you can wear? Ina Hohensee Artist #217 | jewelrybyina.com Annette Nemes Artist #287 | forlowmetalcrafts.com Ingrid Browning LaRiviere Artist #292 | ingridbrowningstudio.com Learn more about Open Studios on the Arts Council website.
Shelon Bennett: Featured Artist
Take a peek into the work and philosophy of jewelry-maker, Shelon Bennett: “I have been privileged to grow up in the art friendly community of Santa Cruz and have benefited greatly from exposure to art from a young age. I have always been encouraged to observe the beauty that surrounds me. I am inspired by […]
Mark Areias Jewelers
These days, it is rare to come across jewelry that has not been mass-produced in a large factory. At Mark Areias Jewelers, the professional craft and personal care of jewelry is refreshingly “old-fashioned”. Local artist Mark Areias is a formally trained Goldsmith and one of this area’s most esteemed creators of fine jewelry. For […]
Video : Chasing and Repoussé Process
Enjoy watching this quick hyperlapse chasing and repoussé video. Chasing and Repoussé is the process which embosses sheets of metal into 3D artwork by pushing out and adding relief back to areas of the work. The chasing & repousse process can be done to many kinds of metal, including copper, silver and gold. Working from […]
Completed: Resin Flower Pendant.
This pendant evolved over time. Its unique because I created the wire wrap and the central resin piece. The resin piece in the center was created using flowers, a magazine clipping, and a liquid epoxy resin. I selected a group of small stones to compliment the central piece and wrapped them together in a cluster. […]
Inspirationand First Steps: Gem Silica Pendant
This week I am starting on a new pendant for myself! I’m excited about this project. I’ve been waiting for a while to have the opportunity to create something with this beautiful gem silica stone. I bought the stone from someone that I follow on instagram, who cuts stones and sets them into jewelry. […]
Completed: Spontaneous Swirls
This week I completed a pendant that doesn’t follow any rules! Lately, I’ve been working on designs that are really symmetrical. Its been challenging to try to bring that aspect into my art. This week I decided to let go of trying to conform to certain shapes and just let my imagination run wild. I […]