My humble little Jeweler's saw is the most used of all my tools. Most of the jewelry I make starts out as a sheet of metal. I transform it into jewelry forms with the Jeweler's saw.
First, I either measure out a design or print it and glue to the sheet.
Sometimes, I then need to drill starting holes, so I can thread the saw blade through and cut out an inner space.
You can see in this example of a copper cuff with a Celtic knot design, most of the work is the sawing.
It takes time and patience to do this. There are a lot of jeweler tools and techniques that attempt to minimize the amount of sawing. I don't use most of them.
Sawing is my favorite part of the day. It forces me to slow down a bit and think about what I'm creating. This is when I send good thoughts to who ever will wear the piece. Time seems to stand still. I watch the grains of metal flow up as the blade moves down. I am aware that jewelers before me, for thousands of years, have used a similar tool in the same way. I feel a wonderful connection. There is a peace and satisfaction that comes in the process of creating. For me, I most often experience peace while using my humble Jeweler's saw.
I hope some of that peace flows to you, when you wear a piece I've created.
I'll tell you more about the cuff in these pictures in my next blog post.
As some of you know, I'm a member of the TADA365 Art Jewelry Group.
Our website, www. TrueAddictsOfDailyArt.com was created to feature our group online exhibitions.
Entries for our third show are open through Tuesday, May 1st 2012.
Hurry and your work can be in it!
Romance: The Artist Defines the Word
Entries due May 1st - Show opening May 15th 2012 (changed from April)
Entry form (max 3 entries):
We accept all media that is in the form of adornment - from jewelry to masks, both wearable and conceptual.
To enter, all you have to do is
1 - join the Flickr group - tada365
2 - upload up to two pictures of your work, plus artist statements, bios and links at
3.We invite you to come back to Flickr and share more photos and comments through the year.
We look forward to seeing your work.
TADA stands for True Addicts of Daily Art.
You can read about the history of the group here.
Here are links to our past two shows..
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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