I'm really excited to share this memorial piece with all of you. My friend had a sentimental necklace from her father, but it wasn't something she would actually wear much. After his passing she commissioned me to remodel the charm into something she could enjoy all the time. Here is the result! First, I cut the loop off the charm and set it in silver on the end of the cuff. Then, I hand cut his initials from sterling silver sheet and soldered them to the center. The mirrored silver shape on the other end of the cuff was added for balance as an afterthought. I could not be more pleased with the result. I love when the materials and their physical properties drive the direction of the design. Good and unexpected things often happen. I am so thankful for the opportunity to design such a meaningful piece of jewelry. I lost my father in a car accident ten years ago, and I know how special mementos like this can be. If I can help you honor a loved one please let me know by clicking the link below.
I had the best time with these new dog tag necklaces. The idea behind the design was to create a collection that was accessible and identifiable. By using 20GA sterling silver sheet to cut out the backgrounds for the tags, I can easily saw and customize my dog tag backing to fit any shape. Then, I chose 18GA brass for the subject matter because I liked the contrast of the color and honestly, because I had a ton of it in my shop. That goes back to the accessible thing though, and using brass gave me a big look without the big price tag. Further, the simple platform of the design allows me to offer necklaces with endless options for the subject matter. As long as I have a sheet of silver and a sheet of brass, I can make whatever dog tag I, or you, desire. No molds to be made, no castings to clean up, just good old fashion sawing with a hand held jeweler's saw. Stay tuned to see how these simple principles of production influence the next round of designs.