Showing posts with label copper jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label copper jewelry. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A Simple Pendant with the BIG made by hand Attitude

Being an artisan member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania makes me, of course, USA made but, even tighter than that, #PAWildsmade.  Wild's creatives immerse themselves in the landscape producing such work for ie. photos captured, wood carved, metal formed or spirits distilled.  When enjoying artisan's work from this Wild's 'scene' you are part of the entire scope, the tangible and emotional experiences.   

Over the years my jewelry and mixed media techniques have continually drawn inspiration from those rural traditions that were once everyday life for our ancestors.  This way of tactile life, being a part of the process of just living, has become a need in this age of technology for me and so many others to make with our hands utilitarian wares or more refined artistic work from beginning to end.  


riveted copper bangles, antique cross peen hammer and air chased copper cuff #madebyhand Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry
airchasing a cuff on the anvil


There is honesty in the process, a feeling of release while striking the metal over and over and then a certain amount of authority over the finished design that is validating.


PA Wilds Made copper pendant progression in the hydraulic press. Finish work follows for the piece to get it to what is then for sale.   #PAWildsmade copper pendants available for purchase from my studio and The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at The Kinzua Bridge State Park!



SDAJ studio shot


While you are adventuring through the 12.5 county region known as The PA Wilds look for our The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania membership popping up in galleries, as shops, breweries, distilleries, wineries, restaurants and historical sites just to name a few member types. You will find artist and artisan members among trading posts, host sites art shows and studios where they capture the landscape of the WILDS through #madebyhand work. 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today hammering tubing into flat lengths, sawing separate tubing into rivets, dapping and then finally peening into place sliced tubing on the ends of the pieces.  All this to create components for bracelets and necklaces.  Debating on whether or not to put attribute words or deliciously placed symbols on some like I have been.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere for Wednesday


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Easy Breezy- wishful Spring planning

I finally took some time to grasp how Polyvore.com works or can work for an artisan jewelry business.  Here you see a very casual, practical mix of color and texture making for a non-stressful day out walking from shoppe to shoppe or to the next awesome art installation comfortably.

Easy Breezy




Denim is my go to as well as one of my 4 pair of  Converse or 'Chucks'.  The fun colorful scarf is a must, followed by the denim jacket and sweet grey tee, throw SDAJ on with ease as well as a Tom Bihn messenger bag.  The strong but, stylish Tom Bihn bag is the perfect way for organizing all your personals, water bottle, lunch and some purchases found along the way with confidence.  The only touch left out of the collection would be a cool pair of socks and worn leather belt perhaps, or not...
I find the warmth of copper, artisan beads, stones and handcrafted components a way to pull together this sort of collection brilliantly.

enjoy, xoxo

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday




http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/
Today on the bench, typeset and tools readied for upcoming Doctor Who textured and printed copper pendants.
tips/tricks:
I find an old polishing cloth works best to cushion a steel anvil more so than those rubber blocks. When using a rubber block during metal printing you don't get a good dead blow surface which causes the hammer and stamp to bounce for an unclear or double image.




Group Description

Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up. 
pizza baked in a cast iron skillet last night for supper...  HINT : don't use a pizza cutter while still in pan...grrrrr My poor perfectly seasoned 'ERIE' Griswold skillet :(

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

On the Bench -handmade crimps

Making jewelry from start to finish, using your own components, is a way to put YOUR signature on the pieces coming off table or bench.  Nothing is more relate-able to your potential clients or more fulfilling to you as an artist than handmade closures, beads, earring findings, jumprings, headpins or the like.
 This necklace was made for ME after locating the 6mm leather used as actually I feel another component in the piece, crimped and then a heavy 10 gauge copper wire hammer forged hook attached to various artisan lampwork, wood and glass cane beads linked by wirewrapping.  I feel wearing a design before creating more to offer to potential clients is extremely important working on comfort, wear ability, durability and overall aesthetic.
Since this is mine, the pendant was metalstamped with my signature and then the PA Wilds brand added creating the focus.

Wide shot of materials, tools and  components.  5 & 6mm leather is a beautiful addition in more organic bracelets and necklaces.

An oxidized or natural finish treatment, as seen here on some crimps.  Round nose pliers, small graduated size wrap and tap pliers, side cutters and flat nose or chain nose pliers used to manipulate wire.



16 gauge square and round copper wire, along with 14 gauge round were used for crimps.  The smaller the number the thicker the wire when looking at the gauge size.  The wrapped bead links were done in 20 gauge copper  or 18 depending on hole size for 20 gauge is more suited to double wrap as seen below making some double or single wraps.  I love the look of double wrapping on beads for it adds a relic element especially when oxidized.
In conclusion I love the pieces and will start this line for the Spring adding more metal, attribute words, charms and artisan beads to the overall design having them for sale in the online shoppe and also at Allegheny Outfitters in Warren, Pa. and also Elk County Council on the Art in Ridgway, Pa.  both trail stops not to mention amazing shoppes and galleries.

enjoy, xoxo

Monday, March 12, 2012

On the Bench- Making Fibula Safety Pins

IMG_3150 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_3150, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
Here are some of the steps involved with making fibula, swirl, safety pins from copper.

I used a 9" piece of 12 gauge copper wire this time bending the spring part first, the swirl next and then the catch. Hammering and adjusting are also involved to make that perfect pin.

This batch is going through the tumbler to provide depth, hardness and a fab shine.

Wubbers pliers, a ball pien hammer, steel block, sandpaper, steelwool and assorted files were used in this project.

Friday, November 04, 2011

New Collection

The components are coming together to develop a new Holiday line which includes wrapped bracelets and necklaces using chunky glass and stones, lovely quoted jewelry, riveted layered pendants and mixed media bracelets. Everything is textured and antiqued to show loads of detail.
More, more, more to come :)

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