Showing posts with label metalsmithing studio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metalsmithing studio. 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 23, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today on the bench or 'in the studio' ;) you will find decorating for the Holidays and also oxidizing a large fibula pin order.
Once a dust collection system is installed along with some other end of year tool purchases I can start  making once again or rather messy making once again.
We fell in love with this tree from Target  and can't wait to decorate with antique and ornaments my daughters have made through the years.  The antique Christmas balls were my Grandmother's and a great string of lights from the 50's (local shop) slipping on aluminum vintage reflectors (my Grandmother's never opened) that are pretty amazing.
More to come!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five Years + Revisited

Many art friends and their open houses, shows, experimenting and beads later here is a revisit between 2005 and 2010.
1. opera length commission with handmade beads/faces and semi-precious beads 2.  forged and folded copper hearts 3. hand sewn original felt butterfly pin 4. Sterling Silver hammered earrings  5.  Petrified Wood necklace  6.open house in Bradford  7.  herb tea 8.  BeadArt doll embroidered and dry felted
Focus has changed but, I feel my design push is still the same with palette and texture.  I miss working with felt and seed beads on art dolls and brooches but, the metal is part of my life.  Perhaps my obsessing about what my focus was is affecting moving forward with more intricate metal work.

What was your break through?

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Organizing in the Studio with Wall Control

There is one wall that can have shelves or some type of system for organizing tools and materials.  After researching I did then settle upon a great little system from Wall Control in white.

Order in the studio or a place to put all the rolls of chain, wire, stringing, etc. 
Spools of wire, stringing material or chain is a pain to stack for they are constantly falling as you look through for completing or creating each piece,  It is an amazing way to keep it all up and visible for ease of making anything on the bench or table. Part of the wrapping station is visible on the right including kraft wrapping paper, wooden antique tote w/tags, scissors, stamps/pads, little plastic bags for smalls and business cards can easily be carried to the check out counter.
Accessories from the company work great especially the shelves and shelf dividers seen on the left  separating sheet metal by gauge which is extremely helpful.
I am such an organizing geek.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Studio Progress from November 2014 'til now


Every day I roll out of bed, brew a LARGE strong cup of coffee and finally walk into the new addition, where my studio lives, and I smile.  It is taking me a while to let this beautiful space soak in and tell my brain it is mine. 
I know I keep saying it, I LOVE this beautiful bright space! 
The below slideshow shows a progression from screen porch to working space.  There are a few more jobs to be completed such as bringing the oak display case from storage, constructing a porch for the front entrance (I have a front entrance, hoot, hoot!!!!) and finishing off the closet.





The white walls using Simply White from Benjamin Moore was chosen for it's neutral tones which are camera friendly.  This will allow for great photo possibilities and not as much editing. We also tried to find lights offering a more natural output.  They are not too warm and will do for now..  

What have you added to your studio that is key to lessen your work load and getting you actually back making?

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mornings in the Studio

Mornings in the studio are filled with hope for what the day will bring and glorious light from the breaking day.  Coffee from a rich dark blend, freshly ground with added cream and honey helps motivate also.  Mornings are the best.
"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."   ~ Mark Twain

Friday, November 04, 2016

November goals

What are your goals for November?  I have goals I try to keep, goals I have my dh help with, lol,  and goals that, if they are achieved, are totally liberating.


  • Post here on the blog each and everyday. (almost made it....)
  • Develop new designs in keeping with my voice.
  • Finish the studio with picking up oak display case from storage, build a porch on the street entrance and a get the closet door in. 
  • Organize house for oldest daughter and grand daughters during December's visit.
  • Put summer porch cushions, blankets, pillows, etc. away in the small camper.
  • Get the crazy dog to the vet for her check-up.
  • Deliver inventory to trading posts.
  • Make a kick butt Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Start baking bread during the week once again.
  • Make vegan cheese from the raw cashews purchased last month.
  • Set-up dust collection system for bench.
  • Locate a console style drop leaf table for the studio
  • More product photos 
Share some of your to-dos! 

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

PMC work will do 

It has been a bit since putting out original work.  LIFE takes hold and does just that holds you back from exploring new techniques and designs. You don't want any of that nonsense to keep you in a place of stasis but, yes it is all a part of IT.
Making way for those bursts of creativity on the bench ebbed and flowed.  Through out the last 10 years money has been spent as the thoughts of designs kept coming.  Believe it our not this is how I work, obsessed with a technique I exhaust it from researching to obtaining tools and materials.
I feel it coming together in my brain, honestly :)  Now that movement in the studio is possible with more room the kiln purchased a few years back is SCREAMING at me.  So here is some of the precious metal clay cache of tools and material.  Let's begin.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Garden Studio- in the studio first day of Autumn


Here we are with yesterday being the first day of Autumn.

That fact was totally kicked out of my brain for weeks, until clicking on yesterday morning's Google search doodle, which thwacked me right between the eyes.

 Not ready to let go of Summer honestly....

I can't remember where we were last week when the grumbling started and the receiver of the grumble said--- but, Fall is my favorite season, it isn't Winter yet.  How wise was that statement!  

It is a praiseworthy time of the year in a beautiful package of color, scent and possibility.
SDAJ always gets a big boot in the behind this time of year developing new jewelry designs, techniques and palette choices.

This season lots of recycled glass, ethnic and even more off the bench components embark on their journey.  Loads of to-dos wrapping it all together by tumbling, oxidizing and finally sanding away high spots giving each it's expression.

off to the right--- beading and saw area with loads of new Czech and Javanese
beads being wrapped

the wrapping--- Javanese, recycled glass, Petrified wood, Czech, Jade and lampwork beads
anticipating their assembly, tumbling and oxidizing.  How special are they!

peened closure ring with artisan copper forged/hammered hook and signature component

left side--- carpentry bench with metalforming tools and a pendant/bracelet rack waiting to be changed out for ECCOTA along with 3 new seasonally inspired neck-pieces each on their own custom easel
recycled glass, Czech and Javanese beads all new to the bench this Autumn

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Having a home studio gives the artist permission for total abandon in the work, home and life.
My family is my life, life gives freedom...freedom is found in the art.  What do you think about that!  I can be cohesive in thought when I want..maybe it's Autumn :) LOL  

Organic beef roasting in the crock-pot, rosary wrapping beads in the living room while binge watching The Blacklist featuring James Spader.   He is extraordinary in this role!   

Here for Balsamic Crock-pot Beef Roast recipe using the chicken broth and low salt soy sauce for the tamari substitute.  It was the perfect flavor profile having none of that slow cooking washed out blandness.  

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Laughing Owl Press studio and what not instagram
Laughing Owl Press inquired about carrying SDAJ, in their new retail/working studio, location on main street in Kane, Pa. recently. With out even hesitating I came back with a resounding YES!  

An open-house is scheduled for October 19th- 2:00 to 7:00pm tentatively, for the time (more details as the date approaches) at the new studio space.
printing demos . refreshments . libations  LIVE MUSIC

LOP and SDAJ are both part of the PA Wild's Artisan Trail as an artisan and trail stop.  A good friend of mine, also a trail artisan, recently applied to be juried now for a trail stop.  
I am not sure how many artisans actually are a trail stop...I need to find out, lol.






Thursday, August 07, 2014

Garden Studio- Getting Started on Paper

Out growing a dedicated studio is frustrating but, also rewarding.  The rewarding part comes from all the knowledge gained over the years, that then also leads back to lack of space with equipment and bench tools gained, filling in the small space... making it crazy frustrating to work in.

November 2013 was the last blog update about the space and where we were heading.

homestyler.com and picmonkey.com are super when experimenting with rearranging your room and identifying stations

A free design program from http://www.homestyler.com/ was used to help out with space allowance and placement with worktables, benches, etc. and then http://picmonkey.com for labeling.  I don't know about you but, I am very visual.

The conversation area set up, on the right of the plans, will be a nice touch for now but, is also interchangeable depending on event or need.  The patio is definitely an exciting detail bridging from studio to garden, with it also being a great seasonal addition.   You can see on the left a little entryway by the sink that is street side allowing clients a separate entry and bottom of plans where the door to our kitchen  leads also to the downstairs bathroom area.

This floor plan accommodates students and events from the PA Wilds Artisan Trail and other events that I missed out on the last few years due to a smaller studio which makes me sad...




"Good things come to those who wait" 
according to Heinz and Guinness : - )

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Garden Studio: July Studio Tour 2014

inside the studio for July 2014
Well made tools make all the difference on the bench which creates less fatigue for the artisan and assists in quality craftsmanship when it comes to the work. Why fill your studio with tools that you aren't physically comfortable using or that need replaced in a short span of time.  One statement my Father made to me, at an early age, was not to scrimp on tools or quality when it comes to food.

left corner metal forming tools, etc.

super little multi-functional German made Proxxon vise and the Crafted Findings Riveting System
choosing stones for new pendants on the workbench where the flexshaft tool systems and Wolf Belt sander live

I have not invested in the Foredom top shelf system but, have the Grobet and Prodigy .  The one is dedicated to the Wolf belt sander while the other is hanging from the ceiling by a small bungy cord allowing me to use it while wheeling around  from bench to bench in the small studio :)
part of the Pepe jumpring maker for winding wire

little sander is a super time saver when prepping ear-wire ends, deburring blanks and polishing 
This super useful 6 inch square bench block is from Romazone located on Etsy and is for sure a great addition to the bench.  I cannot seem to metal-stamp or hammer texture with out it.  The small 3 inch blocks are very nice but, I find the larger working space indispensable. 
a few tools on the cabinet door older saw, kitchen knife sharpener and ring sizer
some wire
Alexandra font stamps and some smaller Arial fonts stamps
view from the vise/sawing station on the right of studio
catching up on another Joy the Baker podcast with Joy the Baker and Tracy Benjamin 
The stations are all fused together, stamps on the sawing area, just crazy, lol
Tools are with us in what ever trips your trigger including cooking, hiking, photography or camping.

What have you found useful while #savingsummer this year?


Thursday, September 05, 2013

On the Bench -setting up a typeset when printing with sheet metal

Setting up a typeset, when metal printing, is the best way not to waste sheet metal by making a crazy mistake while stamping. Here I have used the top wooden lid of another letter stamp set to arrange the different fonts. I also stamp out the saying/quote/names before to make absolutely sure the letters chosen work with the thought/design or even with especially the lowercase letters making sure the b, d, h, p etc. are the b, d, h, p or even y It is important also to check for the aesthetic by stamping on a piece of scrap wood with your leather mallet seeing if it all works together. There are about 3 scrap pieces of wood floating around the studio (I will get a pic later) for this reason so I don't stamp on the benches in studio.
setting up a typeset for PA Wilds woodland pendants 'Wild about the PA WILDS'

group shot showing tools used

signing and branding with custom created metal stamps
centering and measuring with then marking with a Sharpie and a metal ruler

Thursday, April 11, 2013

waste not, want not...

Rearranging my studio creating a more practical work space was the objective last week.  The custom orders have been a constant here with the small work space closing in tighter and tighter.   I finally convinced the dh to put a shelf on the one side wall here clearing out inventory in the black jewelry cases, packaging, seed beads and some other 'stuff' allowing me to put the kiln, pmc tools and show tote in a space:

It was not good hitting the kiln with the outside door every time it was opened or having the precious metal clay tools scattered everywhere.


Trying to keep it all organized is interesting, hopefully the addition will come soon!


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