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Heather Schramm

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Design and Fabrication: Harvest Moon

Process, EarringsHeather Schramm

Thank you for coming back to check out my latest post! Today, I will be sharing some of the finer details on my Harvest Moon Earrings.

There are many things that inspire me while designing new pieces. Take these earrings for example, they were inspired by my favorite season, Autumn and planned to be demonstration piece for my cold connections class. “It’s" Riveting” focuses on these connections and when they are used in jewelry. This workshop allows students to plan and execute a piece using at least one of the three rivets they learned in the class. In the class, students learn how to make a standard, tube, and hidden rivet.

After sketching and choosing the pair of earrings that will best represent my class. I textured the copper using a cross pein hammer and cut out the fence using a jewelers saw. Next, I used my template to cut out each sterling silver circle. The bezel was soldered onto the sterling silver backing. During this process it is important for all components to be filed and sanded before assembly. Now, the process of riveting can begin I used a flex shaft/drill press to drill each hole in the piece and each rivet was hand cut then filed to size. One by one rivets were added to the earrings using a riveting hammer and anvil. This pair of earrings features both standard and hidden rivets which take time to fine-tune and correct.

Please take a look at some of my process photo’s below!

Design and Fabrication: Paleontological Discoveries

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Hello and thank you for reading my blog. This year I have decided to start blogging in order to share part of my design and fabrication process.

Each final design starts with a sketch. After selecting a beautifully cut fossilized coral egg, I needed to start sketching potential designs. Sketching helps me narrow down ideas and decide elements of each individual piece. In this case, I added two 6mm Black Onyx cabochons in order to really make the color of the fossilized coral pop!

After I finalize a design, I began the process of fabricating the necklace. Each element of the chain has been hand sawn from sterling silver sheet or wire. The wire is then shaped to create each individual link in the chain. After soldering everything together, I hand filed and sanded the piece to the finish represented in the second image. I then used a tumbler to work harden and add the satin finish to the necklace. Lastly, after it has been rinsed and dried, I completed the necklace by setting the stones.

Presenting Paleontological Discoveries!