Nine Amulets

1831 Solano Avenue, PO BOX 7580, Berkeley California 94707-9991, United States

Art & Inspiration

Jewelry making is one of the most satisfying crafts there are. Because what you make with your own hand and inspiration will be worn by someone. It's like your art, and a person will now engage in a personal and intimate relationship, and it may last a lifetime. That is pretty cool.

Jewelry is not considered to be solely art. To a great extent, jewelry is regarded as part of the wardrobe. There are a wide variety and types of jewelry. Fashion jewelry, classical, expensive, and Body. Just about anything goes when it comes to jewelry. And the excitement is always linked to life and people.

There are infinite ways to create and manufacture jewelry. And the art of making jewelry and its final product and look has a lot to do with its various techniques. Therefore, our methods for creating jewelry pieces will determine how they look. Consequently, we are somehow restricted to the tools and techniques we use regarding how we want our jewelry to look. 

Making Mr. Cat ring

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Mr. Cat Ring

Hand-made jewelry using hammering, sawing, and filing will produce a specific look and feel. On the other hand, if we use casting and other sophisticated processes, jewelry will also look different. The best, however, is to combine different techniques to achieve the desired look we intend. It gets better, though.

We shouldn't be distracted by techniques. Instead, what matters is the intention and vision. This is an essential matter to me. So let me try to explain what I mean. Technique, in the end, is not crucial. The creation is what matters in the end because it is linked to our ability to produce what we had envisioned when we started. 

We can reach exciting results merely by accident brought by some technique or another. But if we wait for accidents to create art, we are not working with our inspiration but with a chance. In the end, the method seldom matters. For example, we can create jewelry using computer models, wax models sculpted by hand, or a hammer. What matters most is our vision as artists.

This vision always reverts back to people. When I make a piece of jewelry, I think of someone. I believe that someone will wear it and how will they see it? How will that ring or necklace contribute to that person well being? I also think of jewelry's effect on others who will be impacted by that visual they see.

To me, that is the most excitement I get from making jewelry. The techniques I use are secondary to this primary feeling of creating a piece of beauty that will be worn by someone, giving meaning to working with jewelry.