Senior, Hannah Wilson, researched, designed, and created this ring. The sterling silver ring band was fitted and altered to the finger. The balls on the right of the stone were made using the granulation technique, where the metal forms to the ball shape. Next, they were soldered onto the shadow line. The ring band and the ring structure was connected using the technique of soldering. The stone made out of Terracotta Clay, was purchased, then fit into the bezel. After cleaning and adding the finishing to the ring, it was completed.
Shown above is a perfume bottle that Hannah made for an assignment in Art Metal II. First, she made connected the copper metal to make a sphere. The tubing fit right into the drilled hole on top of the sphere. On top of the tubing, Hannah set an Amber stone for an extra element. A cork and silver ball was added for the distribution of perfume. Next, Hannah cut the flower shape out of copper. She hammered the texture onto the flower petals. The hammering texture led to the formation of the bottle its self. A ring was added to the bottom to insure stability. The final detail were added when she made holes using the center punch. A few holes were covered with melted brass using the technique braising. The perfume bottle went above and beyond with functionality and design.
With High Hopes for the Future
“With high hopes for the future” is a quote by Abraham Lincoln at his second Inaugural speech. To begin this piece, Hannah ordered discs of silver and brass. The silver disc was then cut into two identical round shapes. They were dapped to create the sphere shape. Next, the disk of brass was cut, with a jeweler saw, into the silhouette of the continents. The continents were also dapped to match the shape of the silver sphere. Each continent was attached by riveting (the technique to join thin pieces of metal without using heat). On the back, the stars were stamped into the metal. The moon and sun was made from Niobium, this metal was used because it is a reactive metal and can be anodized (the process to change the color of the metal with the use of electricity). Inside, The compass was taken from an old ship to be used in this pendent. This was tab set, where she created, “little fingers that would hold the compass in place”. The brass was used for the tab set to match the clasp on the outside. One of the final steps was to put the ball on the front of the metal to keep the two sides together.
To the left is another ring that Hannah designed and created. This intricate design was created using the casting technique. This process has been know for thousands of years to achieve detailed designs. The first step is to pour liquid metal into a mold with the desired shape removed from the wax. Once cooled and hardened, the metal takes the shape of the removed wax. The organic texture on top came from the idea of waves and the flat space, a canal, holding back the waves. The “canal” is protecting the Peridot stone that was tube set into place. Hannah darkened the waves and sanded some parts to increase the contrast between the high and low points.
The Tide that is Entering
Hannah spent half a year creating this beautiful oyster pendent. She began with two sheets of silver, cut the shape out of matrix dye, with the combination of the hydraulic press and urethane, the dome shape was achieved. A jewelers saw was used to cut around to give the organic edges. The texture on the outside shell was achieved with the process of Reticulation, where the heat brings the pure silver to the top, then it was cooled and repeated. On the inside, a poem by Lucille Clifton was written in, “May the tide that is entering even now, the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear…” The freshwater pearl was added to finish the piece.