Nanz' Jewelry Featured in the Puget Sound Area

  I am so happy to have my jewelry at Fremont Jewelry Design, 3510 Fremont Place North, Seattle, WA. Lisa Magetteri, founder & owner is an old friend and an all-a-round great gal. We got to know each other so long ago I had forgotten how we met. She reminded me that once upon a time we were both getting our "GG's" graduate gemology training from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and there was a week long workshop down in Portland, OR which we attended together and were roomates. Lisa took the 12 stone challenge for colored gemstone grading and passed. I was taking my diamond grading exams and passed.

Lisa continued and completed her GG, were as I got accepted into graduate school at the UW and never finished the final colored gemstone exam. But now she is the successful owner of a very cool art jewelry gallery in the funky-cool neighborhood of Fremont. If you're in Seattle go by and visit her gallery.

  Another opportunity to view and buy my jewelry will be at the Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 30th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts. It will be held at 3548 Meridian Street in Bellingham for the five weeks before Christmas starting November 19th. While my more important (ie. expensive) pieces are at the Fremont jewelry Design Gallery, my more fun and affordable work will be available at the "Holiday Festival of the Arts." What is really cool is that I bid on and won a box of jewelry display props at the Seattle Metals Guild's Symposium last weekend. Here are some of the pieces that I will be featuring at the Hoilday Festival.


New Jewelry work

So, here is the pendant that was on the cover of Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist, March 2010. Photo by Doug Yaple

I was wearing it at the SNAG conference in Houston with a double strand of pistachio colored fresh-water pearls and it looked fabulous (photo to come soon). 

The other thing I wanted to show is a Swivel Locket, which I just sent in to Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist for publication sometime this summer. I don't want to spoil the thunder for the magazine to publish it first, but I have a Swivel Locket workshop coming up on April 11th at The Ranch  and I wanted to build some excitement for that event. This is a very elaborate version of the locket we will be making in the workshop and I was so happy with the way it turned out. Even my son said it looked like something from "ancient royal times."  Photo by Doug Yaple

Laser Cut Matrix Dies are NOW Available for purchase with PayPal!

I am so excited. I have been researching and developing these laser cut acrylic Matrix Dies since 2004 and I now have them available for everyone with the Paypal on my new Etsy store. There are Five shapes, Square, Triangle, Diamond, Rectangle, and Oval in sets of three sizes; 1-inch, 3/4-inch, and 1/2-inch for $20.00 a set. 

 The 1/2 inch acrylic Matrix Dies hold up really well. I have taught with them for the last 5 years to make sure they will hold up under regular use. In fact the first set of acrylic Matrix Dies, which I cut myself on the University of Washington's laser cutter in 2003 are still the ones I use to teach. I used the laser cut prototypes for these Matrix Die sets to make the bracelets and locket shown here. Just imagine the kind of artistic jewelry you can make with these laser cut Matrix Dies.

   I have used my laser cut matrix dies with the 12-ton Bonny Doon Lite Manual Press, a 12-ton home made hydraulic press, a Harbor Freight floor model hydraulic press (scary), and the Mark III Bonny Doon 20-ton Deep Draw Press with the 4-inch riser block in place. The clear acrylic allows you to see your roll-printed metal through the die and capture just the part of your pattern you want to have on your piece of jewelry. 

To use: peal off the protective paper film, use the die to select the area of your patterned metal, leave 1/4-inch of metal around all edges of the open area of the die, tape the metal in place over the open area of the die. Place the 1/2 inch thick acrylic Matrix Die down on the base platen with nothing underneath it. Stack the urethane on top of the metal, which is on top of the die. Pump the hydraulic press to achieve a 3-D formed shape. Anneal the metal and repeat the pressing to get a deeper draw. Thinner gauges of metal work best on the smaller shapes. 

I have even used the dies in ways that they were not designed to be used to see how the 1/2-inch thick acrylic would respond. It is important when using these acrylic Matrix Dies to place them on the solid base platen of the hydraulic press (or on a solid riser block) and not on a urethane pad nor on top of the silver or copper, as improper stacking may cause the dies to crack. 


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