Traditional Hand-Forged Components

Nile Fahmy came back by popular demand to give another masters class in forging of metal jewely components at the Creative Side Academy.  Here are a few pictures of the results.  His website, The Tattooed Tinker Studio is worth some time.  Currently he is directing his efforts to the art of raising vessels. He says the 24kt plating inside the silver cups make the spirits taste better.   I thought I would show a few of the tricks I learned from this master who at age 35 has 30 years' experience.


This piece is about the size of a jumbo shrimp.  It started out as a 1 inch by 1 ½ inch piece of copper which I fabricated using the fold form technique invented by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980’s.  This technique will show up in our Spring jewelry line. I might make up a few shrimp.


Calla Lilly

Calla Lilly

According to  the internet, "You'll be hard pressed to find a more unusual flower with such a deeply rooted cultural and historical significance as the calla lily."  WE'll be seeing more of these.  I can also see where the techniques used here will work well with the shrimp.


We have been featuring leaves in our designs.  I wanted to pick up a few more leaf tricks.

Twisted Bracelet

Twisted Bracelet

Many new variations and avenues of creativity are suggested by this form

Quartz stand in from of Ralph Parker Painting

On my way back to work after class one day I stopped off at Crystal Works (11th and North Lamar in Austin, Texas).  There I discovered a box with several pounds of the very finest quartz points I have seen in 30 years.  The photograph doesn't show just how brilliantly vibrant these are.  I made a stand for one of them and I look forward to making a few more.