Allcraft is coming to Anneville
Calling all student and pro jewelry/metalsmiths in San Diego - Allcraft is coming! Allcraft is a New York based jewelry supply company headed by Tevel and Sara Herbstmann. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting Allcraft or one of their conference booths before, just know you can't miss it! They've been in business longer than I've been making jewelry; I remember encountering the magical Allcraft booth at my first SNAG 25 years ago. I spent hours perusing the tiniest elegant needle files, mysterious long-nosed hammers, wooden and plastic forming tools, the most comfortable pliers on the planet, shiny chasing sets, good-quality reasonably priced hand files, flexible sterling cable neck wires; just all manner of specialized jewelry tools. So many hammers .... come see for yourself! Allow at least an hour to browse.
If you'd like a preview, check out their website.
Anneville is pleased to host Allcraft Tools at our studio this November - Monday, November 6, from 3:30-6:30pm.
Focus on patterning
I'm hard at work this fall creating mokume gane patterning samples for inclusion in an upcoming book by Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski. Most of the patterning will be done using the traditional Japanese method of carving with a chisel, then flattening. But there will also be room to include some other patterning techniques - these photos show hammering the mokume with a cross pein hammer, and also hammering with steel stamps and wire into the surface. Both are still 'top down' techniques and involve a lot of tedious stock removal (filing), but I'm pretty happy with the results.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.