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SomethingShinyArt

Location

Austin, Texas, United States

Quick Blurb

I work with lapidary, glass fusing, wire wrapping, metal fabrication, metal clay, and other distracting shiny objects.

Interests

lapidary, silversmithing, metal fabrication, wire wrapping, glass fusing, dichroic glass, natural gemstones

Skills and Techniques

Lapidary work, cutting my own stones to use. Wire wrapping, metal fabrication. Precious metal clay. Glass fusing, dichroic glass and experimenting with recycled glass.

Find me online @:

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Get to Know

I first started experimenting with silversmithing around 1980, inspired at the time by a book by Oscar Y. Branson, "Indian Jewelry Making". Over the years I learned other techniques in classes or from books. I enjoy lapidary work, finding my stones rock hunting or just searching local rock shop's piles of rough. I tumble a lot of material for free-form shapes. I also cut cabochons, mostly free-form, letting the stone itself determine the final shape. I probably do more wire-wrap work currently, but from time to time, I will get an idea for a piece that can only be done with fabrication or metal clay. The metal clay I use is Art Clay because it uses recycled silver to make its clay. Because I have a kiln, purchased for firing metal clay with some gemstones, I also experiment with glass fusing. A lot of my fusing uses dichroic or art glass, but I am also experimenting with recycling wine bottles. What I may work on from day to day will change, depending on what shiny idea has me distracted at that time. Hence my name, SomethingShinyArt. --Wayne

Bio Photo Gallery

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    Star Ruby Pendant, Sterling silver, fabricated.

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    Metal clay, synthetic ruby, 22k gold overlay.

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    Gold filled wire wrapped pendant, free-form amethyst cab

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    Moonstones I cut, polished and wrapped.