Saturday, March 13, 2010

Featured Artist ~ Amy Abrams

Amy began making jewelry in the early 1990's after a fateful trip to the library led her to discover a book about bead weaving using tiny glass seed beads. Over the years her passion for the beauty and intricacy of jewelry has led her in new directions and opened her eyes to different techniques and materials. Her work is inspired by nature and the divine feminine, as well as the materials which infuse her work.

In early 2005 Amy became a certified metal clay instructor using Art Clay Silver, a cutting edge material, developed and manufactured in Japan. It is made from fine silver (99.9 %, sterling is 92.5%) particles, a natural and non-toxic plant cellulose binder and water. She is very happy to note that the silver used in Art Clay Silver, rather than being strip-mined, is manufactured from silver that is recycled from industrial processes and processed with minimal impact on the local environment. She has also recently taken up the use of bronze and copper versions of this clay for making larger items for jewelry, decorative ornaments, incense holders and vessels.

All of the materials Amy uses in her work are genuine stones and pearls, fine silver, sterling silver, gold fill, vermeil (22k gold over sterling silver) and in some cases high karat gold, and now bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) and copper.

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