Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Multiple Piercings

One of the very first skills a metal student learns is the art of saw piercing. This is one of the best things about handmade jewelry - your pieces are lovingly cut by hand instead of mass-produced using a big stamp cutter.

I have a very worn (and well-loved) saw frame, into which I bolt the teeniest, tiniest saw blade - no wider than a millimeter, with teeth so small, I have to feel the blade to know which way they are facing. It is with this that I saw out the intricate, filigreed work that I love to do.

Saw piercing takes hours and hours to do, depending on the size of the project. At first, I was hopeless at it... like a cook who couldn't figure out how to boil water! I can't tell you how many times I threatened to quit my classwork and go back to beading after another broken saw blade.

I find often in my life that the things I really detest early on are the things I can't live without now, and this very much includes saw piercing.

Fuego sterling silver post earrings

Hawaiian Hibiscus sterling silver cuff bracelet

Cherry Blossom large sterling silver earrings

Paisley sterling silver pendant

                                                               My old friend the saw frame