Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Things I made in College
My favorite class was jewelry making. I had so much fun and created so many wonderful things. The class focused on mass producing jewelry in an industrial setting. We learned about processes like laser cutting, CNC, milling, and acid etching. I found a few photos of my projects (taken by my professor, Phil). These photos are from his Flickr page- all the way back from 2006! I decided I'm still really proud of them, so I want to share them with you.
This is my tire ring. I designed the band in CAD with the gears - all as one piece - then had a dozen or so laser cut from stainless steel. The rubber tires are from little monster trucks. Many stores in Grand Rapids were searched that semester to find the perfect tire and enough to make twelve rings. My classmates and I sent our projects to a jewelry gallery in Maryland where they were displayed for a month. It was really cool.
(If you want one, I just posted them in my Etsy shop)
These bohemian earrings are the result of an acid etching lesson. The metal sections were created with a vinyl stencil placed on a thin sheet of metal. The acid ate away any uncovered areas leaving intricate sections to piece together and weld. In the center are fuses filled with colored epoxy. Of the six pairs I made, I only have one left. The rest were given to friends.