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Entry # 1
Designed by GAIL PASALUKO
Really enjoyed the challenge, gets me in the studio to create and play with new ideas.
This necklace is brass and copper. Skill set to create; sawing, doming, soldering, forming, piercing, etching, some patterns with rolling mill and the Alan Revere ball clasp.
This is my tribal metalsmith piece.
Entry # 2
Designed by John Gray
This ring I made in silver and 14kt yellow gold and is set with a genuine green tourmaline.
I've been working with metal since I was 15 years old now retired trained by some of the finest craftsmen in the world when I was in England. Now living in Nanaimo
Entry # 3
Designed by Theresa Wilkes
A lovely pair of feather earrings.
I learned new texturing techniques. Better control of the hammer as well as soldering different metals.
Entry # 4
Designed by Debé VanderHeide
The Eagle Dancer
First Nations and Navajo cultures (just to name a few), celebrate the eagle in their spiritually-based ceremonies as it is believed the eagle could soar between heaven and earth because of how high it can fly.
My design pays tribute to the "Eagle Dancer" and can be worn as a pendant, scarf pin or brooch.
The fabrication of this piece incorporates hand sawing, riveting, hammer & rolling mill textures and soldering to name a few. This was my first prong setting for the top bead/stone and fabricating a pin clasp. It is worth mentioning that hand sawing is not something I embrace, but felt the design needed a free form design for the back plate to frame the top piece (and I only broke 3 blades so that is an improvement for me). The bail wasn't in the original design, but was born out of having to trouble shoot a failed frame for the pin. I'm happy with how it turned out and how I was able to problem solve along the way.
There are things I would alter next time but I so enjoyed the journey of this challenge.
Entry # 5
Designed by Heather Simmons
Copper Wire Sculptures - Humpback Whale & Octopus
Inspiration with the First Nations ties to the sea for art and survival.
Entry # 6
Designed by Barbra Thrasher Gougeon
For this challenge I wanted to work mainly with 14K Gold-Filled wire as I knew it would look perfect for the design I had in mind. I taught myself a new weaving technique that would help re-create the rays of the sun. Each earring has 7 1//2 ft of gold-filled wire. I used copper for the frame (with a light patina), genuine 2 mm faceted turquoise beads/gold beads and a gorgeous bright orange faceted Cubic Zirconia for the center. They hang from Sterling silver ear wires/gold beads.
My Inspiration for these earrings came when I thought about indigenous design, having been to Arizona several times my first thought was Navajo style. Then I thought about the sun and the heat, and the idea just evolved from there. The pictures do not do them justice. They're not perfect, but I love them.
For the past couple of years I'e found myself becoming more and more interested in wire weaving and wire wrapping. I am a Silversmith, but upon moving to the Island from the mainland I no longer have an appropriate place to solder jewelry. I still wanted to work with Sterling silver and genuine gemstones and found myself falling in love with some of the gorgeous wire wrapped and wire woven jewelry I've seen.
I'm a designer at heart and my excitement comes from making my one of a kind designs come to life.
I've been working with metal on and off for 27 yrs and I'm still learning. We moved to Nanoose Bay 3 yrs ago and we love it here. My inspiration is the beauty I see when I walk out my front door.
ENTRY # 7
Designed by Valerie Harty
The dramatic contrast in this piece suggests the multiple crossing paths we share with the First Nation people. An Eagles claw was given to me by a classmate several years back as a gift of his friendship has been used with honour and hand built into a Sterling Silver pendant.
ENTRY # 8
Designed by Francois Lavigne
This ring is made from copper an element of the earth. The movement of the metal represents my interpretation of the strength and the impact experienced by the First Nations people of Canada throughout history.