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I Make Animal Jewelry Out Of Silver And Bronze
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Fashion, Product Design6 years ago

I Make Animal Jewelry Out Of Silver And Bronze

About 25 years ago I was mainly a jeweler, doing all the typical jewelry for a retail store. But on the side I was carving stone in my brother’s studio, doing smooth animal forms with facet lines for the muscle definition. Eventually, I started doing them in bronze and many years later at the urging of my wife I applied that style to a jewelry line and launched the “Of beasts and beauty” store.

Now I barely have time for anything else! With each piece I try to create something that is beautiful from every angle and has movement, every arc leading into another. I have included a few photos of wax carvings before they are cast and a partially carved bracelet. Most of my jewelry and small sculptures are carved from this hard wax. Larger sculptures are made with hard oil clay.

I start a project by looking at photos then I do a profile drawing. I apply the drawing to the wax and transfer a basic line drawing to it, then I start carving, occasionally looking at photos for details. Mostly I just go by feel (which drives my realist artist friends crazy). At some point I realize I have managed to make something that has special movement or expression and I know I’m almost done. I still do a lot of contemporary gold/diamond/colored stone jewelry but the animal jewelry/sculpture is where my heart is.

More info: Etsy

Timber wolf with diamond eyes

Forest cat ring

Hedgehog ring

Baby fox ring

Sterling leaping puma ring

Fox bracelet

Curious hedgehog/fox

Pangolin

Silver magpie ring

Fox ring

Elephant pendant

Dragonfly

Lion ring

Magpie pin/pendant

Fox head pendant (rose gold)

Dragon band

Wolf wax carving

You can see more works on Etsy

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6 years ago

You have designed rings I just love. The Hedgehog is my favorite but I'd like them all. Please tell us more and where we can purchase these beautiful, fun rings.

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6 years ago

hi . thanks !! it took me a minute to find the link too. etsy.com/shop/michaeltatom here is a coupon for 15 % off etsypanda2016

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Doge_Is_Derpy
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6 years ago

OMG I WOULD LOVE TO BUY THESE !!!!!

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3 years ago

hi . i would love to make you one! there is a button on boredbanda to connect you with etsy but a lot of people miss it . go to: michaeltatom.etsy.com

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Anna Salerno
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6 years ago

Hedgehog ring is my favorite... I love your work! Do you sell them on line?

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3 years ago

hi Anna . yes i do. there is a button on boredbanda to connect you with etsy but a lot of people miss it . go to: michaeltatom.etsy.com

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Community Member
6 years ago

You have designed rings I just love. The Hedgehog is my favorite but I'd like them all. Please tell us more and where we can purchase these beautiful, fun rings.

Community Member
6 years ago

hi . thanks !! it took me a minute to find the link too. etsy.com/shop/michaeltatom here is a coupon for 15 % off etsypanda2016

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Doge_Is_Derpy
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6 years ago

OMG I WOULD LOVE TO BUY THESE !!!!!

Community Member
3 years ago

hi . i would love to make you one! there is a button on boredbanda to connect you with etsy but a lot of people miss it . go to: michaeltatom.etsy.com

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Anna Salerno
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6 years ago

Hedgehog ring is my favorite... I love your work! Do you sell them on line?

Community Member
3 years ago

hi Anna . yes i do. there is a button on boredbanda to connect you with etsy but a lot of people miss it . go to: michaeltatom.etsy.com

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