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KEYS FOR LIFE

Commission (Pendant: 1 13/16″ Tall x 9/16″ Diameter)

Silver, Copper, Waxed Cotton Cord, Japanese Archival Paper

I got an email a couple of months ago from a friend asking if I would be interested in making a piece of jewelry for his daughter’s 16th birthday. He had an idea in mind, maybe a locket or even a painting, that would include this “list” of things he wanted his daughter to remember about life. I was a little reluctant at first because I hadn’t been working on metal projects in a while. I decided to think about it for a couple of days, although I was moved by my friend’s sentiment for his daughter and was inspired by this “list.” Late one night a spark of an idea came to mind that I thought might be really cool. And I was really ready to get back to working with some metal. The idea was to do something like a Tibetan prayer wheel or similar container and put a scroll inside of it with this “Keys for Life” list on it. I did some sketches and met with my friend and he really liked the idea. My first go at the design was more complicated than this and had a series of 16 rivets that looked like poppies with long stems. It was fun, and I put a lot of time into it, but I decided it was too decorative and I wanted it to be more timeless and simple in design. So I started completely over from scratch and made what you see here. It has a great weight and feel to it. There is a little secret design on the inside bottom of the container that you only see when you take the scroll out. The cord is about two feet long and the piece hangs low but, can be adjusted to wear shorter. It was super fun to design and make, challenging and frustrating at times but, I loved every minute that I worked on it. Wouldn’t it be great if every 16-year-old (girl and boy) could get a list like this from someone who really loves them and wants the best for them in life?


100 BOXES

prices tbd

Silver • Copper • Various Gemstones • Fabricated • Cast

I decided to set a goal for myself to make 100 of these small boxes. Shown here are three of them. One is the Helvetica box, one the Islamic spire temple box and one is the 26 Letters box. I have about 12 of the boxes done or almost done and only 88 to go! The ideas for the boxes can come at anytime and for any reason. I am inspired by architecture, emotions, design, texture, typography and life. The boxes range in size but are very small — some you can fit pennies, others not. My plan is to have a show when all the boxes are done. One reason for setting this goal is to maintain and improve my metalsmithing skills and craftsmanship. I will post more pictures as new boxes get made so stay tuned!

Also if you have an idea for a box I would love to hear it!