Monday, May 23, 2011

Commencement: Wearing My Jewelry to College Graduation


Hooray! I just finished college and celebrated my Commencement yesterday. You might not be able to see it in the photo above, but I wore both of my class rings during the ceremony - along with some fun and funky green nail polish!

My family & I went out to lunch at Lucille's BBQ in Tustin afterwards. Here you get a better look at my "class ring:"

Class Ring

And I sported my handmade silver bat bracelet too!

Graduation Lunch at Lucille's

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Metal Casting: Square Sterling Silver Pumpkin Ring

I was assigned to create a ring for my Jewelry class using the traditional lost wax casting method.

I wanted to create a square ring so it did not spin on my finger as I wore it. When contemplating which image or design to include on its top face, I decided that a fat pumpkin would fit nicely.

Square Sterling Silver Pumpkin Ring

The ring is just slightly too big since I had quite a bit of sanding during the finishing process (which I had forgotten while fitting the ring during the was sculpting process). It's not suitable for everyday wear for me since I could lose it, but I'll bring it out on special occasions.

My Class Ring: Sterling Silver with Red Plume Agate

Intead of purchasing a class ring to commemorate my graduation from Cal State Fullerton, I opted to create one for myself in my Jewelry class since one of my assignments was to create a sterling silver ring and set a cabachon stone within it.

I purchased a red plume agate stone for my ring and further personalized the ring's design by adding a cutout of a bat on the band:
Sterling Silver Bat Ring with Red Plume Agate

I can't wait to wear it during Commencement!

Sterling Silver Bat Bracelet

My assignment for my Jewelry Independent Study class was to incorporate precision sawing techniques into a piece of jewelry.

I've always admired Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and wanted to make a high class silver bracelet - with some "Sam" flair! Naturally, I chose a bat shape instead of the traditional heart or geometric charm.

For additional texture contrast, I sandblasted the entire surface of my bat.

Sterling Silver Bat Bracelet

I fashioned my own chain but used a purchased clasp. However, my teacher was right: I ought to create a clasp for myself to further enhance the bracelet's beauty.

Sterling Silver Brooch: Bat with Agave Plant

I am very excited to be working with sterling silver for the first time in my Jewelry class!

Our first project utilizes refined sawing techniques and soldering. We were assigned to create a brooch that incorporates shapes of "flora and fauna."

I chose to pair a bat and an agave plant:

Sterling Silver Bat & Agave Brooch

I plan to wear this brooch on my blazer for my formal business presentations and interviews.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Digital Illustration Project Inspired by Chuck Close

To practice using Adobe Photoshop in my Digital Illustration class at Cal State Fullerton, I was assigned to create a portrait using similar techniques to those of Chuck Close.

I chose to create a portrait of my boss/friend/mentor Marisa and to present it to her as a gift before I graduate:

Marisa Portrait

Her image was divided up into a grid. I selected an individual square, then created a small design using the Brush tool and my Wacom Bamboo tablet after sampling colors from within that square.