Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Metalsmithing and iphone

For long time I was wondering around not knowing exactly what I want to do when I will grow up, but since I have started taking metal smiting lessons it hit me - I want to be a metal smith and create jewelry! that's it.
For those of you who shares the same passion and posses an iphone, here is an application made right for you - the "iMakeJewelry" application. With this application you will be able to check precious metal prices, calculate sheet, wire, and wax weights, ring blank lengths, find alloy recipes, and information on stones.

I really like the work of jewelry designer Wiwat Kamolpornwiji.

Wiwat combines polymer clay with metal and creates beautiful art pieces.
Beginning his career as an environmental engineer he tells how he started making jewelry:

I helped my friend selling polymer jewelry as a fund raising activity for a temple in 2004. During that time my friend broke up with her partner who supplied her jewelry. Somehow I was insane enough to volunteer making jewelry for sale with no prior experience. I spend many hours each day to work the clay. It seemed I held 2 full-time jobs as both an environmental engineer and a craft artist. My life took a big turn at the end of 2006 when my father passed away. I went back to Thailand for the funeral and to accompany my mother. When things got better at home in Thailand I came back to the US and learned that a job promise was no longer available. It was kind of shocking but I also saw this as once in a lifetime chance to becoming a full time craft artist. Under a normal circumstance it’s very unlikely I’d have given up my full time job. I have been a craft artist for about 15 months now."

Love his work

Have a great weekend

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