Today I'm going to continue my tools of the trade series and share something else I use to create the jewelry you see in Valerie Tyler Designs. These are some examples of my design punches I use for texturing (also known as chasing / repousse tools) These are very similar to stamps, and in fact I often use steel stamps as well to create the textures in my work. Texturing metal is probably my favorite process I employ in my studio. There is something gratifying about applying force and seeing metal transformed into something very different from a smooth surface. I tend to like how a lot of the textures I use mimic natural surfaces like birch bark or small pebbles in a stream.
Using tools like the ones above I can create pieces like these completely by hand:
|Pebbles Teardrop Earrings|
Sometimes similar textures are created using rolling mills but I tend to prefer the control of creating each mark by hand.