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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Ann Turpin Thayer

Metalsmith BenchTalk with Ann Turpin Thayer

Thursday, August 6th program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, my guest is the talented Ann Turpin Thayer. Direct from Ann's bio: 'I developed my version of wire wrap art jewelry by taking ancient jewelry-making techniques and interpreting them for modern audiences.
To create my pieces, I hand-encase fine gemstones with precious metal strands (various gold carat weights and sterling silver) to both hold the gems securely and artfully display them. The technique I use is time consuming, but yields results unlike jewelry made with other methods.

My wire artwork is perfect to showcase rare gems or unusually-shaped stones or crystals. Because I form the metal filament by hand into a tight chassis around the gem, any kind of shape can be turned into fine jewelry with no alterations to the natural stone. I never use solder or glues, so every gem is perfectly preserved in its original state.


Every piece that I create has a powerful focal point, whether it be a gem, a crystal,