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Blast From The Past

Carla Neri

Blast From The Past

Maybe it's because we had our high school reunion this month. I won't tell you what year! It certainly makes a person feel old. When I dusted off the THS year book and began reminiscing I came across this picture of me working in "the crafts room". I spent many hours (sometimes even when I was supposed to be elsewhere) learning the craft of metalsmithing. I can recall at the end of one period making a final downward swipe with my saw just before the bell rang. Unfortunately my finger got in the way and I bled all the way to the nurse's office and was butterfly stitched before going...


How to find your ring size

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Reticulation of silver

Carla Neri

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Reticulation is a process by which metal is made to draw itself into ridges and valleys, creating a unique texture. This technique was used to create the ring pictured here. Allowing this process to determine the design is both exciting and a bit unpredictable. My original idea and sketch had been a more straight forward band. As I was firing up the torch and holding the flame to the metal, I let the heat and placement of that flame dictate the result, which led to a more abstract and organic piece. Sometimes it is better to be more open to change in the design process. At...


Inspirations from Hua Yang

Carla Neri

Inspirations from Hua Yang

Chinese art is often characterized by a belief in the "aliveness" of all things or possessing living energy. Hua Yang, the art of paper cutting is an example of this belief where lines and intricate patterns are vibrant, energetic and bold. Using traditional symbols of Chinese folklore depicted in Hua Yang, I create many of my designs. Instead of paper, I am cutting metal.


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Carla Neri

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