Dinah, not only do I like your jewelry, but I love this IE that explains some of your processes. Being in the wrong line when the good Lord handed out artistic abilities, much to my mother's disdain, I really AM interested. Guess that's why that Copa Collection bracelet fascinated me. Keep 'em coming. I'm sure other's like this too. - Nancy Cox, Thu, 12 Feb 2009 2:51PM
Hi Dinah! Gorgeous work lady! Hugs, Mona - Mona, Sat, 27 Sep 2008 6:46AM
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enlarge 54KB, 389x576 10 Dinah Hoyt Taylor, artisan, specializes in unique artisan jewelry, in a mixed media format. From Byzantine chain work, forged Fine Silver cuffs, to Copper and vintage beaded barrettes, intricate beaded sets, and new to her designs, copper, brass, and sterling wind chimes, she enjoys the unusual as well as the classical themes, and has been inspired by the early Mexican Designers. Dinah has been designing and fabricating jewelry for twelve years, is a listed artist, whose designs have received the top award for the last three Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry Conventions in Providence, RI. Her background is in Art and Design. She lives on a small farm in Western NY State, with her horse Harry, and her NC Ditch Dog, Tutti for half the year, and they spend the other half in Southern Pines, NC working. She has two grown sons, Sean a recording producer and musician (Clambake 2000) in Miami, FL, and Shane, a designer and manufacturer of FUEL CLOTHING -the biggest little...
enlarge 28KB, 576x325 11 Copper Textured cuff with art glass and vintage beads wired on with silver wire. Fits larger wrist. 7" to 8".
PRICE: $75. Includes FREE SHIPPING to the US.
enlarge 57KB, 576x483 12 Lucite and Art Glass Rootbeer beads, with handmade Sterling clasps on bracelet and necklace. Necklace measures 20" inside 26" outside, bracelet 7 1/2" long. 3" drop on left side.
enlarge 64KB, 576x522 13 Without flash.
enlarge 42KB, 576x398 14 Angled View.
enlarge 49KB, 576x486 15 with bracelet flat out.
enlarge 64KB, 556x576 16 view over top of set.
enlarge 32KB, 576x395 17 Handmade Sterling Clasp.
enlarge 77KB, 438x576 18 My first year at the VFCJ Convention in 2003, my necklace was chosen for the center insert of the convention issue of the magazine! I had no idea that 'Hearts' would be the theme of the Convention, because I made this the night before the auction there. My Blue/Pink collar necklace and bracelet won the top bid for the entire auction.
enlarge 46KB, 576x492 26 cutting the piece of copper for the design with a Guillotine cutter.
enlarge 66KB, 576x374 27 ~~Don't Fence Me In~~ Cut and net rolled fence.
enlarge 66KB, 569x576 28 The cut out of the scotty from the printout, and placed it over the copper piece to make sure when it's rolled it won't go over the lines. Note the type of paper used. It's heavy card stock with a ribbed texture, when rolled shows on the copper.
enlarge 57KB, 576x467 29 Preparing the copper for annealing.
enlarge 50KB, 576x441 30 Getting ready to torch the fluxed copper.
enlarge 61KB, 576x466 31 Taking the heated copper off the asbestos block and preparing to put it into cold water to quench.
enlarge 65KB, 574x576 32 Quenching the copper in cold water.
enlarge 54KB, 576x516 33 Cleaning off with Borox and a scrubby pad.
enlarge 51KB, 536x576 34 Pickle pot used for Jewelry only, set on high.
enlarge 44KB, 576x350 35 I use a plastic container poked with holes for smaller bits and pieces of metal so it's not so difficult to get them out of the pickle.
enlarge 71KB, 576x537 36 Lowering in the container.
enlarge 71KB, 576x561 37 Making sure it's down on the bottom of the pickle pot.
enlarge 53KB, 576x432 38 My studio, which not only has my jewelry tools, but my equine clothing business including bolts of heavy materials and a commercial sewing machine on table and a commercial heavy duty portable.
enlarge 52KB, 576x432 39 My anvil and stake, cutter, big buffer, roller, tumbler.
enlarge 29KB, 478x576 40 cut out of Scotty dog and fence.
enlarge 31KB, 442x576 41 Block of annealed copper, you can see how soft and maleable it is now after annealing, because it slipped on to the floor and the corner turned.
enlarge 38KB, 576x370 42 Showing the 'sandwich' in preparation for the rollers. A brass plate to protect the roller, then the cutout, the copper, and then the tissue paper on top.
enlarge 33KB, 576x513 43 ready for rolling.
enlarge 30KB, 576x376 44 copper all finished off and making sure it is centered over the cut out.
enlarge 25KB, 576x419 45 covered with tissue paper. All pieces are in a sandwich.
enlarge 30KB, 576x427 46 I put marks on the paper to make sure I place the copper on top correctly.
enlarge 26KB, 576x283 47 Placing copper on top of brass and then cut out. I have put a piece of scotch tape over the copper and cut out so they won't slip. You have to cut off the tape carefully when you are finished so the cutout won't rip and it may be able to be used a few more times.
enlarge 22KB, 576x308 48 Tissue on top.
enlarge 67KB, 563x576 49 Roller. I have to keep the sandwich to the right on the smooth side, or I will get the grooves for squaring up round wire on the left.
enlarge 48KB, 576x438 50 I test a piece of copper just to make sure the pattern will come out correctly.
enlarge 54KB, 576x409 51 Finished sandwich through the roller.
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enlarge 33KB, 352x576 54 Setting up the finished product.
enlarge 85KB, 565x576 55 Marking holes. I've now decided that I want the fence below the pendant instead.
enlarge 53KB, 576x439 56 Punching the holes prior to drilling.
enlarge 56KB, 576x569 57 Drilling holes in the inverted side of the punched hole, on top of a piece of scrap walnut.
enlarge 57KB, 555x576 58 Below, making a test piece to make sure the holes are going to be in the right place for the hangers, and for the fence to look right.
enlarge 51KB, 555x576 59 I marked three holes on the bottom of the fence, but decided that I would hang the fence in front of the pendant by hangers.
enlarge 48KB, 576x434 60 After you drill holes, it's a good idea to take your rawhide mallet and tap the holes with it, so that the rough side is softened out into the hole. Just a tap, so you don't mar or mark the pendant.
enlarge 67KB, 576x483 61 Files and Sandpaper from 220-8000, so that the pendant and fence are smooth as they can be. You don't want any sharp edges to poke anyone or their clothing. It takes as long as it takes to accomplish this. I would say this took me about 10 minutes for each of the 12 different grits, or 2 hours.
enlarge 41KB, 576x476 62 Now I've decided how I want it to look.
enlarge 45KB, 528x576 63 another view showing the procedure.
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enlarge 49KB, 576x442 65 After sanding and buffing, I drop pieves carefully into hot soapy water, and then clean off with a looped plastic pad.
enlarge 75KB, 576x541 66 All ready for making the hooks.
enlarge 26KB, 576x504 67 I used a 10mm sterling ring to check how it was going to hang, and then measured out a piece of 14 gauge sterling wire I had already textured and used but was now scrapped. I find new lives for all the pieces I've used, whether it's for practice or finished products. The finished top hook is shown below.
enlarge 29KB, 576x343 68 Showing mm measuring and piece of sterling wire.
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enlarge 60KB, 571x576 70 Showing the copper with the pre-drilled holes.
enlarge 26KB, 576x363 71 Three top hooks shown
enlarge 25KB, 397x576 72 Bottom hook shown at top of page to make sure it goes through the bottom holes, you have to leave the one end straight, because the depth of the hole from the bottom of the piece to where the holes are drilled is almost 3/8".
enlarge 57KB, 576x537 73 Because, as you can see, the distance of the bottom horizontal 'rail' of the fence on the left is shorter than the one on the far right, (shown by arrows), I've made one hook longer than the other so the fence will hang straight.
enlarge 75KB, 557x576 74 Finished product on the leather neck strap.
enlarge 45KB, 558x576 75 Back with my signature DHT43+ is stamped on the bottom of the fence posts.
enlarge 54KB, 576x521 76 hanging on model
enlarge 28KB, 420x576 77 Showing full cord. Necklace goes from 14"-24". Pendant measures 3" wide, 2" high" and fence measures 2 3/8" x 1 7/8", making a total depth of 3 1/2" long.
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enlarge 38KB, 576x567 79 Fall Sky Seven inch long by 1 1/4" tall triangular lucite double drilled bracelet. Vintage rootbeer glass spacers, and frosted faux tortoise art glass beads, hand made 14 gauge Sterling clasp-
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enlarge 79KB, 453x576 90 Cowrie shell necklace and earrings, with vintage coral in angelskin and red, amazonite, rootbeer glass, matte faux tortoise art glass, peridot, and a large donut of agate with hand formed hanger. Sterling clasp hand made as well. SOLD
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enlarge 66KB, 576x358 92 Pink Agate, Swarovski crystal, Rock Crystal 3 strand bracelet with Sterling toggle clasp. Matching earrings have Sterling 'Spring'. Bracelet measures 7" by 1 1/2" wide, and earrings measure 1 3/4" long. SOLD
enlarge 58KB, 576x314 93 Laboradite, Botswana Agate, Garnet 2 strand Bracelet with Sterling toggle clasp. Agate donut stone held by glass delica seed beads measuring 7". Matching earrings on Sterling wire, 1 1/2" x 1" wide. SOLD
enlarge 59KB, 576x339 94 Three strand 7 1/2" bracelet of Swarovski purple AB cut glass stones, glass rootbeer free form stones, and oval art glass matte beads of rootbeer with spots. Matching 1 1/4" earrings on Sterling free form wires. SOLD
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enlarge 51KB, 385x576 96 Square Sterling neck wire 14 gauge, with hand torched 2" leaf and matching earrings. Neck wire measures 17", earrings measure 1 1/4" long.
enlarge 82KB, 576x560 97 NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT~~ This is a formed and lacy and striped textured Copper Cuff with a Vintage Helbros 21 jeweled watch with 2 small diamond chips in white gold on the arms. The cuff measures 1 1/4" and is formed to wear low on the wrist. The inside measurements are 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" and can be easily formed around your wrist. The watch is affixed with Sterling silver wire, and is set at 4:43-no time like the present.....
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enlarge 41KB, 576x492 99 Hexagonal Bakelite beads in Cream Spinich with hammered Sterling Silver fringe for Linda Lombardo.
enlarge 54KB, 410x576 100 Antique Coral, Amber, Turquoise and Rock Crystal necklace with hammered Sterling pendant. Matching hammered earrings, and bracelet in Sterling. "Oh I want this! The colors..." View Comments...