I met with the very talented, Dana Ruth, the owner of Atlanta Art Worx, a jewelry and metalsmithing studio located in the Artisan Resource Center in Atlanta, GA. Dana is a metal craft artist who designs and fabricates jewelry. I was in AWE while in her studio which was laden with all the tools to create magnificent metal art!
My reason for contacting Dana? Well, I have this ever-growing collection of vintage brooches, pins, and clip earrings. I needed to know how to correctly remove the backings to be able to incorporate my vintage findings into new pieces of jewelry.
Dana's work can be found in many stores and galleries throughout the country. Here's just a peek of Dana's work:
I love how her work has an industrial feel and look to it. You can see more of Dana's work here on her website.
Here are all my new tools!
Dana kindly showed me exactly what I needed and even gave me a lesson! I learned how to properly load a jewelers saw with the right size blade with just the right tension. She taught me about the different files and which ones I needed.
Now my vintage jewelry collection can be revamped into new creations!
I'll share what I come up with as soon as I can.