Author: Victoria Lansford

Easy Being Green + The Difference Between Filigree & Granulation
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Easy Being Green + The Difference Between Filigree & Granulation

After months of waiting, all is green again here. Kermit might have found green a challenging color to be, but I revel in my fully tree-canopied yard. I literally can’t get enough of looking up at the vivid blue sky through the lush leaves of my giant water oaks. Ok, so I’ve all but given…

35 Years: Forging Ahead with a Mouse and a Pond Skimmer
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35 Years: Forging Ahead with a Mouse and a Pond Skimmer

Spring here continues in all its glory. The trees are nearly leafed out, which means soon I’ll be able to stop skimming oak flowers out of the fish pond. Skimming them does no good for the many displaced cervical discs in my neck, but it’s so calming that I can’t resist. This is how I…

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Are All About the Tips, the Tricks, and the People
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Jewelry & Metalsmithing Are All About the Tips, the Tricks, and the People

Happy Spring/Fall! Wherever you are, may the colors and weather be beautiful and inspiring. Spring here is underway, and despite the persistent freeze warnings and night, and the clouds of pollen…ok, and if I’m honest the fact that everything in Atlanta is covered in The Yellow Snow (in which no dogs have play a part),…

The Magic Moment of Fusing (without melting everything!)
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The Magic Moment of Fusing (without melting everything!)

I recently took an online art history course in Ancient Jewelry through the Penn Museum. The instructor Dr. Jane Hickman showed tons of gorgeous granulation jewelry from antiquity (along with filigree that’s really also granulation because it’s fused to a base sheet). As she was endeavoring to explain to the non metalsmiths in the course…