Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cynthia Eid Jewelry

Jewelry created by Cynthia Eid is awe-inspiring.
Sometimes delicate and sometimes strong,
it is always dramatic.

Her sculptural jewelry is created by
various metalsmithing techniques;
her main tools are hammers
and a hydraulic press.

We tend to appreciate an artist's work
better when we understand the techniques
and processes that go into its creation.

As she explains on her website, Cynthia uses
techniques such as fold forming where
a flat sheet of metal is folded in various
ways (she mentions terms like
anticlastic forming and synclastic forming),
and the effort results in a dramatic new
three-dimensional form.
We especially love the addition of a
thin layer of gold to many of her silver pieces,
a process known as keum-boo or kum boo.

And we appreciate the way she expresses
 her love for her work:
The paradox that “soft”, fluid-looking metal has evolved from flat, stiff rectangles though force, determination, and tenacity enchants me. I am entranced by the metal’s progressive transformation --- through hammering, persuasion, and struggle --- from a lifeless plane of metal toward an object of vibrancy, unity and fluidity.


Let's take a look at some of our favorite pieces.

This necklace is called Changing Sides -
made with Argentium Sterling Silver
with 22K Kum Boo, Reticulated Silver,
and 14K Gold. 



 This necklace is called Sea Grass-
made with Reticulated Silver, 22K Kum Boo,
Argentium Sterling and Patina.

 

 
Here is a bracelet called Sea-Ish IX
made with Sterling Silver.




Here we see "3 Floral Folded Rings" -
made with 18K Gold and Sterling bi-metal.
 


We are inspired by her unique jewelry designs.
Each is the result of intricate processes, 
superb craftsmanship and an eye for subtle detail.
Elegant and organic, each piece
is delightful and dramatic.

Are you inspired?
Let us know what you think.
We welcome your opinions.



3 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful words. I am pleased to have my work included in this blog.
    warmly,
    Cindy
    www.cynthiaeid.com

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  2. Hi Cindy,
    Best wishes for continued success!
    Cara

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  3. Many thanks for sharing this helpful information with us.

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