Janet Ross

I have been making jewellery for over ten years now after taking beginner silver smithing with the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral club. Many of my pieces involve using sterling silver broom casting in which the focal part of the necklace is derived by pouring molten silver into stacked up broom bristles which creates random acts of beauty. My other favourite medium is Art Clay silver which is available in a putty or a paste. In the paste form, organic items can be painted with multiple coats after which they are fired in a kiln at a high temperature. The painted item burns out, the organic binder in the paste burns out and what is left is a fine silver (.999) replica of the original item! In the putty form it can be manipulated like pottery, so the possibilities are endless. I also love incorporating gorgeous rocks, crystals and pearls. My collection is called "Pazzesco", which means "crazy" in Italian. I think this word reflects the original approach I take to making one-of-a-kind pieces to be worn and cherished for years to come.

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