La Soucique Studio Silversmiths

driftwood-silverLa Soucique Studio Silversmiths takes inspiration from the sea, and creates pieces in the calming and vibrant hues of the sand and water. My focus is on utilizing found objects (such as sea glass) from all around the world. Techniques in hand forging, soldering and creation of custom fine and sterling silver bezel settings highlight the timeless simplicity, tranquility and beauty of each piece of sea glass or gemstone.

My recent work is characterized by the natural, organic perspective of the found objects that I work with, specifically of sea glass, which is formed while tumbling for decades in the earth’s oceans, seas, great lakes and rivers. I feel that my years of holistic observation and practice lend a certain simplicity to my work and I emphasize that no piece of sea glass is ever altered in any way, which allows each piece to speak to the wearer with its own conviction and purity.

Description of Process:
My process usually begins by laying out many colorful pieces of sea glass, in sunlight and shadow, to gain a reflection of what they desire to be; colors and textures take on a life of their own, becoming much more as a union than separate elements. The next step is sketching my design concept on paper, adding graceful lines that support the relationship of all pieces. Then each piece of sea glass gets its own custom bezel made out of fine silver bezel wire, which I cut and solder closed and attach onto a flat piece of sterling silver sheet. The thickness of the base varies according to the purpose of the piece of jewelry. For example: earrings are made of lighter gauge, and pendants heavier.

I cut shapes out of silver and gold using a hand saw and bend or texture them, mostly with small hand tools like pliers and hammers. Once all elements are attached together through the process of soldering, the job of polishing begins. It is a long, labor intensive and quite unpleasant process, but it is what differentiates quality work. I use a buffing machine, holding the piece in my hands, pressing against the extremely fast spinning cloth wheel, feeding it with polishing compound every few seconds. Even though I wear a facemask and finger guards and have an exhaust fan, I am still covered with the polishing rouge by the end of the polishing process. The last step is to carefully set the stones in place using a bezel pusher and burnisher. My favorite part of jewelry making process is to see how great my creation looks on the person that has fallen in love with it and the joy it brings to them.

Telephone number: 912-755-0830


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