I am constantly amazed at how generous so many artisans are. Not only do they take the time to explain how to make jewelry but they introduce people to new techniques. Such is the case with Tuscon based Virginia Vivier who is the artisan behind Espirit Mystique. She makes gorgeous stamp and etched jewelry such as this Mayan bracelet. Virginia traveled a lot and visited many countries which accounts for her ancient civilization inspirations.
Her fine silver and gold filled backed petroglyph spirit pendant - an inspiration from the Old Pueblo Southwestern diety, the "Master of Animals" - absolutely stunning.
These are her Aztec trilogy spirit earrings:
Impressed? If you want to learn, check out her blog for the tutorials on how to create acid etched designs. Otherwise, I highly recommend you visit her store on Etsy!
Part I Design transfer for acid etched brass, silver and copper jewelry
Part II & III Acid etching on brass and copper metal for jewelry making
Part IV DIY Etching on silver for jewelry using ferric nitrate
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