Stipple Finish, Have You Considered this in Your Design?
As a jewelry designer in California it's fun to play with different finishes to get unique looks in my designs. How can banging away on a piece of jewelry with a pokey little tool get me excited? I just love the result. Let's see if you do too.
Stippling, Kind of Like Painting!
An interesting article by Lee Krumholtz in MJSA describes how he likes to apply a stipple finish. I love how he describes doing it:
"The motion when applying it is almost like painting; I move the steel point in a circular pattern as I try to create a uniform texture."
This finish is fairly durable and doesn't show scratches, making it suitable for rings intended to be worn daily." I couldn't have said it better myself!
In the pendant on the left I had a large recessed surface that I wanted to decorate. I used stipple which goes well with milgrain.
The All Textures, All Sapphires Ring
When this wonderful project came to me, I loved not only using stipple finish but adding oxidation, (blackening) to it.
In this view of the ring, you can see that the two areas of stippling occur on larger plain gold surfaces.
Adding stippling to a ring changes its look dramatically, adding art and often a playful vibe.
In case you think I've lost my mind calling these lovely gems sapphires. It turns out that in the sapphire family there are a rainbow of colors available.
Stippling the Video
Here is the video I've done with lots of pictures of custom design jewelry projects I've made using stippling finishes.
Is Stippling in Your Future?
Hopefully I've intrigued you to try this fun texture to make an existing piece of jewelry pop or to incorporate it in your next personal statement piece of jewelry you have made.
Stipple Loving Jewelry Designer,