Jewelry by Sheila Stillman

Sheila evidently has patience.  Lots of it.  She works in a technique called granulation.  It is an ancient art form used at least as far back as the Celtic craftsmen in western Europe in the late Bronze age, whereby the artist creates tiny balls of metal and attaches them to a surface in a pattern.  Sounds easy, right.  Well, each ball has to be individually cut from wire, then formed into a tiny sphere smaller than a pinhead.  Then they have to be placed individually on the surface, and then fused into place.  Sheila has said that the temperature has to be controlled to within 10 degrees to get the solder to fuse the ball to the surface without the ball melting, or moving out of place, or the solder spreading over the surface of the balls, or flowing into the gaps between them, or any of a long list of other things that can go wrong.  It’s no wonder almost no one does it these days.  But Sheila does!  I would also point out that the chain on the Druzy pendant below is handmade of 22k gold.

By Sheila Stillman

By Sheila Stillman

By Sheila Stillman

By Sheila Stillman

By Sheila Stillman

By Sheila Stillman

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