About Andrea Watson Designs

Hi! I’m Andrea – a metalsmith, jewelry designer, website designer (apparently), and overall artist. I am the owner and solo metalsmith of Andrea Watson Designs.

 

Originally from Ohio, I now live in North Carolina with my husband, our beloved dog Ace, and our kitten-sized cat Tommy (who I affectionately refer to as Tommypants).

 

All of my jewelry is completely handcrafted, which means that every piece begins as wire, chain, or sheet metal. Transforming these materials into wearable pieces is a very enjoyable process for me and I absolutely treasure every moment I’m able to spend in the studio.  I look forward to sharing my jewelry with you and I hope that it brings you a tiny piece of the happiness with which it was created.

Yours truly,

– Andrea

P.S. You can also find me on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

Sneaky Goldsmith Trick: Finishing

This is such a great tip for sanding/polishing hard to reach areas. This would have been ridiculously helpful for a few of the pieces I made in college…

 

A “Sneaky Goldsmith Trick” to Detail-Finish Problem Areas

by Douglas W. Canivet – © GIA – 2011

Every bench jeweler has experienced the frustration of trying to sand and polish a nearly inaccessible area on a piece of jewelry. The goldsmith who can detail these small corners and crevices can bring his or her work up to the level of fine jewelry. Anything that gives the work a cleaner, more attractive look translates into greater sales in the showcase.

One of my favorite “Sneaky Goldsmith Tricks” involves a lowly material not normally associated with making jewelry: fiberglass-reinforced packing tape, found in supermarkets and stationery and office supply stores. It contains many very fine fiberglass filaments that create a super-strong hold for packing parcels.

Bench jewelers use this tape to reinforce sanding and polishing papers. Once the tape is applied, the papers can be cut into small shapes that exactly fit the problem area you are trying to finish. (Cut the shapes you need with an old set of scissors — the abrasives will dull the blades over time.) These custom-shaped papers are flexible, easy to hold and can reach spots that files, gravers or traditional polishing tools may not.

We use the packing tape in GIAjs Jewelry Arts classes. We apply a piece of tape the same length as a jewelerjs saw blade to a strip of abrasive paper and then cut it into several narrow strips that fit the saw frame. This makes it possible for students to precision sand and polish internal edges and surfaces.

Shop Number Five!

I am very excited to announce that my jewelry was recently accepted at River to Sea Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful little shop. It’s located in Chandler’s Wharf  – where you can find several other galleries, Barista Cafe & Bakery, and plenty of free parking!

Tim and Rebecca (husband and wife) own the gallery and are both extremely talented artists. You can find them on Facebook or at www.rivertoseagallery.com. Stop by next time you’re in the area and make sure to look for jewelry by Andrea Watson Designs!

 

Shell Earrings

These earrings are made from the shells I’ve collected while walking along along the beaches of eastern North Carolina. After forming the hooks and jump rings from sterling silver or copper wire, I choose a matching pair of shells from my collection. I very carefully saw off any rough edges from the shells and then thread the shells onto the wire so that they hang as evenly as possible. It sometimes takes a few tries, but I eventually come up with a beautiful and unique set of earrings.  I absolutely love making each pair and I hope that whoever wears them will enjoy them just as much!

Metalwork

Below you will find several examples of the work I completed during my jewelry courses at Bowling Green State University. Each piece is a studio piece and was made to fulfill the specific requirements of an assignment.