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Nell Chandler

(919) 732-1982
I was a painter and a printmaker before I ever made jewelry. I fell in love with metal the first class I took. I eventually integrated the painting, the printmaking and the metal fabrication into the work that I show today. My work has always been kind of narrative no matter what medium I work in. I like it to tell a little story.

I take a sheet of metal and draw pictures all over it with permanent ink resist. I then etch the metal...just like a kind of printmaking. Instead of printing the plate, I saw out all the little pictures. After sawing, sanding, and filing e...

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I was a painter and a printmaker before I ever made jewelry. I fell in love with metal the first class I took. I eventually integrated the painting, the printmaking and the metal fabrication into the work that I show today. My work has always been kind of narrative no matter what medium I work in. I like it to tell a little story.

I take a sheet of metal and draw pictures all over it with permanent ink resist. I then etch the metal...just like a kind of printmaking. Instead of printing the plate, I saw out all the little pictures. After sawing, sanding, and filing each picture or object I arrange it on my jewelry to make a little story.

The theme of the narratives is often about relationship...friendships, partners, siblings. I also have symbols that to me are about reaching for your dreams with your whole self, about staying focused, about finding time for quiet time, about the opposites in our lives and many other things. I encourage people to see what is meaningful for them..

After arranging the pieces, I solder each one onto sterling. After the jewelry has been cleaned and burnished, the liver of sulphur patina is applied. Then I take off parts of it to highlight the pictures. Next comes one of my favorite parts. I enjoy mixing the resin and "painting" the pictures. Last, I add any stones or little pearls.

I never have given up painting and I love the part of jewelry making that comes from the same place that painting does. There is an exciting exploration, a see what happens if, a satisfaction when I can hold a piece in my hand and know it came from my heart. It is love, joy, hope, understanding and empathy that I am trying to pass on through my work.

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