Liz Oppenheim

San Francisco, CA

I created the jewelry in this collection using a Japanese hand-sculpting technique called mitsuro. In my hands, I warm a mixture of beeswax and pine resin until pliable. I gently stretch it until it furrows, creating the distinctive texture of these pieces, then sculpt the wax into wearable shapes. After casting the pieces in gold or silver, I highlight the organic striations by careful hand-finishing and selective use of a dark patina. Through these pieces, I explore natural forms, and the process of pattern formation in nature. Working in this technique is a meditative process, and each piece is a balance between the properties of the material and my aesthetic aims.
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