Metalsmith BenchTalk with Chris Nelson

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My Guest this Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith and goldsmith Chris Nelson of Urban-Armour, who returns to the show!
 
About: Chris began his goldsmithing career in 2000 and has studied under some of the most influential and highly respected art jewelry metalsmiths in the US. Mastery of several torches, alloying high-karat golds, fusing dissimilar metals, understanding metallurgy and chemistry, and exploring hand-applied textures and patinas have lead to the creation of Urban-Armour. Chris discovered the ancient Japanese technique, Zougan, to be the perfect process for applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals on his jewelry.
 
The original iron and gold pieces by Chris debuted at the 2009 Salida Riverside Arts Festival where Chris was honored with the First Place Award for 3D work. His collections have evolved further with cold and hot forging of iron, heavy hand applied textures and engravings, and specially formulated high-karat gold alloys fused to the iron. Pieces often incorporate several colors of gold from 18k to 24k. Raw diamonds, rubies and other quality gemstones are frequently applied to his work.
 
Chris is a nature enthusiast living a simple lifestyle, promoting the need for adornment which can withstand outdoor active wear while still be worn in an urban environment. The concept of Urban-Armour was conceived to symbolize the personal protection that jewelry can convey, “distinct indestructible art jewelry for those with extreme lifestyles.”  His jewelry can be worn in the morning rock-climbing and in the evening to the opera.
 
For more information, visit http://www.urban-armour.com/Home.html.

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