My blog is moving…..

by andescruz on June 10, 2009

I have been keeping two blogs for a while, ang have found the interface of this one to the the lesser functional of the two.

I hope you will continue to follow my posting.

They will be interspersed with my personal life 🙂 for now.


~Andes Cruz Designs~

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.” A. Lou Vickery





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What Inspires?

by andescruz on June 6, 2009


A small group of Etsy Metal members with their own blogs write a short article on a given day subject. We will be doing this the first Friday of each month and our topic this fine June:

I posed the question about Signature styles. Where does yours come from… or, if no signature style, What inspires you to create the way you do?

So for me, I don’t have a clearly defined Signature style, in that all my works do not look like they belong in the same family. Sometimes nor do they even look as though created by the same artist.

So; What Inspires?

I chose this ring as a photo for this blog post. It is my newest creation, as well, it is a specific style I love. So I will talk about that, to begin.

I made this ring for myself, so being that, it frees it up into the realm of needing only to please me with it’s design, and style. Nor does it need to perhaps compromise into a style I feel my clients are more likely to purchase. Now on that note, I do mostly follow my inner vision, with not a heck of a lot of thought to ’sell-a-bility’; but , it is a consideration. The things I like mostmay be a bit too far into left field for my lovely clients. )

Building this ring for myself was a true treat. I love jewellery. and I love rings. I love making rings. And I also think as an artist, you are you own best advertising. So you wear your own stuff, You make sure they’re fantastic pieces, and you make yourself wonderful gifts you love…..

The elements in this ring I love:

  • weight. The ring shank is 2.5 to 3+mm thick. So it has weight, feel, substance. You aren’t going to bend it or dent it, or break it.  It’s a weapon in it’s own right.
  • origin. I started by recycling scrap silver, melting it down in to a roughly rectangular shaped piece of metal; in a crude ‘crucible’ made by carving a depression into charcoal soldering blocks.
  • width. this is a wide ring. it is in fact as wide as humanly possible for the finger it was created for, that i may still comfortably bend my finger. And not a mm less )
  • finish.  I take the  roughly shaped ingot, and proceed to hammer the crap out of it, forging it down, until it is a thickness I like. approximately 3mm.  I have  a small old rough anvil. And what is fondly my ‘Divine Hammer’. The hammer is a small sledge hammer from a hardware store. Small handle, big head, and textured. Not your typical Lovely goldsmithing tool. Why is it Divine?  The texture it imparts. It is textured with concentric circles on the faces, and I adore the markings it imparts into the metal. The remainders of the labour put in.

So what so I love? I love rings. I love big, bold heavy rings. I love the feel of the weight on my hand. The substance. The presence.

What makes it my inspired style? All of this, and more. When I create for myself, I go always for a big, bold, heavy ring. Unusual stones. But more so it’s the finish. I love the marks left by the hammer, a big file, sandpaper. It shows spirit, and love, and gives it what I call an ‘Industrial‘ feel. It reminds me of times gone past. Makes me think of steel tools, factories, and blacksmitheries of 1oo years gone past. I use a dark patina on rings like these to accentuate the markings even more; and to give the silver a gunmetal color. This to me is pleasing. The combination brings shivers of joy. I love the sense that I have combined elements, and time frames. I feel that the overall all feel is that of a relic dug up, created centuries ago, when tooling was crude, and working metal was hard. But yet, also, I think my work often looks futuristic. Modern. Otherworldly. So melding these “feels” into one piece? True inspiration. I love the outcome. looks old, looks like it’s from the future. synergistic winding of the two. Into one small glittering weapon like package, just special, for my finger. ) Love. Sigh. Bliss.

The visions of tooling, in a small way to remind me of my roots. Keeps me grounded to the real aspects of metal. melting to molten, shaping, forging with hammer, creating. This is hard work. The marks remind me of the process. And even the path the metal took to come from the earth to come to my hands to be shaped. And, my blood carries lineage of blacksmiths. Maybe it comes down to that. I like to move metal. hammers and anvils give me shivers. Purposefully placed hammer marks are not a detraction of pieces unfinished, but a pattern to entice the eye and the mind, to unleash creativity…..

That’s my inspiration… and music. )

The EtsyMetal Team members also participating in the Blog this month: 





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June 1, 2009

WOW!!!!*** Shortly after this front age hit last night, I got a personal note on Etsy regarding the Front Page from Lou~ “the resident merchandising advisor at Etsy.” How Frikking cool is that????   by lsagar profile shop contact Just love your work. This is a great picture on the home page..My name is Lou. I am […]

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new ring style

May 23, 2009

My latest creation. To be listed as ‘made to order’, and will be created in your size, with your choice of a variety of topaz stone colors. The intent of this ring is to have a very big, heavy ring, marked with hammers, and files, meant to look worn and old like a relic; concrete, […]

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New Works

January 13, 2009

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Studio Resolutions~

January 1, 2009

First: Remembering what’s important.  1. feel happy 2. love it 3. do what’s most important. 4. repeat.    Iit’s time to strive for; is creating unparalleled works in the studio. Sure, I can pound out rings, and all kinds of things that will be technically well made, and beautiful. But I want to get back to what inspires […]

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front page, a nice saturday morning treat!

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November 21, 2008


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whooo hoo!!!! 1000 Hearts!!

November 14, 2008

yay! i rounded the corner on 1000 shop hearts in my main etsy store;, so how cool is that? very. thanks to my 1005 supporters. i very much appreciate it.  🙂       find out your shop statistics at:

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yay! front page!

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a nice way to start a friday morning 🙂  

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