Metal Alchemy: Wrought Wares of Jamie Spinello
While crawling across the ‘Net searching down goodies for our Arachnid roundup, we came upon the work of Jamie Spinello, and couldn’t resist a whole piece focusing on the extraordinary work of this metal artist. After the Halloween season’s sea of mass-produced generic spoop has receded, it’s refreshing as hell to find jewelry that’s handmade, unique, and more striking than anything a big-box store could dream up.
Working out of Austin, Texas, Spinello handcrafts each piece, completing all the soldering, forging, casting, etching, welding, and engraving herself. The result is a collection that hangs together more perfectly than a spider’s web.
Spinello utilizes a variety of materials in her work: in addition to bronze, sterling silver, and copper, she incorporates stones such as labradorite, turquoise, and snowflake obsidian. We’re not-so-lowkey fanning ourselves over the color range in her labradorite pieces, including that in the fantastic Moth Necklace seen below.
Spinello also creates graphic metal pieces that are one part sacred geometry, one part iron maiden (the torture device, not the band). These pieces are a startling blend of modern and traditional styles. Working in clean lines but with time-honored materials, Spinello’s pieces transcend our everyday lives and take us somewhere that’s deep, dark, and delightful.
Spinello’s etched work is no less exquisite. Each is filled with details that you may miss on the first glance: here, a crescent moon; there, an ouroboros snake swallows its own tail. We can easily imagine these copper pieces around the throat of an alchemist, or the wrist of a seer.
Featured image via Jamie Spinello’s Etsy.