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A bit about us:

Metal Opulence is the creative venture born out of a long-time love of wearable art with a passionate drive to create sumptuous jewelry through the combination of precious metal clay and traditional metalsmithing techniques.  

My name is Laura and I am the creator of each unique piece, handcrafted from start to finish.  The precious metal clay pieces start out in a soft clay format which consists of very small particles of silver, bronze or copper mixed with an organic binder.  It is then shaped by hand, rolled, sculpted, or molded to the desired shape. After the pieces dry to a green ware state, they are refined through sanding, and finally fired in a kiln.  The binder burns away, leaving the pure sintered metal.  Metalsmithed pieces start out from a sheet of silver, bronze, or copper, hand drawn designs are cut out with a saw, layered, textured, and soldered together along with a variety of lovely gemstones and other metal clay pieces.

As an engineer, working for a defense contracting company in Dallas, TX for over 30 years, I needed an outlet for my artistic side.  Early on, my jewelry consisted primarily of beaded works and simple wire wrapped pieces. However, I always wanted to expand my techniques to include the beautiful gemstone jewelry showed at the local art fairs.  So, this engineer, took a leap and delved in precious metal clay instruction as well as metalsmithing classes.  I was hooked!!

I hope you enjoy wearing my pieces as much as I enjoy the creative process.  Through each, I share hours of successes, hours of failures, a determination to grow my skills and artistic awareness, and most of all, a piece of my heart.