Augustus Rose

I’ve been spending hours surfing Pinterest, looking for inspiration – especially simple ways to add a bail to a pendant. Along the way I found an archival scan of a jewelry making book by Augustus Rose from 1917. After seeing this piece I was inspired to reproduce it. I had to learn how to transfer a design to metal, pierce it with a drill, and then saw it. It was a test of my limited sawing skills but I still enjoyed it thoroughly!

A few weeks later, I made the same Augustus Rose piece again in silver. My sawing skills have improved thanks to Metalsmithing class at @lillstreetmetals. Plus, silver is much easier to work with than copper … and thinner sawblades helped too. I’ve gone from hating sawing to finding it *really* cathartic in just a few months. #silversmith

Author: Natalie Hanson

I am an anthropologist and user experience (UX) executive. I lead a team that works in the healthcare space on both licensable software and custom client solutions. As an anthropologist, my research has focused on work practices and work environments. I have a special interest in how institutions respond to macro-economic, industry, and regional trends, and how the resulting organizational changes affect the lives of employees. You can learn more about me at

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