Aisha Formanski has worked in the DIY jewelry and beading industry since 1994. As a jewelry maker and fiber artist, Aisha's work has been featured in Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns and Creative Spinning, Spin Off magazine, Bead&Button magazine, Jewelry Stringing magazine and Step by Step Wire magazine. Her passion for creating jewelry inspired her to open her own business in 2010, Everthine Jewelry. Aisha's work at Everthine Jewelry combines her traditional jewelry training with her knowledge of craft melds. Her formal jewelry and art education took place at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Her professional jewelry work has included a wide range of endeavors, teaching and buying for bead stores, consulting on trends in the bead and jewelry industry, and currently working on the Education Team at Beaducation.com. Love of crafts and teaching come together in Aisha's strong desire to continue education for future generations about traditional handcrafts. In November of 2013 Aisha's book New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry was published by Interweave Press/F&W. Aisha currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In New Direction in Punched Metal Jewelry discover a simple technique that creates striking and original results. Using basic metal punch tools--dots and lines--author Aisha Formanski brings a fresh approach to jewelry-making inspired by Mexican stamped tin mirrors. Styles range from direct references to the Mexican folk art that first inspired her to geometric patterns that resemble tin ceilings or printed fabric to designs that look like Japanese sashiko or other embroidery. Aisha focuses on inexpensive metals such as copper, brass, and nickel and shows how to create basic punch designs with just one stamp. She then demonstrates how the same design can be elaborated using two, three, or more different punches.
The design possibilities are endless! In addition to Aisha's stamping and design techniques, enjoy tutorials on basic metalworking skills:
- Creating holes
- Basic polishing
- And filing
Aisha focuses on inexpensive metals such as copper, brass, and nickel and shows how to create basic punch designs with just one stamp. She then demonstrates how the same design can be elaborated using two, three, or more different punches. The design possibilities are endless!
We asked Aisha to create a design using our Black Gold Amazonite. We love how she used the stone with metal pieces to create a balanced design.