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“I didn’t really think of it as something that was going to become my life’s work—I was just doing it for fun,” designer Anna Sheffield says on Bing Bang, her now-decade-old jewelry line. While studying fine-art sculpture at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Anna dabbled in small pieces as she focused on big ones. “I started to delve into every single process known to man—bronze-casting, plaster-mold-making, ceramics, and raku-firing,” she says. “I started working with pieces of steel and bronze that I would find in the studio—random chunks cut off from bigger pieces.”

Those little designs found buyers by word-of-mouth, and Anna decided to make the move to the Big Apple to see which took over—her fine art or Bing Bang, a collection of mixed-metal works that, as she puts it, “walk the line between sweet and edgy.” “It was really organic and amorphous—I didn’t have a business plan; I didn’t set out to start a jewelry company. But it has been a really fun ride,” she says. She did, however, put some thought into what to call this thing: “I wanted to have a company name around the concept of two hands, the sound of the hammer anvil, and the idea of the creator being involved,” Anna explains. “Bing and bang are the two concepts—it’s the hand that holds the hammer, and the hand that holds the material while you hammer it.” —alisha prakash

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Behind The Scenes

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    How Anna Sheffield’s Southwestern Past Has Influenced Her Present Bing Bang’s leading lady goes back to her roots again and again.A couple pieces from Bing Bang Black Label.Living on an Indian reservation in New Mexico from the time she was three weeks old, Anna Sheffield of the cultish jewelry label Bing Bang was immersed in the Southwestern culture from an early age. “My baby blanket was a Pendleton Navajo blanket. I remember when my mom took me to sand paiting rituals when I was small,  and we hiked in the canyons where all of those beautiful Anasazi rui... READ MORE »
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    The Tools Responsible for Anna Sheffield’s Amazing Line As the Bing Bang designer sees it, getting to play with the hammers and torches is the fun part.“I sit down and build things from scratch,” jewelry designer Anna Sheffield says. “I always have—that’s how my mind works.” A metalsmith at heart, Anna creates almost everything for her line Bing Bang in-house and a lot of it by hand—even ten years in as her company has grown to include a team, comprised of a small crew of talented and invested girls (and the rare, but occasional boy). Get a glimps... READ MORE »
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    Meet Bing Bang How large-scale pieces gave way to much smaller ones. “I didn’t really think of it as something that was going to become my life’s work—I was just doing it for fun,” designer Anna Sheffield says on Bing Bang, her now-decade-old jewelry line. While studying fine-art sculpture at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Anna dabbled in small pieces as she focused on big ones. “I started to delve into every single process known to man—bronze-casting, plaster-mold-making, ceramics, and raku-firing,” ... READ MORE »