The Tools Responsible for Anna Sheffield’s Amazing Line
“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 glimpse at the tools she uses when crafting each piece.
“Anvils and hammers are for forging and forming. I use the hammers to add texture to original models, and we also do a lot of hammering on production pieces in both Bing Bang and my namesake line. Since I was a blacksmith before a jeweler, it’s an integral part of my process and aesthetic.”
“The soldering station is essentially an area for building prototypes by assembly with the torch. It’s the same as welder’s set-up, only tiny. I make most of the original models by hand and this is where it happens.”
“I assemble most of the models by hand, which requires using the metal stock I keep in the studio in either gold, silver, brass, or copper. I saw, bend, hammer, and otherwise tweak pieces to the appropriate shapes. Then, I assemble, using pliers and cutters on the big work table.”