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"I love cutting, bending, forging, brazing, filing metal and I love designing and creating something new from a piece of metal.

"I’ve been hooked on metal smithing since I took my first jewelry fabrication class from Linda Lewis. I still get excited by the process of designing and fabricating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. I may incorporate that special stone that radiates beauty by its color, formation, and cut. My designs are inspired by my love for geometric shapes, simple lines, and the fluid nature of Asian design. Because I make each piece by hand it has its own unique character and, I hope, conveys the love and appreciation I have for this art."

www.leighramirez.com

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