Frost Finery owner and designer, Melissa Frost, pushed the limits on the water jet machine at TechShop Pittsburgh but cutting out 1/2" sterling silver shapes. Her products are the intersection of laser cutting, 3d design and traditional metalsmithing. The combination of these practices embraces the present with a respect for old and new techniques. See her latest collection and examples of the evolution of her process at Pittsburgh Makerfaire.
As soon as I took my first metalsmithing class and saw how metal can be melted, annealed and reformed, I was fascinated and I haven’t been able to stop. I really kicked Frost Finery into gear when I was accepted into the Made Right Here Apprenticeship Program through TechShop. Having access to new equipment gave me the opportunity to look at my process and find different ways of creating. I learn every day on the job whether it’s iterating on a design or learning a new design software. I find a lot of my inspiration at the intersection of metal laser cutting, 3d design and traditional metalsmithing. The combination of these practices embraces the present with a respect for old and new techniques. And it’s my hope that through this transformative hybrid process, that every piece be a reminder of something, some place, someone or some feeling to be thankful for.