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"Behrend doesn’t make it easy on herself: her favorite medium is platinum, “the hardest metal to manipulate.” But her edgily beautiful creations exert a hold on their wearers, and are built to endure. “It’s a process of surprise,” she says. You can find Behrend (by appointment only) with her dog, Zlato, in her Ludlow Street studio in New York , listening to Vivaldi and envisioning her next creation."
"What did you learn during your time in Los Angeles with the master jeweler?"
"He told me, ‘When you think piece is right, just put it into your fist, and close your fingers over it. If it feels right, it is done properly.’ It was there that I started making the handmade chains that are my forte.”
Describe your process and the materials you use.
“I shape things through heat and hammer, using old tools. I don’t like instant gratification. All of my jewelry is hand-forged and hand-finished all the way through to the end. Each link is one of a kind. Nothing is casted. I use harmony metals, which are recycled."
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