JDB Creations

Joshua D. Berins
(413) 345-1481
jdberins@gmail.com

I started making jewelry after being given a Rock tumbler while a student in High School from 1976 to 1980. I made my first pieces using tumbled stones and pre-manufactured findings which I purchased wholesale in New York. I sold these at High School Art Bazaar to other Students and Teachers.

I moved on to Silversmithing and semi-precious stones. The jewelry I made using this method, along with cabochons I cut and polished which and used in the manufacture of my jewelry. In 2012 I took a course to learn about making Metal Clay jewelry. I immediately fell in love with this medium and began to use Precious Metal Clay®. PMC® is tiny particles of silver mixed with an organic binder and water which allows Artists to sculpt create and use metal like clay, when fired using a torch or a jeweler’s kiln, the binder burns off and what is left is a Silver piece. I bought a kiln in 2015 when to fire my PMC® as I got into making larger pieces that were too big to be fired using a torch and to use with different metal clays that could not be fired by torch. I also make my own fused dichroic glass using my kiln which I integrate into my silver jewelry.

I am also certified to teach classes in Metal Clay, which I am working on doing. I am in the process of setting up some classes.

I currently use nature as my inspiration and use lots of natural objects such as leaves and shells for molds in the creation my work. Each piece is a unique one-of-a-kind piece since no two natural objects are the same. I am now using my passion for Metal clay to pass my knowledge on to others.