To create my "firepainted" pieces I use a torch on copper sheet to obtain vibrant colors. The copper is the canvas, while the torch and flame are the brush and paint, creating the glorious patterns and luminous hues on each hand cut shape. Due to the wild nature of flame on copper each piece is a surprise as I "fire-paint" until I see something magical happening. I hand cut my designs with a jeweler's saw, shears or die cut and cold connect my copper "fire paintings" to other metals such as bronze, brass, Argentium, sterling and fine silver with handmade rivets for my mixed metal designs. I many times also pair my little fire paintings with genuine gemstones and create my own settings with fine silver.