Crushed Cuff by Carol Ognibene Kornievsky

A few weeks ago, I taught a Jewelry Photography class to a group of MASSC (Metal Arts Society of Southern California) artists in Orange County, CA.  It was a blast.  I love meeting talented people and getting to see the work they bring to class.

One of the Students, Carol Ognibene Kornievsky, wore a gorgeous cuff that I shot towards the end of the day.

Silver Cuff by Carol Ognibene Kornievsky.  Jewelry Photography by Steve Rossman

Carol’s “Crushed Cuff” is fabricated using both fine and sterling silver.  The draping of the metal is reminiscent of the soft folds of silk fabric, while a subtle lined pattern catches and reflects light.  It really is quite a spectacular piece.

Here’s how Carol describes the process:  “The cuff is made using a vise and pvc tubing. The metal is actually crushed in the jaws of the vise while being protected by the pvc tubing.  It is then buffed to a shine at its high points while leaving a coating of fine matte silver in the folds.”

Carol has been studying and practicing metalsmithing through Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA.  She’s a workshop “junkie” and so is constantly learning new techniques. Her style is eclectic and constantly changing as new skills are acquired and earlier learned techniques are refined.

You can see much more of Carol’s work at Flight of Light, her company and website.  Here’s the link:

or at her Etsy shop:

The cuff was shot in a portable studio in Orange County, CA with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 60mm micro lens.  Two softbox tungsten lights were used for illumination, along with a filtered panel of L.E.D. lights  for up-lighting.

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7 Responses to Crushed Cuff by Carol Ognibene Kornievsky

  1. A breathtaking piece…I absolutely love it. I’ll have to go on her site to see some of her other work.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. steverossman says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. Enjoy.

  3. Alcina says:

    Nice work….Yea Saddleback college…I taught there for a while…

  4. Ruth Kuroda says:

    Beautiful photo shot Steve. Glad to know your photo classes continue in different places.

    • steverossman says:

      Thanks Ruth! It was a long day, covering the 12-hours of SDCE material in 8. But folks seemed pleased. And the MASSC people (both organizers and attendees) were terrific.

  5. Lynn Moon says:

    Wow Steve, The lighting and reflection elevate this special cuff into “elegant” status. I would expect to see this item in a very elegant fashion magazine. Lynn

    • steverossman says:

      Thanks Lynn – I know Carol will appreciate the kind words. Hope you are well and that the site is coming along well. Can’t wait to write about it here. See you soon. steve

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