Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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44 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 "Because the tools I use allow for the precision I want, I might take hours perfecting a design," he notes. Pruitt might go through five to ten versions in order to get the final design he envisioned. opportunities for skilled entrepreneurs. Pruitt's experience with machinery, his comprehension of the properties of metals and his ability to design were an asset. As his business, Custom Steel, became successful, he expanded it and hired others to work with him. By 1999 he oversaw thirteen employees and decided to move his business back to New Mexico. But by the early 2000s, overseas companies selling mass products at low prices made it more difficult to compete in the industry. Although Pruitt had focused his business on modest quantities of unique products, he began to evaluate his future endeavors. He needed a change, and says, "I loved creating and decided to return to my roots and more traditional forms." Cutting back his Custom Steel business, he began planning to make jewelry for Southwestern art enthusiasts. After working so many years in stainless steel and accompanying machinery and techniques, he felt that returning to silverwork would seem almost foreign. So, he began what no traditional American Indian jeweler had done before him. He began to fashion art jewelry out of stainless steel. Using all that he had learned about machinery at SMU and Texas Instruments as well as art studies at SMU and independent research, Pruitt set out to make larger jewelry items. His design sense was also influenced by his life path and personal interests, like appreciation for Japanese art, to which he was drawn both "artistically and philosophically." He sees parallels in Japanese swordmaking noting, "Swordmaking is very disciplined. The swordsmiths are studying under masters to learn and follow a regimen toward perfection. They are following a process." Pruitt also admires Japanese calligraphy, vessel making and anime. Pruitt had never participated in any of the Southwestern art fairs but as he developed his jewelry, he began to think about unique items that could be entered in jewelry competitions. The first BELT BUCKLES of 6Al 4V titanium; CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, pulse arc welded, electro-anodized, sanded, 2013. Opposite page, top row: BRACELET of zirconium 702; CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, forced oxidization, sanded, 2013. BRACELET of 316L stainless steel, stingray leather; CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, bead blasted, 2011. BRACELETS of zirconium 702; CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, forced oxidization, 2013. bottow row: F1 SERIES V6.0 belt buckle of 6Al 4V titanium, MokuTi (forge welded titanium); CNC machined,

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