Complicated curves: the anticlastic technique

Anticlastic refers to an extremely difficult technique where the jeweler uses sheet metal to create jewelry components with a concave curve on the outer surface while compressing the metal to create a convex curve in the middle. 

What???  Did you say that?  Other definitions are even more complicated!  Think about the shape and curve of a saddle.  Or a Pringles potato chip.  And then imagine those curves even tighter.  Better yet, take a few moments to view this slideshow that illustrates the step-by-step process of creating these complicated curves.  Here, our custom jeweler Tony Nemyer made an amazing pendant, using anticlastic techniques, for one of our wonderful clients.