A clean air gem for Jewel Day 2015: Manon Doyle

Sentry Air's Jewel Day 2015 artist Manon Doyle.

Manon Doyle, in her Scottsdale, Arizona studio.

Metalsmith and jewelry maker Manon Doyle regularly reinvents her artistic self.

Her first love was painting.

Then she worked in glass mosaics for a while, sometimes in three dimensions, like a sculptor.

When she was ready to move on from mosaics, she chose enamel work.

To learn enameling basics, she attended workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

Because enamel is frequently applied to metal to make jewelry, it led Manon to her current art practice, metalsmithing.

Sterling silver ring by Sentry Air's Jewel Day 2015 artist Manon Doyle.

This ring features a splendid rutilated quartz stone set in sterling silver. Rutile is a mineral composed primarily of titanium dioxide.

Transformations brought awareness

Each creative change brought awareness of health hazards associated with the media and techniques she used.

For example, her glass mosaic of Ohio State’s mascot required each glass tessera to be ground smooth; no sharp edges allowed.

The resulting dust in her studio reminded Manon that a main ingredient of glass is silica — not a good substance to inhale.

Three dimensional glass mosaic of Ohio State's mascot, Brutus Buckeye, by Sentry Air's Jewel Day 2015 artist, Manon Doyle.

For the large scale mascot of Brutus Buckeye, Ohio State’s athletic mascot, Manon ground the edges of each mosaic piece

Enamel work requires a kiln or torch to soften glass beads so they flow.

Metal oxides used as coloring agents in the beads may be released by the heat as fumes – also not good to inhale.

Silver metalsmithing = true love

Manon loves to use sterling silver to create the jewelry that occupies her studio time.

She knew that soldering silver had respiratory risks. So she bought a device promoted as a solder smoke eater.

Manon didn’t know the device was not as effective as one might hope. (See graphic at right.)

Sentry Air meets Manon via Deryn

In Deryn Mentock’s Something Sublime blog, Manon read about Deryn’s quest for clean, safe air to breathe when she soldered.

Deryn uses a Winged Sentry Model 200.

Manon decided to give us a call.

Very pleased Manon Doyle is our Jewel Day 2015 artist

We know artists are frequently so ardent about their creative processes that they overlook their own needs.

Sentry Air loves Manon’s respect for her lungs and her desire to protect them.

Manon ordered a stainless steel Benchtop Solder Fume Extractor for her studio.

She said our video that shows how the unit pulls solder smoke away from the user impressed her.

Celebrate Jewel Day, March 13

As we do each year, we hope you’ll acknowledge the creative work of jewelry artists with a little something for yourself or a loved one.

Front and back of necklace created by Sentry Air's Jewel Day 2015 artist, Manon Doyle.

Manon added words to the back of this crazy lace agate necklace in sterling silver because the stone reminded her of the earth.

Sentry Air's Jewel Day 2015 artist Manon Doyle's chrysoprase cabochon ring.

This Australian chrysoprase cabochon is set in sterling silver and stamped *Dream. Realize.* on the back.

More Manon

You can find more about Manon and her work on her blog, Sisters of the Sun, where you can sign up for her newsletter.

She also has a shop on Etsy.

Previous Jewel Day Artists

Jewel Day 2014: Deryn Mentock
http://sentryair.com/blog/solder-fume-control/jewel-day-2014-deryn-mentock/

Jewel Day 2014: Catherine Witherell
http://sentryair.com/blog/solder-fume-control/jewel-day-2014-catherine-witherell/

2013

Clean Air Gem: Sylla Designs
http://sentryair.com/blog/solder-fume-extraction/clean-air-gem-sylla-designs/

Clean Air Gem: Shari Dixon
http://sentryair.com/blog/epoxy-fume-control/clean-air-gem-shari-dixon/

Clean Air Gem: Nicole Wayne Adornment Design
http://sentryair.com/blog/solder-fume-extraction/clean-air-gem-nicole-wayne-adornment-design/

Resources

Video animation shows how Solder Sentry pulls contaminated air away from user [1:04]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zqhoj77TuY

“I Could Solder In My Bedroom.”
http://www.slideshare.net/SentryAirSystems/i-could-solderinmybedroomslideshare

Testimonial: Sylla Designs
http://sentryair.com/blog/art-making/testimonial-sylla-designs/