About - Strange Grain


About Strange Grain and Artist Will Barnes

Silversmith Will Barnes

Born and raised in New Mexico with strong Native American and Spanish bloodlines, my style embodies where I come from as well as my own artistic impression. I have traveled all over and lived in big cities for about 15 years. Now, I’m back in New Mexico building handmade southwestern style jewelry

Although the name may not completely convey what it is that Strange Grain is, I hope that it eventually becomes a large name that carries various artistically themed products (my vision). I make everything from scratch. All my jewelry is cold formed with hand tools only. I’ve never apprenticed or watched anyone else make jewelry, so you may not see anything similar to what I make, considering I use very unconventional methods to execute some of the pieces that I design and make. I don’t use any modern equipment outside of cutting tools. I believe in doing things the way they used to. An element of construction that rarely exists anymore. I try to render this quality in all my work. 

I’m a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist as well. I can work in almost any medium, digitally or physically. Although my current focus is on silversmithing, you may see various products in my store that are composed using various other mediums.


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