15 August 2014

Golden Ratio Ring



A ring designed to rhyme with your finger bones. But not too precise. It has a warmth.
You can buy this 9k gold version from The Golden Smith Shop.
Also available in silver, platinum or 22k gold by request.

14 July 2014

Earrings

New batch of David Neale earrings at Pieces of Eight in Melbourne. Gold-plated silver.
International folks; please email me if  you'd like a pair...
US$300- Free shipping to anywhere.

19 June 2014

Old Game



All thats left of this game is the bone bits. I wonder if the missing tiles were wood. It is some kind of egyptian checkers- Im guessing the object is to get your pieces to the other end(?). Very sculptural.
British Museum.

18 June 2014

Gold Beater




History of Metalworking:
Beating gold into sheet or foil by hand-hammering.
Note also lattice flooring- if you drop something precious, it gets compartmentalised.

14 May 2014

Advice To My Younger Self

Thanks to Debbie Pryor from Craft for an interesting interview, 10-odd years on from when my work was in Fresh! '03.
 Read the rest here  -includes Advice To My Younger Self. 
Ah yes, 20/20 hindsight.

5 May 2014

Hermann Jünger rarity



Here's a rarity:
A Hermann Jünger brooch, 1960/70 at auction. (auctionata)
Also a rarity- a chance to see the back! Something I have never seen.
Jünger's maker's mark is a standing bird- and looks to me as though he's engraved the stamp himself-
a nice touch.
I was not expecting to see the square wire framework supporting the composition- very interesting.
There's a freeness in the face composition, and then a lot of formal, organised work to hold it together underneath.
There is always lots of things going on in a Jünger piece;
claw-setting, bezel setting, enamelling, granulation, fusing- a kind of playful game, mixing things up...
you'll see an emerald next to green glass, ivory next to white enamel.

15 April 2014

Gold Loom Bands?


2,000 year old Loom Band?
(top)
Or as the style is known to jewellers;
'Loop-in-loop' chain

10 March 2014

Golden Ratio Rings

Golden Ratio Rings
In silver, set with white marble and lapis lazuli

Horseshoe Nail Ring


A gold horseshoe nail ring I made recently as a custom request.
Its a classic form that I've never made before, so it was fun to forge out the geometry with hammer and anvil. I wanted it to have a forgey, satiny, textural finish, so I didn't polish it.

18 February 2014

Pinterview

My work was featured on the Pinterest Blog… shucks!

27 January 2014

Pompon



Francois Pompon
Chouette
1923?

24 January 2014

24k Horse Pendant



I love working with pure gold- not typically used for today's jewellery, being somewhat softer than the lower alloys, but the trick is to make it proportionally hefty, then it is very robust, and… well…

bodacious! 

 Silver or 18k Horse Pendants can be adopted from
 or the rare 24k breed by special request, 

23 January 2014

Gold Stud Earrings- Custom







Custom-made gold studs 
-that can spin!
Got ideas you'd love to crystallise?

22 January 2014

Pine Needles- Black

Pine Needle pendant
Blackened Silver

Yours at The GoldenSmith Shop

7 December 2013

New Earring Patterns

New earrings. Some of these patterns are now at Pieces of Eight in Melbourne...
Or world-wide folks can get them from:
The Golden Smith Shop
Email me if you cant see the patten you like.

Horse / Walk

Dad's new horse- I went for a little walk. 

Golden Ratio Rings

Golden Ratio rings.
Formula with Feeling- that's my intention.

28 November 2013

Newen Days Rings

Newen Days rings;
Moonstone and reclaimed ebony in gold.
Joe thought of the name;
"coz dere's de olden days and, dere's de newen days"

26 November 2013

Golden Fiori



Fiori Earrings in vermeil. These have extra flowers too.

1 November 2013

Lapis, Lapis, Lapis, Lapis Lazuli


Finding a rhythm in making these over and over...
Silver, too, if thats your colour.

30 October 2013

Acquired




David Neale, Colour Fold
Acquired by National Gallery of Victoria

21 October 2013

INSTAGRAM



You can now find me on Instagram:

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Check it out for more jewelry (and jewellery too)

Bangles

 'Mayon' Bangle.  Steel. I was thinking of a climber's mallion. Plus Marcel Wander's quote:
"we can no longer marvel at a tube being bent"- well the tube part is straight.
Simple and heavy.
'Rond' Bangle


'Lozenge' Bangle.
Gold plated bronze.
I first made this in 2009 I think...
but I may start making them again.


16 October 2013

Diamond Ring


David Neale 'Emerald-cut' Diamond, 18k Gold Ring
Simple, simple.
Golden Ratio proportions.

14 October 2013

Stack Rings







Gold, lapis lazuli or turquoise stack rings.
To be worn above other rings,
 or alone, 
or flip over and wear below.

11 October 2013

Stack Ring

A ring to stack on top of others.
Rainbow moonstone and copper, set in silver.
Blue with a red border glows.


10 October 2013

Golden Ratio Ring

Golden Ratio Ring.
 Made of gold (what else?)

I really like just a simple, simple ring, dont you?
But I often think, what is it that would make a simple ring good?

Answer: pleasing proportions.



Also known as sectio aurea and the Divine Proportion.

9 October 2013

Rhyming game



Marie's Gates



Gilt wrought iron detail from the gates at Petit Trianon, Versaille.
(The mini-palace where Marie Antoinette sought refuge from court life. And Louie.)

7 October 2013

Flower Earrings

A pair of earrings I made today. The design has in mind a methodology that doesnt require sanding or polishing, mainly just shearing and flame-work (a bit like etruscan?). I would love to make these in 22k gold (of course!) Please contact me if you'd like a pair in gold.
The silver version is available in The Golden Smith Shop. US$250
 Here is the method:


First, roll out silver to a thin sheet, using rolling mills.

Cut out discs, then petals. I use scissors for this- snips or saw would be too awkward.

Flatten and texturise the flowers on a rough anvil, with an antique hammer.

Scribe lines on petals using a double-pointed tool and on a heavy paper pad to allow the right amount of push-out.

Close-up of said tool. I fashioned this from a broken twist drill and hold it in a pin vice.

Dome the shapes using a wooden punch and matrix.
I dont use steel versions of these tools as these would probably spread the already-thin material.

I also stone-washed (not shown) these components to de-burr the edges.



Little backing cups are made using the same method.
 All components, including ear wires are organised for assembly.


The backing cups are soldered to the ear wires. Soldering (not shown) is done under an exhaust hood and I also wear a respirator- to protect myself from potential fume hazards.


The flowers have holes punched through their centres, and are attached to backing-cups with a ball rivet. These rivets are formed from short lengths of wire with little heads melted on each end- and will allow the flowers to move a little.


A hot little flame is needed to quickly melt this rivet-head without heating the adjacent solder join 
-which has a lower melting temperature. In other words, if you do this wrong, the whole lot melts together... or falls off!

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat... Repeat!

Assembly complete.

Bend assemblage into earring configuration, with ear-hooks.

 Looking a little grey at this point, I immerse them in a bath of citric acid, 
which brings them to a bright colour.


I burnish the ear-hooks to be bright and smooth, and give them a soapy wash.
Finito.
I may try some similar versions with elements other than flowers?