28 February 2012

Native Gold

Working with native gold today... great fun.
Native gold is just as it comes out of the ground... wholemeal, so-to-speak, not refined.
It has slight impurities, and is about 22-23k. (remember?)
Over the last few weeks I've been working mainly with brass- which, as a material is bristling with good points.... but gold, native gold- is truly delicious to work with; malleable, resplendent, weighty...
It is as if it just wants to turn into a wedding ring, doing this by itself...
Above, the ring is as yet unjoined, and still bespeckled- soon to be whole and glowing.

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