22 September 2009


my little team of Gold Oxen.
one for Erin, one for ...you?

20 September 2009

Willow Patterned weekend





I went back to the ancestral homelands on the weekend... ( St. Andrews)
1. My father has decided all the crockery at the Snuggery should be 'willow pattern' and put out a call for donations
2.He asked me if I could plug up the hole in his "favorite teapot"; I couldnt decide whether it had been neglected or loved-to-bits.
3.An old cow bell - with a great frog-motif maker's mark
4. locals chowing down

17 September 2009

maker's mark

Its high high time I had me a maker's mark.
Previously I had eschewed having such a stamp, for some unjustifiable reason...
The problem now (its rather a good problem really, as far as problems go...) is to design one for myself. Suggestions will be considered, albeit condescendingly. (oh why do i persist in throwing out these invitations into the void?)
these are some ceramic ones that I like a bit, especially the one with the clog. Generally there is more 'real estate' on a pot to stamp or enscribe your mark on, so the design/sign/insignia can be bigger and more elaborate than on jewellery...

10 September 2009

Black Sphere Earrings

Off the bench: Earrings for Odette.
I thought you might be interested in the process...
Black Earrings with Gold fittngs; what to make them from?
Ebony or Horn were the choices, (both recycled... of course)


I tested the ebony, turning up a ball on a 'rudimentary lathe'... (Ive waited a long to time to say that in context) just putting a dowell into the chuck of a drill press and tooling with a file.
Deciding that the horn was denser and blacker, I went with that, but also ended up with a little ebony doming punch. Perfect for doming-up the cups that will hold the black spheres.
I rarely do any doming, so dont actually own a set of punches... for a soft material like 22k Gold, wooden punches work very well.


Being a simple design, I thought it best to hand-build every part, so as to give it that certain quality... So I made the 'butterfly' clips too, which I have never bothered to do before. A moderate level of asperity in shape and finish seemed desirable too; a little wabi-sabi, refined roughnessTo this end, I simply cut out the flat shape with little scissors, (chamfered the sharp edges...) I pierced a hole with a pin, then bent up the the 'wings' of the clip, which are essentially springs that need to curl around and grip the post, holding it securely in the ear.



Cups soldered to posts... at this stage they need a little cleaning up.
Next, fit the black horn spheres.


                                                             Fin. Quietly good, I reckon.

7 September 2009

4 September 2009


from Brooklyn Museum...