30 October 2013


David Neale, Colour Fold
Acquired by National Gallery of Victoria

21 October 2013


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 '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.
I may try some similar versions with elements other than flowers?