The elective I took in second semester second year was Enamelling, as I had enjoyed it so much in first year.
Second year, second semester, Enamelling, project #1: ‘Champleve‘
Champleve is enamelling into a recess in metal – which can be created either by carving, etching or layer soldering (with high temperature, IT, solder).
For this project I took for inspiration a photograph I had taken of a plane tree in winter – one of the iconic Melbourne images in my opinion (especially as I worked in the city, and they’re everywhere).
Each component was made of two layers of fine silver, the top layer saw-pierced and soldered to the bottom layer.
The shape in the top layer is derived from the photograph – below. The pieces were rivetted together.
I don’t really think this is a successful piece: the rivets do not seem robust enough, the fitting isn’t robust enough for the weight of the piece, and the articulation of the rivets isn’t ideal. Perhaps this is a contender for a re-working?
… last post in this series: RMIT Year 2, Semester 2, Silversmithing …