Gold harp strings

20 10 2014

Recently I was told about wire strung harps, and that while mythology sometimes referred to them as ‘golden’ this may not have been hyperbole but in fact descriptive. What?! Yes, harps may have in fact been strung with gold.

What a fabulous thing.

Henry VIII playing harp; click on image for original Wiki source

Henry VIII playing harp; click on image for original Wiki source

A little bit of internets reading later, and I’ve found a few articles you may be interested in if you’d like to read more.

An article (2003) by Ann Heymann indicates that an Australian team were the first to practically explore the possibility of precious metal strings, and successfully used silver. Eventually she led a team that strung a specific kind of harp, a clairseach, with gold strings.

Another article (2010) by Cynthia Cathcart explores her own journey to string a harp with (sterling) silver.

Lastly, there’s an article comparing wire-strung and gut-strung harps … probably one for the musically focused reader. In fact the site this article is from is dedicated to harps … for the musician for sure!

So interesting … the second article will be of interest to technical metalsmiths, as it describes various hardness tests etc.





Picasso jasper

8 10 2014

In my continued Etsy experiments, I am once again pleased with the results of this little escapade.

I have the most amazing piece of … well … it’s described as Picasso jasper.

Just look at it. It’s like power lines over red earth … I love it!

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Metal price update

13 09 2014

It’s been over three months since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : prices have dropped a little only recently, after wobbling around a bit within about a $1/gram bracket for a few months

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

… and over the last five years:

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a climb and drop, to about the same point as the last post

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 6th June 2014

Also … how about a graph of all available data …
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My pieces for RMIT Auction 2014

14 07 2014

So the decision has been made.

This year I’ve donated two pairs of earrings to the RMIT Object-based Practice Gold & Silversmithing 2014 Auction:

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without flash

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with flash

I like the back of them too.

In fact, a friend I made a bespoke pair for re-bent the ear wires to wear them ‘backwards’ – which in fact looks even more excellent.

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Flat White

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Miami

Check the details of the RMIT Auction on their tumblr here – get donating and/or get buying!

[Please note: all images in this post not to be reproduced without permission]





Which to donate?

4 07 2014

The RMIT Jewellery Auction – officially named the RMIT Object-based Practice Gold & Silversmithing Jewellery Auction (and breathe) – is coming up in early August. Hoorah.

And so it is time to decide what to donate.

As regular readers know, I’m taking a break from making right now – so I’ll be choosing one of my already-made earrings.

Either one from the ‘Coffee’ series

'Coffee' ; image not to be reproduced without permission

‘Coffee’ ; image not to be reproduced without permission

or the ‘Summer’ group.

Summer group; image not to be reproduced without permission

‘Summer'; image not to be reproduced without permission

Decisions. Decisions.

Check out the donations on their tumblr blog.

Are you donating? Would you like to? If so, please make sure you contact the RMIT department; or send me an email and I’ll forward you the donation request email (with all details etc). Donations to be received by 16th July.





Metal price update

6 06 2014

It’s been over two months since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : prices have decreased since March (my last update); almost the lowest A$ per gram since last July; I wonder what caused the slide the last few weeks?

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

… and over the last five years:

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a downhill slide since my last post

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 18th March 2014





Bye bye studio

25 03 2014

Regular readers will know of my recent struggles with the muse and creative process. Yes, it’s been a underlying theme for ages.

You probably also spotted my recent break-up letter with my studio.

Well – it’s really happening – I’m moving out of the studio.

Big sigh. Sad times indeed. Heart-breaking to be honest.

It’s taken a lot of soul searching to finally admit that I’ve (hopefully temporarily) fallen out of love with making jewellery. I will keep visiting exhibitions and writing though, for I love the community and certainly love seeing the making of others!

I will also keep my equipment, as I do hope that the love will return in time.

Therefore, my beautiful studio buddies are looking for a jeweller to take up my space in the shared studio. They’ve been established in the same studio for many years, and I spent more than three happy years there with them. They’re seriously just lovely and gorgeous people!

The kind of person I know they’re looking for will be responsible, reliable and a kind of kindred spirit…

The studio is part of the Red Box artist studios in Collingwood.

If you’re looking to share a studio space (and have your own bench etc), email (or facebook message) me and I’ll pass on your message.