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.





Metal price update

18 03 2014

It’s been quite a while since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : oh dear, prices have increased quite a bit this year

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

… and creeping up near a year-high and prices seen during 2012:

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a bit of a jump recently

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

… though not so bad considering where it was over the last few years:

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 21st November 2013





Hoorah: 5 years and 1200 posts

1 03 2014

Today is my fifth anniversary … five years since I started writing this blog.

The first year anniversary called for paper (traditional) or clocks (modern).
The second year anniversary called for cotton (traditional) or china (modern).
The third year anniversary calls for leather (traditional) or crystal (modern).
The fourth year anniversary calls for fruit or flowers (traditional) or appliances (modern).
The fifth anniversary calls for wood (traditional) or silverware (modern) … ooh…

Perhaps to celebrate, an image of my favourite silversmithing object : ‘Avebury‘.

Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission