Thinking

13 12 2014

I’ve been on holidays for three weeks (from my regular day-job in a finance institution) … and I’ve been using the time to think …  a lot … a whole darn lot.

While I don’t miss the studio as such, I do miss creativity.
Writing makes up for some of that, but not all.
Knitting makes up for some of it, but it’s meditative not creative for me.

opals_13dec14

opals_13dec14

So I’ve retrieved my opal collection from their hidey-hole.

I’ll look at them, perhaps even doodle a little, and see what arises … yes, I still want to make jewellery things out of them … but I’m not sure I want to do the making, perhaps the imagining and drawing will be sufficient for now.





Metal price update

3 11 2014

It’s been less than two months since my last metal price update, but gold is now at a 4-year low (in $US).

1. Gold per gram in A$ : despite the “4-year low” headlines, it has been at about this level twice already this year

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

… and over the last five years:

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

2. Silver per kilogram in A$: woah!! what a drop in price!

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

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

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

previous metal price update: 13th September 2014





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!

jasper_frontjasper_back





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:

donate_noflash

without flash

donate_flash

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.