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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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





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





A resolution of a kind

9 01 2014

I’m not really a fan of making ‘new year’s resolutions'; I prefer to take action when the whim takes me and try to do things as I feel they’re right, not according to an arbitrary calendar date.

That said, I have found a new thought coinciding with the new year, so it may as well be assigned ‘resolution’ status.

Plan for 2014: no woven paper-silver.

old weaving

old weaving

Ooooh, you read that right.

It will take personal fortitude and discipline to stop myself from incorporating it in what (well, almost all that) I make.