Metal price update

20 04 2016

My last update was a little over four months ago … let’s see …

1. Gold per gram in A$, over 2yrs : geez, that’s a jump since early December … did you buy in December, like I said (check out that last post!)??

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

2. Gold per gram in US$, over 2yrs : that jump since December/January is the market, though the exchange rate looks to have done us some favours (finally) in the recent few months

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ : errr, look at that spike in the most recent week ; lines up with spikes in gold so perhaps market-wide or at least commodities or metals-wide ; this metal certainly isn’t showing much in terms of movement away from what could be perceived as an central marker of about A$680/kg … should have bought in December …

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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previous metal price update: 9 December 2015

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That time …

15 04 2016

Remember that time …

… that time when I was happily making woven earrings

the good old days [image not to be reproduced without author permission]

the good old days [image not to be reproduced without author permission]

This group was for an exhibition at Studio 20/17 … back in the day.

Ah memories…





New work?

13 04 2016

Ahead of some renovation work, I’ve been clearing out one of the rooms in my beautiful home. In doing that I’ve come across a small clutch of paper weaving studies …. including one I shared late last year [‘O:S 001 absolute oblivion‘].

start of something?

start of something?

Maybe time to get back into the experimenting ….





NGV visit

11 04 2016

It’s been quite some time (15months) since I last visited the National Gallery of Victoria to specifically look for the contemporary jewellery display.

Given it had been a while, I felt I had something of an expectation to see a change in the display.

It’s not obvious … perhaps there may have been one or two swap outs-ins … though the majority looked to be same to me.

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

Sigh. Sad news. I’m sure there are some in storage that would love to come out!

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In other gallery visiting news though, nearby there was an amazing exhibit.
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, ‘clinamen‘, 2013

What an unexpected and complete joy.

A pump gently (and silently) moves the water so that the differently-sized porcelain bowls to clink into each other … the sound is so peaceful and beautiful, transcendental.

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

photographs taken under gallery conditions, including no flash

This was my highlight of the level 3 visit.





Repair -v- remake

10 04 2016

You may know the dread … when you receive an email (or call) from a gallery you sell jewellery through, that a piece has come in for ‘repair’. Horrid scary word: repair.

I received just this request recently from the most excellent Lord Coconut … a client had brought in a pair of my Onyx cufflinks which had broken after only a few wears.

The horror. As this pair was in my first collection for the gallery, I had visions of my soldering to be to blame. I had visions of all my cufflinks needing to be repaired (an overreaction, but it happened).

Weirdly, it seems that the failure was actually the base of the (manufactured) bezel. Though it must be said that it was a relief that it wasn’t my soldering.

In fact, the part of the bezel base that failed was where I had soldered (seemingly magnificently) the cufflink stirrup fitting to the bottom. See in the below photograph – just completely ripped the metal away (and strangely without buckling the metal back at all); that missing little square of metal is solidly adhered to the stirrup on the now-unattached cufflink fitting.

back of broken bezel ... after I'd unset the weave and perspex (hence the mangled edge)

back of broken bezel … after I’d unset the weave and perspex (hence the mangled edge)

Totally unpredictable, and in fact I cannot even conceive that the base could be torn away like this. The metal is thin (I use manufactured bezels for these pieces; it’s the significant compromise I made/agreed to keep to a low customer-end price-point) … but still.

So anyway … I haven’t made cufflinks for over two years. I have no studio. And effectively, due to the construction of these pieces, it is a full remake, there’s no ‘repair’ about it.

You can imagine my total relief when my fabulous old studio buddy said I could pop in and use her bench and tools and things. I love awesome people.

And it all went smoothly. Well, when I say smoothly, but I did have to remake both cufflinks, as the bezel on the unbroken cufflink was higher than any bezels I had at hand – see how much wider the old, unbroken (right), bezel setting is in the image below, compared to the new (left) one. In fact, you can also see the thinness of the bezel fold on the right side of the old cufflink, that thing was at risk of failure if knocked in the wrong spot …

new on left, old on right ... note different bezel set thicknesses ... boo

new on left, old on right … note different bezel set thicknesses … boo

… so the client has a whole new set of sassy cufflinks.

Hoorah! I wish him many more years of enjoyment and wearing these.

new cufflinks (with previous weave)

new cufflinks (with original weave)





The Staffordshire Hoard

8 04 2016

This is old news, I know … but I was watching a documentary recently (oooh I know, I do that a whole lot) and the images of the Staffordshire Hoard were truly stunning.

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

The detail of these gold and garnet weapon adornments are astonishing.

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

Can you imagine being on the conservation team who are the lucky ones to be slowly removing the soil from each of the little cells (with individually cut garnets, some of less than 1mm wide) and revealing the gorgeousness ….

or the gold work like in the pieces below …

or working as one of the volunteer documentation assistants!

screen shot from documentary

screen shot from documentary

Cannot wait until all of this is documented or displayed in its entirety all in one place (it seems that only some of the pieces are displayed, and they are spread across locations).





for thought

4 04 2016

A favourite quote from an amazing novel:

“for every radiant coincidence
there are a thousand dull discrepancies”

The Possibility of an Island, Michel Houellebecq

sunrise 22Mar16

sunrise 22Mar16