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Third year, first semester, Silversmithing: Scale
The objective was “to build a (one) or a series of larger object/s that engages with the notion of scale“.
My immediate thought was maps. I love maps. Especially contour maps.
And what are maps without scale, if not a representation of scale, yes?
The first page of my visual diary has the phrase: “flattening the earth“.
I find it so Interesting that I came to the idea so quickly.
I decided to make a three-layer representation of three contours of the head of the Murray River, in the Kosciusko National Park.
It’s A3 size; the layers are stainless steel(2500m), aluminium (2000m) and monel (1500m).
Part of the project’s objectives was to make a connection with professional manufacturing processes – I used software (the name of which I cannot remember now – maybe something like Rhino?) to transfer my pencil contour maps into a file that I then forwarded to a laser cutters. So yes, the metal is laser cut … the metal sheet is so large, the process would have been very unlikely to have been cut by hand.
In retrospect I don’t like how I secured these layers together; I improved the technique on a future project (to be written about soon).
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Categories : My_Work, My_Work_2006, RMIT, Silversmithing
My last update was only two months ago – but let’s see what’s been going on with metal prices.
As at 27th December 2012:
1. Gold price in US$ for last 12 months
2. Gold price in A$ for last 12 months : looks like a good time to buy perhaps?? Though don’t take my word for it, I cannot predict the future!
3. Silver price in US$ for last 12 months
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Categories : Materials
This topic popped into my mind today – jewellery that is central to the plot a movie. There are three I think of immediately.
1. Lord of the Rings – the malevolent ‘One Ring‘ to rule them all; I’m pretty sure most people know about this movie and how the ring is essentially the focal point of the entire series.
I considered including an image of the ring from the film, but I prefer this image of the original book covers designed by Tolkien.
2. Moulin Rouge! – that incredible necklace. It’s certainly not as critical as the other movies mentioned here, but it is an important plot point. The necklace is apparently the most expensive piece jewellery ever created for film. Australian jeweller Stefano Canturi “crafted the ornate necklace, made with 1308 diamonds and weighing a whopping 134 carats, over 12 weeks …” (from here) and reputed to be worth over A$2m. See the Canturi site for some more.
3. Titanic – the ‘Heart of the Ocean‘ necklace is the reason for the treasure-hunting ‘present’ part of the film and central to the ‘past’ section too. “London-based jewelers Asprey & Garrard used cubic zirconias set in white gold to create the … prop in the film. … After the film’s success, Asprey & Garrard were commissioned to create an authentic Heart of the Ocean necklace using the original design.” (wiki).
If you haven’t seen the end of the movie, then look away now … but to me, this is the worst ending of a film EVER! The insipid ‘groan of effort’ she makes as she turfs the neckpiece overboard is ridiculous … this ending generates such fury inside me… it’s a waste … and yes, it’s only a movie.
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Categories : Jewellery, Television
I thought it may be nice to have a ‘festive’ post.
How amazingly startling is this xmas tree brooch (from here)!
I recommend you do your own internets search for festive jewellery, though I warn you it isn’t pretty.
There are so so many more on this page … go have a look, you know you want to.
My special plan for the day is to eat beautiful food and have a little food-coma nap in the afternoon! Have a super day.
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Categories : Jewellery
As I did this time last year, I thought it would be a bit of fun to see what were the ‘top posts’ were in 2012.
Excluding ‘Home Page’ and other pages, the top 10 posts with the most ‘clicks’ during 2012 were:
- #1: ‘Lace in Fashion‘ @ NGV International
12th January 2011: I think was only popular because (according to those more sartorially in-tune than I) lace has been in fashion this year
- #2: Short courses in Melbourne
17th October 2011: I’m glad to see lots of people are interested in learning jewellery
- #3: Pandora jewellery / Trollbeads
4th December 2009: another old story; I’m a bit sad for people who are genuinely looking for information on these ‘jewels’ (ah-hem) and end up finding themselves reading my post putting the boot in (#4 last year, #3 the year before, groan)
- #4: More about jewellery insurance
4th October 2010: insurance is still a news topic (#3 last year)
- #5: ‘Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620-1840‘ @ NGV
6th November 2009 (#7 last year)
- #6: ‘Unexpected Pleasures‘ @ NGV
20th April 2012: NEW ENTRY: a review of the immense event that was this exhibition
- #7: Jewellery at auction: Makers Mark
3rd August 2012: NEW ENTRY: stock left from the failure of the jewellery store
- #8: Otto Kunzli & Therese Hilbert ‘Leonids and Fumerols‘ @ Gallery Funaki
22nd November 2010: absolutely beautiful exhibition… (#8 last year)
- #9: Makers Mark Gallery news
13th July 2010: an old story, people generally searching for ‘makers marks’ (#2 last year and #2 the year before)
- #10: Most famous ring in the world?
17th October 2009; this was a hot topic in late 2009 when the jewellers who made Keith Richard’s skull ring introduced a new version to the general market; this year looks like more were searching in relation to the Pope’s ring (no pun intended)
Most popular posts since I started writing (March 2009):
- #1: Most famous ring in the world?; as #10 above
- #2: Makers Mark Gallery news ; as #9 above
- #3: Pandora jewellery / Trollbeads; as #2 above
- #4: Artist Profile: Nicole Polentas (13th May 2009; a very close #11th post this year)
- #5: Show me the dates Melbourne Museum (11th April 2011)
I’m looking forward to a busy 2013 … happy reading!
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