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Metal price update

28 06 2013

My last full update was just over two months ago, as was the little gold update. So what’s been going on with metal prices?

As at the morning of 28th June 2013:

The most important news is that gold has seen a significant crash, to its lowest levels in three years (in $US).
And silver prices are also at their lowest (in $AU) for three years.
Perhaps a time for metal buying??

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1. Gold price in US$ for last 12 months

as at 28th June 2013; click on image for original source

as at 28th June 2013; click on image for original source

2. Gold price in A$ for last 12 months
The shift in the exchange rate has meant that the fall isn’t so significant in $AU, but still a large one!

as at 28th June 2013; click on image for original source

as at 28th June 2013; click on image for original source

3. Gold price in A$ for last 5 years

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source

Along with Gold, the Silver price has also fallen off a cliff!

4. Silver price in US$ for last 12 months

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source

5. Silver price in A$ for last 5 years

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source

as at 28 June 2013; click on image for original source





Studio colour

26 06 2013

There’s a bit of blank white wall in the studio I share with two gorgeous ladies from my RMIT degree. I wanted to bring some colour to it. Which is rare, for I’m usually minimalist.

for the studio

for the studio

So I printed some of my photographs and pinned them to two pieces of black foam core (each 500 * 770). Simple, not expensive and effective.





Eigengrau

24 06 2013

Another post inspired by a facebook posting … I know, I could try to stop…

click on image for original facebook source

click on image for original source

What a beautiful word: Eigengrau.

The text that accompanied the above image states: “This isn’t any old shade of black, it is precisely #16161D. With no available light to contrast objects against one another, it is possible to be in the presence of items that are darker black without being able to perceive them that way.

Amazing!

It brought to mind the gorgeous exhibitions of recent years that have focused on black …

I’ve fallen in love with a word!





Silver medicine

22 06 2013

I’ve just spotted (via facebook) an article that states: “The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for thousands of years…” and new research “… suggest that silver could be used to enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics against drug-resistant bacteria.

Wow.

Specifically, when the researchers “… supplemented antibiotics with a small amount of silver, …, the combination killed up to 1,000 times more bacteria than the antibiotics did on their own.

Don’t go eating silver though, it can be toxic.

I thought it was interesting to know that the material we regularly play with could be so useful.





Is blogging dead?

21 06 2013

This has been on my mind for a year or more … I wonder if blogging has reached its peak.

As I wrote late last year, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in the number of blogs and the update frequency of those still alive.

Is blogging DEAD?

I’d say NO from the perspective of those of us who like writing and sharing, and would probably do this even if we also expanded to other platforms.

I’d say YES from the perspective of a maker who wants an internet presence. Blogs are probably no longer the most effective means (though it should be said that some blogs can be laid out to look more like a ‘website’, and not so that it would look ‘dated’ if not updated for a while). There are so many other options now that weren’t available five years ago – easy website building platforms, instagram (for those who want to share images but not text), twitter, facebook … etc. Even I, who once swore I would never get on facebook, now use it to regularly keep up to date with jewellery-related pages.

If I was asked by an emerging (or established!) maker if they should create a blog I’d say:

  • NO if their sole purpose is to connect to the world (though I have no experience in it myself, I’d recommend starting with one of the free website platforms);
  • YES if they know they’ll regularly update it and love writing in public;
  • YES if they would like to experiment and find out for themselves if it’s for them.

Thoughts?





Reworking: Avebury

19 06 2013

I’ve mused and written quite a bit about recycling and reworking old pieces. Recently I finally reworked one of the pieces from my RMIT days.

My ‘Avebury‘ pendant from the Longing‘ jewellery project of second year has always had a special place in my heart. However I have never liked the chain and could not see me wearing it as a pendant.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

While I may make jewellery, I do have a special attraction to small objects … so I made a little stand for the pendant. It’s only a quick mock-up (the brass reflects the gold), but it has pride of place in my living room … so I may see its gorgeousness every day.

I love the image below too … brooding Avebury.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission