Where to get your makers mark made

13 05 2016

I’ve received a message from a reader that Ivan, the most esteemed makers mark maker, seems to have retired (his number is disconnected). This is sad news indeed.

So … where does one get a makers mark made now?

Please do help …

I receive quite a number of requests for this information, and I’d like to be able to be more helpful.

 





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 ….





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)





Metal price update

9 12 2015

My last update was a little over five months ago (gold only about four months ago) … let’s see …

1. Gold per gram in A$, over 2yrs : go buy!!! well, make your own decision … but it’s close to the lowest it’s been all year; I have no idea whether it’ll go down further or go up .. if I knew that I wouldn’t be working my days in an office

as at 9th December 2015

as at 9th December 2015

2. Gold per gram in US$, over 2yrs : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate; this is quite a drop over the year over close to 25% from high to low over the year …

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

3. Gold per gram in US$, over 10yrs : looking over a longer period to put it in context …

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

4. Gold per gram in A$, over 10yrs : over the same 10 year period ; interesting to see when the exchange rate turned against us (around 2012)

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ : I’d say the latest drop, as it lines up with the gold price drop, may be cross-market (all metals)

at 9th December 2015

at 9th December 2015

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previous metal price update: 19 June 2015 … and gold 09 August 2015

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Farewell, you gorgeous thing

25 10 2015

I’ve written a number of times before about old works … pieces we’ve made, hold on to, unwilling to throw away but aware that equally we don’t actually want to keep them for we don’t like them, they don’t say what we wanted them to, we’ve moved on, etc.

With the benefit of time (it’s almost nine years since I made this piece) I’m ready to let go of ‘Scale‘ (from my third year at RMIT).

I have photographs I’ll treasure, but I no longer need the object – it just takes up space and I don’t have it on display.

Scale, 2006

Scale, 2006

I adored making it. I loved researching and drawing for it. Planning it. Obsessing about it.

I’m planning on giving it to someone to re-purpose the metal (stainless steel, aluminium, monel) … for a new life.