Thursday, October 15, 2009
From the flower of life Mandala, I wanted to create a cuff. My first instinct was to join the circular motif by repeating it, but after looking at the design I noticed that it was possible to create a flowing repetitive pattern. I then designed a template to follow and punch out the pattern from, after punching it out I felt really pleased with the outcome. The process that followed was creating spinoffs that experimented with various finishing techniques to create different appeals which involved fold forming the edges, soldering side bands, making it in copper with a patina and patching up splits using wire and Gold granules. I also investigated and experimented with different proportions including the Golden mean. When I punch this repetitive pattern, the punching becomes an automatic response and somewhat forms into a meditation; this is where my manufacture ties in with the theory behind the Mandala.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I was very pleased with this new technique and around about this time I had started my investigations with sacred geometry. I came across a very alluring pattern called the flower of life, which up until this time I had struggled to find a way in which to render it in metal without using the likely method of piercing or etching. When I came across this technique I thought of how I could use it to portray this pattern. I then realised that it was made up either of overlapping circles or connecting marquise shapes, this is what brought me to use a marquise shaped punch to render the pattern.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I am interested in this theory because I feel this may lead me to making more purposeful jewellery. I am hoping that by using sacred geometric shapes, my jewellery may impact some kind of positive change for the wearer, whether it be to heal the wearer or to bring harmony and release negativity. I am also highly drawn to many of the geometric patterns I'm not 100% sure why but I find some of them really beautiful maybe because they are soothing to look at and serve as a key to connecting with the universe to some extent and unlocking spiritual enlightenment. Or maybe they're just nice to look at, who knows...
The flower of life is one of the strongest sacred geometric shapes! http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_sage1.htm
I am influenced strongly by natural forms and patterns and that is where I draw my Inspiration from in the design of my pieces. I like to reflect the rhythm and flow of nature in my jewellery as a tribute to Mother Earth. When I become an established jeweller I would really like to contribute a percentage of my earnings towards global warming and environmental funds.
From a research point of view I wasn't sure which direction I was heading in, I started off with ethnic jewellery and its purpose in in ethnic societies, my aim was to discover the original purpose for jewellery which I found out to be Social Status, Adornment and mutual recognition between fellow tribesmen. I never found It captivating enough to follow on with the subject, but realized from it all that I would like to create meaningful jewellery.
So now I am focusing on the connection between Sacred Geometry and Nature, and through this I hope to create visually pleasing designs that reflect the harmony of nature and may in some way bring ones life into a harmonius existance, such as the flower of life symbol which has been known to do this.
The theme for Anglo Platinum was Love and Courtship rituals in South African Cultures one of the requirements for the competition was to have a box to store the jewellery in. I decided to use the same Shwe-Shwe fabric that I retrieved the earring design from and covered my own box that I made, I then used a ribbon and button to bind it.
Monday, September 7, 2009
These earrings were the start of a new technique in my jewellery which involved a direct manipulation in the metal; they were brought about by designing for the Anglo platinum competition with a theme of courtship rituals in South Africa.
I love African shwe-shwe fabric and wanted to use this as a design reference for the jewellery I was going to make, I chose this particular design as I was attracted to its interesting circular pattern. I then had to come up with a way of creating this design in metal. My first thought was to pierce out the pattern but it was quite a predictable way of doing it so I tried thinking of other ways in which to portray the pattern. After much thought I went to my 4th year lecturer to speak to him about my design and he showed me a technique he had discovered which was creating a perforated surface with the use of punches, it was a really interesting and different technique so I decided to use it. I roll milled the sheet metal with sandpaper to create an interesting matted texture on my metal; the purpose of this was to generate a contrast between the raised burs which were burnished and the metal below it, so the edges of the burs stood out effectively.
I really enjoyed the overall look of this technique so I decided to pursue it and experiment with patterns from sacred Geometry.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
These are the kinds of things that really inspire me to create natural jewellery.
Nature is the one place where I feel as though I fit in and belong.
Something about it really resinates within me, I am in awe of the raw beauty and perfection, or imperfection, of the natural world.
At times natural life is so beautiful that it hurts knowing what the human race is doing to it, and it all amounts to greed, capitalism, and consumption.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is a bracelet that I am currently working on it has taken time because it needs more elements due to a change in construction, instead of using jump rings to attach the elements I am using hinges so that the mechanism for movement can be can be hidden. I find that with certain pieces jump rings can often make a piece look cheap and improfessional so that is why I went with using hinges. I had a few bumps along the way like the once again, mis-cast elements, but I'm sure all the trouble will be worth it.
I am drawn to the Aztec feel of this piece it reminds me of an ancient wisdom that once existed and is now forever lost to the blindness of modern day society.
I have found that this earring wraps over too much and is a bit short and stumpy, so I have a new shape for it which I had molded but mis-cast due to my metal not being hot enough when pouring into the flask... Sigh! Live and learn.
I experimentally used a sprue on only one side of the bangle and this was the outcome, the metal cooled down before reaching all the cavities.
I love it because it brings about feelings of mystisism and ancient artefacts.
I'm not sure yet what I will do with it but I'm sure I'll find out in time.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
This is a cast element bracelet, it is made from copper and has been Patinated which gives it the blue colour, I find that this piece to me looks unfinished so my next task will be to silver plate the bracelet and lay resin inside the grooves
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
These are the first prototypes; the earring on the left is my first piece but it doesn't wrap as much as I would like, I am having trouble getting the same etch texture with my latest silver pieces.
The middle earring is the type of effect/wrap that I want
The one on the right is my experimental piece with intaglio etching and torch fire enamelling.
This picture was experimental etching done with torch firing
This piece of copper is a relief etch which I will be constructing my next earrings with, I will then enamel and grind them until the copper pattern shows through which I will then silver plate and hopefully the pattern will show through in silver with an enamelled back ground.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The colour you see on the metal is a form of pattination and is not permanent.
The chain I used is called Byzantine chain which is a complex form of joining jump rings, it takes a very long time to make but is highly rewarding once finished.