Week 29

Did a great Damascus steel workshop at the Bushfire Forge and produced (with help) a piece of twisted layered steel ready to be furthered worked probably into rims; and a disc of 88 layers of steel again ready to be further worked if I can get access to the forges at college. Otherwise a major ebay expedition may be needed.

88 layers of hot welded patterned steel

88 layers of hot welded patterned steel

wrought iron and steel bar

wrought iron and steel bar

 

me twisting hot 7 layer bar

me twisting hot 7 layer bar

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Week 28

All three brooches are finished for assessment. These two pieces are inspired by waves and have movement, but the aim of each is quite different. One is exotic and pretty pretty, the other is more rooted in colder climes (and is shown as a work in progress and complete)

silver, porcelain,crystal and paua shell

silver, porcelain,crystal and paua shell

oxidised copper, willow

oxidised copper, willow

mussel shell, willow, copper brooch (finished)

mussel shell, willow, copper brooch (finished)

 

Week 27

raised vessel

raised vessel in copper

The blue agate bezel set in silver is now a necklace.agate  - bezel set
agate – bezel set

pecan tree brooch. Japanese ply, copper, pecan

pecan tree brooch. Japanese ply, copper, pecan

The pecan tree brooch is an assessment piece inspired by conversations with my texan partner.

 

The raised vessel was started last year, but I learnt how to finish it at the workshop with Lucian Taylor.

week 24

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pecan tree brooch prototyping

The brooch design for my texas student contact has taken some time, but I have learnt a lot. The initial design was to include a pecan pie recipe, which is just visible on the sublimation print aluminium trial. The green paper is the maquette and the tracing paper shows how the recipe would fit. The laser cutting was a steep learning curve and I engraved the recipe on a trial piece, but decided against in the end.

The final piece will be part of my end of term assessment – so I’ll put up a photo then