experiments with runny tin

Today I set up an impromptu melt bench in the back yard to melt some tin sticks due to potential contamination issues.  This was a largely successful enterprise which produced many slugs for me to work with.  One slug dribbled off the bit of wood I was pouring it into and landed on the corrugation…

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Test driving my string theory

Continuing on from my last post on rapid prototyping… Five of my last batch of blobs sat looking at me, waiting for string, and a curious thought entered my head.  They were buttons.  Can you put buttons in jewellery show? I asked Raewyn: Are buttons jewellery? She responded with a page from a Warwick Freeman…

Rapid prototyping

With 2.5 weeks to go before the 30th anniversary show at Masterworks I decided my meagre offerings had the potential to become a test drive for my Platina plan so I set about melting some blobs in rapid succession. I had only made 7 objects for this show originally so needed to melt down an…

Late night Munich brain waves

I have noticed many times that there is a phenomenon amongst jewellers to swarm around new things – those things that are available en masse, usually for free or not that much – like the pink Ted Noten piggie rings, the Nana Melland aeroplanes or the gold perspex squares that emerged at the Handwerksmesse last…

Collaboration date #1

29Jan16: Lisa Walker and I went Op Shopping in Newtown. We decided to buy anything that caught our eye and many things did. I was curious to see whether she would notice something I had seen – sometimes yes, sometimes no. The op shops in Wellington are so much better than in Auckland – it…