Of Sunsets, Signs and Cockroaches

October 30, 2009

Sunset from the top of my shop building. Nice one. I have to fix a few thing around the shop. And I am not talking about jewellery. My sign was one. It was dying and looking tatty. Taken off, and a major grill (shiver) mission, believe me….. Rotten wood and all. I had made it out […]

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The Time Tower is Finished

October 27, 2009

Finished. Whew. That took a while. With this piece I religiously recorded the hours I spent working on it. A total of 203 hours of work. It stands 300mm high by 330mm long by 180mm wide. The wood base, which is Southern African Cherry wood, was finished yesterday and fitted into the copper and brass […]

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Making Little Silver Boxes

August 25, 2009

I like little boxes. I used to collect little boxes when I has young. So now I make then from time to time. I bought this wax working apparatus from a dental tech buddy of mine. Very cool, with an adjustable pen, a collection of different tip that I have made, all clean and neat. […]

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Folding Cross and Making the Proof of Concept.

August 21, 2009

This is the first cross I made. I filed the pieces 45 degrees, quick and dirty. Which DID fold up like this–but very fugly. I made several types of hinges to see which one was best. . Remember, all this stuff is taken on the fly and is also unfinished, so it looks kak. So […]

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Of Balls, Rings, Sounds and Optical Illusions.

August 8, 2009

I carved this ring out of Ferris purple wax. Sometimes, when the ‘master pattern’ is complicated, I make a silicone mould out of the wax. Just in case I screw the cast up. Which happens more that I would like to admit to my mummy. But this one was biff- bam, thank you ma’am. OK, not […]

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Stylistic Scarab Beetle Ring and Fused Diamond Ring

July 31, 2009

There is a fine line between a goldsmith making what he wants or making things to sell. For instance, I sometimes make precisely what I like and, mostly they don’t sell very fast, I’m afraid. So eventually they sit around in dusty corners of the safe or in the shop window collecting tarnish. On the […]

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Carved Aquamarine Ring and Laminated Gold Ball Gemstone

July 26, 2009

This is the third and last of the aquamarine pieces that were made for replacement stock. A ring, a pendant and lastly, another ring. I did not cast this wax carving. Problem was I put the stone at 45 degrees-ish and then when I showed it to Anne she said it was kak. The 45 […]

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An Aquamarine Ring and an Aquamarine Pendant

July 20, 2009

This is a pale aquamarine that I laminated and faceted after I inserted a .10ct diamond in it. The aqua is not actually as pale as in the photo, though. I suspect the diamond makes is look a little lighter in colour. It is set in a 18kt yellow and white gold dress ring. The […]

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Carved Aquamarine Ring, a Bangle and Odds and Ends.

July 13, 2009

I just finished this stock replacement ring. 18kt yellow and white gold set with diamonds. The shank is made out of white gold in the center and yellow on the outside. I was going to add all the usual frills that I do when Anne said, no leave it just like this. She liked the […]

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A Gold Jade Ring and Two Composite Stones

July 3, 2009

This is a ring I made for Mort. Set with a Canadian Nephrite Jade, one of the toughest stones that I have made a cab out of recently. I hammered this stone it to the ring hard, and it laughed at me. I could have hammered the white gold flush onto the stone, but I […]

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