‘pink’ Swiss handkerchief given to Barbara last weekend Wednesday, Apr 30 2014 

Folded in two it went straight into the green box, then Marg and I emailed finds:

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Two regular FB respondents requested to see this on the body, so here it is for Sue Woodland and Roz MacAllan Saturday, Apr 26 2014 

The larger photoshopped version - here

Detail of the first in-line gem necklet finished today © Bh 2014 Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

First a detail as I always post circles and crosses on my other blog, I love this stamped detail:

We repaired the Honeywill’s ‘hausgeister’ recently and this is the installation update photograph, just received Thursday, Apr 17 2014 

 

This unit is from our sold out, first show at Artisan where we showed ‘Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance” in 2010. Regarding these small spirit guards that we have been asked to make on numerous occasions, the key as we understand it, is to place a mirror within the small architectural device. Spirits, we are told are such curious fellows and can’t resist a small interesting shelter but when one of them sees himself reflected in the mirror, he is sure to behold an ugly terrifying image and quickly goes elsewhere – thus rendering the abode safe and sound. Russian and German folklore is full of such stories that stray into the supernatural but we don’t believe in ghosts, do we?

Using the language of the customer, when they put on their new wedding rings in the studio she remarked “. . . we’re hooked up now” Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 

Glenys had seen a Bh ring made for a client and followed up with a call to the studio. Simon had been searching the web for his special ring, he had found an American site that did work with meteorites when he too visited the studio. Her dream was for something that was low-key and 18ct yellow to match her other rings. Barbara showed classy items from our coloured gem stock, different shaped cubic zirconia samples to preview before we then source Diamonds to match the request. Designing started with the great collection of bands in the range. The brief quickly evolved into the solution above.

Wedding ring commission © Bh. Moebius style band has single diamond 1=0.36ct (E colour SI1/SI2) in rub-over setting, diamond is set low into centre of ring. 18ct yellow gold. Matt and polished finish. Size L1/2

His dream was heightened when we showed him our own material from other worlds, meteorites from Russia, Chile, USA and Australia. Volcanic bubbles from the inner earth called Moqui balls from several continents.  Fulgerites from Ukraine and Russia plus our selection of mineral botroidal Hematites, as these look like they are from another planet. Discussions about wearability, dimensions and metal amalgams began but when Simon saw our Mokume Gane samples, that quickly sealed the second design solution.

Wedding ring commission © Bh Mokume Gane band  7.2mm wide 18ct palladium white gold ring has central inlaid 3.2mm wide section of linear pattern mokume gane (14ct palladium white gold with 925 Silver). Band has low curved profile and defined junction to inlaid section. Size S . Matt finish to outside with polished inside band.

 

 

 

Another wedding ring commission with a twist to the story Monday, Apr 14 2014 

Stephanie’s sister Jemina is a repeat client and close friend of Jeweller to the Lost. I remember the studio brief on 21-12-2013 when Cesar and Stephanie, her Mum and Sister all visited the studio to embark on their wedding ring brief only to be told that the studio was closing for two months break in a day or two – no time to effect the make. No problem, the design emerged using the sample bands here in the studio. We sold Cesar and Stephanie two finished  rings and those rings went through their ceremony. The first few days that the studio resumed work, her ring was back so we could complete the gem settings and bringing the proposed full design to fruition.

© Bh Wedding Ring for Stephanie – Florentine Textured Saddle Ring 925Silver set with chequerboard cushion cut Garnet 1=2.02ct and 2 x Argyle champagne diamonds 2=0.04ct in 9ct Yellow Gold bezel.
© Bh Wedding Ring for Cesar – bevelled band with partial florentine texture in 925 Silver.

 

I hear the wedding bells just looking at these two commissioned rings Saturday, Apr 12 2014 

Commission © Bh – John Ellway Hand fabricated wedding ring 5mm wide x 1.6mm thick band with low rounded inner and outer
profile Inlaid with shakudo x at opposite points on band Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct rose gold Size T *review band prior to inlay of Shakudo

Commission © Bh – Amber Winter Hand fabricated wedding ring 2mm wide x 1.7mm thick band of high rounded profile to match
engagment ring. Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct yellow gold Size K1/2 *Amber’s engagement ring required to match profile exactly

Partnering with a couple to achieve their ceremonial marker, their emotionally merged goal is a lovely thing.  Making manifest their vision into shaped and textured metal is also such a delight. Mostly this work comes from word-of-mouth where others suggest their friends should make contact with us. What goes around comes around.

Busy week of designs and makes although I can only post the items collected Friday, Apr 11 2014 

The first Keshi pearl with the ‘another time’ band and black enamel fusion over 18ct yellow gold, sold to someone at the studio sale who managed to fit it on. It was spotted earlier at our GOMA sale day but unfortunately he couldn’t fit it on. A larger master was created and also our best large gold Keshi pearl was selected. Collected on Thursday this week. See the comments section for the feedback received.

Cheque arrived from Hong Kong for another McTavish family commission, we are excited to start Thursday, Apr 3 2014 

More on this when we complete Peter’s leather and 925 silver “Clan” cuff . . . commissioned by Wendy. I so much miss the postage ephemera, I keep every postage stamp for recycling and future artworks. We miss the smaller native birds as they are driven out of the suburban gardens by larger, non-Australian species. Thoughts of all the Australian migrating birds that used the mudflats of Hong Kong as feed and rest stations on their northern journeys to and from Siberia, these environments are shrinking due to landfill and the real estate boom there.

Cuttlefish cast in 18ct yellow gold to hold large south sea pearl Wednesday, Apr 2 2014 

Roz has her stingray skin choker to hold this whopper

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