A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

Another enterprise on Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove in Brisbane that so deserves some of your Christmas dollars . . . Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 

Kylie Johnson & ‘paperboatpress’ has been growing in artistic stature since 2003. As an ex-typographer, designer and creative director I have so much in common with her text/ceramics and her object paper works.  These have taken-off both locally and internationally now she has her shop and on-line shopping cart. I visited today to say “merry christmas” and to scout the shelves for holiday tree fodder. Her web is here – go buy! subscribe via RSS to her lovely blog and hop on the typographic journey she is on.

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

We take the day off every 12th of the December to celebrate our wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

2014 is our twenty first wedding anniversary and the twenty eighth year since falling in love. The day and evening is always different, this year we caught ‘future beauty’ at GOMA and lunched at the restaurant there. We had tickets to the opening bash but were frantic with work commitments so we waited until we had time to do it justice. We then came home and both lazed upstairs reading and watching the summer sun fade before a long dog walk at dusk. A detail on the bedroom wall that we hardly ever see, even on most weekends as we are busy in the garden or I’m busy cleaning house or restoring some clock or colonial piece of furniture, just one day-in-the-(charmed)-life I lead with Barbara Heath!

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

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We hope to see you this coming Saturday on the lawn in front of the GOMA bookshop and entrance – the first of our two sales for the end of the year Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 

Stocks from our QAG showcase inside marked down and sold outside for one day only . . . then onto our own studio sale for commission clients and their friends the following weekend, December 6 and 7 2014. We hope to see you at one of the events, this season!

We are finding it hard to make new stock for retailers Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

. . . as multiple commission requests and a large public art project have taken up almost all the time and energy available. Nevertheless the studio still manages to recreate some of our ‘heroes’ when we lose them to customers, this new Mother of Pearl dress ring has just been handed to me to scan and cost for consignment. With our annual ‘studio sale’ planned for the first weekend in December I know that this ring will not be going anywhere until the sale.

Here is the ‘local trail’ antique & retro list for September 2014 for the Northern Rivers area of NSW Wednesday, Oct 1 2014 

Ross and Eve Heath who are at Bangalow put this together – (click for high-res .pdf download) and people we talked to all thank them for their services rendered. Their shop is huge, well stocked and priced for Sydneysiders on holidays.

Exquisite pair of local boar’s tusks turned into a pair of wearable bangles Friday, Sep 26 2014 

The questions were: 1) do we make silver fitted caps for each tusk? . . . and they sell them as objects. 2) do we endeavour to make them into wearable bracelets? 3) if so how to make them both fit her slender slim wrists? 4) There will have to be lots of metal, Silver or Rose Gold? 5) how to best show off the patina and growth lines of the tusks?

Barbara, Juan-Luis, mal E, Vanessa and Michael played with the options . . . sometimes they we were all in accord, ideas were lobbed into the mix like wild-fire – two meetings then the solution was drawn up, costed a few ways and accepted in a few minutes.

I’ve posted both together (above) and the two separate (below) © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

 

 

Feedback from Vanessa Roche, via iPhone messaging: “Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray, she is fun to google . . . Thanks again for the bracelets, they are just perfect! I might try to build up to this look”. The image sent was too small to post –  our Nancy Cunard image comes from the Jewellery to the Lost library ‘ Costume Jewellery in Vogue’ by Jane Mulvagh.

The before and the after shots are always telling (telling me I shouldn’t try to do the impossible) Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

French mercury gilded bronze and brass c1790–1820 is the last period of perfection. The case work is still robustly made with their steel and brass ties and nuts still substantial. The problem being two fold – removing the dirt and chemical residue remaining after time and abuse + finding all the bad repairs made over time to keep the case together.

The dial and bezel is in bad shape while the movement is totally rusted together. Dr Sal Rahman knows he has a particular divine clock and wants to spare no expense to have it restored, its the long period waiting that is the hardest.

This is a shot showing the clock and the studio garden.

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