Barbara’s ‘signature bracelet’ has been in production for 31 years Thursday, Mar 30 2017 

I know of three distinct style changes, elements and even their size has evolved. Different ‘bar and ring’ clasp designs have been incorporated. Studio visitors can sort through the record books and create their own unique version. Solid metal with numerous textures and sometimes with gems. This unit is destined for one of our retailers.

Polished onyx, 925 silver, bronze with 18ct yellow gold detail © Bh – Jeweller to the Lost 2017

Barbara says she didn’t invent *it . . . she just pulled it into her vocabulary Friday, Mar 24 2017 

Yes the *wire form with tab settings . . . have been a signature option here at Jeweller to the Lost since the beginning. Ruth and Barbara made a random arrangement of the elements – silver, onyx and the coral-coloured French glass buttons.

Juan-Luis and I always scan and document most stages of the make either on the iPhone or the scanner. Here is the construct in two sides via my scanner – very clean and scrutinised work.

Barbara’s textured “S” clasp and wrap-around Shakudo settings on our client’s own Ambers and black Resin beads Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

 

Art deco elements recycled into new wearable pendant by Jeweller to the Lost Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

The Barker family women all colluded with Barbara to divide up family pieces, recycle elements and work together to ramp-up the wearability of the things that survived the review. Here is Ruth’s new pendant as constructed in four parts:

Week two back at the studio, I have multiple small tasks getting found items into the stock mix as Barbara and Juan-Luis are straight into the Barker family’s multiple briefs. Tuesday, Mar 14 2017 

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Beach finds, gifts from friends and finds from stalls and shops throughout Tasmania going into our resource to be sold and re-cycled. Commission clients bring their ideas, precursors and work through the brief process with Barbara Heath. We have a collection of gems & small antiques that usually fit their concepts – we also source and supply at wholesale elements to compliment client’s concepts. Studio appointments, call +61 7 3856 2269 (Brisbane, Australia). Internet requests are quite the norm <barby@co-opones.to>

Joy and sadness Thursday, Mar 9 2017 

“Baby in the Bath” is a birth marker that Barbara and I collaborated on in the mid 1980s. There were numerous commissions, all from friends and clients – this one was made for the Landon family for the birth of their son Theo in 1988. Steve Landon was a superb typographer who ran the tight Brisbane outlet of a Sydney firm called Typefounders. While on our Christmas break I had a FB message from Theo to say Steve had sadly passed away and this little marker had surfaced. I asked that he send it to the studio and we would clean and document it again. Remo Guiffré from the famous Remo store in Sydney commissioned another slightly different version for his store, this spread “Baby in the Bath”further into the world . . . and we still make these to order today.

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The bronze cast baby arrives into the world with a pink or blue anodised aluminium splash, the -place -time -date -weight and -baby’s name is hand punched into the patinated bronze base. © Jeweller to the Lost/Australia.

Back in the studio for the first day in 2017 – but where do I start? Monday, Mar 6 2017 

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Our 30th anniversary was celebrated on December 16th 2016 at an evening bash for another occasion – Tim & Rhana’s Xmas doo at the “Bears”. Thanks Tim Gruchy for the impromptu pic . . .