The brief says “melt all those things and use as much gold as you can” Wednesday, Aug 30 2017 

Solid gold and silver Signature Bracelet © Bh 2017 x6 symbols, checkerboard spinel, bar & ring clasp. Barbara posted a small movie to Instagram and it has over 300 views between finishing this last week and Andrea collecting today – Barbara’s handle is @barbyheath if you would like to view . . . I’ve posted the design below, these objects are planned with element discussed and finalised in great detail. Sometimes a client is on the other side of the world!

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Wholesale stock in the studio pictured as of today + new consignment stock out to Queensland Art Gallery store today Friday, Aug 25 2017 

We mostly send all stock to our hard working retailers and wholesale our gem stones to commission clients who visit the studio. Our intimate client list has grown after 40 years and so many repeat clients know where to call and visit again. We are keeping a small range (pictured above) here for online and studio visitors. Full size images can be found here:

http://www.co-opones.to/male/viewer/index.html

Please click on the link above and scroll down to the following link (approximately 21 lines down) “current stock in the studio – August 2017”.

Call mal E on 0431 464 470 or email me on <male@co-opones.to> for further details . . .

55 years ago young Barbara walked over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and was seduced by the small jewellery shops Friday, Aug 25 2017 

Likewise on this research trip, the bridge was alive with activity except this one shop remained bolted down and closed. Ferro battuto from the 15th century . . .

Barbara continues her research into jewellery, bronze and iron materials Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Inside the ferro battuto studio of ‘Carlo’ at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and can’t compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.

We are safely back to the studio after three weeks eating our way through Firenze and the Marche region of Italy with our Canadian friends Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Eating starters – Caprese Salad at home with Janis, Simon & Frank at our ‘secret location’ . . .