Winter solstice shot of our Tasmanian house, 2015 Monday, Dec 28 2015 

We start our annual road trip to Tunbridge soon – a Melbourne  visitor to the studio tomorrow + pack and into the sack.

My friend and antique mentor – Bruce McLeod passed away in Sydney last Thursday Monday, Dec 21 2015 

Survived by his Jamacian wife Odette and his children who are all very well set up because of his astute buying and selling over his sixty year career. He was from Adelaide and I first met him in Brisbane when only a youngster working for Harcourt Howard. He went on to live in Trinidad, England and then Sydney where he ran his business from the matt black painted Victorian three story shop on South Dowling Street that was chokers with everything Chinese, European and English, of very high standards. He summoned me to Sydney one day tempting me with something he said he’s never offered to anyone else – the MacKenzie bookplate collection. I even knew where it was hidden in his shop but had never asked him what was in the timber leather bound boxes that looked more like books. Many of our Sydney friends have become his clients after we have introduced him to them – Vale my friend “Brucie” . . .

I’ve finished my artwork + I’ve done the publicity material for the artists as well Wednesday, May 13 2015 

“Stories in Small Spaces” is about filling your own 100mm H x 100mm W x 100mm D cube with an artwork/artworks. Initiated by Studio West End and showing at Impress Gallery, Kedron opened by Liana Heath on Friday June 5 2015. Download the invite – here.  Thirty artists took up the challenge – Wim de Vos and Foremost Plastics assisted me with my piece. The smallest (eye) objects I have in my Urban_Archaeology collection just fell into my cube but needed an explanation and title. A larger .pdf of my piece is here. We hope to see you all at the opening so do save the date!

Melt this 24ct gold, 1 ounce coin and make me a solid gold ring like my oval turquoise cabochon one Thursday, Apr 23 2015 

. . . and I want a large oval polished onyx piece set into the top!

An artist and gallerist purchased the latest Housegeister we sold at St Matgaret’s Mayo Festival Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

Michael Eather has been making his art for over 30 years now and we once shared the same dealer – Michael Milburn so we have been mates since then. His own gallery – Fireworks Gallery shows a miriad of indigenous and non-indigenous artists side by side with a spread of senior to emerging artists from all over Australia.

We are always excited when a piece goes to a good place, person or collection, in this case it goes to all three and what’s more Michael ‘gets it’ . . . these ‘Tinsmithed objects” were covered in Inside-Outside magazine at the time of the first Artisan show, for those new readers here are the two downloadable pages – onetwo. I’ll post a smaller pic of page two , below.

Unique France in Brunswick Street is to close and move back to Paris in November Friday, Oct 4 2013 

Everyone with taste has entered either their Milton store or this last incarnation in Fortitude Valley. As the partnership ends with both of my friends striking out in different directions, you have until the end of October 2013 to carry away a bargain. I have enjoyed learning from and repairing the few high class timepieces they have entrusted to me over the years. Here’s a shot taken on thursday as I swung through to wind the last two clocks remaining.

This imposing bust in painted terracotta represents Jean Baptiste Colbert, Ministry of Finance under Louis XIV and is finely carved in a ‘movement of drapes with attention to detail and proportion’. The large framed canvas in the mirror is by the young Italian master Carletto Calliari (1570–1596). The subject of the masterpiece is the circumcision of the baby Jesus and most likely comes from the Church of San Francisco in Treviso which lost all its paintings during the Napoleonic wars. Denis says that everything is reduced drastically, we will see . . . what remains to fill the homeward bound container? I will miss their fun and friendship.

Rose gold bracelet chain – extension design to a necklace © Bh 2013 Wednesday, Sep 4 2013 

You know, when Barbara came to Brisbane in the mid 1980s she made ‘antique’ chain for Hardy Bros in any design they requested – be it Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian styles. I have always been in awe of these studio’s skills. This design is for a long-time friend who wanted a metal solution to turn her bracelet into a necklace for a major Birthday commission.

We received this gold from Vanessa and Michael – it is from the Sultan of Zanzibar and goes back to the mid 1800s when it was gifted to the Belloc family Sunday, Sep 1 2013 

The repoussé strip is pure gold and is so wonderfully & finely executed, we believe it is from a sleeve cuff, shown above. The Rothery family will shows it all the way down to Len Belloc who settled at East Brisbane then by descent to Miss Emma Belloc from whom Michael purchased articles from the estate. The  studio has made Vanessa a ring at cost from the material.  As the gold sheet is so thin and torn away in places we have cast the underside in solid bright silver, made a ridge and sweated the two together with an oxidised edge and wide-to-narrow shank © Bh

Working on a full case and movement restoration that so deserves to be brought back to life Sunday, Aug 4 2013 

The most sweet silk suspension, time only French Empire mantle clock (unsigned) that has been through every war since 1810 and survived . . . the dial is distressed but that will be on the way to Marnie Myall in Melbourne, tomorrow. These small petite hands hold further clues as does the pair of gilded lions that have been partially covered by a mahogany slab case.  All reinstated after an overall clean and rub-up, no glass in bezel though _ dial gone to Melbourne for an acrylic fix.

More on the cubic zirconia and black dot paste Tuesday, Jul 16 2013 

Our Sydney gem cutter – Tony Maynard has a passionate interest in the evolution of gem cutting throughout history so it was always going to be his gig – sourcing and cutting this gem for Tricia Crowley’s table cut ‘renaissance’ ring. Cubic zirconia was selected for its high refractive index over say pure quartz and also as zircon is a harder stone. The work travelled to and fro between Brisbane and Sydney – each time the back facet angles were adjusted, finally settling on this 40˚ slope. The base point called the culet, has been polished flat, this is where the black dot reflection emanates from. In Georgian paste you see those characteristic  fine black dots showing, in our stone you see this small square showing. Tony talked about early forms of gem finishing being simple “just polishing the existing facets on a naturally occurring octahedral crystal”.

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