Archive for September, 2009

Grace and Dave’s Wedding rings

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Well they are finally done! The rings for Grace and Dave. I managed to finish them last week and will be picked up for the wedding this weekend, tomorrow night. I am happy with the result. Remembering that these are hand made and still reveal the constructive element. I am happy with the way the enamel turned out. This cold enamel is so cool. It turns out so glassy and is so fantastic to work with. If you look close enough you will see the difference between the palladium white and the standard white gold used. This effect worked really well in showing the difference between the white and black that Grace asked for and is especially effective with making the diamonds in Grace’s ring sing!!

I hope they are happy with the rings…I always get anxious when it comes to hand over!!


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Walker Commission and Museum of Brisbane

I have dropped more work off to the Museum of Brisbane as of Monday. Pieces include F-Pod pieces, Khmer pieces and some beaded work!

I am really happy as I have been able to make a piece that includes Avril’s Murano glass beads! Well, it is only made with one of them but it is an idea that has been building in my mind for a while. As they are quite large, I have been concerned with getting them into a piece and making that all work, without being too heavy or too tacky!

I will be putting images up soon! But they will be up for sale at the Museum of Brisbane this afternoon for all to see!!

Another plus for today is the Walker Commission has gone off to PJ Rutt Stonesetters to have the plethora of stones set into it. I am hoping that there are no complications for the setting process and look forward to hearing that all is ok and the stones are in there.

I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon placing the remainder of the latch on to the main part of the bracelet and creating the pin latch and safety clasp. The safety clasp is rather tight but they do have a tendancy to become loose over time and therefore I thought it would be better to make it firm. After all it is all about it being safe and not falling off.

The only photo I have of the piece is from my mobile phone and the resolution is not that great, but once the piece comes back I will be taking many photos for all to see.

I thought there would have been more of a challenge with the clasp. It was the 2nd time I had to order chenier and my concern was having some of it melt on me again and having the delay of ordering more!! I was in luck and took my time to make sure that I did not become anxious and melt anything. The most surprising part for me though was the safety clasp.

I thought that the safety clasp would take me a lot of fidgeting to get it just right, but I found that it was pretty straight forward and worked better than I could have hoped for! I was so happy.

I am really happy with the results of both the Museum of Brisbane stock and the Walker Commission. And with Fragile Nature opening on Friday, it all seems to be happening.

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Fragile Nature

Well, as you may or may not be aware, I have been coordinating exhibitons for the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland for the past three years and the latest installment in this is Fragile Nature which has opened at the Brisbane Square Library as of the 1st of September. The official opening of this is on the 11th of September as per the invitation:

Fragile Nature

Organizing an exhibition always has it’s ups and downs but this exhibition has been made a little easier for me as I have someone who I am showing the ropes to in order for them to take over when I step down as Exhibition Coordinator at the end of the year, which I can say I am looking forward to. There have been delays in getting pieces and information off people which seems to always happen whenever you organize anything to do with other people. As such, there are always people who want to complain that they have not received the information about the exhibitions also- even though it is their responsibility to keep their contact details up to date. Some people expect personal phone calls when it comes to these exhibitions I think, not that that would ever happen. Some people are just born to complain and moan too, but there is only so much one person can do in a volunteer capacity, especially when they are paying for the phone calls!! Not that this has ever happened of course!

The problem with being in this position is the lack of communication between the executive members on occasion, which leaves the person who should be doing the job and knowing about what is happening out of the loop. If I don’t know about it then how can I do anythinig about it??

But soon the reins will be past onto the next person for them to deal with the issues that I have put up with for far too long. It will be someone elses problem and I can then focus on my own work and getting my own career developed further…

Not that the post has been all bad. It has been a great way for me to learn what to do and how to get into contact with galleries and how to manage the exhibition. Although I can always learn how to do things better, I don’t think I have done a bad job and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the future under the leadership of someone else. From having no experience in this area to being in it for three years is an achievement and I think that some people need to appreciate that more than they may, but that may never happen, so I can leave the position with my head held high and happy with what I have accomplished. I’ll worry about the knives in my back later – as long as they don’t fester!

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