Brass Titanium Green Light Pin - Photo 5

Isotope Insignia- Brass, Titanium, Plexiglass, LED - 3.5” x 3.5”

In my observations of humanity, I have noticed a unique aspect of our species is the desire to decorate an individual for achievements. No other animal adorns members of their society for actions above and beyond normal behavior. We however, not only decorate ourselves for the joy of it but we create pieces of art to reward others for actions that we feel are deserving of it. That is the spirit behind my various pins and brooches.

I try to take a platform like a brooch, and expand it into a piece of art that is as curious as it is unique. I like objects that I make to be fascinating to the child within us all. The best way I have found to accomplish that is to incorporate light. Not only the light of a fine gemstone or the reflection of metal. I try to find way for pieces to create their own light. This allows them to draw attention to the individual even in ( or especially in) rooms that are completely dark. I feel that this will be a future for jewelry and even articles of clothing. Perhaps it stems from my desire to see Science Fiction blend with reality, but this avenue is one that I have never seen expanded in the scope and fashion that I feel it deserves. Our eye, (being lazy) is attracted to light more than shadow. So to me there is no better way to create emphasis or appeal then to put light where it usually is not.

This pin is a beautiful hand formed piece of Titanium that has been heat treated to create blended clouds of orange, green, purple, red, and blue, but done in a controlled fashion to create more visual depth. This piece contains three ultra bright green LEDs that will stay lit for upwards of 8 hours or more and will practically illuminate a dark corner or hallway. The entire case is hand fabricated from Brass and has six pieces of green Plexiglass set into it. The top three pieces have been carved down into cabochons and sit just above the LEDs which serve to illuminate and emphasize the green color even more. Some light also falls into the vertical green elements creating a unique, underglow like look.

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Mixed media sculpture based on my son Ky's childhood.
Copper, earthenware, encaustic, mica, teeth, resin, patina.
10.5" x 14" x 8"

2008-09

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