January 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Lobster Quadrille, Concluded

I finally finished The Lobster Quadrille, a piece I started in the spring of last year and which I never got round to setting and finishing. It was the work of a few hours' to complete it. 


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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Black And The White

I finished the Cold Genius!

Everything: now to send it off to Goldsmiths' Hall for their craft and design competition.


Cold Genius 2


The box is made from an old wooden box which held a precision lathe. I rubbed it down, waxed it and lined it.



Added by The Justified Sinner on January 26, 2011 at 3:24pm — 5 Comments

How to Pay for SNAG?

As soon as one SNAG ends I start planning for the nest one. Well scheming is really what it should be called. The last few years I haven't been as concerned about the trip because my money situation wasn't as, well...depressing. However, as anyone who has attended SNAG knows, once you go you are hooked! The dealer's room invites you in and entices you to empty your wallet. The presentations and demos can spark a new facet of work that you didn't think you would be interested in exploring.… Continue

Added by Robin Gordon on January 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments


Work continues on the Cold Genius piece and the main "theatre" is now finished, apart from polishing and patination. All the engraving is now done:


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The ice-cave in which he lives, still to be enamelled. The ceramic figure will be visible through the quartz crystal prism.



Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Stonesetting and Engraving

My current crazy obsession with the Cold Genius nears an end. Everything is stoneset and I've spent the last 2 hours engraving the inner lid. There is about another 2 hours to go, but I need a break!


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Blue topaz, aquamarine, green quartz, clear quartz and enamel chips.



Added by The Justified Sinner on January 21, 2011 at 5:07pm — No Comments

More coldness...

The Cold Genius piece is starting to take a form now and I can see the end in sight. Which is just as well, really, as he has to be posted off late next week! I set and finished the brooch element today: 


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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 19, 2011 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Update on Saws

UPDATE: Comments from Lee Marshall, designer of the Knew Concept Saw 

(Same comments as posted on "Thinking out Loud" but also put here for completeness.)

I emailed Lee with some of the comments I've received on here, on Flickr and on my Blogs and he sent me back a very detailed and thoughtful reply which I quote here with permission.


Spares are available of course. It simply has not come up as yet, so I haven't crossed that bridge. I will send…


Added by The Justified Sinner on January 16, 2011 at 11:58am — No Comments

red, red, red

This piece, entitled Red Radial Pattern Set (consists of a pin and brooch) is actually the back half of the tin from whence came the works Henri Tin Pin, and Henri Tin Brooch. This one was made as one of the last few works that rounded out my master of fine arts examination exhibition, which was…


Added by Melissa Cameron on January 15, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Beneath The Skin


I've been invited to make a piece for a show entitled "Beneath the Skin" in Sheffield later this year. Here is where it begins:


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A handmade tattoo machine!

Added by The Justified Sinner on January 15, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments

My first blog entry on Ganoksin

I have actually hurdled that HUGE fence that was in front of me called blogging!!!  I have posted my first blog on my Ganoksin blog and hope to be able to follow up with one here as well!  To view my post follow the address....http://genevieve.ganoksin.com/blogs/

Added by Genevieve E. Flynn on January 12, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

An Idea of the finished piece...

I managed to get a fair amount done today. Nothing too complex, hence the blog post here rather than as a point of technical discussion! The main box is finished and I fitted the inner "scrim" lid which hides the narrative of the contents:


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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 12, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

First Meeting of the New Semester

Woke up and left for the first meeting of the semester, it wasn't mandatory but sometimes things are about showing up and making an appearance-even if no one cares to share that tidbit. I have meeting on Thursday and Friday all day and then holiday on Monday and the start of the semester. Talk of budgets and cuts and how to enterprise on OPM- Other People's Money- to ensure the funds for research and travel grants left me with a more solid foundation on the workings of the University system. As… Continue

Added by Robin Gordon on January 10, 2011 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

Cleaning and Getting Ready

It seems that all I have been doing for the last two months is cleaning and getting ready! The semester ended so I cleaned all the places that I had managed to leave all my things at the University. I moved out of an apartment and into a house over Christmas. This meant that the old dwelling had to be cleaned out and the new one as well. I admit that my egress from the old apartment in the subject of cleaning was a far better job than it really needed to be. After living in a place since 2006… Continue

Added by Robin Gordon on January 10, 2011 at 12:41am — No Comments

The Theatre

I have now almost finished the box which is the pendant element of "Cold Genius". As the inspiration for the piece was an aria from an opera, it was my intention to make it in the form of a theatre, which is what I think I've achieved...


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Obviously, the steel rod in the top is a temporary solution. The…


Added by The Justified Sinner on January 7, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

timothy +jewelry +Munich



timothy +jewelry +Munich

I've launched a Kickstarter project to [hopefully] fund a trip to Munich to attend the International Trade Fair where my work…


Added by Timothy McMahon on January 6, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Festivities Over

At last the festive season is behind me and I managed to get back to the bench today. 

I was given a new saw for Christmas, one of the "Knew Concepts" saws which is completely rigid. Although it is a bit fiddly to get blades into, it is an amazing tool: from the second I started to cut with it, I knew that I would not be going back to my old, springy iron frame. Because the frame is rigid the blade rarely catches in the way that we are used to with traditional…


Added by The Justified Sinner on January 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Got a hole in your Saturday?

Chloe Vallance and I have a show on at the moment in Melbourne, Australia. It’s at Hand Held Gallery and is called… Continue

Added by Melissa Cameron on January 4, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments


I am most likely going to apply to the ARTIST PROJECT in NYC this year.  Does anyone out there have thoughts on the show?  ALSO -- I'd love to hear feedback on ONE OF A KIND in NYC this past year.



Added by Britt Rynearson on January 3, 2011 at 4:44pm — No Comments

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