The Justified Sinner's Blog – January 2011 Archive (10)

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 4:30pm — 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.

 

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

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 26, 2011 at 4:24pm — 5 Comments

Engraving

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.

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2011 at 2:47pm — 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!



Stones:



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

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 21, 2011 at 6:07pm — 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 2:59pm — 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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 16, 2011 at 12:58pm — 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 4:51pm — 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 3:14pm — 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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 7, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 6, 2011 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

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