The Justified Sinner's Blog – February 2011 Archive (7)

The Tattoo Machine

Beneath The Skin 83

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Finally finished the tattoo machine for the "Beneath the Skin" exhibition in Sheffield next month! I'm so relieved at getting this main part completed and I can now concentrate on…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 25, 2011 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments


I am SO annoyed. I had just finished cleaning and polishing these rings:


Beneath The Skin (WIP) 68 when I managed to completely lose the one on the right with the heart. I have turned the workshop upside-down and can't find it. It is getting to the point where I would actually be quicker making another! These rings are part of my collection…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 23, 2011 at 2:32pm — 4 Comments

Further Forward

Finally got the colouring of the Japanese alloys working, so can now start on making the components of the piece. 


Beneath The Skin (WIP) 60

These hearts are made from high-purity Copper, with 25/75 Ag/Cu fused to the surface, then press-formed. The idea is that on colouring in Rokusho, the copper will turn a deep red and the shakudo will go a…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

getting there

I've been on holiday for a few days, so no posts. Back to the grindstone today, playing about with these Japanese alloys. Just before I went on holiday, I was having problems with an ochre-coloured deposit on the metals and copper plating: I guessed that this was caused by iron in some way - a hazard in my workshops, where old bits of iron are as likely to be on the bench as precious metals. 

Cleaning everything up made a huge difference to the samples and I even achieved some very…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 16, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments


I have a short profile interview published on a Spanish jewellery website today, Beads-Perles.

Added by The Justified Sinner on February 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Digital Mills And Press Forms

Continuing with the "Beneath the Skin" work, all that messing around with the digital scanner and the Polymer Clay models was to give me a press-forming die, of which I now have two, one with the heart at 25mm and 5.6mm deep...


The negative image into which the metal will be pressed.…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 5, 2011 at 1:45pm — 4 Comments

Too Much To Think About

Working on my new project, the customised tattoo machine and associated jewellery pieces, "Beneath the Skin". This project involves a collaboration between me, a tattoo artist in the US, an Argentinian maker of tattoo machines and a metallurgist in Sheffield! It is going to be exhibited as part of the "Galvanize Sheffield" exhibition. 


This week, I've been converting the drawings into 3D forms by various manual and digital means. The original drawings from…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 2, 2011 at 2:14pm — 2 Comments

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