The Justified Sinner's Blog – May 2011 Archive (9)

a half hour break

Since Thursday evening last week, it has been absolutely non-stop! I spent the weekend in Birmingham, the home of the jewellery industry in the UK and a city I love for its energy, friendliness and genuine multi-culturalism: ignore the naysayers who deride the place... It is WELL worth a visit.


The reason for visiting Birmingham this time was for a board meeting of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, roughly the UK equivalent of SNAG, albeit on a slightly smaller…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 24, 2011 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

Birmingham Weekend!

Off to Birmingham this weekend to meet with fellow jewellers and Crafthaus members, Miriam Rowe and Yi Liu. I'm going down for a meeting of the board of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery and it's always good to make these things a bit social too.


Been doing a lot of work on "A Forest" too. I managed to complete the top of the main box structure:



Added by The Justified Sinner on May 18, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments


Well, I got loads done today despite having a strange 'flu-like thing which is making me cough a lot and sneeze loads - not good for soldering - without making me feel bad in any other way... 


Attached most of the top section of "A Forest": 


A Forest (WIP) - 32



Added by The Justified Sinner on May 14, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Powering Ahead

Got quite a lot of work done on "A Forest" today:


A Forest (WIP) - 32


This has easily been one of the most challenging silver-iron soldering exercises!

I wanted a large bullet cabochon for the bottom of the piece, to make into an "acorn" but my stone-dealer had nothing in stock and while I could have asked her to get one cut…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 12, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

The Scent of a Forest...

Because of time constraints, "A Forest" is having to be made to serve two purposes: 1) to enter for consideration in the show outlined in a previous post and; 2) to enter an informal "contest" between friends, colleagues and associates where we all tackle the same idea in our own way. The current challenge is to create a wearable perfume holder. I'm not quite sure at what point it occurred to me to combine the two projects, but they are now quite unified in my head!


I made…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 11, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Sawblades In Hand

Mondays are never a good day for me to make blog posts as I go straight from work to an evening meeting, from which I rarely get home before 22.30... however, this is a kind of monday-and-tuesday update on "A Forest". After Satuday's debacle of the sawblades, I managed to get started again on Monday morning with 1 dozen borrowed from one of my students - another of my students brought me half a gross in the afternoon (I have the best students!).


I managed to cast some of the…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 10, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Never Run Out of Sawblades on a Saturday!

A new maxim for metalsmiths, in the UK at least. I was hoping to finish the piercing on the box flat which will make up the main body of "A Forest" but broke my last 6/0 blade on the back panel:


A Forest (WIP) - 18


As you can see, there are about half-a-dozen sections to go and the right-hand panel isn't even started. I can't use…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 7, 2011 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

Attack Of The Fifty-Foot Woman!

I started cutting the box for "A Forest" today: 


A Forest (WIP) - 14


The trees were drawn in Inkscape from photographs of real trees (in Rye, East Sussex) and then transferred to Rhino to make the cutting plans;



Added by The Justified Sinner on May 6, 2011 at 2:48pm — No Comments

The Kiss - A Forest

I've been planning my entry for BJ Johnson's call for pieces based on inspirations from the works of The Cure. Since I first read about this exhibition, I've been planning what to make and have ended up going with my initial feelings that I should work with the initial idea I had after reading the proposal: to make a piece around "A Forest", their 1980 single and a song which, for me, encapsulates their…


Added by The Justified Sinner on May 5, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

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