It is somewhat appropriate that it has now stated snowing in earnest and there are drifts all around my house: Lisa has sent me a photograph of the figure of the Cold Genius which she has made for me in porcelain.
He's about 5cm across from tip… Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 28, 2010 at 2:23pm —
One of my students asked me to set a very large - 6ct - ruby for her as she was nervous about doing it. She had made the setting and it fitted very nicely, so I had no fear about doing it. Just as I was gently levelling the stone in the setting...…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 23, 2010 at 3:22pm —
As I am having to wait for the central element of "Cold Genius" to be finished and delivered, I've been in the odd position of making the settings for the piece before it is even constructed! I know what stones I want to use and where I want to use them, but can do nothing until the exact sizes of the "Cold Genius" himself are known.
Here are some of the stones and their settings:…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 17, 2010 at 2:15pm —
I've now finished the basic structure of the commissioned bracelet and all that needs to be done is to polish it and set the stones:
I've also been working on the chain for my "Cold Genius" piece, which incorporates the snowflakes:…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 13, 2010 at 6:28am —
The chisel bracelet is well underway today:…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 10, 2010 at 3:04pm —
Working on commissions today. A bracelet made from an old chisel:
To be set with citrine and labradorite. An odd combination, perhaps, but as requested by my client:… Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 9, 2010 at 2:56pm —
I finished the snowflakes I started cutting yesterday (the students were fiercely busy and marvellously fired-up today, so I didn't get much bench-time of my own):
I'm working with Lisa Stevens again for this piece and she has the figure of the "Cold Genius" well… Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 4, 2010 at 3:47pm —
I have spent the whole day piercing shapes from thick metal with 6/0 blades. Why on earth did I decide to make a chain of snowflakes with every snowflake different?
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 3, 2010 at 4:27pm —
I've finally knuckled down to work on the next raft of pieces to be exhibited, today concentrating on making the white hand of Cupid which will be reaching down to awake the Cold Genius from his slumbers!
The original hand is a Victorian bog-oak brooch which I bought from my friend Simon Cavannagh in his Edinburgh antique shop. It is too large and too dark for what I wanted:…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 2, 2010 at 3:32pm —