Monthly Archives: August 2015

The client asked for a bangle. R1500 – 2000. Chunky. Romantic. I could see that she thought R2000 was a LOT of money.
For me, it’s 5 hours at R400 – less than my plumber gets.
* Chunky – means, basically, a lot of metal. Silver costs money. These days I have to sell cast silver at R25/g to just cover costs. If there are say 60g of silver in the bangle, which would make it chunky, that’s R1200 off, leaving me R800 for labour. That must include designing, making the thing (say, in wax), taking it to town for casting and fetching it again, finishing and polishing.
* Romantic – a nice idea – it implies some sort of narrative or representation, and the craft and skills necessary to achieve this in metal.
I have no work at the mo, so I took on the job. I did it by modeling flowers in sticky wax, in a couple of hours. The casting was very expensive but came out well. 

A designer-jeweller may give the impression of someone who works with the stuff of wealth, but in fact it is a rather marginal job.

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I painted this by looking at a picture of waves – having found that the real waves won’t keep still. I used a Japanese fountain pen brush and got the blue from the dust that resulted from carving lapis lazuli.

Wave Patterns: ink & lapis lazuli

Wave Patterns: ink & lapis lazuli


The client wanted a Coptic feel, and the image of a Coptic angel was important. There had to be a hidden space, which would have a see-through window which could cover the hidden object/s. I found a nice chequer-cut for the window, and carved a suitably galactic-looking piece of lapis lazuli for the angel’s face. The rest is paua shell inlay.