Monday, October 26, 2009

Steam Punk?

Steam Punk. These spectacles are model after the movement of Steam Punk. Lets see here. Steam Punk is what everything would look like if H.G Wells had been elected president.  Steam punk is a genre of fantasy, as the term denotes, pieces are styled after the era of when steam was the dominate form of energy and motion.  The practitioners of this movement have an infinity towards gears, steam engines, and old pocket watches. Steam Punkers customize anything and everything; from laptop computers to electric guitars.

These specs are fabricated; using brass, copper, nickel, and other steel whats-its and do-hickies. I imagine a mad scientist or crazed train conductor wearing these massive specs. 

I personally like this design movement for its contemporary approach to Victorian design and the dedication to craft.  Most of the works I've found online are usually well crafted and appear to be completely functionable.  If you know my work, I aspire to perfect my craft and it is important to me that an object be well designed and completely functionable for its task. 

Monday, October 19, 2009


These rings, made by Wes Airgoode are forged from solid pieces of copper rods with sterling bands. They were started by drilling a large hole in the rods and then are forged larger over stakes and the sterling silver bands are inserted after.

What I enjoy about these rings is the gestural quality to them.  They stand at vicarious angles and they appear to be almost falling over, which gives them tension and movement.  These rings are about the process of forging and how the process directly influence the final pieces.

Monday, October 12, 2009

my newest body of work will blow you away! hopefully only sting.

Bombs Away. 

My production line for this years Jewelry sale will be comprised of cannons.  I am interested in cannons not because of there deadly implications, but when you reduce the size and deadliness of these historic objects they become instruments for mischievous action.  The wearer of these cannon will become their own artillery team, and thus can rain down havoc on any unsuspecting belligerent from a stealthy local.  

I plan constructing to forms of cannon; a ring version and a necklace version.  The ring will come in various sizes, 6-10 I'm thinking.  The ring will have a sterling band, surrounded in a steel framework and the barrels will be made of  machined brass and cast iron.  The cannon will be mounted on a swivel for a 360 degree firing range.  The neck pieces will be more simple.  They will have larger cannon than the rings, probably about 3 in. in length.  They will be mounted on long chains.  Both variations will be fully functioning; i.e. they will fire.  They will be powered by a compression spring and a plunger system, and the ammo will be bronze casting grain. I am also including a practice target to prefect your aim.  Hopefully these will cause quit a wallop.  Maybe not the best gifts for young children or immature adults.
**manufacturer not responsible for injury, lawsuit, or any other devilish behavior; wear at own risk!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

preparing for the coming weeks guest artist.

This neck piece made by Andy Cooperman is more than just a necklace.  Its a magnifying glass neck piece. Its makes your tiny and weak little diamond large and impressive.  Who says you have to spend thousands on a large karat diamond when you can just enlarge the one you already have at home? This makes me think what is more important; a large karat diamond, or the appearance of a large stone? They're both diamonds; aren't they? One is just more intelligently presented, not to mention more economically viable. This piece, to me speaks about how valuable materials, such as diamonds,  can be used effectively, but yet still be more affordable without loosing the power of the diamond.