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THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Five: The Award Ceremony

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Five: The Award Ceremony

PART FIVE: SURRENDER RECEIVES SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD

Walking into the ballroom for the Saul Bell Award banquet, my eye was immediately drawn to the crowd gathered around the showcase. I walked over to see the other winning pieces, and a smile spread across my face as I got a chance to examine them all.  This is one group which … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Four

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Four

PART FOUR: THE LESSONS OF SURRENDER

Whew…that was intense, my biggest challenge to date, with the complexity of the piece and pieces, and then the mental game as well.  Looking back, what did I do right and what I would do differently next time?

time

TIME:
I assigned false deadlines to allow what I thought was plenty of extra time.
Better … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Three

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Three

Part Three:  Final Steps

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
I go to the shop early this morning to do my best work, to finish this necklace called Surrender, that has brought me to my knees.  As this is magic, white light or whatever you want to call it, it is a spiritual quest of sorts, so just go there and CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Two

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Two

PART TWO: ASSEMBLY

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
“I have worked for 5 months, no 6 months on this piece from inception…  and now it is getting life breathed into it.  After seeing it on the computer and in my mind for so long, I get to see that actual necklace.”

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“I have one more mold to cut. Cast four more CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part One

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part One

PART ONE: THE FINAL INSPIRATION IS WHERE YOU FIND IT

I think when you’re working on a big project like this, you hear what you need to a different points in time.

This afternoon on NPR they were interviewing the founder of Dyson vacuums. He said a lot of interesting things about design and approaches to design, and combining them … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Five

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Five

PART FIVE: BI-METAL CASTING THE YELLOW GOLD

For the yellow gold castings, each night I pushed hard to get the pieces invested and into the kiln.

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It took time to prep the castings, and only 4 flasks per night would fit the kiln.  The necklace could only move forward as quickly as it could be cast.

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Here are the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Four

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER:  Part Four

PART FOUR: BI-METAL CASTING THE WHITE GOLD

The more I thought about the high polished white gold pieces fitting right up next to the textured yellow gold pieces, the more I was convinced that bi-metal casting was clearly the best way to go. I am so glad I did bi-metal castings 15 years ago in a workshop on gold alloys … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Three

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Three

PART THREE: 25 MOLDS AND 57 WAXES TO CAST

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
In the morning, “Today is a big day because I get back what I hope will be the final link cad for 2 links, actually ready to make the links from.  All other links are scaled off of these, and the yellow gold links will be in
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WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Two

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Two

PART TWO: THE PEARLS

As I checked the pearl fit on the original test printed pieces, I discovered that the lower bottom lip cupped around the pearl too much, for the pearl to “slip” in and out.

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I had to adjust the bottom lip, rolling it outward, for the pearl to fit properly.  Fit, size, post placement, sliding in and … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part One

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part One

PART ONE: CAD TRIALS FOR FIT AND TEXTURE

It was a relief to receive the first “test” print of the links.  From the computer screen I just could not get an accurate feel for the fit and the texture of the pieces.  With the fit and texture were both critical, the pieces needed to be tweaked and reprinted a few … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!