Abstract of Studio practice

Abstract of Studio practice

The intent of my studio practice is to create a series of pleasurable jewellery pieces utilising Mokume gane technique as a metaphor of life and the idea of gold cloud as a metaphor of mortality. In the late 1600s in Japan, Mokume gane, a technique working with fused, layered metal, was invented by an artisan … Continue reading

Wearing gold cloud unconsciously

Wearing gold cloud unconsciously

This is what I made at the last blog.  Now we can see the leeters in mirror image. I puched ‘ I’M PART OF WORLD’ so as to represent that I am part of this world.  The gold letters look like floating cloud, and so does the leather inside of it.  To me, Gold cloud is … Continue reading

Making gold cloud to wear…

Making gold cloud to wear…

I rolled the billet down to this thin sheet. I could see the centre of this billet is fused through the cut surface. So I started punching on the back side for making pattern (This time I punched letters).  At this stage, the letters were not clear to see. I rolled it down, punched it, and sanded its convex surface.  I … Continue reading

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln, 2

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln, 2

After cleaning up the clamp with hammering (which is very painstaking work anyway), I checked the billet after pickling, and I could see there was fused part, non fused part, and suspicious part. So I flowed solder on suspicious and non fused part. Next, I tried annealing and rolling down process.  However, something came out from the … Continue reading

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln

The second try for fusing is the combination of sterling silver and gilding metal. I prepared 6sheets of 1mm sterling silver and 5sheets of 1mm gilding metal and… set them between the clamp covering with flux as usual. Now, for me, this time is harder than the last time, because it needs lower temperature, and … Continue reading

Experiments before another fusing

Experiments before another fusing

After the success in fusing process, I tried to make patterned wire by twisting. After twisting a long thin plate, I  shaped it into a piece of block first, and rolled it down. After sanding it, the colour of gilding metal can be visible! So, I made two rods after making a block shape, but … Continue reading

One of my mokume rings…

One of my mokume rings…

Before I punched my Twitter user name and password on the new mokume plate and I finished it as a ring. Before as I made ‘Apple’ logo for a translation of mokume gane from original state to today’s society, I this time take ‘Twitter’, which is also one of the powerful symbol today as another translation.  … Continue reading

Gold Cloud

Gold Cloud

Poutuguese Merchants and Trading Vessels/ Early 17th century/ Namban paper screen Gold cloud is probably not familiar to neither Western nor Eastern people unless they are Japanese.  Gold cloud appears in ancient paintings of Japan which sometimes depicts people’s life, a plan of capital city, or a landscape.  Apparently, painting gold cloud is one of the painting … Continue reading

Inspirational words from Alexander McQueen

Inspirational words from Alexander McQueen

These are very impressive words from the book “Savage Beauty -Alexander McQueen”. As soon as I saw the words, I was assured that those words would be crucial to me to make sure what my theme is again and again… I put them into my ‘Inspirational works, things’ page so that you can read them in big image.