Handmade & Production

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December, 2014
Sterling silver and SLA 3d printed plastic
Size including the bale: 4.4cm x 5.3cm
Thickness incuding the set cab: 5.5mm

December, 2014
Rich-low brass, garnets, and asphalt
Size including the bale: 3.6cm x 4.6cm
Thickness incuding the set cab: 6.5mm

These two pendants are meant to play off one another with their formal similarities, and the ways in which they were made. One was created utilizing Stereolithography printing and taking advantage of the vast variety of pre-fabricated parts available on the market, while the other was made completely by hand utilizing traditional jewelry making techniques. They serve as commentary on the current state of making as well as utilitarian materials.

The pendant on the left (Brass and Asphalt Pendant) was forged by hand out of brass stock, wire, and tubing. It is accented with four garnets and a piece of asphalt shaped into a cabochon. Asphalt was chosen for the focal-point of this piece due to its utilitarian value within greater society: it is responsible for transit, commerce, and much more. It is an extremely efficient material too as it is abundant, easy to make, and has an absurd 99% recyclability rate.

The pendant on the right (Silver and SLA Pendant) was produced via 3d printing and lost wax casting. This pendant stands apart in that minimal handwork was used in its construction; all of the parts were either purchased or created off site and all I had to do was assemble them. Formally it is a silver pendant accented with 3d-printed resins which resemble traditionally cut stones. (I also added a silver tag, to signify commercial jewelry.) The 3d printed stones were chosen as a parallel to the asphalt set within the other pendant—it is utilitarian in nature as well; however, it is only useful for those in the jewelry industry.