Orbis Gold and Concrete Jewellery
It was in answer to a challenge from my husband who suggested I create a new line using concrete spheres. Figuring out how to cast a perfect sphere was the main challenge to overcome, much before the actual design of the collection came into fruition. It took many trial and error experiments over a time period of three years to finally produce the desired end result. It was a very rewarding experience to solve the dilemma and the actual design of the collection came together very quickly afterward.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This necklace is created from a cast concrete sphere which is suspended from a hand-forged hollow 18k gold sphere.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This necklace is an elegantly simple piece which can be worn with just about anything.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The initial prototyping phase started in June of 2010 and finished in May of 2013. It is now available for sale on our website at konzukshop.com
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The concrete spheres are cast using a one part silicone mould - developed within our studio. The concrete used is High performance concrete which results in a perfect finish and near indestructibility
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
total length of necklace: 32mm / 13.5mm concrete sphere / 9.5mm gold sphere
concrete, jewelry, gold, contemporary, necklace, KONZUK, wearable architecture
The research entailed experimenting with different types of casting moulds/techniques. The objective was to have the final outcome of a perfect, seamless sphere. Many different tools were utilized such as bullet moulds, two part chocolate moulds, and cast silicone moulds. The results were achieved by creating a flexible cast silicone mould which allowed the balls to be popped out with minimal finishing required.
The hardest part of this designing this collection was to avoid having the final pieces look like jewelry worn by the "Flintstones". Due to the labor involved in hand-forging the gold spheres and the cost of the gold material, the collection needed to look high-end to justify the price-point.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Image #1: Dwayne Dobson
Image #2: Dwayne Dobson
Image #3: Pooya Nabei