This bracelet is the result of the exploration of natures architecture, patterns and textures. It is inspired in the flow of the Arkansas river, the mountains that surrounds it and the treasures you find in its path. By combining raw gemstones, mild steel and high karat gold, I express my views of natures beauty, power and elegance to the wearer.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This bracelet has an asymmetric curved shaped to fit comfortably in the wearers arm. It is made of mild steel and high karat gold, which gives the wearer a light, yet powerful feel in an elegant form. A unique fused gold pattern and a raw topaz crystal completes the design of this bracelet, making it an eye candy for those who want to stand out from the crowd.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The bracelet is to be worn comfortably on either forearm or wrist.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This piece started in July 2014 in Salida, Colorado and completed in August 2014 in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The bracelet was hand formed, salt water etched and carved to give it its form and texture. Two different gold alloys (20 kt and electrum gold) where fused to the mild steel at temperatures over 1000 C. To finalize the bracelet was heat oxidized and the finish was protected with natural waxes. A raw yellow topaz was set in recycled 18 kt gold to accent the design.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 50mm x Lengh 70mm x Height 50mm
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The research began by studying light and shade patterns reflected in moving water. My goal was to reproduce those patterns in a wearable form. After exploring several metalsmithing methods, the result that produced similar patterns was fusing different shades of gold to mild steel.
The challenging aspect of this piece was the process of melting high karat gold pieces, fusing them to a steel plate while maintaining control of the molten metal to create the pattern showcased. Non commercial gold alloys and flux is specifically made for this technique.
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Image #1: Photographer Deborah Vivas, Tresor Bracelet, 2014
Image #2: Photographer Deborah Vivas, Tresor Bracelet, 2014
Image #3: Photographer Deborah Vivas, Tresor Bracelet, 2014