Friday, August 14, 2015

More fragments on Friday

During the week I have started work on the covers for a heap of perspex, paper and metal books for a commission. To keep myself entertained as I go along I will work on trying new things and building up more stock for the jewellery expo in October.

Yesterday and today I have been working on a stash of riveted earrings and a couple of simple pendants. But I also decided to do something with those beef bones.  Yesterday I made the bone pendant prototype below.

©2015 Barry Smith - Simple bone pendant with brass 'bead' inside.
Fiona liked the negative space better and more natural material in the 'bead' - so below is how that looks.

©2015 Barry Smith - Simple bone pendant with rough glass bead on the outside and top.
Another negative space bone pendant but with a dicromic bead. I tried to drill a couple of stones but my tube diamond bit has given up the ghost so I'll just use other beads until I can  get another bit.

©2015 Barry Smith - Simple bone pendant with dicromic glass bead on the outside and top.
I wanted to try making a flat surface on some of the bone and attaching something to the flat section - in this case some silver-plated copper. Fiona and I discussed the fact that some more natural material or nothing at all might work best on the surface - the straight bone look is simple and elegant.

©2015 Barry Smith - Bone pendant with silver-plated copper plate on front surface
The development of bone pendants continues to be a work in progress.

A couple of photos below showing a pile (about 60-70 pieces) of small metal fragments to be used for the earrings. The next photo shows pierces designed from various fragments and stored in individual pots so they don't get mixed up in the grinding-polishing process.

©2015 Barry Smith - Many small fragments of recut offcuts
©2015 Barry Smith - Sorted, potted and ready for grinding and polishing before assembly.
And a photos of the riveted pendants alongside the bone pendants.

©2015 Barry Smith - Bone and riveted silver-plate pendants
I'm posting early today as Fiona and I are about to go and install the Peace Posts - and then we can have a celebratory glass of bubbles.


  1. Barry,I think the plain bone pendants with or without the bead within are absolutely stunning. Your creativity with materials never ceases to amaze me.

  2. Like the clean colour of the bone. Hope the bubbles were nice.

  3. Hello, Barry.

      Your soul has been put into each works.
      The prayer for all peace.
      I wish You all the best.

    Have a good day. from Japan, ruma ❀

  4. the bone work is so beautiful. i love the shape, the negative space. looking forward to seeing what you do with stone and bone...

  5. I also would vote for the plain bone pendant as the negative space is such a lovely shape.

  6. Really like the bone with the patterned silver

  7. LOVE the bone & metal pendant. I'm with Fiona on the negative space.

  8. I like the negative space too, B, but look forward to developments. That last photo of the pendants is beautiful and your riveted pieces are great.


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