Day 50: Work 50.

Dream about perfect structure is always in me. I made the big body a week ago and have been thinking how I can complete this structure. What colour should be added? Should it be similar structure which will complete the body or should it be totally different to show incongruity? The small part should be part of the function? For example if a brooch is the form finished should the part to be attached carry brooch fittings? Or For another example if a pendant is the finished form should the little part to be attached be chain to be necklace in the end? Am I still enjoying this cleverness on my practice or just perfect form is fine to make everything simple? Then what is a perfect form? What does “perfect” even mean? Will it be physical or just meaning enough?

Anyway this form hasn’t finished yet.

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day 50 square grid brooch.jpg

Day 48 : Work 48. In language...

One more brooch for different colour from the same mild steel thin square shape perforation offcut. The simple mild steel 10x10cm offcut sheet sounds quite complicated in language. Form is form but when it is made and out in the world the way it is expressed, appreciated and illustrated could be hundreds.

Form and Language Or Form and appreciation.

Form and language is from Form, structure and language, which are the terms definitely used in literature.

I am too stuck with the idea or word, Form. Need to break it.

mildsteel offcut 10x10cm and brooch made

mildsteel offcut 10x10cm and brooch made

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Day 47 : Work 47. U-channel

New form using this U-channel dapping block. I made the skeleton form of half cylinder and powder coated with matt black months ago hoping to be used some day. Inspired by this skeleton pink structure with perforation form this was quite simple idea to follow and could be finished today no problem.

It will be yellow and black though.

U-channel dapping block

U-channel dapping block

Half cylinder form made

Half cylinder form made

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With half cylinder skeleton structure made of brass and powder coated with matt black

With half cylinder skeleton structure made of brass and powder coated with matt black

Inspirational pink skeleton with perforation

Inspirational pink skeleton with perforation

Day 46 : Work 46. The process and twigs for the balls

Ball earrings again. Today I am preparing for yellow.

Process:

1) Prepare perforated mild steel sheet. 2)cut discs in 2.1cm diameters. 3)Use dapping block with punch to make half sphere. 4) solder together 2 half spheres to make a ball 5)solder silver wire for earring hook 6)clean the ball earrings with sandblaster 7)Powdercoating 8)clean the hooks and finish the shape for earrings.

Mildsteel-can be replaced with other materials such as silver, copper… Perforated-can be different size…. Disc shape- square or cylinder…. Diameter-can be bigger or smaller…. Dapping block-I can use different-shape one like cylinder…. Solder 2 discs- in different way to make something other than ball…. Hooks-they can be hoops as well….. Sandblaster-always a good mate….. Powdercoating-one day I will definitely make enamelling work for my perforation…..

These variations can be a big idea for next day of work.

ball earrings barbecued

ball earrings barbecued

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Day 45: Work 45. New perfect shape

While I was making this perforated ring ready for yellow I thought I could make either bigger size of similar ring or any DIFFERENT shape I can use for part of earrings.

perforated rings and drop shape earrings

perforated rings and drop shape earrings

Perforated rings are made by using mandrel and ring stretcher however, these two new drop shapes are also by handling mandrel and hammer.

For the perfect Geometric Shapes they need perfect straight lines and calculated consistent curves. This need also affects when it is physically fabricated and made. It is quite different process from creating digitally perfect shape as on the process you need to consider the material you use for the object. However, that is why it is more real and I am able to be awake.

Day 44 : Work 44. Undercoat white

One of the good plans for this year is to develop new skill. I have read a lot about it and did bit of research on line but the best thing is just trying them without any fear or stress. One of my studio mates, Amanda was a real helper and made me enjoy the process. Awesome!! Especially I really enjoyed the outcome of undercoat white. My hexagon perforated mild steel with enamel on has got beautiful black outlines drawn.

enamelling on mild steel.

enamelling on mild steel.

Enamelling on the process

Enamelling on the process

Loverly Amanda at enamelling station at the studio

Loverly Amanda at enamelling station at the studio

Day 43 : Work 43. Planned and Intuitive

I have been looking up these words, intuition and intuitive to try to find its antonym. Most of dictionary I can refer to such as Thesaurus.com, Oxford dictionary or even Wikipedia the antonym is reason, reasoning, intellect, or counterintuitive. However, they don’t seem to fit in design process of these works so I chose planned as is opposite.

mild steel. (left-planned, rights-intuitive)

mild steel. (left-planned, rights-intuitive)

They each are part of a brooch. Left one is what I made following the pattern of the sheet and I had one clear image when the work is completed as a brooch. So I can say it was planned. However, the right one is following the idea that I would love to make a very simple brooch with the colour of pink. Just like playing with legos for little children I piled up the structure, fill the gap with offcut and solder them in one.

same brooch with different angle (right)

same brooch with different angle (right)

I have been thinking what intuition means in creative practice. For me it is the process to catch up with the image I can draw in me, pretty much unconsciously. Making forms everyday in my practice following intuition is really essential part and I would love to go a little further to consider about “planned” and “intuitive” in my practice progressively.

Here is what I found from huffiest.com about intuition. It is beautifully stated about Pablo Picasso’s thought of intuition.

Picasso told a friend that intuition was like having a carrier pigeon with a message land on your balcony. “The important thing is knowing that the pigeon has arrived,” he said, “you don’t have to unroll the message and read it.”

(Quote from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/artists-intuition_b_1191320)

One more image of different angle.

One more image of different angle.

Day 42 : Work 42. loosened but tensioned with angles.

After making that one simple round bangle yesterday I have made this twisted, loosened, but tensioned with angles bangle. It took fair bit of time to get over the design fault such as sharpness of one corner to wear but overall it was a great fun to figure out the design outcome by controlling the scoring metal being aware every step of making.

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mild steel & silver

mild steel & silver

one round and one square

one round and one square

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Day 41 : Work 41. Back to basic.

Working on more bangles for pink today I have made this round bangle using some offcut. Whenever I try to or plan to make something twisted, extraordinary-ish, and simply just different over and over everyday I sometimes go back to something really simple. I left this strip in my offcut container and thought I would use it to make multiple-scored bangle. But I am quite happy with this outcome. Back to basic! Simple round bangle!

round half perforation and half flat sheet bangle with its shadow.

round half perforation and half flat sheet bangle with its shadow.

Round at soldering station

Round at soldering station

Round bangle with 2 pendants.

Round bangle with 2 pendants.