Trying to make jewellery out of rubbish

I continued on with my paper/flour mixture, wrapping it round wire, coating sandpaper with it….

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I finally think I might be getting somewhere with it, I introduced a vegetable based ink to the mixture to add colour, it didn’t mix through smoothly. Instead, it gave a marble effect.

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the end result is really interesting, very fragile and very organic. for once, organic is not the effect i am after. I want to draw a similar piece in Rhino using square interlinking.

 

biodegradable materials

I got in touch with a few companies who make bio-degradable 3D printing flex, they agreed to send me some samples. While I am waiting  on this arriving I have been thinking about the use of materials for samples and how wasteful we are, as artists/jewellers shouldn’t we be responsible for where our materials come from and where they end up?

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I started looking at the alternatives to glue, I thought making paper samples would be easy but I was wrong. Most glues are toxic to ourselves or aquatic life, PVA is ok as long as it isn’t burnt, but is that good enough?

Doing some research I discovered flour and water used to be used a very basic glue, also sugar water can be used. So I started to experiment with flour/icing sugar and water.

I baked it….

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Made paper mache with it…

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and dipped material in to the mixture name a few….

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Arthur Hash

il_570xn-37160169 As our first project kicks off 3rd year at DJCAD we have to research a contemporary jeweller. This is who I chose.

The internet is making the world a smaller place, we can tweet or email our peers and heroes without any problems. Where doors were once closed, we can now make connections with anyone with the click of a few keys.

 

Specieism

There are a couple of points I feel very strongly about around this subject.

One is that I don’t understand how people can love one animal and eat another, but the point I want to talk about is dog owners who have no concern for other animals. The example I will use is something I witnessed at the Riverside Nature Reserve. During the summer months, dog walkers are asked to keep their dogs on a lead as there are ground nesting birds. People just let their dogs run free without a care for the damage they are doing.

Two is the amount of roadkill I see on the road into the Nature Reserve, people literally running over wildlife on their way to exercise their pet. Why can’t they see the hypocrisy in this? Why does one life matter more? I have heard it so many times from vegetarians and supposed animal lovers, ‘oh! I hate cats’ or ‘I am a dog person’ or ‘why would you keep a rat as a pet, they are vermin!’

Why can’t we be animal lovers? Adore and cherish all animals regardless of fur, cuteness or scales? I am a saver of wasps, spiders and flies, I catch and release anything I can, I pick bumble bees off the ground to stop them getting squashed. I believe all of these creatures have a right to live and who am I to make the decision to end another creatures life?