Last year I created my Brunswick Bracelet for the Metalclay Masters Registry program, for which I was invited to be an adviser, only one of fifteen artists world-wide, I was in illustrious company there. This bracelet was one I would never have attempted if it hadn’t been for this program. The idea came about when I opened my new studio in Melbourne. My home at that time was in a lush, subtropical rainforest area and the new studio was located on Sydney Road, one of the busiest streets of Melbourne, so the contrast couldn’t have been greater. It was also the very first time ever I lived all alone, Peter was still living at home on Tamborine Mountain and we only got to visit each other a few days every couple of weeks. It was a stressful time for both of us!
So, to get to know my new neighbourhood a little better, I went for walks, took the tram and just explored the area. I took my camera of course and made lots of pictures of the things of interest to me. There are so many textures in an old neighbourhood, the old bluestone paving, the peeling paint, rusty iron, the list goes on! Architectural details are always fascinating to me, the sandstone carvings on the grand old buildings, iron lacework and of course the roof-lines which were the starting points of my bracelet. I started with some drawings and made them into photopolymer plates (PPPs) for the fronts of the links and the trims. The road-map of Brunswick became a PPP texture plate for the back of the bracelet.
After the whole bracelet was assembled and fired, LOS was applied and cut back with some Pumice powder. Then the images were glued in place and after thorough drying the resin was poured on and allowed to set. Then I cut the high gloss back again with pumice powder for a slightly ‘older’ look. Have a look at more project images in my Flickr album