so there are still furious rages in our daily conversation about how bad the economy has gone and how everyone is struggling real hard to survive on their own feet, and how it has affected every single field, including the fine art jewelry field. however, it has also given jewelry artists a mixed blessing in my opinion. i strongly believe that there is no such thing as “absolute rules” in art making, only guidelines. say, if you don’t put flux on the to-be-soldered surface, well, with some wicked luck it might still flow but chances are, it won’t create a solid bond. those “rules” are probably meant to be followed. that’s the HOW part. it takes years and years of observing, experimenting, practicing, and failing and succeeding by the experts, or regular nerds like me, to figure that part out. that HOW, are my guidelines, and i happily follow. however, why are we supposed to follow the so-called “norm”, or more glamorously phrased “tradition”? who makes it only “right” to make fine jewelry out of high-end material like gold, platinum, or diamonds? don’t get me wrong, i understand how each of those material has its own unique quality, and hence literally precious value. i do not intend to disrespect tradition just to make me sound special. my point is, why bother thinking WHAT is okay to make jewelry out of? the recession serves as a destructive force of creation. it certainly is a mixed blessing. because not that many people, whether they be artists or customers, can afford to buy the expensive material, new and exciting things happen! i’ve seen hundreds-dollar gemstone bezel-set in high carat gold cooperated into plastic bangles, and hand-engraved sterling silver pendant with dangling crystals thrown on rusted raw steel beautifully sealed chain… eggshell finishing, casted silicone, drawings on plywood, dog’s hair, moss, jellybean, bones, teeth… to name a few. when it’s done right, absolutely gorgeous, why not? enough of the thinking for the day, how about some action? here’s my baby-step attempt to show the world how ordinary materials could transform into extraordinary art pieces. how do silver, copper and prisma color sound for a start?
copper jewelry exist in a lot of culture and it’s not the newest material that people wear, however, it’s not nearly half as popular as silver or other kinds of ‘high end’ material. some think that they’re too soft and not durable, some think that they look too raw and unfinished, and some simply prefer something shinier. i personally love the warm tone and the humble quality that copper brings, and the flexibility it has in cooperating with other material. hopefully this series gives you another impression on “cheap material”, which is not exactly cheap in my defense, and opens up more ideas in your art making too!