Here is a great example of our newly found ability to solder things in close proximity to sensitive material (like crystal), by using the PUK II pulse welder.
The crystal link is hand carved from a chunk of Quartz, then the gold link is constructed around it.
This is a sickeningly radical evolution for us…
In an attempt to get a more consistent result with patination we are going to mix our own alloys. The metal composition is super important with these color recipes.
The first patina attempts were OK but unpredictable. The black we got was beautiful but much less stable than I hoped for. It does seem to be aging in interesting ways and each piece really has their own personality [that is nice] but it would be great to get things a litte more efficient. Other colors attempts have not been successful but looked pretty killer along the way (Link).
Hopefully these custom metals will yield better results!
The two metals we are mixing are:
BRASS — SCB 3 (Copper: 65%, Zinc: 35%)
GILDING METAL (RED BRASS) — CZ 101 (Copper: 90%, Zinc: 10%)
SICK SICK SICK
Nearly at the correct and sustainable recipe for the Acid Gold finish. The thing is gold plated then briefly dipped into a nitric acid bath. Looking solid!
A terrain map of processes used in treating the P/4 Summer13 collection…
Proper resolution download: http://ge.tt/129PWwY/v/0?c
First Delivery to Darklands Berlin: http://www.darklandsberlin.com/site/products/men/brands/parts-of-four
One of our signatures [techniques] is a seamless hand carved wooden chain. The entire thing is made from a single piece of wood with no glue and no junctions. Purely carved. The final step is to solder on a silver link which can either close the loop to create a necklace or add some additional hardware for a bracelet, etc. These are a few process pics:
Working with layers of horn and bone, all locally available and sustainable. Completely carve-able so the options are vast:
Photo of basic plates:
A working sketch for a small installation. The LCD screen is playing a video of the wood chain carving process and the mini amp+speaker is playing a recording of crickets from outside the shop: