The particular Bracelet represents an insane amount of work. The simplicity offers no place to hide small imperfections. As the design started to work itself out I kept becoming more and more interested in attempting to make a piece that used 22k’s innate luster as a dominate feature rather than any complexity in the design. The highly raised center line again utilized the new Chasing techniques I have been working on. After cutting the bracelet open it was a pleasure to see how thick the metal remained. While working on the piece I constantly had to hold myself back from filling the large lozenge shaped areas with more design elements and to keep in mind that my goal was to create a piece that allowed the gold’s reflective properties to dominate.
The way light and reflection move along the center line as the viewing angle changes is wonderful. The plains associated with the ‘top’ and’ bottom’ of the center line pick up both light and reflected color and shoot them all over the piece. This bracelet, when worn, will be amazing to look at.
The Chasing in this piece is extremely good and reached about 95% perfection . There is a strong sharp peak that runs through the middle of the center line design element. The Chasing that formed the peak is critical as any imperfection would result in a jarring break up of reflective light as it moves along the curve of the peaked line. The plains on either side of this peak offer a strong ‘light’ and ‘dark’ aspect to the reflected light. In some ways it is as if you can’t really see all of it at once.
When working with so much plain surface the actual reflective qualities of the various finishes represented in the piece becomes important. The inability to oxidize 22k gold means that the distinction between areas of design become dependent upon surface reflection rather than deeply cut lines, variations in depth, or the relief of design elements. If the surface finishes aren’t right the whole effect of the design can become lost in the metal’s reflection. This piece did achieve what I was hoping for, a sense of luster rather than shine.
The basic smithing in the piece is good. I am more and more pleased with the structure of my recent bracelets. The process fosters an inherent