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otherwordly

Susan Ewington JewelleryComment

Whilst working at the bench, there are many beautiful textures and patterns that emerge from the processes that a jeweller goes through on a daily basis.  When photographed they can appear somewhat otherwordly, like an alien landscape.  I thought I might share some of these sights with you.

In the corner of my lemel tray lies all the filing dust, emery dust, and shredded fine steel wool from applying a brush finish to the metal.  All of this lemel gets saved and recycled back into fresh metal through a refining process.

In the corner of my lemel tray lies all the filing dust, emery dust, and shredded fine steel wool from applying a brush finish to the metal.  All of this lemel gets saved and recycled back into fresh metal through a refining process.

Balled up bits of gold, granules, sit amongst the flux on the solder mat

Balled up bits of gold, granules, sit amongst the flux on the solder mat

Glowing hot ingot, fresh metal to use made from scrap and offcuts.  Melted into a charcoal block.

Glowing hot ingot, fresh metal to use made from scrap and offcuts.  Melted into a charcoal block.

Burning off a resist powder applied to the metal before annealing (softening to forge).  The powder helps with resisting a stain on silver known as firescale.

Burning off a resist powder applied to the metal before annealing (softening to forge).  The powder helps with resisting a stain on silver known as firescale.

The colours that metal goes through in the soldering phase is often so different to the end result. 

The colours that metal goes through in the soldering phase is often so different to the end result. 

Swiss engineered needle files, for getting into all those tight spots for a quality finish which is of the utmost importance for finely crafted pieces.

Swiss engineered needle files, for getting into all those tight spots for a quality finish which is of the utmost importance for finely crafted pieces.