Much of my work involves laser-welding, I'm fortunate to have my own welder, which is a Rofin model. For those who've not seen or used a laser-welder, this short film shows me creating a piece from a re-purposed tin. This particular metal comes from a Prince Albert cigar tin, the results from which you can see in my previous blog post:
The super thing about laser-welding is the minimal spread of heat. This enables me to weld printed tin without destroying the decorative ink or the original patina, beyond the seam of weld. The localised heat also prevents the metal from annealing (softening), so elements like the pin retain their spring.
A super recent commission enabled me to work on a silver 'tin' which had a gentle oxidised patina and a break to one seam. After much thought, I decided to utilise the split and widen it to locate a sliding button, so my customer could rotate the tin to wear it with the opening to the top or the bottom.
The silver was opened to both sides, with the splits laser-welded closed, leaving the purpose-made sliding channels open, with new silver and 18ct buttons securely and permanently held in place. The leather straps which convert this tin into a pendant can be removed, or changed.
Sometimes objects command gentle and considered alterations in order to breathe new life into them.
"By modifying and transforming everyday materials to jewellery, Jo Pond invests them with the power to enchant or fascinate us. At the same time, her works become the vehicles for narratives that reach out beyond the here and now. Her handling of transient objects imbues them with lasting value as art. And as wearers of this jewellery, she gives us a new means to express our attitudes and values." Jorunn Veiteberg.
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