Cold Connections

Laura Reece

The first thing I thought of when I say this picture was cutting all of those jump rings would not have been fun. Then the more I looked at it, I started thinking someone had to assemble them as well.
When we all take the advanced class in 10 years, this will be what Tim is making... You can see the rivets that are holding the metal to the red fabric on the inside as well as the prongs holding in the precious stones
I have decided that I need one of these, but maybe not with cats. I love how each crystal has its own prong setting, but it appears the prong settings themselves make a chain almost. I wish there was also a picture of the back. I would love to know how flexible it is. Would they have cut this all out of one piece of metal?
So this piece is super cool and kind of grosses me out at the same time. It is crazy that this is made out of hair and even more crazy that some jeweler at the time specialized in hair jewelry. I can not even imagine the kind of time this took. It is so neat that all that is keeping this piece together is the clapped metal end of the clasp. Still, wearing the hair of a dead relative as jewelry... not my thing.
I just thought this was really pretty. Many of the combs that I have seen/worn have been, well cheap for one and held together by wire. The decorative gold top on this one is clearly clamped onto the comb. I am thinking the prongs holding the pearls in were not cut out cold connection style but formed in some other way before being wrapped around the pearls.
This cold connection was made by weaving fibers into holes in the metal. I included this one because I think this kind of connections is something that I may use in a future project. I kind of wonder what purpose the metal ring serves in this piece. Maybe to help hold its shape? or make it sturdier?
While researching, I came across several pieces that included Emu eggs. It made me curious about how thick and sturdy the egg its self was. I am intrigued by the fact that the metal prongs on the stem of the goblet are some how incasing this egg without breaking it. Could some one actually use this goblet? Turn it over?
My mom collected kerosene lanterns. Ours were not as pretty or intricate as this one, but I do remember doing homework by one one night when the power was out at our house. I never really thought about how they were made or how they were all held together with noting but perfectly fitted metal around the glass globes.
Metal connected to parchment, interesting. I wonder if the parchment actually rolls up inside of the metal case and if it does how the mechanism inside works. Is it also made of metal? Some sort of spring maybe?
I wouldn't have ever though of encapsulating half of the items that I found while doing this research. I included this piece because the ivory pieces are the handles for the cup. This is the part people would have used to pick up this piece. The decorative rings that are around the ivory would have had to been really tight for this to have been functional. I guess there could have been notches carved into the Ivory but still, how would you have tightened dow the metal?
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