Monday 12 March 2007

David Poston

This post is for you Liz, David Poston's 'Reincarnation Of Tins' jewellery.
I reallised I've shown a lot of red so I think we'll have some greens to balance that.


Anonymous said...

These are wonderful creative pieces, but I'm not sure if they are very wearable, maybe they scratch?

Cally said...

Yes, I wondered about that too. I've made things from cans before and I always double rolled the cut edges so there were no sharp bits, but his edges don't look rolled. Maybe they are filed smooth.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for liking the stuff - my daughter Anna drew my attention to your blog.

They are entirely wearable and yes, they will scratch. The green one ("Cyprus" - Greek olive oil, Turkish stuffed aubergines + Band Aid tins) is privately owned and is worn, the owner and I being very happy that she is continuing the making / evolution process as the bracelet records by the scratches and bashes its passage, the way that it is worn.

The laser welded edges are not sharp. After the first welding pass I go over them again with a softer beam that further smoothes them. I then finally check them by running a finger along the welds; any scratchy bit is dealt with.

All my bits are wearable, surely the defining characteristic of jewellery? The Cyprus bracelet actually opens, consisting of two separate parts joined where you can see one part passing through the other, held in place by a sprung catch hidden inside. The elements are so rigid, wood sheathed with the painted steel sheet, that the two parts only touch at the catch; at the other side there is a gap of a few mm. No wobbles.

If you want a closer look and are passing the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh there is one of these pieces in the permanent collection, a bangle (non-opening) bracelet made of blood-red tomato puree tins from Sudan. David

Cally said...

Wow, thanks for such a detailed comment, it's great to know so much more about your brilliant pieces. I must have seen your work at the museum because I visit the collection most years, though usually I get so light headed in that building (I get over stimulated with all the visual wonders) that I forget half of what I've seen- and I've never been great at names. I will pay more attention next time I'm in instead of fixating on the work of friends and tutors.

Thanks again for dropping by, and to your daughter for linking you up here.

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