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Stephen Foley's revolutionary research on gold extraction!! At last, a reason to be a jeweller again.....

Gold Diggers - University of Saskatchewan

Stephen Foley is looking to get his hands on some gold… the problem is that it takes too much time, costs too much money and harms the environment.

The work of his research team—made up of Loghman Moradi, research associate, and Hiwa Salimi, PhD student— changes all of that.

“We’ve found a simple, cheap and environmentally benign solution that extracts gold in seconds, and can be recycled and reused,” said Foley, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. “This could change the gold industry.”

The problem with gold, explained Foley, is that it is one of the least reactive chemical elements, making it difficult to dissolve. That is why “artifacts discovered from 3,000 year ago still have gold on them.”

Given this difficulty, there are two main ways to get gold: through mining gold from the earth, which requires massive amounts of sodium cyanide; and recycling gold from secondary sources like jewelry or elec­tronic scraps.

“The problem with mining has to do with the harsh envi­ronmental effects of the toxicity of cyanide that fills tailing ponds,” said Foley. “When one of the ponds breaks, it dumps the cyanide into nearby lakes or rivers and kills the environ­ment.”

Recycling gold from jewelry or electronic scraps—think computer chips and circuits lined with thin layers of gold—is not without issue either.

Annually, Foley explained, the…


Posted by Cate Salter on February 11, 2016 at 9:30


2 spaces available in Collingwood, Melbourne at rebox studios. Close to smith st and Gertrude st! One position available from Feburary the other from March. Rent is only $161.25/month including Internet and electricity. Workshop is fully equipped, very secure and has 24 hour access. Please contact me for further details and pictures :)

Posted by anastasia grace birbas on January 23, 2016 at 10:11

Jewellers wanted for 2015 Exhibition

In 2015 selected exhibition themed Attitude As Form. A touring exhibition that will be shown first at the Queensland Collage of Arts and then at Gaffa Gallery to coincide with the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Australia Conference in Sydney.
This exhibition invites practitioners in the field of contemporary jewellery to create a visual response to the theme Attitude As Form. The theme of this exhibition comes from a speculation that contemporary jewellery practitioners have particular attitudes that help to shape the final form of their works and takes Lisbeth den Besten’s essays, Borderline Jewellery (2006) & The Golden Standard of Schmuckashau (2014) as the point of departure.
Currently inviting expressions of interest to exhibit. Please see linked EOI form for further info:

Main dates are:

Proposal Due: 10 January, 2014.

Applicant Notification: late January, 2014.

Works and Supplementary info due: April, 2015 (TBC).

Exhibition dates: 4-17 of May 2015, Webb Gallery QCA, QLD (TBC). & Gaffa Gallery 9th to July 20th 2015.

Questions: Via Facebook page titled Attitude As Form Exhibition
                   or email Beau Allen anytime at:…

Posted by Beau Allen on December 5, 2014 at 9:48

The One Design Workshop in Perth gets Baubled!

Back at the start of last month, on the 9th of November to be exact, I facilitated a workshop at Contemporary Metal in Perth. The One Design exhibition, installed in the gallery at CM, had opened the previous Friday night and with it the timber iteration of my Clouds pattern had been put on display, fixed to the end wall. Now it was time to take it down and make something of all that laser cut jewellery in potentia!

I had seven eager participants, many of them local makers, who took to the challenge with gusto. It’s a pretty self-explanatory idea – grab the pattern, take it apart, wrestle fellow-participants for the pieces you like best and then with some silk thread, stitch, weave and wind the pieces into jewels that you like. For added interest, colour the wood surface to compliment your thread-colour choices.

The end result was… Well, many of the resulting works are displayed below for you to check out, but I was impressed at the unique array of very colourful pieces of mostly wearable jewellery, with the occasional object created for good measure. I had a collection of stainless fixings on hand, but makers being makers, many opted for their own mechanisms and for making fixings in precious metal.

As it turned out, three of the participants that Sunday are in the local Bauble Collective, who currently have a pop-up shop in Claremont in the Bayview Centre, and who will be featuring in the Fremantle Bazaar…


Posted by Melissa Cameron on December 4, 2014 at 6:18

2014 Jewellery and Small Objects Graduate Exhibition, Awards and Artist Talks

The Queensland College of Art Jewellery and Small Objects exhibition opens officially tonight Thursday 27 November at 4pm as part of the QCA Showcase events. Tomorrow Friday 28 November at 3pm students will be giving artist talks in the Webb gallery.

Earlier this week at a Sneak Industry Preview the 2014 winners of Industry Awards were announced.

Australian Jewellers Supplies Highly Commended  

M Veronica Silva

Australian Jewellers Supplies Highly Commended 

Laura Burstow


Australian Jewellers Supplies Innovative Use of Technique 

Tegan Rynne


Peter W Beck Outstanding Individual Piece

Angela Fok

Palloys Group Outstanding Individual Piece

Helen Bird #47

Morris and Watson Outstanding Individual Piece

Monique Tregenza install of works entered as 1

A+E Metal Merchants Outstanding Series of Work - $500 credit        

Rachel Mathews-Fredrick


A+E Metal Merchants Outstanding Body of Work - $500 credit

Ari Fuller

Aspirational Award for the biggest improvement (measured by variance between 1st semester 2nd year and final semester 3rd year).



Posted by jewellery & small objects at qca on November 27, 2014 at 6:12

One Design in Perth!

Hey Perth! I’m bringing the circus – my One Design exhibition – to meet the family in my birthplace. It’s gonna be huge! (Actually, it’s going to be as big as it was in Sydney and Melbourne, but believe me, that’s quite big enough ;) )

We’re having the opening celebration at Contemporary Metal, Unit 4, 77-79 Howe St, Osborne Park from 6:30pm on Friday the 7th of November. Please come down!

One Design, you say? Don’t know what I’m talking about? (How could you have missed it – it’s all I’ve been talking about for MONTHS!) Check out the video I made to support the show for an explanation.

I’ve packed it up and brought it over with me after finishing last weekend’s Pop-Up edition of the show at Northcity4 in Melbourne and I'm now looking forward to setting it up in a bigger space with some plinths made for me by my Perth installation assistant Justine. It's going to be a different experience and I'm really excited about tailoring it to the new space, and then teaching the accompanying workshop for the first time too.

It's going to be a big weekend of jewellery and it all starts with a party on Friday night. I hope to see you…


Posted by Melissa Cameron on October 31, 2014 at 16:13

One Design Workshop – Perth Edition!

Image of the main workshop material, a laser cut pattern in 1.5mm thick timber

Here's another way to celebrate the launch of my One Design collection at Contemporary Metal in Perth. Come along and try your hand at making a jewel or two to take home, using a timber version of the same components I used to make the whole show!

It’s taking place from 10am – 1pm on 9th of November at Contemporary Metal, Unit 4, 77-79 Howe St, Osborne Park, WA, which is next weekend, and I happen to know that there are still a couple of places left, so what are you waiting for? Sign up and come along and we’ll have a play! And did I mention that it’s suitable for ages 10 and up?

Workshop details and booking info.

But what is it exactly? Well…

How many different objects can you create from one pattern? Be part of a fun DIY collaborative workshop to create unique works from a suite of pre-cut forms designed by jewellery artist Melissa Cameron. The class will be held in the gallery space to ensure that the new works do not duplicate any pieces in the exhibition. The results will be shown alongside the artist’s work for the duration of the exhibition and can then be taken home by the participants.

The pieces will be joined by silk thread and I have hand-made a bunch of stainless steel fixings – brooch pins, earring posts and the like – to attach the pieces to the body. That leaves you to concentrate on the main challenge – making something completely new from the pieces of the pattern. It’s up to you to challenge the material and…


Posted by Melissa Cameron on October 31, 2014 at 15:54

Wild Waters

'Wild Waters' is a Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland (JMGQ) exhibition at Brisbane Square Library featuring works from members including current students and graduates of the Queensland College of Art. 

The exhibition runs until late December and artists talks are planned.

Posted by jewellery & small objects at qca on October 17, 2014 at 17:08

Haptic InterFace 2014



Haptic InterFace

The Wearables Lab* is pleased to announce Haptic InterFace 2014: a new challenge for designers, artists, developers and creative practitioners who want to come face to face with the unexpected and new. This event will take place from December 1st to 10th, 2014.

Professionals and creative thinkers from a range of backgrounds are invited to engage in an innovative trans-disciplinary laboratory that explores the borders and intersections of art, science and technology.

* Image credit: Isaac Chong, Equalibrium no.8 - Boundaries.


Our aim is to develop new ideas in relation to the body through the creative use of materials and praxis. Haptic InterFace…


Posted by elizabeth shaw on October 13, 2014 at 17:30

Craft NSW at Gallery 159

Jude Skeers curated an exhibition of works by 14 members of the Art & Craft Society of NSW, it is coming to Brisbane and includes jewellery.

The official opening of "Craft NSW at Gallery 159" - An exhibition of Craft work, by selected member of The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW will be 3:30 for 4pm on Sunday, 26th October. 

The exhibition will run OCTOBER 26th - NOV 2nd 2014.

Micahel Rippoll Metropolis -   Inspired by images from the Fritz Lang film these are a continuation of my exploration into anti-bling. I don't much like shiny, pristine highly-polished jewellery which shows no sign of being made by human hands. I make jewellery by torturing, beating up and generally mistreating silver. I like silver with a past.

Exhibitors have been invited from a wide range of disciplines including jewellery, ceramics, wood, glass and textiles. The following members of the Society have been invited to participate in the exhibition. Michael Ripoll – Jewellery, Val Aked – Jewellery, Regina Krawts – Bead jewellery, Alan Ussher – Glass, Neville Wostear – Wood, Martha Catano – Textile pictures, Jane Hinde – Textile (Surface Design), Mary Hawkins – Weaving, Nanette Goodsell – Woven baskets, Pat Haywood - Ceramics, Glen Doyle – Wire sculpture, Isabel Correa – Nanduti, Helen MacRitchie – Felt, Jude Skeers – Knitting.  Sydney based Jane Hinde, one of the exhibitors, and the current President of The Society of Arts and Crafts NSW will attend the opening on Sunday October 26…


Posted by elizabeth shaw on October 12, 2014 at 5:35


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