I am a sustainable jeweller, that is I design and make jewellery with the environment at the forefront of my decisions. I sell under my business name Utopian Creations and make all my jewellery from recycled metals using many different eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. I work from my retail store Studio Eco at 368 Magill Rd, Kensington Park, SA
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The photo did work he one on the left has the leather ring from a very old polishing wheel that I just reused. I tied it all together with copper wire from some old electrical cord.
The polishing wheel on the right I have used completely, but you can see the leather inner ring. Its made from some old boots that were being thrown out. For this one I used nails and hammered them through the leather and cotton, then bent them over.
Hope that helps.
I'm not sure, I just sprinkle some in. Its like my grandmothers cooking she doesn't use measurements. I guess I use about a teaspoon in about 500ml of water, but mine is heated. If your using it cold you'll need more acid. If I need something super clean I just add more acid. I have never damaged anything.
As for the Borax what gas do you use? I haven't ever had the problem you are talking about and I know jewellers who have used Borax for 30+ years. Its easiest to use if you break some of the borax off and crush it with a hammer in some newspaper, then add the powder to a small container and add some clean water. Some people swear by distilled water which I did use when working for other companies but I have always used rain water or tap water in my own studio and haven't had any problems. If you put a lid on it it will stay wet, I don't and it drys out over the weekend, just add more water and stir it a bit.
I have polishing compound $20 for a bar but I make my polishing wheels by hand and they take too long to make for me to sell. I looked into having some made by a company but I would have needed to order 200! Maybe in the future. Making them is easy, just buy some organic cotton,make a round template from some cardboard and draw loads of circles on the cotton. Cut them out and attach them to the center rings (plastic or leather) from an old polishing mop or cut up some old leather boots and make your own rings.
I tried to upload an image but I dont think it worked. Whats your email address? Ill send you some photos to better describe the process.
Hi Ben, finally got my citric acid while looking for cream of tartar to make my little girl some play dough. Can you tell me what ratio to use for pickle? Also, have found that when using the borax cone for flux it burns so bright that I find I cant look at the piece I'm soldering. Do you find the same thing? What kind of safety glasses do you wear for this. I find the welding glasses too dark. Also are you selling any jewellery supplies at the moment as in polishing mops, compounds etc, love to get my next lot off you if possible. Cheers! And all the best for Studio Eco! x Lauren
I've been meaning to get in contact with you for quite a while but have been stuck in a whirlwind of busy goings on getting my exhibition happening and running and then packing it up and dealing with jewellery orders. It's been a great success I'm so happy to say. Anyway I am working with 100% recycled silver with minimal electricity and lots of elbow grease and old school techniques. I have quite a few photos that I would love to send to you. I will email you asap with a few.
I do have images and I have meaning to put them up for a while, at the moment I am focussed on getting my website together. I shall post some very soon promise. THere is a half day seminar on sustainable jewellery practices in Brisbane, are you planning on going? I would love to but I feel guilty about flying there. Air travel is about the worst thing you can do for the planet unfortuneately.
I study at NMIT tafe in greensbotough, and yes I am very aware and had a few confilicts because of it in the begining of my course but after studing already a year and a half I know now I can make jewellery from just about any thing I find.
for me as I see it, I just want to get as much knolege first of the technical side of making jewellery and then take it to the next level, but now I am just enjoing playing with materials and understanding their qualities.