The times when the idea of 3D printed jewellery seemed like from science-fiction movies is over. Nowadays, more and more jewellery artists “print” their jewellery. This certainly does not mean that the work would remain less, on the contrary – since the 3D printer is able to create the exact up to the smallest component, a multifaceted preparatory work is required, which undermines the fact that 3D printed appearance disappears the artistic touch.In order to create jewellery from gold, silver, bronze, copper and brass, a specially created 3D printer is used. This technology is based on a modern 3D print technology, as well as traditional metal casting, i.e. the 3D model wax is printed, a form established, the wax is burnt replacing it with 14k or 18k gold. There is also an opportunity to print gold, silver, brass, bronze jewellery using the powders prepared by these metals. Jewellery artists choose the 3D printing method to make their jewellery lighter and easier, more comfortable to wear on everyday basis, others are fascinated by the involvement of new technologies in centuries of old art.
Jewellery artists use mammoth tusks and camel bones in their work.1. Mammoths extinct as the climate deteriorated and the ice age ended. The longest mammoths survived in modern Alaska and north-eastern Russia, where they could also be seen 3000 years ago. A broad search for mammoth tusks is taking place in Siberia at the Kolyma River. Searchers go to Siberia in the summer, when the sun never sets. This is the time when the top of the ground unfreezes and the workers have access to the remains of mammoths. Big water pumps are rinsing the ground and looking for bones. It seems that the bones of mammoth tusks literally comes out of the ground. Some tusks reach up to 4 meters in length. Later they are broken up into pieces. At the jewellery artist workshop, the material with this rich history is created, polished and adjusted to the continuation of the story of this bone. Thousands of years old story have got a new turn in it’s way and companions – gold, silver, ebony, precious stones and semi-precious stones.2. In fact, bone plaques are used for camel carvings. By its very nature, bone carving is a small form of sculpture, […]
Since ancient times enamelling has been the only type of metal dyeing with long lasting effect that was used to decorate the surfaces of the finest metal ornaments – jewellery, crowns, scepter, armor, etc. At its core, enamel is the fusion of powdered glass to metal at high temperature. In order to achieve the required color tone, the enamel mass is added to the pigment before the heating – this allows to give the jewellery numerous variations of color gamma without using gems.Jewellery artists often uses enamelling because it allows them to add a painterly or illustrative quality to their work.
Titanium is a very light, durable, bright, corrosion-resistant material that is nowadays widely used in contemporary jewellery. Thanks to its light weight, it is possible to create large-size jewellery. It is possible to create various kinds of pins, earrings rings, necklaces from it. Basically titanium is silver grey, but when it is heat-treated or heated, it produces a variety of color shades. That’s why titanium is easy to combine with other materials – the bluish-purple tone perfectly matches the golden glow, the metallic silver color or the jewels of any color range. Titanium belongs to the category – rare metal.
SANTA magazine, March issue Foto: Liene Pētersone Model: Ketija Šēnberga MUAH: Vita Vītola Style: Iveta Vecmane Jewellery: Art gallery PUTTI