Jason and the Argonauts

December 9, 2008

I made this pin with ‘artifact’ in mind. Someone may have found such a piece in a discarded toga on the shore of Crete, thousands of years ago. This pin has a body of iron, inlaid with silver sail and 24 carat gold for the hull.

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This precious metals are built up wire by wire into a pocket that has been roughed up to receive them. The ‘tooth’ of the roughing really does ‘bite’ into the wire as they are tapped into place. The wires are all pounded flat to really set them into the teeth, then filed flat and burnished smooth.

(click on picture for a larger view)

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Here is a close up of the toothing process, where the chisel cuts cover the entire floor of the cavity. The pattern was chiseled three times, each pass at 60 degrees to the other.

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