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I am really struggling to get to grips with this, having spent the best part of 40 years, designing and creating both bespoke and single custom made pieces of jewellery, (customer requests and stock pieces) Being basically shut down is becoming an issue (only the 1st week!!!) I have the facilities at home to do anything but am struggling to get into anything on my usual format. A change of direction is probably needed, trying something different, certainly scale wise, my wife has a thing for Chinese dragons, now a large 2d cut out, repoussed wall plaque, something around 1.2mtrs by 700mm is a tad larger than my usual stuff, but the really time consuming project might well keep me sane for sometime to come.
Any one else venturing into the unknown in this extended layoff?
peter
 

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Yes, into stock markets, first week on it and I am up good few Kola trips. Love it, better than Tetris!!
 

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I am really struggling to get to grips with this, having spent the best part of 40 years, designing and creating both bespoke and single custom made pieces of jewellery, (customer requests and stock pieces) Being basically shut down is becoming an issue (only the 1st week!!!) I have the facilities at home to do anything but am struggling to get into anything on my usual format. A change of direction is probably needed, trying something different, certainly scale wise, my wife has a thing for Chinese dragons, now a large 2d cut out, repoussed wall plaque, something around 1.2mtrs by 700mm is a tad larger than my usual stuff, but the really time consuming project might well keep me sane for sometime to come.
Any one else venturing into the unknown in this extended layoff?
peter
In that case, you'll be aware of Malcolm Appleby I'm guessing? I'm extremely fortunate to own one of a series of his one off pieces.....a bangle entwined with kelpies, water and fish. If I'm right you'll know the exact piece I speak off.

Not that it's doing me much good right now sitting in the safe, but it is an amazing piece of work. It needed a repair a couple of years ago so, as I'm a fisherman, he added more gold in and fashioned the reinforcement in the shape of a river.

He's a lovely man, gloriously eccentric.:thumb:
 

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Sorry Westie, but am not familiar with his work, but there are many fine craftsmen/woman out there, each has his/her own styles and markets, many fairly local to them, a lot of it driven by local tastes and fads. Sounds like a very interesting piece, right up my street, one off, uniquely styled to a particular customers request, and long may it continue.
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Peter

He is/was the Royal Engraver (I've lost track). Iirc he was responsible for the orb on Prince Charles' state crown.

It wasn't done to my request either, just a lucky coincidence that I was the (very) fortunate recipient in that occasion.

Happy to send you pics if you'd be interested?
 

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Any tips?

Feel free to pm :thumb:
It was so easy last week that really no tips are needed. National Express was the hit, it's got Union Jack all over it. If you can't trust anything these days, put your trust into national pride :) I'll say no more - it's your money, your instincts. First lesson I learnt - it's like casino, don't go there to win fortune, go there to have fun and be able to afford to loose a few quid :)
 

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Peter

He is/was the Royal Engraver (I've lost track). Iirc he was responsible for the orb on Prince Charles' state crown.

It wasn't done to my request either, just a lucky coincidence that I was the (very) fortunate recipient in that occasion.

Happy to send you pics if you'd be interested?
Yes I would be very interested to see the piece, always a pleasure to view other peoples craftsmenship
 

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The dragon project is way beyond the scale that I am used to working in, being a 2D format, simply cutting out is no problem, the profiling is another matter, creating the tooling etc to get the depth is another matter, but time is something I have loads of at the moment!!!!!!
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Its all getting a tad strange, did some shopping for my 87year old mum yesterday, orderly queue at Tesco, everyone keeping their distance, got everything she wanted, plus a couple of goodies that she likes, drove to her house on deserted roads, apart from cyclists, obviously far from their home territory! It would seem people are really getting behind the risks, and good on the vast majority, how long that will last is unknown, but at least the supermarkets are now getting it right, mostly, the most at risk people there are manning the checkouts, with little, or no protection, brave bunnies (my wife is one).
Carried on carving out the dragon ,today, not a quick process, but time is something I have in abundance, we will see how that turns out, if it works as intended, I may even post some pictures!
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Would love to see your dragon Peter. I’ve always fancied having a go at carving. I’ve been to one of those carvers that use a chainsaw and huge chunks of tree and liked the idea of that. Got myself a chainsaw too.
I’m building a fly rod my second one ever. I’ve finished the handles built them with burnt cork and blue rubberised cork. I will post up a thread in the rod building section when I’m finished.
 

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Some of those chainsaw carvings are amazing, there is one in Woking of a giant pegassus which is phenominal, stands more than 15ft high. Takes a lot of imagination to come up with stuff like that, get all the safety gear first though, chainsaws take no prisoners, I wish you luck.
Rod building is something I have done a fair amount of, good fun, plus you get to play with the finished article, shame I have zero need for any more rods at the moment (never stopped me before!), but some potentially tricky, financial times ahead mean a bit of belt tightening for me and many others no doubt!
peter
 
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