I've decided to be a jeweller instead.

So, I've taken a leaf out of my Grandfathers book, who was among other things a very talented jeweller, and decided to custom make some jewellery. I'll be using them as props for a film. Who would have thought you could wake up one day and just decide to do this and have it work... well... me, really!

Yeah, OK, I didn't have anything to do with making the nickel plated brass counter bell. That comes from a women Melbourne for surprisingly little investment. I did try to find pendants that would fit the bill of what I needed but when I couldn't find what I wanted I just made them from odds and bobs and bought bits. I'll explain.

The one of the right which is the one that will be used in the film uses a 16 mark negative lens from an 1950s Optometrist kit which although securely attached also comes completely free from the mirror beneath. The lens fits in perfect contour with the mirror which I cut to measure and edged with brass foil. I then took a large steel spoon for the back (below) and cut and hammered it to shape then punched with a, well, a metal punch to create the textured finish. This is all pinned together using the strip of brass down the back which used to be a brass wall hook that I hammered out flat and retro-fitted to the pendant. I've then used raw brass filigree cut and hammered into shape, and attached a necklace eye loop, as a decorative edge. The chain is a vintage brass chain that I bought.

The Pendant as a prop is to be used as a key to open and read a book of spells (which I also made; no photo's yet). So in keeping with the mood of the piece I tracked down a copy of the Arcana Mundi, which is a book about the occult that contains some very old rituals and spells from Greek and Roman times, in which I found an appropriate spell and on a bright sunny afternoon bound a spirit to the heart of the pendant... apparently... Oh, I followed the ritual perfectly but hey, who knows if these things work... I do wonder though if that might account for the seizures people have when the put the pendant on ;)

The second pendant on the left is my grandfathers broken watch mounted backwards, to show the watch gears, in more raw brass filligree. It's combined with a brass butterfly that was given to me, and faced with a 1920s monocle all pinned together with a brass document clasp that's been reshaped for the purpose. I still need to put a back on this pendant... Mooncar thinks some type of moulded black acrylic, which would look cool, but I'm thinking another metal back would look good too. The thing I like about this pendant is that although the watch movement is broken the Second hand still occasionally works and without warning the gears inside the pendant will suddenly spring into life for a few seconds. It's like a kinetic sculpture.

It's been a fun process which I've enjoyed a lot. Not a lot of Directors get to hand make props for their films so I may as well enjoy it while I can.

PS. A huge thank you to Shel over at Halfland for her beautiful gift of fabrics, and so forth, for Mooncar and I. Well, Mooncars are beautiful... mine are well, Monstery! Puppet Monstery! Cool! I can't wait for us to create something fun with them. THANKS MATE!

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Blogger Edwound Wisent mused...

(^ heh. I happen to love watch makers. may have to peruse all this blog a bit just because of the link to halfland.

Thu Sep 25, 03:38:00 pm

Blogger rk mused...

'time is waiting in the wings...'

Thu Sep 25, 10:48:00 pm

Blogger Shelley Noble mused...

Ray! I really love your use of the brass document clasp to secure the collage of elements there! woot. All of your repurposing of elements are terrific actually. The hammered texture looks like fantastic old tortoise shell or gater skin, etc. cool.

GranpaGenetics™ Rock on.

You are so welcome for the little pack o'fun--a small thank you for the incredacool Manfrotto tripod head you so magnanimously shared!

Fri Sep 26, 04:09:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Edwound, Welcome to GetFilms! I've had a HeadWound of my own recently, so hopefully you wont hurt as much. :)

I certainly not a watch maker. I don't have a talent for putting together small fiddly bits of machinery. The people who do are artists indeed.

PS. We ALL love HalfLand. It's an amazing project.

Fri Sep 26, 08:54:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Knutson, That's brilliant! Brilliant I say, sir!

Fri Sep 26, 08:55:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Shel, yeah, I tried to use as many 'found' things as I could. I certainly haven't practiced the skill of flawlessly fitting metal together so I was quite relieved to discover that the brass bands, if shaped properly, would securely clip everything together. As a result there's not a single weld, or piece of glue or anything other than tension holding them together. Quite remarkable really. Gater Skin, I Love it!

My Grandfather was an amazing talent. He was an electrician by trade but some of my earliest memories are of him late at night in his workroom polishing opals or cutting diamonds. My mum still has a carat amethyst that has the hardest cut ever devised for a gem. Shame he died so young, who knows what he would have gotten up to in his later years.

Fri Sep 26, 09:13:00 am

Blogger jin mused...

Rich... you ROCK!!!
Very very very cool.
I'd so hang out with you if we lived closer.
Like every day.
I mean, I'd eat meals with you all the time
and watch your TV
and play with your puppets
and I might even drink your beer!
But then I'd have to sleep on your couch, 'cause I'd probably pass out.

So, yeah! You ROCK!

Fri Sep 26, 10:12:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Would you at least pay rent? :)

Thanks dudette!

Fri Sep 26, 10:26:00 am

Blogger jin mused...

Hell no!
Isn't that what friends are for???

You'd make me cheesecake every few days and you'd like it too!

Fri Sep 26, 12:14:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

That depends on what type of friend you are... drinking all my beer... now that going too far!

Oh, I see how it is... Yes Mistress!

Fri Sep 26, 12:32:00 pm

Anonymous Gavin Herculeworm mused...

I knew I wasn't simply living in someone's imagination ... I have a mask and cape but what about my purple tight *?*

Fri Sep 26, 01:05:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Hahahaha, Gavin!

I believe your tights are at the tailors. For some reason they came with two legs. Maybe they thought you were a Siamese Twin?

Fri Sep 26, 01:19:00 pm

Blogger Bimbimbie mused...

Both pieces are wonderful creations although I wouldn't want to take a chance with the pendant. Sounds intriguely mysterious. Your Grandpa's watch is a beauty, he'd be chuffed you are following in his creative footsteps *!*

Fri Sep 26, 01:25:00 pm

Anonymous Gavin Herculeworm mused...

... of course that accounts for my mighty strengh!

Fri Sep 26, 01:27:00 pm

Blogger jin mused...

ok then.
You can keep your beer.
But I get to hold the TV remote control!!!

Fri Sep 26, 01:59:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

I think that's more what it's about Bimbimbie. The perception of something changes peoples attitudes towards it. If there's the story surrounding the pendant that it contains dark magic then the actors who have to use is will treat it differently than if it was only a prop. The way it changes their behaviour will serve to add another texture to their character and hence the story overall.

Then again... I may just be playing dark forces I know little about... sorry, I think I meant dark farces.

As far as my memory serves, he wasn't the type to be chuffed. He was a very serious gentleman.

Fri Sep 26, 02:45:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Gavin, the two legged worm to save the day...

Fri Sep 26, 02:46:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Jinster, You can have the remote... but I will ask that you change the channel to something other than midget porn for at least a couple of hours a day.

Fri Sep 26, 02:47:00 pm

Anonymous handmaiden mused...

I think you are insane...or very talented. When I become Vice Prez I'll leave room for you in my cabinet.

Fri Sep 26, 10:56:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

I can assure you handmaiden, I have no talent whatsoever. Which of course means I'd be perfect for your cabinet ;)

Mon Sep 29, 08:39:00 am

Anonymous Gavin Herculeworm mused...

...so how long does I 'ave to wait for me tights ... can't save the world in my birthday suit, bit tardy 'n all that yer know!

Mon Sep 29, 08:34:00 pm

Blogger Ruela mused...

materials metamorphosis

haha to Jin ;)

"The Food Porn Goddess Extraordinaire"

Tue Sep 30, 03:36:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Bwa HA HA! Gavin Herculeworm, we meet again. Didn't you know my bipedal lumbricidae, I am your Nemesis. By stealing your tights I am preventing you from foiling my evil plans... BWA HA HA HA HA!

Tue Sep 30, 12:48:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Ruela, it's the mark of the interventionist human. There'll never be a time when we don't look at our surroundings and think, 'If only I could have something like that, that does this' and then go ahead and try and make it so.

Otherwise, we'd still be apes.

PS. Aye, she is a saucey tart that one. Wait, no, that's what she likes to cook. Saucey tarts.

Tue Sep 30, 12:52:00 pm

Blogger Ruela mused...


Wed Oct 01, 06:36:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...


Thu Oct 02, 01:26:00 pm

Blogger jin mused...

I step away for a day & two of the hottest guys in Blogger start talking about me.

P.S. I keep trying to be a tart but all the men only want me for my chocolate! Drat!

Thu Oct 02, 01:38:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

What? Noooooooo. We were talking about a completely different Food Porn Goddess Extraordinaire.

Talk about having tickets on yourself... chocolate tickets... *lick* TASTY CHOCOLATE TICKETS ON YOURSELF!

Thu Oct 02, 01:47:00 pm

Blogger Ruela mused...


Thu Oct 02, 09:55:00 pm

Blogger rk mused...

I think the lyric should have gone 'time is oozing painful drops, he screams and farts and smiles'

Sat Oct 04, 06:45:00 pm

Blogger Ces mused...

I read your post last week. These are beautiful pieces. I would like to see how they turn up in your film. You are such an Aussie. "Pfft, it's only an impending hurricane..." Next time I'll think of you during a hurricane. It may make me more less fearful. If you ever have a chance to go to darwin, please take a photograph of the lightning show.

Sat Oct 04, 11:50:00 pm

Blogger The Phosgene Kid mused...

Stunt Jewelry!

Sun Oct 05, 12:47:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Richard, I'm not sure what lyric you're talking about but it sounds suspiciously like Prostate Cancer. You should get that checked.

Wed Oct 08, 03:01:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

I know what you mean Ces.

Once swimming in a river I looked up to see a King Brown snake swimming next to me, upon having an adverse reaction my girlfriend at the time said, 'Pffft, it's only a little snake, woz hardly even a metre and half'.

It's not just the boys who're tough down here!

Wed Oct 08, 03:04:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Phos! That's the best name for them to date. That's what they'll be from now on. Stunt Jewellery!

Wed Oct 08, 03:05:00 pm


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