Large draping necklace. Etched, press formed and attached using 3 different types of connections.
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MM:001, Etched copper necklace
This etched and press formed copper piece can transfer into various forms of adornment. A necklace has been depicted within this image, however, is open to interpretation.
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This sketchbook development page details samples and patterns.
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MM:003, Metal components for adornment
These images detail various compositions of body adornment.
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Sketches produced to show potential compositions that can be transferred to metal.
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MM:005, Paper and metal castings
Paper development translating into bronze and precious white metal castings.
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MM:006, Bronze and precious white metal necklace
This illustration translates castings into adornment. The individual hand-made casts are connected by "d" shaped chain, allowing the pieces to fall comfortably down/around the body.
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MM:007, Etched precious white metal earrings
Precious white metal etched and press formed earrings
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MM:008, Etched precious white metal components
Precious white metal components for adornment
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MM:009, Precious mixed metal necklace
Precious metal components creating a large necklace to flow around the body
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Digital illustrations detailing various earring designs (front and back)
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MM: 011, Etched White Metal Necklace
White metal etched with pattern and press formed, together using 3 different types of connections.
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MM:012, Etched White Metal Necklace
Large draping necklace.
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Melissa McNeil, BA(HONS) Silversmithing & Jewellery, Glasgow School of Art, 2020.
Fossils are the remnants of previous lives lived, the ossified remains of a once vital life force, now petrified and suspended within a many-layered crust or hardened stone. Rather than encounter the fossil as a ‘dead’ entity, however, in my practice, fossils represent the spark of life, memories of life as it once was. The particular tactility of these objects and their display as palaeontology, entomology, and archaeology, provide an especially appealing aesthetic quality, easily transferable and reproducible as objects of jewellery, in precious metals. In a sense, my design process is an attempt to create a ‘micro-museum’ of personal, often nostalgic memories, with meanings that are both individual and universal.