General: This Sterling Silver hairclip was made for a scuba diver
( lady go diver? ) called Chris. The stylus is made in the form
of a KRIS, an Indonesioan ceremonial dagger. The big fish uses
chain mail for scales, and the tail is florentined.
Material: Sterling Silver.
Method: Constructed, Forged, Flame thickened,
Designer: Walraven van Heeckeren.
Craftsman: Walraven van Heeckeren.
Price: AUS $ 750.00.
STERLING SILVER is a binary Silver alloy consisting of:
925 parts/1000 Pure Silver and
75 parts/1000 Pure Copper.
Annealing temperature: 750 degrees Celsius.
Melting Temperature: 950 degrees Celsius.
FORGING is a method of deforming metal with a hammer on an anvil.
In the case of Sterling Silver and the Karat Golds, this
must be done COLD! If a hot forging is attempted the
precious metals will just crumble. In their PURE form
Silver and Gold will allow HOT forging, but there is no
benefit to be gained.
Flame Thickening is done by heating the edge of the metal
with a very hot flame until the edge at the flame
melts. The cohesion and surface tension of the
moulten metal form the edge into a smooth thickened
FLORENTINEING is a surface finish, achieved by using a special
graver, which has a number of parallel grooves cut in
the bottom. The effect of this is that the graver
cuts many parallel lines at once. In Florentineing,
first a series of parallel cuts are made followed by a
second set, which are cut across the first set, at 45
degrees to the first set. The tool may be referred to
as a florentineing tool, or a line graver.
Chainmail is made from round links hooked together in the
pattern shown in the picture. In medieval times it
was made into garments, from iron links, and served
to protect the wearer from various pointed weapons.