Introducing the “S2B” or Sculptural-SliderBead.

This piece builds on the SB 312 sculpture I launched earlier this 12 months. Whereas that work was a static sculpture with purely aesthetic aspirations, this subsequent entry has kinetic parts that drastically change the best way the work is skilled.

When dealing with the unique SB-312 sculpture, there was one thing I simply couldn’t shake in regards to the geometry. I saved feeling that I needed the three legs of the piece to slip up and down so I may reposition them.

It was a case the place the implied performance of the piece was each apparent and highly effective, so I resolved that this was the route for this subsequent work within the collection. 

However with performance comes a unique set of challenges which might affect the visible parts of the piece.

To be able to obtain a shifting mechanic, the composition wanted to be elongated and enlarged, Largely to accommodate the magnetic association that achieved the movement I needed, but in addition to enhance the grip on the piece.

The magnets create an attention-grabbing haptic really feel as the person sliders soar from place to place. Anybody who remembers the MG collection can most likely see it is a related performance, albeit somewhat inverted with a lot much less reliance on magnetic drive to carry the work collectively.

The S2B has a customized shoulder bolt that retains and constrains the movement of every sliding ingredient.

Mechanics weren’t the one factor influencing the look of this sculpture. For those who bear in mind from my submit on SB-312 One factor I hoped to realize on this collection was to discover some common unique metals—in a cautious and considerate method that performed on to a single chosen materials. 

For this collection I’ve launched a cloth generally known as Mokume-gane which is a singular metallic laminate supposed to imitate wooden grain. This materials has its origins in seventeenth century Japan with the making of decorative samurai swords. 

The method for making Mokume-gane ultimately discovered its approach west, into jewellery making and different ornamental traditions, and most lately into a way more industrialized (if nonetheless ornamental) type of machined artwork.


In researching this materials, I used to be reminded of why I’m so cautious about bringing unique supplies into my apply. Whereas it’s simple to simply purchase a novel materials and begin reducing to satisfy an ornamental finish, I believe lots is missed that approach.

Mokume-gane is a posh and diversified materials with an enchanting historical past, it feels bizarre to simply decide it up and use it with out some sort of formal introduction. As an illustration, there are a number of methods to make the fabric, one thing I wish to be taught extra about.

Jewelers typically incorporate a wide range of noble and base metals into numerous formulations as nicely. Some use extra valuable metals like gold and silver of their house brewed variations of Mokume-gane, whereas different variations are extra economical, containing principally copper alloys and nickel silver.

The fabric I used, which is extra suitably sized for machine work, consists of layers of brass, copper, and nickel silver. Every variation of Mokume-gane behaves otherwise and could be completed and patinated in a wide range of methods. Which once more, I nonetheless have a lot to be taught.

Admittedly, my use of Mokume-gane right here is fairly straight ahead and according to different machined artwork that I’ve seen (all of us be taught from doing although). The end on this prototype is an easy etch with ferric chloride to carry out distinction within the metals and matte the end. 

The sculpture measures 2″ lengthy and 1.5″ Diameter

I stay up for incorporating this distinctive materials in a extra complete approach sooner or later, however for now, this is step one in my schooling. 

Above are a few of the issues and issues of this materials. 


Some closing ideas.

As I proceed to pursue these small sculptures, it has emerged that my two totally different modes of working, kinetic and extra conventional sculpture, may be slowly converging.

I’m much less wedded to the concept of incorporating a mechanic for my small work, and extra open to the concept in bigger one-of-a-kind items. Typically I start a design with a mechanic in thoughts, however it turns into unworkable and I abandon it in favor of a extra achieved static sculpture. The inverse can be changing into true and I’ve discovered myself designing bigger works with no intention of including kinetic parts, solely to be tempted by alternatives to do exactly that.

Maybe, simply perhaps, I’m change into much less inflexible in what I hope to realize with any given design, favoring a extra fluid course of. I believe one may describe that, as private development.

Anyway, hope you benefit from the piece.

Notes for collectors: As has change into customary, I might be providing these works up as a one time restricted version.

It is possible for you to to accumulate them individually, or as a set. Pricing and all related particulars of the sale might be posted on the time of enroll.  (please notice that Mokume-gane is a significantly dearer materials and this may mirror in pricing) 

The enroll will go stay on Thursday July seventh at 11 AM EST. I’ll depart the enroll open for somewhat longer than typical as a result of I do know lots of you might be touring this time of 12 months. In all probability per week to 10 days, after which the books will shut perpetually.  

I’ll submit the enroll hyperlink to my e mail e-newsletter, right here on the weblog, in addition to on my instagram web page.

Notes on Mokume-gane: For these pondering of accumulating the Mokume-gane model of this work—this metallic is used typically in jewellery making, however it doesn’t imply that it’s an inert materials.  Like Brass or copper, Mokume-gane requires care to keep up. It is going to tarnish of not frequently waxed after dealing with. Some individuals benefit from the look of this, others don’t.  

Moreover, Any time you combine metals in an setting the place they are going to be in touch with an acid (you, your physique) it invitations one thing referred to as galvanic corrosion. Dealing with this materials will change it over time, in methods which can be exhausting to foretell. It could be the case that the fabric will merely change coloration or the etch could deepen in a approach that’s pleasing, however I wish to be clear that that is experimental artwork, engaged in with open eyes and real looking expectations. Right here is a link to an extreme example of what can occur to an identical materials below what I think about to be excessive circumstances. 

I can not communicate to the precise materials or technique used. Clearly you gained’t be sporting this piece of artwork day and evening, not to mention subjecting it to a complete submersion in an acidic medium. The experiment within the article is attention-grabbing and academic, however not reflective of any actual world situation that will unfold with this sculpture. Not like a hoop, you will not be washing your arms with it, dealing with acidic meals (sure additionally urine is an issue with jewellery), or bathing with it. I’d not anticipate something of this magnitude to happen with the work below regular use. However I believe it is very important inform collectors so we’re all on the identical web page. 

For those who intend to evenly use the work, and show it, I anticipate it should carry out completely nicely. There are examples of Mokume-gane craftwork which can be a whole bunch of years previous.

So with that mentioned, if any of that sounds scary to you, if any patina or change within the materials is unacceptable to you, or you’re a critical fidgeter who needs probably the most sturdy object you will get, I’d merely steer you to the stainless-steel model of the work. Stainless-steel, undoubtedly, will outlast us all.

Thanks once more, and as all the time, feedback and questions are welcome.