The Art of Van Barnett -

 

"Solid Gold Short Sword" and "The Golden Scroll dagger"
"Scepter" 2007    and the      "Golden Scroll dagger" 2014

"Illusion Series"

These a couple of mine and Dellana's collaborations.

27 1/2" length

Solid 14k yellow spring gold blade and solid 14k gold parts - The blade is 19 1/2 x 1 " x 1/4"; 1000 diamonds, 80 carats of rubies;  4.175 POUNDS of 14k yellow Gold, 3.12 POUNDS of oxidized Sterling Silver.

Ground, fabricated, textured, carved, engraved, oxidized.

This piece was designed to be an artistic interpretation of the Royal Scepter in the UK.  When one holds it upright  holding it by the sheath it looks like a Scepter.  The wings on the guard look as though they are part of the sheath as they set 2.5 mm away from the sheath so with the gold bars that run the lengthe of the sheath create the illusion of a solid piece.  

It carries a solid gold blade inside that takes it back to the art knife realm.  It also has the orb which was made from a solid block of obsidian, along with the quartz crystal filled pillow and also a set of gold spurs not in this photo.  The sheath is also round to further the look of a scepter. All of the silver parts are textured by hand and then oxidized black.  Then they were waxed and hand polished to bring out a very black shine in the silver. The entire piece can be disassembled. 

The guard is three separate pieces of solid 14kt yellow gold, carved and then textured inside all the flutes with rubies set all around the outside edge. There are also flush mounted diamonds and rubies in the blade itself. All of the cabachon rubies were super high quality - the very large ruby in the pommel was 4.2 ct alone.  The 14k gold stars and triangles were all bead set with diamonds. Each of the rings on the sheath has 50 rubies and the shields are also set with diamonds.  

This is what some say is the largest solid gold knife ever created.   It has a 19 inch hand ground, solid gold blade with a unique spring loaded sheath mechanism (without any catch) that allowed the piece to be slid in and out of the sheath effortlessly, but still held the blade firmly  even when held upside down.  For a blade and handle that weighed over 3 pounds this was a great achievement.  The very small tolerance between the sheath and the guard allowed for no side to side movement at all as the blade was put into the sheath, as any movement would cause the guard to be damaged. Many new innovative techniques and materials were developed and used for this piece.   

This piece took 4 years to complete since nothing this size had ever been done in gold.  We had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.  The blade was ground from a solid bar of 14kt yellow spring gold, 20 1/2 inch long x 1 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick.  It took days to grind as I had to grind all four bevels at the same time at a very slow speed because the blade, even though being solid 14kt spring gold, wanted to warp very badly.  It was a very difficult task.

I will be adding a complete WIP (Work in progress) on this piece very soon with all of the descriptions of how it was done.  Since I have all the photos of the piece as it was being made, it will have a gallery all to itself as will all the Illusion series knives.

 

More photos below.


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

The Art of Van Barnett -
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