The Art of Van Barnett - This semi-finished piece in the photo gives you an idea of where we were headed with this. Remember, it took us 4 years to create this piece. The entire piece is solid 14K gold and Sterling Silver. It is 27.5 inches long.
This semi-finished piece in the photo gives you an idea of where we were headed with this. Remember, it took us 4 years to create this piece. The entire piece is solid 14K gold and Sterling Silver. It is 27.5 inches long.
The Art of Van Barnett - 20 inches overall 1/4 inch thick, just cut from a solid bar of 14k spring gold..ready for grinding. Because of the size there was no way to cast this piece, it had to be ground by hand at a very very slow speed.
20 inches overall 1/4 inch thick, just cut from a solid bar of 14k spring gold..ready for grinding. Because of the size there was no way to cast this piece, it had to be ground by hand at a "very very" slow speed.
The Art of Van Barnett - Dust catching set up, we used white paper so the gold dust could be seen, and then easily recovered.
Dust catching set up, we used white paper so the gold dust could be seen, and then easily recovered.
The Art of Van Barnett - My grinding hockey suit...to try and catch every little bit of dust. I know I dont look nervous but I was just about to grind into a mega thousand dollar bar of material....it was a bit intimidating........
My grinding hockey suit...to try and catch every little bit of dust. I know I don't look nervous but I was just about to grind into a mega thousand dollar bar of material....it was a bit intimidating........
The Art of Van Barnett - My back and neck were definitely feeling it after the first 8 hours.
My back and neck were definitely feeling it after the first 8 hours.
The Art of Van Barnett - The gold catching paper is doing its work.
The gold catching paper is doing its work.
The Art of Van Barnett - Finished rough grind, now the hard part starts....lol
Finished rough grind, now the hard part starts....lol
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