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Precious Jewellery from Plastics
making plastic jewellery precious

Beauty, creativity, uniqueness and quality are all features that do not relate to the material from which an item is made – if plastic jewellery incorporates these features, it will have a value in its own right.
However, there may still be some resistance to the fact that it has no intrinsic value. Some people may resist paying the price for designer jewellery if it is ‘just plastic’. One solution to this resistance is to combine the plastics with traditional jewellery materials, such as silver and semi-precious stones. The cost of these is not prohibitive, but the work will be attributed a higher value because of the association with these traditional materials. In this way it is possible to enhance the appeal of the work to the widest possible audience, creating work that is innovative, high quality, unique and has some associated intrinsic value – beauty is down to the designer and the audience!

INSPIRATION
Reptile skins and metallic beetles
Inspired by the texture of reptile scales and metallic beetles with carapaces that resemble exotic metal, the piece uses the texture and colour as the basis for the design.

DESIGN
The design is a simplified form of the beetle shape, maintaining the basic form but losing the details that make it recognisable as an insect. The design was chosen to ensure that the final piece
is elegant, simple and wearable, rather than too flamboyant and dramatic, making it attractive to a wide audience while still being unusual and unique.

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  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials: pressure-laminated acrylic and silver

    FITTINGS
    The fitting is constructed from 0.9 mm sterling silver sheet; silver wire and a simple pendant bail is used to attach the fitting to a chain.

    PLASTICS
    The plastic used is two pieces of 5 mm clear extruded acrylic sheet. The two pieces are pressure-laminated together (see Pressure- laminating pages 82–84). The material between the two layers is fine metallic foil, cotton threads and iridescent film from Christmas decorations.

  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 2
    Step 2

    Acrylic cut to shape fitting

    ASSEMBLY
    The acrylic is pressed, marked out, cut and sanded to shape and then polished. The individual pieces are then carefully fitted into the fabricated silver fitting and fixed into place using superglue. The whole piece is then given a final polish.

  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sanding acrylic to profile

  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 4
    Step 4

    Polished acrylic pieces

  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 5
    Step 5

    Finished fitting and acrylic elements

  • How to make a metal brooch. Pressure Laminated Acrylic - Step 6
    Step 6

    The finished piece

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