"Here is an example of a material -mica- which normally is difficult for the jeweller to use. Mica has a tendency to continue to split along its cleavage planes and is a rather fragile material in any case. By depositing metal around the edges of the mica I was able to create a strong structure which protected the mica from splitting along its cleavage planes and also held it securely in place. The framework for this brooch was built in silver over a wax matrix. The double pinstem, one at each side, is necessary for stability.
My pieces have been getting increasingly larger and as they have increased in size it has become necessary to develop mechanical devices that will secure and stabalize them on the body."
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.