About the project

A lovely man who had spent years of weekends fossicking dropped in to my workshop to have the gold he had found melted into bars.

I grew attached to a few tiny nuggets and he kindly sold them to me.

I have combined them each with shakudo—a japanese alloy (6% gold, 94% copper). I have a particular interest in the Japanese metalsmithing technique known as irogane, which combines copper with precious metals to produce a diverse colour palette. The black of the shakudo provides a wonderful contrast to the gold in its natural state.

I have fallen totally in love with these tiny black and gold bits and can see myself continuing to make them for years to come.

Queensland alluvial gold nuggets,
shakudo (6% gold, 94% copper) treated with niage, and
sterling silver.



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Carolyn Barker


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