So, I’ve never before commissioned a piece of jewelry, and I’m excited that my first one will be through Mat Brown and his lovely skills.
I have an intense love for the beauty of fractle sets. One of these being the Mandelbrot set.
That, is where the inspiration comes from for this piece.
This, is a Mandelbrot set. It’s beautiful, and easily recognizable.
I messaged Mat initially, after running across his jewelry months back in my Google+ stream, and was just genuinely curious as to what all he made.
I ended up asking him to hold a piece for me, found in his Etsy shop >>http://www.etsy.com/shop/shinium.
That, is seriously exciting, especially for an artist to hold something for me for more than a month at this point.
So last night, when I first asked he stated “So this would probably the most advanced thing I’d have ever attempted, but I think it’s doable” which just makes it better, no one else would have a piece like this. However, he sent me this design… in less than 30 minutes, I was excited like a kid on Christmas!
Well, today, “The wood is so brittle, it doesn’t take well to fine detail” which makes sense, as this piece is only 3cm wide. That’s a heck of a challenge, I didn’t realize how much, until I actually measured 3cm.
Bummer that I’ve been raised on the English system, and I can’t just picture it…
This is where we are, and as you can see, the detail work is a bit complicated. It’s so very fine, and at this scale, would require an insane precision that I’m not sure someone could do by hand.
Instead, we’re looking at a different approach. Something that will still give it the feel of a Mandelbrot set, but be just as unique and beautiful as his other pieces.
Also, if you made it this far, you realllllllly need to check out his Etsy store.
Tl;dr – Jewelry is being special made, I’m updating thanks to +Mat Brown‘s permission to share photo’s. 😀