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Hi , my name is Brett Barker .

Thanks for looking at my shop .

I do everything by myself .... Designing , Creating and Manufacturing all my own Silver and Gold Jewellery ; which I have been doing for over twenty years.

For me making jewellery is like creating a small sculpture .

Everything I produce is finished to a very high standard and quality finish / polish .

I am from a family of artists , Painters , Potters and Stained Glass Artisans ; my Great Grandfather , Grandfather and Uncles are represented in Art gallery's around Australia .

I trained in Art Education , teaching in High Schools in Western Australia .

I originally worked in the fields of Painting ,…

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  • Joined October 31, 2011

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About

Hi , my name is Brett Barker .

Thanks for looking at my shop .

I do everything by myself .... Designing , Creating and Manufacturing all my own Silver and Gold Jewellery ; which I have been doing for over twenty years.

For me making jewellery is like creating a small sculpture .

Everything I produce is finished to a very high standard and quality finish / polish .

I am from a family of artists , Painters , Potters and Stained Glass Artisans ; my Great Grandfather , Grandfather and Uncles are represented in Art gallery's around Australia .

I trained in Art Education , teaching in High Schools in Western Australia .

I originally worked in the fields of Painting , Pottery and Serigraphy , I then moved into creating jewellery , designing and manufacturing my own unique pieces .

I take pride in my original designs and quality workmanship .
All the jewellery I produces is created in his workshop my Fremantle using only the purest gold and silver , which I alloy myself .

If you want to see how I make my Jewellery , you can watch me on my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ijewellery?feature=mhee .... I will be uploading more in the near future .

Below are some of the Government and Business Commissions I have done over the years.

Cufflinks presented to His Royal Highness Prince Philip on his 90th Birthday .

Gold Cufflinks for Rio Tinto presented to the Chinese President Hu Jintao .

Pendants to be presented to the USA President Obamas daughters .

The Coat of Arms of Australia , Cufflinks and Lapel Pins for the Prime Minister of Australia’s Department .

Cufflinks for the Prime Minister of Australia’s Department .

Cufflinks for the Governor-General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC .

Cufflinks for the Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith .

Cufflinks for the Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley .

Cufflinks of The Coat of Arms of Western Australia for the Western Australian Premiers Department .

Cufflinks , Pendants , Brooches and Letter Openers for the Western Australian Premiers Department .

Cufflinks of the WA Parliament House Crest for the Western Australian Parliament House .

Swan Kangaroo and Koala Cufflinks for the Perth Mint .

Cuff Links for Mining Company Rio Tinto for corporate functions .

Cufflinks presented to the Head of Mitsubishi in Japan .

Cufflinks presented to the Head of Nippon Steel in Japan .

Elephants , Frogs and Dragonfly’s for the Perth Zoo Elephant and Baby,

Sea Lions and Penguins for Taronga Zoo .

A badge honoring Dr Jane Goodall for Adelaide Zoo .

A series of Panda designs , exclusively for Adelaide Zoo .

A Cheetah for Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium .

Seahorses , Leafy Sea Dragons for AQWA ( Aquarium of WA ) .

A variety of flora and fauna for the Rottnest Island Authority .

Bicycles for the Rottnest Island Authority .

Badges for the University of Notre Dame . Kangaroos , Koalas , Monkey , Zebras , Leopards , and Giraffes for Melbourne Zoo .

A Platypus for Healesville Sanctuary .

Seals for Underwater World Mooloolaba .

Blue Wrens for the Denmark Visitors Centre .

Cufflinks and brooches for the WA Watercorporation



To give you an idea of what I have to do to create a design , here is what I do ....

When I make a new design , I have to draw / design it , then either carve it in wax or cut it out of some silver plate .... this can take days and even weeks to create a design .

Then I have to sand and polish it , then I have to make a silicon mould ; place the item in the mould and make the impression in a special machine called a Vulcaniser .

I then inject wax into the mould using another amazing machine called a Wax Injector , make up a wax tree , encase the wax in a special heat resistant plaster in a metal vessle , Place this in a Kiln and melt out the wax at 180 degrees , then bring the temp' up to 730 degrees ( over night ) wait around , drop the temp to 530 degrees wait three
hours .

Then heat the metal to melting point , put tree vessel in another amazing / expensive machine Vacuum Casting Machine , pour it into the mould.

After casting it , break down the investment , blast it off. place this in Acid for an hour .

Then tumble this in some steel shot for an hour .

Cut off the Sprue , with a Jewellers Saw .

Sand the item through three grit stages , solder anything that needs to be attached .

Polish it , though two compound stages .

Clean it.

Hand polish it again.

Package and Post it.

And that is an abridged version !

Thanks for reading .... hope you like my work : )

Brett

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