Our Concrete Jewellery Collection was inspired by Tara's love of Brutalist architecture. Concrete was the obvious material for the range, being synonymous with the architectural movement. For more about the inspiration behind the jewellery range please click here.
Here we share the making process, from creating the silicone moulds to adding the finishing touches.
First Tara's drawings were transferred from sketchbook to screen, re-created in CAD to produce a 3D model of each piece of jewellery. We used 3D PRINT UK to produce our 3D jewellery models. For more details about the fascinating 3D printing process please visit www.3dprint-uk.co.uk.
Once the 3D models are back with us in the studio they're used to create silicone moulds into which the concrete is poured. The moulds are a mix of mould making silicone rubber and polyester casting resins. We sourced our materials from MB Fibreglass, www.mbfg.co.uk.
Before the concrete solution is poured into our silicone moulds, brass tube is cut to sit within the pendants. This strengthens the hole through which the coloured elasticated cord is threaded.
Laser cut pieces of brass and Formica are also to placed within the moulds. The brass is keyed with sandpaper prior to this to help it fix securely to the concrete.
Once the brass tube and Formica or brass plate are in place the moulds are ready for the concrete.
Wet concrete solution is poured into the silicone moulds.
Once the concrete is set it is removed and carefully sanded.
The brass tube is safely fixed within mould ready to be threaded with our coloured cord.
The finishing touch is added, our concrete Block tag.
Our Concrete Jewellery has been selected by both the Tate Modern and the Barbican for their shops, as well as by many of our brilliant independent stockists.
To order pieces from our website please visit: www.blockdesign.co.uk/jewellery