JASON STEIN METALS
Untitled
2016
Chrome-Plated Bronze
7.5" W x 9.25" H x .5" D
This set of sculptural chrome-plated bronze necklaces is made from the re-purposed handles of vintage Dirilyte flatware. Dirigold, (later changed to Dirilyte) was the trade name for a proprietary aluminum bronze alloy created in Sweden in 1914 by Carl Molin. It was designed to mimic the look of gold without resorting to plating or other coatings that would wear away with time.

The bronze handles were deconstructed, forged, and ground into the desired links, and connected with simple U-hinges. The larger necklace is a continuous loop that can can be put on over one's head, while the smaller necklace has a hook clasp hand-carved from the bronze material itself.
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