handmade eyeglasses and jewellery ...
... since 1981
eyewear/eyeglassesI'm a jeweller who also makes spectacles. Functional prescription eyeglasses. I think they are one of the most interesting and humorous areas of body adornment, and damn exacting!
NEW RANGE November 2014
Here's a vintage frame that needed the leather sides replaced. It's a fairly simple 48mm disc sunglass frame but there were these inserts that held the leather sides in place.
Silver tube rivets attach the leather to specially made sterling holders.
flashback to 1981Here's a historical survey of my earliest eyewear pieces. They go wa-a-y back to 1981 ...
'Paua Sunglasses' frame no 1
'Coconut Roughs' frame no 178
'Ferns' frame no 281
Frame no 422 April 2008
Commissioned by a local Auckland er, guitarist.
frame no 420
Number two silver eyeglasses for the customer who has no 418.
frame no 419
Custom frame, 9k gold
Fabricated from 9k gold eyeglass frames to your specifications. The design will conform to your stated specifications ...
Sterling silver eyeglass frames, as discussed. Final design to conform to your stated specifications and follow advice from your optometrist with regard to frame PD ... [more ...]
... The design will need to work in serious global corporate environments and on a mussel farm in the Sounds .....
2.5mm mokume gane (layers of silver, shakudo, shibuichi) of at least 207mm x 47mm [material supplied by customer].
412 and 413
aviator replica (methodology)
custom made spectacles, sunglasses and other eyewear from precious metal. standard silver alloy is sterling (925) silver, in gold 14 karat. the age-old malleable and workability qualities of gold and silver make it a useful spectacle material in that it allows for frame adjustments over the long term. the metal will withstand a greater amount of bending and other distortion than any other metal used in making spectacle frames ...
prescription eyeglasses made to your specifications
eyewear owner: James, Missouri, USA.
Buying on the internet is always a worry for me. With you, however, I was very comfortable for many reasons ... overall I think it went very well considering that we are half a world apart!
no 402 sterling silver
sterling silver sunglasses or eyeglasses for prescription lenses. This actual frame (no 398) has an eyeshape of 32.5mm x 40mm ovals...
Eyewear history tells us that utility and frivolity in eyeglasses has always existed together. I'm no exception. I make plain eyeglasses plus I've a fondness for depicting an enjoyment of myopia and its attendant foibles.
The spectacles that brian made for me are surprisingly comfortable, in spite of being quite solidly built. I think balance has a lot to do with that. I love the way they look on me ... It feels good to wear something that is beautiful and beautifully crafted. When i took the frames to my optometrist to have lenses put in, he commented over and over about how well the frames were made. I'm very happy with their quality and proud to wear a design that is unique and elegant...
i recommend you treat your silver spectacles like you treat other finely crafted jewellery. perhaps think of your them as functioning works of custom-designed art rather than as another utilitarian personal appliance... [ more]
14 karat gold eyeglasses for prescription lenses. Frame no 400, oval eye shapes, 44mm x 37mm...
hand made eyewear artworks, stainless steel auto parts...
How important is the optical lens in all this_ The historian of optics might prove that frames are the servant of the glass lenses, an invention that some say occurred around 1280. They might say that without a lenses, the frame is pointless. I see things differently. I look at what came from china where they had another type of eyewear which had no optical qualities at all - with stone lenses. true vision blockers - sight restrictors for meditation. Worn to encourage introspection...
recent workMOSAIC RINGS 2015
Annual Group Exhibition
at Fingers Contemporary Jewellery
from November 16th, 2015.
Wundermeke Exhibition at Fingers
For this show Fingers Jewellery invited each of its artists to submit three pieces to complement their work at the Auckland Art Gallery's Wunderruma exhibition. The theme behind Wundermeke is that the artist chooses work that best represents their practice.
My contribution to this show:
'Wunderruma' at Auckland Art Gallery an exhibition of New Zealand Jewellery curated by Warwick Freeman and Karl Fritch
Paua and silver pendant
Haliotis iris, New Zealand paua shell
Tree Trunk Rings are my unique wood-fired silver rings. I melt up the metal and pour molten silver into a prepared hole in a tree trunk. don't try this at home...
Chrysoprase ring and the stone it came from.
bush jewellery studioSPRING 2015 Schedule
KIDS JEWELLERY 1.
GEM on a RING Kids Workshop.
Make a silver ring and set a 5mm gemstone onto the ring. This is a chance to make a really interesting piece of jewellery.
Ages 8 to 17.
Monday 28th September
Time: 5hrs, 10am to 3.30pm
$50 per person plus $10 materials.
BUSH JEWELLERY STUDIO is a private jewellery school for individual tuition and group workshops, part of a functioning jewellery studio. Ancient and modern processes and materials with some practical bench tricks. Tuition ranges from weekly sessions to multi-day intensives including ACC vocational training. Content is all about what you want, and sessions are timetabled for you. Weekend workshops are occasionally organised for kids, jewellers, artists and other adults, sometimes with a guest tutor. I have a practical approach to jewellery making, somewhat off the beaten track, with a bit of curious thinking. Kids 7 - 17 come here to make silver rings and earrings ... and daggers, because when boys get in the studio they make stuff.
PLEASE NOTE: Workshop updates are more commonly shown on facebook:
Registered ACC Vendor.
RECENT CUSTOM TUITIONEyewear Intensive: Sunglasses
This acetate frame was made by a student from USA and made in a very
fast and intensive workshop, a series of days at Bush Jewellery.
He was accommodated in the self-contained room above the studio.
Vocational training through ACC
PREVIOUS GROUP WORKSHOPSSPRING 2014 schedule for ADULTS and Children.
School Jewellery-making class in which 11 students made themselves a silver ring in 2 hours!
An introduction to jewellery-making in which each student made themselves a ready-to-wear silver ring - in 2 hours!
Venue: Takapuna Normal Intermediate
One Saturday in August 2013
Delft sand casting is a simple and quick way to turn out precious metal gravity castings. In 15 minutes you could have made the sand mold, melted the metal and made the casting.
The first Saturday of the month is a day in the Bush Jewellery studio to cover jewellery-making processes in detail.
One Saturday in June 2013
a day in the Bush Jewellery studio to cover jewellery-making processes in detail. Sometimes the day will have a particular technical focus, other times it'll be an open day when you can get help on your own projects and demonstrations are done according to requests.
The Quarry Do 2013
Venue: Quarry Arts Centre
Whangarei, New Zealand
One day Jewellery
HIGH SCHOOL JEWELLERY
On Tuesday 26th September 2011 eleven very keen young people made a silver ring in 3 hours.
Processes used during experimentation and designing and skill levels required:
Hammer and punch work to chosen designs.
Texturing or decorating on metal.
Rounding the strip metal to a ring-shape.
Joint preparation, visually checking.
Silver soldering the joint ('brazing').
Surface: matt, satin, or high-polish.
The outdoor classroom
(click here for the 4MB class image)
HIGH SCHOOL JEWELLERY
Diocesan School for Girls On Friday 17th June 2011 eighteen keen young people made a silver setting for their glass designs.
I showed quite a bit of materials technology: the practical differences between work-hardened and annealed metal was demonstrated using copper, pure silver and sterling silver, shoowing their particular annealing temp. Liquidus of all metals used discussed, including of the silver solders. Flux action is described as is the usefulness of the various stages the flux goes through.
soldering the bezel join:
it's a two person job:
checking the bezel fit:
The students made a fine silver bezel (with H solder for the join) and soldered it onto a sterling base (M solder), and some added a finding for a bail (E solder). They went on to finish their pieces in class under the expert tutelage of their Technology teachers [pictures to come].
Wedding Ring Experience
"[We] had an amazing experience with Brian making our wedding rings. We both loved the idea of making something ourselves and to make this an experience of both learning and sharing.
Wedding Ring Experience
Custom tuition allows you to make the things that interest you, to learn the processes that will be useful to you, at a timetable that suits your pace.
a group wkshop of 6 keen people.
Hen Party Pendant
Several young women arrived here and made a silver pendant for the bride-to-be.
Methven Summer School
Hokitika Weekend Jewellery
January 16/17 Sat/Sun
Jewellery for Boys (ring, mini-knife, shield) and
Jewellery for Girls (ring, pendant, etc)...
Ring-making mini-workshops. If you're shacked up with someone special, come along both of you and work on similar (or different) ring designs.
Lo-tech Silver Casting. Sand casting in pewter or bronze or silver.
Corban Estate Arts Centre
Turning Points, Aug 08
Ring-making was a feature of day 2Turning Point Trust in Tauranga is a mental health recovery centre offering a range of positive activities and vocational services for people living with mental illness. I was very pleased to be asked to help set up a working jewellery facility in their existing creative areas.
ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival
a family and their doctor were some of the 50-plus people who made jewellery at the Taupo Museum.
Brian brought jewellery to the people with short sharp 'Street Jewellery' workshops at ERUPT. The emphasis was on spontaneity and people made a silver ring in an hour. All ages.
some recent scholars
Isabella's ring (age 10)
Wild Creations - Children's Jewellery Workshop
... tricks with thin copper sheet like hammering textures, punching designs, folding it up, cutting it [... more]
Weekend Jewellery Workshop
Sat/Sun July 7/8 2007
18th April 2007
Silver ring and a pendant in a day ...
15-19 January 2007
Corbans 2007 Summer School
Wanaka Autumn Art School April '06
1 HOUR SILVER RING!
Street Jewellery sessions
last held: Sat April 29 2006
Gallery 33, Wanaka
Ring-making Jewellery Workshop
ages 8 to 108!
Lost Wax Casting
modelling wax and things
Corbans Arts Centre
'the Ring' 12 Nov'05
Silver ring and a pendant in a day ...
'soft-tech' in this context is about hand making processes that are small scale, relatively inexpensive, and localized.
More kids jewellery.
Make a silver ring in a day -
pictures from this 1-day workshop ...
[ Spring: Sept 05 ...]
[ Winter: July 05 ...]
Jewellery for kids 2005
Make a silver ring in a day
and some fold-formed earrings.
1-day workshops for ages 9 - 16
[ Summer: Jan 05 ...]
Corbans Arts Centre
... jewellery-making workshop at Bush studio ...
A fun and informative silver jewellery-making workshop...
'Bush Jewellery' classes The studio workshop is equipped for a variety of alternative and standard processes. You'll get practical tuition and learn to use tools in simple, effective and lateral-thinking ways ...
'Jewellery for Schools' Seemingly, high school students love the idea of making a silver ring in class and will often co-operate and work hard as a group to do so. The classes will also be fascinating for many as it manages to demystify the jewellery process which is often presented and perceived as being complicated, expensive and quite inaccessible ...
Elim Christian School, Auckland
Royal Jewellery Gallery ... Nov 2003
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I teach here in New Zealand ... according to demand, and I have in the past regularly travelled overseas in June, July or August to take part in teaching programs at universities and jewellery/metals guilds in Australia, USA, or Canada.
'Street Jewellery' A lot of people want to have a go at making jewellery, but they don't manage to get along to the classes. Well this is a session where in 1 hour! you can make a silver ring...
As a teacher i believe in practical simplicity, lateral thinking, creative tool use, and learning with fun. I will aim to deliver lessons at your level so that i can add to your current understanding and skills and you more successfully move up levels. I teach intensive workshops (generally on a subject), private tuition series on a custom timetable, jewellery undergraduates on workshop experience, and a nightclass. For the custom series we can plan a timetable based on what will suit your needs...Contact me and ask when the workshops are planned, or talk about a private tuition series to suit you...
info/CVI work alongside Ruth Baird in a studio workshop we built ourselves behind our house. We are in a beautiful part of Titirangi 20 minutes from Auckland city surrounded by kowhai, kanuka bush, mamaku tree ferns, cabbage trees, and mixed border Waitakere City reserve land. Hence Bush Jewellery studio...
more about Bush Jewellery Studio
Time now in Auckland:
1998: '100 New Zealand Craft
Artists', Helen Schamroth.
1996: 'Spectacles', Samuele Mazza.
1995: Auckland Museum, New Zealand
1994: I. Isad-Pana, The Optician, USA
1989-93: G. Gherardi, l.a. eyeworks, USA
1984: D. O'Neill, Auckland, New Zealand
1982: Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand
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Records of my earliest eyewear date
back to a jewellery exhibition when
I first thought of applying my
then-young jewellery ideas to
I got an old spectacle frame
and messed around ...
'Digitalis', frame no 55, 1983 [ more ...]
As a student of Brian Adam's
workshop, I am pleased to endorse
Brian Adam and his spectacle maklng
course. Brian brings jewellery
expertise, experience. knowledge,
and enthusiasm to his students.
Brian's method of teaching is
effective and equally constructive
the novice, amateur or
professional, regardless of
previous training. The mechanics of
eyewear is explained and
demonstrated using basic jewellery
tools and practises. The age old
problem of securing lenses to a
frame is solved in his classroom
Anyone interested in the creative
challenge of using eyewear for
their own personal expression will
benefit from Brian's instruction.
Mel Rapp B-Sc. Optician ...
Brian, the glasses have been a
great success - they have proved to
be a sort of litmus test - the
cogniscenti respond with
enthusiasm, the grey suits look
troubled - couldn't ask for more!
Custom frame no 365 sterling
silver, Nov 1997...
endorsement from Wales
I've been wearing 'sputniks' for a couple of years now, absolutely love them ! Any other earings seem to stay in the box ...
Middle earth: it's so New Zealand.
Travel down new zealand's skinny
antipodean islands and it is the
way the farm hills undulate along
the long backdrop of sky that is so
striking. that crisp line between
green and blue helps visitors and
kiwis alike slough off memories of
grimier climes... [ more ]
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Mario Cesari, My workshops range from one to several days, practically on demand, depending on what (and when) one wants to learn. We just need to agree upon a date when both are free, and we can explore a specific topic
Auckland, New Zealand