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Title: Pearlinder #3
Contributors/Performers: HUYCKE, David 
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: The object "Pearlinder #3" consists of a monolithic, silver shape covered with approximately 5.500 little, fine silver spheres of 2,0 mm, using the ancient technique of granulation. "Pearlinder #3" is a new approach in my ongoing research on the application of granulation in larger silver objects, where I am now exploring the more traditional decorative possibilities. Thousands of little silver spheres cover the whole surface of the piece, without forming a specific designed pattern. Granules are fused to the sub-surface in a structure dictated by self-organization, which grows out of the work-process and go into dialogue with the simple architecture of the work. As a finish, the granules are polished to form a contrast with the black patinated background. The shiny points create something like a second skin and unusual tactile sensation. Granulation is one of the most magical, ornamental techniques in the history of goldsmithing, whereby little metal spheres (granules) are heat-fused to a metal surface without the use of traditional solder. Instead, copper-oxide is used as the binding agent in the eutectic bonding between granules and background. Granulation makes fine joints and patterns possible that are unthinkable with traditional soldering. The technique originated in the Middle-East, about 4.500 years ago and was brought to a technical and artistic peak in Antiquity. Granulation is rarely used in silversmithing because of the larger size of work. Therefor the technical innovation and originality of "Pearlinder #3" is found in the dimensions of the object, since there are no known granulated pieces of this size. "Pearlinder #3" was selected for the Schoonhoven Silver Award 2018 "Pearlinder #3" was part of a group objects that was awarded the Bavarian State Prize for Contemporary Crafts 2019 at the IHM Munich Material: patinated silver 925/1000 (base), Silver 1000/1000 (granules, 2,0 mm, approx. 5.500) Dimensions: height 29 cm, diameter 19,5 cm, weight 1.603 gram
Keywords: Contemporary Silver;Contemporary Crafts;Silver granulation
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Discipline: audiovisuele kunsten
Research Context: This object is created within a UHasselt ZAP mandate
Related Info: Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven
Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
Schoonhoven Silver award, 2018
Modern Masters, 2019
Category: AOR
Type: Artistic/designerly creation
Appears in Collections:Artistic/designerly creations

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