The Heart Beetle Commercial Collection (2019)

My main work will be a large-scale necklace that will demonstrate CAD skills, traditional bench techniques, creative design and also a combination of different materials and precious metal.

The rest of the pieces of jewellery will indicate the possibilities to be produced commercially. Having completed my first two years study on the BA Jewellery Design & Related Products, I wanted to use this body of work to showcase my skills in design as well as on the practical side. 

I created The Heart Beetle as a commercial collection of jewellery, mainly ‘Bracelets and earrings’

Bracelet Silver with black spinel (left) and synthetic sapphire (right) in oxidising

Silver earrings in oxidising

| Left oxidising and polishing | Right only oxidising without polishing

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The Heart Beetle

By Taekyoung Yun

CAD software programmes | Rhino | Matrix | Mesh Mixer | Nettfab |

Necklace
Materials – silver (gold-plated) | Nylon | Lapis Lazulis | CZ | SS
Bespoken wooden box for display and packaging

Project Aim

The final work will identify how it shows the story of the Egyptian heart beetles that I have been interested in since this year began and express the concepts as a collection of jewellery.

My main work will be a large-scale necklace that will demonstrate CAD skills, traditional bench techniques, creative design and also a combination of different materials and precious metal.

The rest of the pieces of jewellery will indicate the possibilities to be produced commercially. Having completed my first two years study on the BA Jewellery Design & Related Products, I wanted to use this body of work to showcase my skills in design as well as on the practical side. 

Inspiration

My main points will be that related to my research on the Egyptian Beetle and History. The scarab amulets were made in the shape of the sacred scarab beetle as known as a dung beetle.

In my “The Heart Beetle” piece I was inspired by the Egyptian scarab beetle as known as a heart beetle.

I was interested in the Egyptian people’s strong belief’s in the afterlife and the beetle is very closely linked to these beliefs.  According to The Adorned Afterlife Research Network in Edinburgh in 2012, a singular item of adornment on the Rhind Mummy was shown a piece of beetle in metal. The metal work from the research gave me an idea for the scale of my neck piece.

I was drawn into the fact that the Egyptians placed the beetle over the heart of the decreased person believing that when they died, their heart might speak to them again while the beetle would say good things about them.

Another interesting fact I found out during my research was, dung beetles always push round dung balls that they create and that the Egyptian people believed the dung beetle was a form of the sun god. I expressed the beetle holding the neck parts together as the sun gods would in ancient Egyptian times.

I found the scarab beetle had a powerful amulet to Egyptians and decided to express the heart beetle in my style.

Key points of the scarab beetle to design my final outcome(s)

  • Amulets – Protection | Magical power | symbolic meaning
  • Afterlife
  • Large scale
  • Decorative
  • Nice polished surface
  • Lapis Lazuli

I decided to design my final piece as a big necklace inspired by the heart scarab with their story.

The product will be able to demonstrate features of materials, lapis lazuli and precious metal, and decorative aspects which combine the traditional jewellery making skills and new technologies.

Display

For my display, I made my own bespoken box because the display is also a part of my design of the beetle necklace and also packaging. I put a lot of effort to design and research materials and carpenters to make it. I was considering about how I can tell audiences that my piece was inspired by the Egyptian Art and History without the main piece. Then I researched on commercial jewellery boxes for a big necklace, some Egyptian styles of boxes and different types of boxes with different materials, velvet, leather, plastic. However, I did not like any boxes that I found.

I decided to make a bespoken jewellery box, for my display and package, and kept researching on carpentry stores in London and Birmingham. I would like to have a contract in Birmingham where I can come and talk for planning, designing, picking it up and tracking the processes.

I found Adam who is the owner of AJ Hudd Carpentry was really nice and helping me with designing, planning, getting ideas of dying a box and managing to finish by my own deadline for the display design.

AJ Hudd carpentry http://ajhuddcarpentry.co.uk/

I chose ‘Oak’ because it has good hardness and strength. Moreover, it can be protecting by fungi and insects which might be matched with the Egyptian mummies how good they have been kept inside of the coffin.

Aesthetic But Balanced

By Taekyoung Yun

Aesthetic But Balanced [2019]
Material: silver and hallmark
Size(L/W/H): 56X27.2X14.2(mm)
Process: CAD software programme: Matrix, rhino, Z-brush and Oxidising

Inspiration by patterns of a glass of buildings while I was travelling in Edinburgh and London.
The main idea of my design is a combination of ‘Balance’ and ‘Aesthetics’.
It shows not only a nice shape of two snakes, one of them is stable while the other one is holding it for ‘balance’,
and keep its balance when it is worn on the body but also an aesthetic design.

How to wear?
You need to put the snake into your ear which should be between the tail and head of the snake and wear the pin through a hole on the head.

Process
3D printing as purple wax which is a very delicate and new and
casting the file in Silver, used the oxidising technique for making it darker, cleaning and polishing
(tried to keep the patterns of the front part of earring that was the way I put strong sprues in Rhino)
and used the laser technique for Hallmark in the Assay Office in Birmingham.

A Little Performing Show

A Little Performing Show (2018)

By Taekyoung Yun

Goldsmiths Craft and Design Bronze Award (2018)

CAD software programmes, Matrix and Rhino

I was interested in an octopus and how they portray their stories as performance under the sea.
When I look at their movements, I feel like I am in a small ballet show with being calm and comfortable.
I have been impressed by how they create the aesthetic movements which could be delicate or rhythmic motions.
Jewellery also makes people keep and remind their specific memories or anniversaries by wearing their jewellery. I created the flows of the octopus as a ring to express the combination of my feelings and
the slow and rhythmic dynamics of the octopus.

Three different elements: sprayers, water and cactus

Three different elements: sprayers, water and cactus

By Taekyoung Yun

Wax hand carving

The various shapes of cacti inspired my work. To maintain their lives, cacti have their own water storage system inside of their bodies to which inspired me to consider irrigation methods and particularly old fashioned sprayers. Additionally, water is a symbol of life and is a vital element for plant life and because of this, is a component of many horticulture stories. I considered how I can combine these three different elements: sprayers, water and cactus shapes; to create unique and meaningful medal.

The shape of the medal is seemingly a continuous loop of cacti that is reminiscent of an infinite loop, however, amongst the cactus’ arms protrudes the spout of a sprayer and coming from under the cactus is a dripping water tap. This represents the importance of water in horticulture and man’s efforts to replicate natures infinite ability to maintain life.

length 6.6cm x width 8.95cm x height 1.87cm

Fontus Ring

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Fontus ring 

by Taekyoung Yun 

Brass, Gold-plated 

Celebrating 175th year of publication for Horticulture Week Magazine. 

Main idea is that Horticulture has a long history in Britain. I believe that Horticulture Week will continue infinitely like the cacti’s infinite combinations. 

Vibrant Connections

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Vibrant Connection: Repetition project

By Taekyoung Yun

Material: Silver-plated Brass

Vibrant Connection project was based on ‘Repetition’.Vibrant Connection project was based on ‘Repetition’ which was a really interesting idea. From my primary research, I had an interest in repeated and gothic patterns of tiles and walls in Spain. One of them has round in the centre and diagonal and curve around the main round grabbed my attention. I found the patterns could be separated by I managed to develop my ideas and designs for this final piece of my jewellery.

Tea Set


Tea Set

By Taekyoung Yun

From the second term, I learnt about essential bench production techniques such as lathe, vacuum forming, spinning, laser cutting, wax carving, sublimation, and riveting, materials and processes to enable the design and manufacture of a range of products.

By using the lathe which is very useful and handy to design, I was able to create the unique spoon handle. On top of that, it was the first time to try wax carving. I was really enjoying when I engraved my design, sorted some problems out, and used different types of wax to decorate on my wax design.

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Shadow Ring

Shadow Ring: Something Precious project

By Taekyoung Yun

Material: gold-plated gilding metal

My favourite piece of jewellery is ‘Shadow Ring’ that was my first design since I started focusing on my major at School of Jewellery. This project called ‘Something Precious’. I really considered what is my something precious? My dream? Family? And any objects surround me? It could be anything for me.Paragraph

I explored my something precious deeply and found ‘Shadow’ that might have secret because it seems to hide its own precious/ identity. Shadow makes me observe in depth and different ways which mean that I can imagine unique shapes and create my own original jewellery from the shadow. I flashed a light in shadow in several perspectives and found patterns. I used one of them from my experiment as the main part and made the big piece of shadow ring because I wanted to express how I imagined with the shadow and looked any objects in different ways. So, when you look at something through the ‘Shadow Ring’ you will see parts of the object in different ways or you might see an interesting part of the object that you have not expected.