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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Fluted spiral bangle

Bangle
1999 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jane Adam's jewellery shows the extraordinary versatility of aluminium. Her extensive research into the properties of this metal and her fine appreciation of colour and line combine in the subtle colours and shimmering textures achieved in this bangle.

To create this effect the aluminium is first anodised by immersing it in a solution of sulphuric acid and water then passing an electric current through it. This forms a thin surface film of aluminium oxide which is very tough yet has microscopic pores which enable colouring dyes to be absorbed. After dying the surface is sealed. Shapes for jewellery are cut from the dyed and sealed sheet, and these are then compressed in a rolling mill, adding texture or crazing to the surface.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Anodised, dyed and crazed aluminium
Brief Description
Fluted spiral bangle made from dyed, anodised and crazed aluminium. Designed and made by Jane Adam, London, 1999.
Physical Description
Broad bangle consisting of a long strip of anodised, dyed and crazed aluminium that has been curled round into a spiralling form. Tapering towards the centre, the outer surface is decorated with an abstract pattern in red, blue, ochre and black, the inner surface is black.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.5cm
  • Width: 6.96cm
  • Depth: 7.1cm
Credit line
Given in honour of Elizabeth Goring
Summary
Jane Adam's jewellery shows the extraordinary versatility of aluminium. Her extensive research into the properties of this metal and her fine appreciation of colour and line combine in the subtle colours and shimmering textures achieved in this bangle.



To create this effect the aluminium is first anodised by immersing it in a solution of sulphuric acid and water then passing an electric current through it. This forms a thin surface film of aluminium oxide which is very tough yet has microscopic pores which enable colouring dyes to be absorbed. After dying the surface is sealed. Shapes for jewellery are cut from the dyed and sealed sheet, and these are then compressed in a rolling mill, adding texture or crazing to the surface.
Collection
Accession Number
M.15-2008

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record createdMay 8, 2008
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