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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2011 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

How has modern technology inspired silversmiths? Either items made for use with modern technology, or designs inspired by same. I was surprised that I could find no interesting examples by contemporary silversmiths. What I did find was mediocrity.

This is a Christofle plated USB drive.

Here is a Wallace plated mouse. I do not like this item. We sold them during gift season at a store I used to work for. They require constant polishing because even using it for a few minutes leaves unsightly smudges and fingerprints. Also that standard gray cord on it looks ugly, and the boxes they come in are really shoddy.

I think Wallace also makes/made a silver-plated calculator.

Of course, there are also many items, like charms, designed as figural cell phones, computers, etc. And some make various jewelry items out of discarded computer components (e.g., circuit boards) in combination with silver. A few are quite interesting but many are very ordinary and uninspired.

This is kind of neat; it's made of circuit boards with silver findings.

Perhaps I just didn't search hard enough to find great silver items inspired by technology. Can anybody share better examples?

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2011 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another USB drive, offered by a Hong Kong wholesaler

Hard to tell if its just a translation problem, but they are described as "genuine steering silver"

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2011 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here is another example: a locket containing a USB drive for medical information.

to me, it seems more useful than attractive.

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2011 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the '80s someone gave me a battery-operated brooch made of a circuit board, with a little light that flashed. I don't know if I still have it. It was kind of cute.

I've often thought about putting a USB drive inside a Victorian match safe or needle case, but I'm not crafty enough and would hate to risk ruining a nice old piece of silver.

But USB drives do seem to be crying out for nice, contemporary jewelry treatment. I could imagine a whole steampunk chatelaine with a dependent USB drive, a little screwdriver for opening your computer, a case for earbuds or bluetooth phone headset, and so on.

One problem might be the speed at which the standards change. You don't want to be wearing your diamond-encrusted flash-drive earrings when everyone's moved on to DNA-memory tech, or whatever the next thing is going to be.

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2011 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Paul Lemieux:
....This is kind of neat; it's made of circuit boards with silver findings....

I trust that the circuitry on these boards was not soldered with the usual tin-lead alloy.

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 02-06-2011).]

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2011 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly, i love steampunk and your chatelaine idea is really cool. i have a lot of materials hanging around, when i have time i may try to construct a steampunk USB holder.

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2011 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who have non-metal collection parts laying around wink

    Silver Haired Barbie:

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