CriticalSmiths Research Series
I am so excited to share that this awesome collaboration has come to life! We have teamed up with Ethical Metalsmiths Students and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Australia. The third year Jewellery and Small Objects students at Griffith University have been researching materials that jewelers use in their studios every day. The topic they have selected to research this semester is Flux. What is it? Why do jewelers use it as opposed to other materials? Which brand of flux is the safest to use? Which is the worst? Which brand is the best for our health and the environment while still doing its job well?
Project Topic: Flux
We will be researching and comparing various fluxes used in the jewellery and metalsmithing industry with a focus on issues of sustainability, occupational health and safety, and efficacy.
Our goals for this research project are to develop a spreadsheet of available fluxes with a summary of our research. We aim to establish a series of identified parameters which allow us to assess the suitability of the flux to its purpose, while also considering its environmental impact. While doing our research we will also recognize accessibility of flux in relation to what is available in Australia and internationally. Once the research project is complete, we will compile our conclusions in an easy to read poster to support distribution of this information.