In case it escaped your attention, which could only have been due to something catastrophic like a major perturbation in the time-space continuum (or maybe you were abducted by aliens), 2012 was Olympic year.
I just had to get in on the act.
However, for some odd reason, the BOC didn't seem interested in my offer to do the 4x100m relay by myself, so I had to content myself for making some making some jewellery. And, lo, up pops an exhibition with the theme of "sport and movement".
I had to make 3 pieces to exhibit. I decided to approach the work by defining a more specific title for each piece. "Podium", "Dance" and "Go" were what I decided upon. For the other 2 pieces, I took a rather more conventional approach to the design process, but for this piece I returned to my ploy of raiding my scrap box and making something with those bits of silver left over from other work. I usually melt them down and reuse them and, indeed, I found a lump of molten silver that looked rather head-shaped. OK, what else....
Now, my self-imposed rules are that I have to use pieces as they are: no cutting. Just a lot of jiggling round of bits until inspiration comes.
What's this - a bit that looks like an arm? Or a leg? Hm, there are several of them (left over from cutting out circles of silver, you see). One even had a bit that the head fitted into pretty neatly (I allowed myself just a bit of filing on that).
And so my little sprinter took shape. Pieces with soldered together and the sharp points filed off. I quite like him.
He's made as a brooch, but you could easily slip a chain or cord around the pin and wear him as a pendant.
He may be made from somewhat battered scrap silver but there is a fair old lump of it (more than 15gms) , and he is fully hallmarked so properly up to standard. I photographed him before I sent him off to the assay office, so the hallmarks aren't show in this photo. I had them put on the front, just below his left knee.
Sizewise, he's 60mm from top to toe.