Engraving Metal

Clerkenwell, London.

M/S of a beatniky young silversmith, Dian, smoking a cigar as she works at a bench in her dimly lit studio. C/U of her grubby hands carving a medallion engraving. The narrator puts on a New York Beatnik accent – "We cats from Artsville, we just dig that real sweet beat. Man – just button your ears to that crazy sound". C/U of a charcoal drawing hanging on the wall. Extreme C/U of the engraving being carved. C/U of Dian as she puffs at her cigar. M/S of Dian holding the engraving up and gently blowing away dust produced from carving. Extreme C/U of the engraving being carved – "Dian, in fact, is the only girl designer of men's jewellery in the country". M/S of Dian sawing a cuttlefish in half – "Dian makes a mould by a traditional method". C/U of Dian sawing. Dian rubs the two halves of the cuttlefish together "until they are flush". C/U of Dian. Dian cuts a small hollow into one of the halves to pour the silver into, she then presses the engraving in the soft texture of the cuttlefish. M/S of Dian binding the two halves together with wire.

Dian takes the cuttlefish over to a fireplace, on the mantelpiece is a human skull – an example of the bohemian ambience of the studio. Dian picks up a blow torch. C/U of Dian directing the blowtorch at the cuttlefish while using an iron ladle to pore molten silver into the hollow – "Dian no longer prepares all her own moulds. Such is the demand for her work that she has found it necessary to allocate the bulk of this process to outsiders". Dian lifts the cuttlefish from the clamp holding it in place in the fireplace and takes it back to her work bench.

The background music fits the beatniky atmosphere of this story – very modern jazz! Dian uses pliers to cut the wire and open the mould. C/U of Dian filing the silver medallion to trim the edges – "real smooth, man"! Extreme C/U of Dian polishing the medallion. Extreme C/U of the finished article. Extreme C/U of a pair of cufflinks designed by Dian. C/U of a silver eagle medallion. C/U of a knight on horseback broach.
FILM ID:157.09

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