This object is currently on display in room 205 as part of Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection. There are 4 other images of this object. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the tag circular, aluminum, etched, textural.

Object Timeline

1988

  • Work on this object began.

1990

  • Work on this object ended.

2016

2017

Aluminum Bracelets Two Bracelets, 1988 (a), 1990 (b)

This is a two bracelets. It was designed by Lisa Spiros. It is dated 1988 (a), 1990 (b) and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is etched aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These bracelets came about when Spiros thought the aluminum scraps from a spun-metal vessel project would make interesting jewelry forms. She achieved the distinctive surface textures by applying a resist to the metal, then acid etching the circular forms in either ferric chloride or hydrochloric acid to achieve the desired corrosion. Spiros stated, "I was intrigued by the dynamic of simple industrial base forms, unearthing the metal from the steaming acid vat, and scraping away the layers of eroded metal until they came back to life."

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 16.5 × 0.3 cm (6 1/2 × 1/8 in.) H x diam.: 19 × 0.3 cm (7 1/2 × 1/8 in.)

It has the following markings

a) Incised on reverse: Lisa Spiros (in script), '88"; b) Incised on reverse: "Lisa Spiros (in script), 1990"

Cite this object as

Aluminum Bracelets Two Bracelets, 1988 (a), 1990 (b); Designed by Lisa Spiros (American, b. 1959); etched aluminum; H x diam.: 16.5 × 0.3 cm (6 1/2 × 1/8 in.) H x diam.: 19 × 0.3 cm (7 1/2 × 1/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-107-a,b

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/874387549/ |title=Aluminum Bracelets Two Bracelets, 1988 (a), 1990 (b) |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=17 November 2017 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please let us know!