Reaction Designs Metalwork
Finished! The one day locket for NCIS New Orleans. I can’t show you the super secret reason they needed this custom locket, but please watch the episode to support me, and by extension, Symmetry. Episode will likely air right AFTER Halloween. Tues, 9pm CT.

Finished! The one day locket for NCIS New Orleans. I can’t show you the super secret reason they needed this custom locket, but please watch the episode to support me, and by extension, Symmetry. Episode will likely air right AFTER Halloween. Tues, 9pm CT.

Today’s work, a Symmetry piece. My first 100% start to finish engagement ring. 14k white gold, 1carat of accent diamonds and a big ‘ol 2.5 carat Sapphire. Polished the casting, set all the stones, and fully engraved it. 6.5hrs

Today’s work, a Symmetry piece. My first 100% start to finish engagement ring. 14k white gold, 1carat of accent diamonds and a big ‘ol 2.5 carat Sapphire. Polished the casting, set all the stones, and fully engraved it. 6.5hrs

Sterling silver cuff bracelet, 32 flat set emeralds and fully engraved.

My first start to finish flat setting job. 0.5C diamonds in Platinum. In the way of related excellent news, I’ve received a promotion!

My first start to finish flat setting job. 0.5C diamonds in Platinum. In the way of related excellent news, I’ve received a promotion!

10,000 Leagues: This is the pendant I donated to Alliance Francais for their 75th anniversary banquet and auction. The theme is “Un Voyage Extraordinaire: The World of Jules Verne”, who was one of their founding members. Saturday, March 22nd at the JW Marriott in New Orleans

10,000 Leagues: This is the pendant I donated to Alliance Francais for their 75th anniversary banquet and auction. The theme is “Un Voyage Extraordinaire: The World of Jules Verne”, who was one of their founding members.

Saturday, March 22nd at the JW Marriott in New Orleans

Fleur de Lis Green Orb Earrings by Reaction Designs

"Personal Reactor": This is the piece that started it all! The origins of Reaction Designs and my love of Steampunk metalwork. This is an entirely hand fabricated personal nuclear reactor! This piece was designed as the endgame for all steampunk technology. As you may know nuclear power is made by creating enormous amounts of heat through fusion or fission which then generates steam and the steam powers turbines to create energy. My thought was: “if only that could be harnessed to power a human being! Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Simply strap on Professor Nelson’s personal reactor and buzz the day away with the natural zip of portable fission!” I like to point out that I conceived and fabricated this several years before Iron man became the huge phenomenon that is it today.

This piece was conceived to quell the frustration I had from growing up as a child of Science Fiction where Nuclear energy not only powers laboratories or super scientists and mad geniuses but radiation gives ordinary people amazing super powers! The reality of Nuclear power is obviously less desirable, with the various disasters that have happened trying to control it and the horrible side effects and death that occurs from actual exposure to radiation. So this piece stemmed from a desire to see more of my fantasy mix with reality. Perhaps someday we will be able to get superpowers but until then, I will continue to make devices that blur the lines of reality!

$2000                                                                                                                Available from Symmetry Jewelers in New Orleans.

The main display at last night’s opening at Highwater Gallery. Everyone loved the crawfish and mosquito the most! Two pieces sold last night with the possibility of another one selling soon. Thank you so much to my friends and followers for coming out and making it an amazing night!

Reaction Designs is having an opening at Highwater Gallery this Thursday, July 21st! Please come celebrate Tim Nelson’s hard work and see some amazing art (and purchase anything that really strikes your fancy). 7pm to midnight at 7800 Oak Street in New Orleans.