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Codé - Final project

Mentor: Shelly Satat-Kombor

Material: Silver 925, brass and candles

Techniques: Classic jewelry techniques, etching, and python programming, Fusion and Illustrator.

Picture: Gabriel Attab & Shalev Ariel 

Year: 2020

My fascination with numbers becomes apparent, among other examples, when sending messages at particular “magic” times: 15:30, 12:13, 23:45...
During this year I deal with this fascination through the Kabbalah's world where numbers get a spiritual meaning.
I have made three series of menorahs, each one based on a specific number (one, two, and three). Each series adheres to a different set of rules that generates objects from the seed number. With the help of mathematicians and programmers, I was able to implement a code that realizes all possible candelabrum variations.
Each series consists of an object, a ring, and a pin that examine the status of candelabra nowadays. The object’s design is based on my own number’s interpretation.

This is achieved by interpreting the underlying meaning of each and every number: “one” symbolizes unity, “two” stands for symmetry, and “three” represents stability. During Hanukkah, the objects, pins, and rings fulfill their function as a menorah, and the rest of the year the jewelry is worn and adorned with the wax that has left its mark on them

Details & pictures

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Code 1: concept

The Idea of the code: Like the letter Aleph and the number One, I imagined a Hanoukkia composed of a single wire and 8 candles.


Code: In order to get all possibilities we evaluate all numerical sets order from 1 to 8. We obtained 5040 options. 


Possible sets: 5040 Technique:  Python 3.8, Itertools library

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Hanoukia based to the code 1
Size: mm*mm 
Appling Code 1, the Hanoukkia is made of a continuous wire of metal.  After dozens of sketches of different combinations and designs I chose the first line of serial combination: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-1 

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Hanoukia- brooch based to the code 1 
Size: 85mm*86mm

Brooch 1 displays another combination offered by code 1- 163842571, and visualize it in a two-dimensional way. The holes, showed in black,  hold the candles during the Hanukkah.

Hanoukkia brooches are made of metal and connected to a structure that allows to be weared.
According to the code 1 there are 5040 options to make this brooch. 

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Hanoukia - ring based to the code 1

Size: 15mm * 25 mm (height-width)

Since the project deals with declination of a given model (the code) to different objects (Hanoukkia, brooch and so on).  Assuming that every hemisphere is a number, this ring represent one of the 5040 of Code 1.

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Code 2: concept

The Idea of the code: The question of symmetry, with a reference to the center. This way of designing a structure divides an object into Two. I also have studied the question of the balance : two points are not sufficient to get a balanced object but are necessary to give it a movement.

Hanoukkia is halved. A fixed sequence (A1B2C3D4 ) and has an axis of symmetry represented by the shamash. 

Possible sets: 360

Technique:  Axis in Illustrator


Hanoukia based to the code 2

Size: mm*mm

The number 2 is constantly present in these sketches. The Shamash is the axis of rotation. I choose the 180 degrees option. The question of balance, thickness, attachment and size arose here.

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Hanoukia- brooch based to the code 2 
Size: 85mm*86mm

Brooch 2 visualize two different options of code 2. Here we visualize, in another way, the the projection of the rotation on the metal. 


Hanoukia - ring based to the code 2

Size: 70mm *27mm* 13mm (height-width-depth)

The hole separate the two symmetrical parts around itself, it could be seen as the rotation axis, like the Shamash does in the hanukiah of this series. As with the Hanoukkia,  I choose for the ring the option of 180 degree rotation.

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Code 3: concept

The Idea of the code: Stability really begins to exist with the number Three and the Gimel. I imagined a Hanoukkia with 3 connections between each of the 8 candles. The result is a 3-directional edges from each nodes that create dependence between each candles.


Possible sets:  More than 300,000 

Technique: Mathematical research, Python 3.8, Graph-tools library (based on C++)

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Hanoukia based to the code 3

Size: mm*mm


The relationship of 3 creates the Hanoukkia. The nodes (8) are connected to each other via 3 edges.
On the right side here we see the creation of the Hanoukkia  with the code: the node 1 connected to the node  6 5 and 3 : 1 (653) etc. These three wires will create the structure and stability of the Hanoukkia. There are also three contact points to the ground:  this combine stability and air suspension feeling.

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Hanoukia- brooch based to the code 3
Size: 85mm*86mm

Through the brooch 3, I tried to show one of the thousands different possibilities, symbolized here by numerated holes and their corresponding alined rounds. Before this final sketch I first tried to simplify it by adding only a part of the possible rounds. But in my last and final sketch I decided to designed all the rounds as a representation of one possibility, with an oblique line of 8 holes which will hold the candles. 

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Hanoukia - ring based to the code 3
Size: 35mm *40mm* 13mm (height-width-depth)


.For the ring number 3, the main challenge was to link between nodes without wires. The finger here takes this place, makes this role, and allows this connection. As we can see here, the finger create links between nodes 1, 4 and 7. We got here the beginning of a combination.

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