Elizabeth Shaw has been selected for the 2016 Tincal Lab Challenge.
Tincal, also known as sodium borate or borax is a porous mineral consisting of soft colourless crystals that dissolve easily in water. Among its many possible applications, it’s used in powder form during the process of melting metal or diluted, as a flux, during welding, acting as a supporting element of this process: it slows the oxidation of the metal and helps the solder to run along the joint of the two parts that you want to connect.
Tincal is also, since 2015, a virtual platform and jewellery atelier founded by Ana Pina, based in Porto (Portugal) and looking towards the world. Under the motto curating and experimenting in contemporary jewellery, Tincal launch collaborations and events that help to promote and invigorate this amazing creative area.