Copper Napkin Rings Custom Order

I recently received a custom order for set of 12 Copper Napkin Rings. Sharing  a few pictures of the making process.

Source: Copper Napkin Rings Custom Order

Making a Copper Tray

Made to Order Copper Tray

I have several copper trays offered for sale in my online shop. Some are in stock and some are made to order. I always get very excited when a “made to order” email drops into my inbox because it means I can once again take a blank sheet of copper and create a new piece.

So what’s the big deal and why get so excited?

Well… the first copper tray I made was beautiful and it sold very quickly. Now I have to make something that looks as similar as possible to that original photo, which the customer has seen and made an order based on. It is always a challenge because it cannot be identical. I don’t have a mould that churns out lots of these trays at the push of a button.

Each piece is individually cut, shaped, annealed, textured and finished. So many different things make a difference to the finished piece – the direction i hammered it in, the batch of copper sheet I used, the consistency and temperature of the liver of sulphur solution used for the patina – temperature and humidity at the time can affect this. 

So yes each piece, even a repeat design, is a whole new adventure in a coppersmith’s world 🙂 

Some of the steps involved in creating this made to order piece which went off to a customer in London this week.

Making a copper tray

And a picture of the copper tray listed in my online shop 

And some more St Helena Rock

And some more St Helena Rock

St Helena Rock Jewellery and Display Piece

THIS is why I love what I do!

“I love love love my new pendant and the gorgeous display piece!!! Just amazing!
Thanks again. Em x”

St Helena Rock Keepsakes

This is part of a bespoke order that started a VERY long time ago. So why am I writing about it now? Because sometimes life can be a b***h. First Iritis… then more iritis… then we lost Millie… then Dave’s back problems and lots of other “stuff” like going full time on the jewellery and rock business which involved so much “admin”. Bah!

Through all this Emma was so understanding. And finally she received her pieces yesterday. A Copper wrapped pendant and a display piece for the St Helena Corner she has made in her home which is all about her trips to the lovely island and the happy memories.

I am so grateful Em for your patience and your support and understanding through all the madness. And so happy you like what we made.

On Order: Turquoise Copper Links Necklace

On Order: Turquoise Copper Links Necklace

Turquoise-copper-links-necklaceThis is why I love what I do 🙂

Received the necklace today, even better than the photo.
Many thanks

This necklace was made on order. Customer liked a bracelet I have in my shop and wanted a 20 inch necklace made in the same design.

This is the bracelet design customer saw. 

Some Beach Glass…

Some Beach Glass…

Back in November last year I got an email from a lady in Easton-on-the-Hill near Stamford asking if we could polish some beach glass for her. It had been sent to her by her dear friend who found it in California. It was sitting in a drawer and she wanted us to do something with it.

We have never polished beach glass and as soon as we saw the little pieces we knew working them on the lapidary machines was going to be a challenge. So I though I would try hand polishing using wet and dry paper. Then Iritis happened and the project, like so many others, was put on hold. Our client was so understanding about it and she kept emailing me, not to ask if her pieces were done, but how I was doing.

beach glass transluscentAnyway… after getting the all clear from iritis I went back to the glass in June 2014. Most of it was too small to polish and I personally also felt that polishing it was taking away the essence of this material. It is cloudy, it has too many pits but it is so beautiful! So I abandoned the wet and dry paper and put it through the ultrasonic cleaner with some washing up liquid. The beach glass came out clean, and the translucence of the glass was more evident.

So I thought a little bit of simple wire work was the way forward and made three pieces of jewellery. I think I did good 🙂

Message from Helena on facebook:

Thrilled to bits with the jewellery you made for me Shalini – these were pieces of beach glass found on a beach in CA by a dear friend of mine – sent over to England and now something I can wear and be able to tell the story behind it all. Many thanks Shalini – Highly recommended xx

Beach Glass Fun

Thank you for your lovely comments Helena, and Thank you for trusting me with your precious gift. The pleasure was all mine making jewellery for someone as lovely as you. Thank you for letting me be a part of this journey which started when your friend found the gorgeous beach glass in California. And thank you for your patience too because it did take a very long time to complete this due to my eye problems earlier this year. Shalini


Bespoke Wire Tree for Mike & Maddy

Bespoke Wire Tree for Mike & Maddy

Bespoke Wire Sculpture Tree for a Silver Wedding Anniversary.

As you know my world was a blur through March and April. Well while I spent my days feeling sorry for myself Mr A kept himself busy playing with wire and created this bespoke wire tree!

The 4th image is before sand & glue was added to the tray and painted with India Ink to create the soil and grass look.

And this email from the client just makes what we do totally worthwhile! 🙂

Maddy saw the grand unveiling tonight through slightly misty eyes and has not stopped looking at it since.

She keeps moving it from place to place to try out all the contrasts with walls and light to see where its lustre and sparkle are best.

It’s fair to say she really loves it. It’s a very special addition to our home, our lives and our story.

Thank you for all your and David’s magic. You’ve really started our anniversary celebrations perfectly.