Lovely Feedback

It’s so lovely to receive feedback and have happy customers. I receive this new feedback on my Etsy shop from a customer who purchased my Woodland Picnic Tea Towel and I thought I would share it with you.

“Such a clever design & so well executed. I just LOVE it & will no doubt be returning to your shop. Thank you!”

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And Ring

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New experimental ring using the “and” symbol. I absolutely love the look of & an really wanted to use the lovely form in my jewellery. 

I went with a rustic shabby hammered look for the ring. Let me know what you think should I make a set of typography maybe go with @ next?

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Stamping sterling silver

I have been stamping a lot recently, mainly for customers wanting to give someone an extra special / thoughtful gift. And to be honest after all this stamping I’m unsure on how I feel about the process.

I absolutely love:
- You can stamp anything
- You can completely personalise a piece of jewellery
- It’s one of a kind
- You can make the stamping noticeable of subtle
- The words can take someone back to a memory or feel a certain emotion

I dislike:
- I don’t know how it will turn out (hit and hope technique)
- It makes me nervous
- I have been known to stamp the wrong letter half any through (start again L)
- The stamp can move (start again L)
- I can’t make it look neat, it has a very distinct style

Let me know how you feel, do you like / dislike stamping?

See a pic of a father’s day ring I made with a personalised message below. (excuse my ugly hands)

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Quotes to live by

“Money is only a human invention.”  Vanna Bonta, Degrees: Thought Capsules

“To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.” Stirling Moss

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  Oscar Wilde

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

“Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.” Unknown
“If you want something you’ve never had then you you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” Unknown

 

Let me know a few of your favorite quotes you live by.

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Dog Tags – Baby Gift

So I have been making another baby gift but this one is for a man! I know shock I never seem to make jewellery for men and I find it hard to make gifts for men. I think it might be because I just prefer pretty girly things, anyway I got out of my comfort zone and brain stormed (mind mapped, I’m not sure of the correct PC term.) Unfortunately I couldn’t make him a man bangle as I knew he wouldn’t wear it, so I went with dog tags.

I drew out the dog tag shape on illustrator, cut out the shape in silver sheet, I went with the 0.8mm sheet as the 0.5mm was a little flimsy and the 1mm would be a little too heavy to wear. I then used stamps to write there gorgeous new baby girls name, date of birth and weight. I used the classic hit and hope stamp technique, I tried to line the letters up with a piece of wood but for anyone who hand stamps this is so tricky (if every one has any helpful techniques please let men know.)

I oxidized the dog tags to make the writing a little clearer and give it a rustic feel, fingers crossed he likes it!

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Flower Stacker Ring

Hi Guys, I’ve had a busy week making bits and bobs, it was my little sisters birthday so I thought I would make her some stacker rings as part of her gift.

I am absolutely in love with the idea of mixing copper and silver at the moment and I think copper is the most gorgeous material and so under rated.

So let’s get back to the ring I drew up a few flower shapes and went with the one below, sawed it out of the copper and domed the flower shape. I then flux some little scraps of silver and joined them to the center of the flower. I used a silver round wire to make the ring, hammered the edges and joined the flower to the ring, cleaned it up and job done! (I made it sound very easy there but it was a little tricky haha)

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Let me know what you think and if you would wear copper jewellery.

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First Baby Gift

My gorgeous niece was born in April, so I thought I would make a stamped bangle as a gift for her lovely mum.

I used the hit and hope technique with the stamps and I think it worked well. As I used a 6mm D shaped wire it took a lot of filing as the stamps made the wire flat where I hit the metal. I then made a heart and instead of using a jump ring I wrapped the wire around 3 times to symbolize the 3 three family members.

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