About the Jewellery
Hand Fabricated Jewellery
I use various techniques to create my hand fabricated jewellery. Some of the techniques that can be used are filing, soldering, fusing, keum-boo, chasing and repoussé and gem setting. I also sometimes use a hydraulic press to dome sheets of metal. Some of the finishes I use are high polished, matte or oxidized.
By their nature, handmade items will slightly vary from one piece to another. Sterling silver jewellery oxidizes over time but proper care and storage will help to slow this process. Both oxidized and polished sterling silver pieces will change as you wear them and truly become your own. As the pieces are worn, the high areas will lighten over time, particularly where friction occurs and the recessed areas will darken. If at any point you would like your pieces re-finished, I can provide this service.
3D Printed Jewellery
I design and create the digital files for my 3D printed jewellery and then have them printed. Once I receive my pieces from the printer, I will complete the pieces as required by adding findings like ear wires or chains. Creating jewellery digitally allows me to use non-traditional materials like nylon and bronze-infused stainless steel. Nylon is very lightweight and a wonderful material for earrings. All 3D printed jewellery should be kept dry and away from chemicals such as perfumes at all times.
Jewellery Care and Storage
It is important to keep your jewellery away from chemicals such as perfumes and avoid getting it wet. Each piece should be stored individually, away from humidity, in a container like a plastic bag with a zip closure. Do not place heavy objects on top of the jewellery.
My sterling silver and gold jewellery can be cleaned by lightly rubbing it with a paste made of baking soda, soap and a bit of water. You can use your finger tips or an old toothbrush to do this. The items should then be rinsed and dried thoroughly before storage.