Two rustic, textured rings - an angel wing and a feather; both are sand cast in lead free silver pewter, purposefully rustic and raw. Both rings have gaps at the back (see photos) so are very slightly adjustable.
- Feather ring (approximately size 9 1/2 US or R 1/2 AU, band width just under inch or 2 1/2 cm at widest point)
- Angel wing ( approximately size 9 UK or R AU, band width 3/4 inch or 2 cm at widest point)
Sand casting is a technique dating back centuries. The process involves creating a shape (mold) in the packed sand - I add the piece's unique texture, at this point in the process - and pouring in molten metal. Once the metal has cooled and hardened I add additional texture and patina to create dimension and depth. Unlike batch casting, or casting into a silicon mold, the sand mold can only be used once. It is an intensive handmade process and the finished piece is completely unique. The sand's texture is visible in the metal, particularly around the edges.
Pewter is a relatively soft metal that has been used for jewelry and adornments dating back to Ancient Romans, Egyptians and Celts. It is darker and less shiny than silver, which makes it perfect for my pieces which are purposefully organic or rustic. Pewter does not tarnish like silver but, as it is softer, will mark more readily (although my pieces are designed to be robust and the odd mark will only add to my aesthetic).
I oxidize my pieces with a dark patina, which brings out the textures, and seal with a natural wax polish (a small amount of black patina may, occasionally, transfer to your skin when the piece is first worn. Clean with a soft damp cloth. An occasional coat of wax polish or oil will preserve the patina (natural oils from the skin will do the same job). Buff with a polishing cloth or fine steel wool to bring up the shine.
My work is purposefully rustic and raw. I use salvaged elements and metals which I manipulate and play with to add texture and dimension; bold pieces; big stones and chunky chains. Beautifully broken jewelry for the free of spirit and wild at heart.
1-3 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 0 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
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Yes, I am continuing to ship internationally (from here in Australia). However, most countries are experiencing delays to shipping as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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All my items are securely packaged and wrapped in new and clean recycled packaging.
I try to keep my environmental footprint as light as possible so I use ephemera (vintage sewing pattern tissue, old unwanted books and Atlases) in my wrapping.
Absolutely. What's the point of jewelry you aren't going to wear! Shopping online is convenient, but sometimes you need to see a thing up-close and and in-person to know how you really feel about it. If you'd like to return your item, just let me know within 14 days of delivery (please note: purchasers are responsible for return postage costs but I will issue a refund upon proof of postage, so you don't have to wait).
My work is purposefully raw. I use natural stones, crystals and salvaged materials, as these hold more meaning than shiny new things. My aesthetic celebrates the signposts; stitches, tool marks, natural texture and patina - these tell the story of a pieces' journey with me. I love that one of my customers described my work as 'beautifully broken' because there is great beauty in what some consider to be imperfection.
Pricing is one of the hardest things for an artist. I try to keep my prices accessible, whilst reflecting the time and materials that have gone into creating. When you purchase one of my pieces you are getting something that is unique and which has taken many hours to create.
My process is very organic and personal so, the short answer is no, I don't generally take custom orders. However, please feel free to reach out to me if you have something in mind. I've worked with several of my regular customers to create a piece that uses a material or object that holds a special meaning for them.