I work with is Sterling Silver and you will find it in either a textured matt white finish, or textured matt black finish. The texture is created by roll printing the metal between two layers of cartridge paper to give a papery texture to the metal. The black is created by oxidising the Sterling Silver. This is a process that intentionally speeds up the tarnishing process that silver natural goes through.
I incorporate old postcards, maps, stamps and occasionally old photographs. I use the original found papers, not photocopies, so the piece you own has a completely old and unique piece of paper, and can often be around 100 years old. A layer of perspex is added over the paper to help protect the ephemera.
You will also find, 9ct yellow gold tube rivets used in the construction of my pieces, quality semi-precious gemstones, antique mother-of-pearl buttons, and antique boxwood engineering rulers.
Please use Silver Clean or Silver Dip on purely white silver items to maintain the matt white finish. It is an easy process of submerging the item in the liquid for a minute or more if necessary, then rinse well and pat dry gently.
Completely oxidised silver pieces should be cleaned using warm water with a soft clean old toothbrush and pat dry well. If the oxidised item is combined with paper then a soft clean dry cloth can be used to remove any grease and buff the surface. The oxidising does wear over time, though I apply the solution to textured metal which helps to maintain the oxidising for longer than smooth silver and also looks nice as it fades as it reveals the texture of the metals surface. If you prefer, I can re-apply the oxidising. Please get in touch if you would like a re-fresh, there will be a small charge and postage costs.
Please avoid water on items with paper, the perspex is there to help protect the paper but is not air tight. Should water get under the perspex, remove item and leave to dry naturally. The perspex has been given a brushed finish to avoid obvious scratches. The perspex is not air tight as occassionally the piece of jewellery may want to be re-oxidised and so I have to remove the paper to be able to do this. I can also replace paper if you wish, just get in touch, there will be a small charge and postage costs.
Rulers can be cleaned using a regular cleansing wipe, and dried with a soft clean cloth.
I advise you keep your purchases in its original box to avoid them from being scratched, and to keep them away from direct sunlight. Also please avoid spraying them with perfume or other similar chemicals.
Every purchase will arrive with care instructions.
Postcards vary in base colour from off white to brown with the occasional dusty blue or green. As I use original postcards, you will find a unique fragment of handwriting in each piece I make. I only use postcards written with ink which can be in blue to black and sepia. Please get in touch if you would like to choose the postcard or are requesting a made to order item from the shop and I will email over images of available postcards for you to choose from.
The stamps I use in my work are original single colour printed old stamps and come in various shades of red, orange, pink, purple, blue, green, grey and brown. Please get in touch if you would like to choose your own stamp or are requesting a made to order item from the shop and I will email over images of available stamps for you to choose from.
I also use old linen backed maps which have a beautiful graphic quality and depth of colour. I am often asked for specific areas in the UK to include in a gift that is significant to the receiver, I may already have the area, or I can usually source it. If you require a specific area, let me know where it is and I will see what I can find. I can email you area to choose from before completing your piece.
I occasionally use old black and white photographs of people in my pieces. I usually keep photographs for one off items, but I am happy if you would like to send me a photograph of a loved one that you would like to archive into a piece of jewellery to wear and keep close to you. Just let me know what you would like and we can work on something perfect for you. Please bear in mind the scale of the image you want to use and the size of the piece of jewellery.
ORDERING ITEMS WITH PAPER
If you are ordering a made to order item featuring paper, or if you would prefer to choose your own, please purchase the item online as usual and during check out there is an opportunity to send me a message to request a selection of postcards, maps and / or stamps to choose from. I will email you with a selection currently available and you can let me know what you would like to be used in your piece. Or email me before purchasing if you prefer.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me