See our glazing process for the custom plates we created for the brand new NYC Greek restaurant, @lolataverna. 🔊Sound on to hear Jono talk through some of the steps. The plates just shipped out for their opening in Soho this spring!
2 days ago
A customer's heirloom blue sapphire, sat in an Ursa ring handmade with the recycled gold from her grandma's jewellery. Always one for sentiment I love remodelling jewellery when it means so much, and now can be worn everyday again!
Swipe to see the process ➡️ removing the stones of the original ring, separating the gold, melting it down, milling the gold into reusable wire and filing a golden nugget into a setting! 💙
Just you wait and see what we did with the diamond 💍✨
Phew 😅 procrastination is a skill I’m well versed in!! But the finger came out and I’ve finally got an email signup form together. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be sending emails every week or anything, more likely every few months when I actually have something to offer 😆 I’ll be posting special offers and discounts (they don’t happen often so keep an eye out) and also notification of baby casting days and workshops. You can sign up through the Facebook page is you are on a computer (Email Signup tab on the left hand column) or on the main website which is slowly but surely getting better and better 😁 www.westcorkcastingstudio.ie
P R E T T Y M E S S // If you didn’t catch my stories yesterday, I’ve been doing some time-lapse stories on one of my orders to show the process behind my gilt edged agate slices. These beauties take AGES to create, hence the higher price point! (I’m always asked about discounts on multiple items and the reason why I don’t offer discounts, particularly on these, is because it’s the same process for each piece and takes just as long as the previous one so it’s the same price per item whether you’re ordering 15 or 500!).
I order my agate in for each order, carefully select the ‘best’ pieces that are as close in colour as possible (they’re all beautiful but the natural colour option can vary massively in colour so I try to get them as close as I can for consistency), then it’s onto prepping each piece to remove any dust or dirt before writing each one with the guest name. Then it’s onto applying the gilt edges!
I’ve tried a few different ways of doing this using different tools but I stick with gold leaf sheets which gives a slightly smoother finish than flakes. Each agate slice has a super sticky gilding glue applied before the gold leaf is carefully placed around it. This is a fiddly job and I only tend to do 3-5 at a time before having to wash my hands and brush to avoid too much mess! Then I allow them all to dry (usually overnight) before the REALLY messy part...brushing off the excess! This stuff goes EVERYWHERE so it’s a case of trying not to breathe, using little brush strokes and creating a ‘leaf catcher’ that holds as much of the floating tiny pieces of leaf as much as possible (there are always some escapees!)
Once that’s all done I finish the edges with a clear varnish to add a lovely shine and also covers over any slight tacky-ness that might be left on the edges.
I might write a blog post on these soon for those that might like to try it for themselves at home 👍🏻🌟