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April 15, 2020
Whilst I am unable to work, and my shops are closed I have been taking part and I am really enjoying them. I have struggled to join in live because I have an energetic 1 year old to keep under control during the day, but I am catching up when she sleeps and absolutely loving some bench time! I am currently on furlough so not working and desperately missing it, so it is really nice to have an excuse to get in my workshop and do something for me and not a real customer. Its amazing how consuming learning a new skill is and wonderful for my mental health right now.
First up this week I made a flat wedding band carved out of wax, looks simple but very tricky to make perfectly to size. Check out more over on my instagram.
Every week Scott from Vanilla Ink is setting us a brief and we have a week to design and create a model to ‘present’ to the customer.
I was really excited when I saw the brief this week, it's right up my street! I love Art Deco and geometric shapes and have recently been trying to teach myself wax carving by doing some triangular geometric shapes. I actually received some of my casting back just before the lockdown, but I resisted the temptation to cheat and use those, so got my sketch book out and started doodling.
Vanilla Ink has a great following on social media and have been sharing lots of fellow jewellers work in progress shots for the week. Honestly there is nothing I love more than snooping on other jeweller’s work benches and seeing their ideas and work develop. But as we are all working to the same brief, I found I struggled to then not sketch out the same things I had just seen, so I think next week I will try and not look until I have my ideas down on paper.
The pieces I have been making before were single shapes with the facets always sloping off to the edge so much easier to visualise when you have a flat piece of wax at the start, so I decided I would push myself and try and do some peaks and troughs in the centre of the piece this time.
I usually make quite delicate smallish pieces so when I saw the customer wanted chunky, I decided to push myself to go bigger, I probably could have done bigger but I can see me developing this design further into my collection when I am back to it properly, so I am pretty pleased about that.
If you would like to see more of these briefs and what I make, please comment or like so I know it is interesting to you. And if like me you like a good nosey check out Vanilla Ink to see more of the talented jewellers taking part.
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October 28, 2020
July 13, 2020
Last time I blogged we were just finding our feet with us both working from home and juggling childcare, that feels like a lifetime ago now and yet not much has changed.
We all need a little tender loving care at times and your jewellery is no exception.
Here at Louy Magroos I use Sterling silver in all my designs, this is an alloy of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. I chose to use Sterling silver rather than pure silver because silver alone is too soft for everyday wear and will easily scratch and dent. The copper added to the silver to create sterling silver gives it strength, whilst still maintaining its beautiful colour and qualities that have been adored for thousands of years.
Where appropriate all my jewellery is Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver from Birmingham Assay Office alongside my unique makers mark. By UK law all silver jewellery over 7.8g requires testing and hallmarking, meaning you can buy in confidence with Louy Magroos.
Like most precious metals silver will tarnish, this means it dulls and turns grey/black in places, however all that is required is a clean to restore to all its former glory. Your silver jewellery turning a darker colour does not mean your jewellery is faulty, it just needs some love.
General wear and exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can leave your jewellery looking a little dull at times.
A little wipe over with a silver polishing cloth is usually all it takes to bring back its sparkle, but if you would like to have your piece professionally cleaned, polished, and restored to all its glory, I can do so for a small fee of £10 to cover the work and return postage.
If you would like to take me up on this service click here for more information.
To keep your jewellery looking it’s best here are a few tips to follow…
Caring for sterling silver jewellery
Caring for oxidised silver jewellery
Many of my designs use oxidised silver to add contrasts, by blackening the letters of a personalisation it causes the text to stand out more. As my jewellery is hand stamped rather than computer engraved, there is a deep enough recess in the silver to mean that the black will not rub off or wear away, meaning your keepsake jewellery will stand the test of time.
Oxidised jewellery requires little to no cleaning, however these simple tips will ensure your jewellery looks as good as new for as long as possible.
If your oxidised piece has been well worn and you would like it to be re-oxidised just get in touch.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are a natural stone and are much softer than many gemstones so need care taken to look after them and avoid getting scratched.
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