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April 23, 2020
So here is the brief and my submission for week 2...
So, honesty alert, this was totally out of my comfort zone compared to last week. Last week my submission got picked as the winner and I was totally blown away by some really lovely comments from Scott and Kate and lots of lovely followers on social media. I got a total buzz out of it and I am not ashamed to say it was the highlight of my lockdown week. So when this weeks brief was announced my heart sunk a little. BUT I decided I had nothing to loose and just went for it!
I went really organic with long flowing lines in my drawings, and decided I wanted to make it even more difficult and alien to me and go BIG.
I started off with GIANT block of wax and soon learnt its really hard to cut a giant block of wax so enlisted some help from Mike and some power tools.
Over time the shape got refined and plans changed and it became less and less like my original plan and drawing. I do like to work organically with a material, I don’t often draw my designs first, I like to add things and take them away as I work but I am not used to doing this with wax, so I learnt a huge amount working on this piece.
I was a real labour of love and experimental every step, I spent quite a few evenings squirreling away in my workshop playing about with this one, and it definitely became a sort of therapy to destress from a full on day with a 1 year old.
I tried new techniques, I learnt quickly how to repair mistakes, and all in all I grew a lot in confidence.
Truthfully it is not a comfortable or easy to wear ring. I don’t think I will be getting it cast, but I had lots of fun and it will be a great piece to look back on and remember the skills and knowledge I am gaining from this experience.
It really pushed me and I am so glad I did it and didn’t give up when I really wanted to.
Really looking forward to next weeks brief and wondering where it will take me on this lockdown journey next.
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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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