April 02, 2020
Recently I received an unexpected email from California, a request for two custom necklaces. Through a google search they had come across my sharks tooth necklaces that I had made for a previous customer. My clients stories of travel, the sharks dive, tradition, and family was so beautiful, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put all those ideas of love into one place. Not only did they want a charm for the teeth but they requested several other love trinkets to appear with it, the coordinates where the sharks teeth where found and a compass rose. The compass rose was their family tradition of always finding there way home.I decided to create my compass rose charm out of fine silver metal clay. I love this product, its a finely ground powder of fine silver mixed with a binder. The end product is a material like clay or "play-doh", which is easily manipulated to create many shapes that can be built and layered. After all my shapes where created, I then combined the triangles and circles to create the compass rose. The challenge was to create two charms that where the similar. After the shapes are "bone" dry, they are put into a high temperature kiln, burning off the binder and leaving solid fine silver behind.To make the coordinate charms I used stainless steel letters designed for jewelry making. Each letter is hand stamped with a brass mallet onto sterling silver creating the mark. I made vertical charms for the longitude coordinates and horizontal charms for the latitude coordinates. Your always going to have a few mess ups with this step, so its good to practice several times beforehand.The coordinates are trimmed, sanded then polished to create the charm.To attach the bail onto the sharks tooth, I must create a hole. I pull out my secret weapon, my husband. He is a dentist so I leave this step up to him, he never fails and is always precise.For the final pieces I used liver of sulfur to blacken the charms, bringing out the letters and textures. A beautiful end result for a beautiful story.
December 14, 2017
It doesn't get much sweeter than giving hand made (with love) artisan jewelry to that special someone this holiday season. Except when it's personalized just for them!
To help narrow down the many possibilities that LPDstudios offers for personalized and customizable jewelry, here are a few of my all time favorites.
The Copper Hearts and Sterling Silver Ring is a whimsical accessory that you can personalize by adding one, two or even three initials of your favorite people, pets or places.
The Floral Motif Rustic Leather Bangle with Hand Cut Rivets is a petite sized statement piece! Choose from vintage distressed leathers that are hand dyed in pumpkin orange, cadet blue and cognac colors. If you like these, also check out the Three of Hearts Vintage Leather Bangles that have heart motifs and come in vintage red, black and pink pearl.
The Heart Motif Rustic Leather Wristlet with Hand Cut Rivets is a large and in charge kind of bangle with rocker personality. Great for a night on the town! Choose from black, pink sorbet, vintage red or peacock blue for a truly unique accessory.
For him or her! The Anniversary Necklace is monogrammed with custom date and initials in sterling silver. They'll never forget the date again :)
Interested in giving a personalized gift for the holiday season? Please place your order by 12/17 to get it in time for Christmas.
December 07, 2017
Do you have a pet lover on your Christmas list this year? Stop on over at LPDstudios Pet Gift Collection! You can choose from our whimsical line of dog tags and collars, like the Sassy Brass Dog Tag or the Durable Dog Bone Motif Leather Collar. Or you can customize the tag and collar to make it a perfectly personalized gift for every member of your fur family! Choose from different colored leathers, collar thicknesses and motif appliques, as well as customize the dog tag with your favorite pet name. Browse the collection and feel free to reach out if you have any other ideas you would like to bring to life for this holiday gift giving season.
April 10, 2017
This custom copper metal address plaque is an order from a friend as a present to his wife. He knew she loved my work and that she wanted to steer away from the typical looking house numbers. So he put me up to the challenge of creating something totally unique!This project took a lot of forethought and planning prior to getting into my studio for the fun. Since the plaque needed to be seen from the road, I planned a sign that would be 9" tall x 14" wide. With copper clay, shrinkage occurs during the firing process, so I had to plan the copper clay letters about 30% larger than the final product to ensure they would be about 5" tall after firing.Once the numbers were distressed and the edges were smoothed, I fired them in my special kiln designed for metal clay. The high heat of the kiln burned off the binder in the metal clay and the particles fused together to create solid copper metal pieces. The color drastically changed from a matte terracotta to a high luster copper.My customer wanted a rustic look, so I used a variety of treatments to give the copper metal a warm and rich color.Next, I needed to create a backing that the numbers could be affixed to. I chose a 1.02 mm thick, 18 gauge, copper metal sheet . Here you can see the raw copper metal prior to hand distressing.I transformed the appearance of the copper metal sheet by using hand tools for distressing, as well as the same techniques I used for the numbers, to give the metal a low luster yet rich color.To give the numbers a floating appearance, I hand made individual metal tubes and soldered them onto the backs of each number.Once the numbers were affixed to the backing, and a clear coat was applied to the metal for protection, the plaque was ready to go to it's new home!Come check out LPDstudios for more hand made gems!