Made to order
Most of my work is made to order: cast or sculpted in the metal of your choice, and soldered to a pin back or earring posts or pendant bail as you request when you make your purchase. The time involved is described in the item listing. It can be anywhere from a couple of days to solder and polish, to a couple of weeks for full casting and finishing. Read the item listing carefully so you’ll know what to expect. And if you have a special deadline, perhaps you need a gift by a certain date, let me know. I’ll do my best to get your piece finished. Or I may have something on hand that you’d like. There are a few pieces, like small sterling silver charms, that I usually have on hand. Or sometimes I’ve been to a show and have some extra pieces made up in a particular breed.
Custom design goes a step further. Perhaps you don’t have pierced ears and you need your favorite earrings made up as clip-ons or screw backs. Or you think an earring design would make a fabulous pair of cufflinks.
Maybe you want your breed head study mounted in an art deco oval setting, or hung from a hand-hammered copper disk. I can also set stones into the eyes of some designs, Bring me your ideas! Custom design is usually somewhere between a little bit and a lot more expensive than the basic piece. And it will likely take a little longer than made to order, even if it’s just a matter of ordering those clip-on earring parts. In general, if a project involves stone setting or fabricating a mounting, you should allow several extra weeks.
But what if you want me to sculpt a whole new design for you? A memorial bronze sculpture, or a wearable tribute to a departed pet are examples of commissioned work. Perhaps you want a locket with a jewelry-sized rendition of your pet on the front. Or a piece that holds your pet’s ashes or a lock of its hair. Or maybe you are imagining a portrait sculpture. Your piece will be one of a kind. Expect to spend a lot of time (and a lot of back and forth communication and photos) to capture your beloved animal in metal.
I also do breed club trophies and awards. Sculptural trophies are usually challenge or perpetual trophies due to the cost involved. I also do medallions and other small awards which can be produced in multiples.