Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry
Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry

Handmade Metal & Clay Jewelry

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From the makers:
We use the purest USA sourced metals from environmentally conscious suppliers to create our pieces. We currently cast in 14K gold, sterling silver and bronze with a portion of each of those being recycled materials. 
All of our chains are made from the highest quality gold filled and sterling silver sourced in the USA. 
Our clay is purchased in its raw wet form sourced locally in Baton Rouge. We hand-build all our clay pieces from a raw lump of clay to a finished product. 
We use the ancient art of Lost Wax Casting as our main form of creating our work. We cast in bronze, sterling silver and 14k gold. Every step of the process is done in-house in our South Louisiana studio.
CARE: 
  • Remove before doing any of the following: swimming, gardening, bathing, or sleeping.
  • Refrain from wearing jewelry while cleaning, as certain chemicals can damage and tarnish the jewelry. Soap buildup can occur on your jewelry. Chlorine and bleach can discolor your piece as well. 
  • Keep your jewelry in your dust bag to limit damage to your piece when you are not wearing it.
  • Steel wool will polish bronze and brass quickly.
  • Use a bronze polish cream to restore a shiny finish on your bronze pieces. 
  • Bronze — Because brass and bronze contain mostly copper, they should be treated similarly. Over time, these metals can naturally develop a patina, depending on wear and how they are kept. The patina look, while beautiful and desirable as well, can be buffed away to reveal the original bright golden color at any time. Simply use a gentle brass or bronze polish as needed. Store pieces in their dust cover in a dry place.
  • Sterling Silver — Silver buffs itself with more wear but tends to tarnish while stored. To return silver to its bright shine, use a gentle silver jewelry polish.
BRONZE:
We use a true bronze composed of 90% copper and a bit of tin. With a warm, deep bronze color and rich red undertones, it takes a beautiful patina. It is a wonderful, affordable alternative to 14K gold. 
We envision your pieces as lifetime investments, so each is cast in solid bronze, silver or 14K gold. There is no plating or wearing away of a top layer; what you see is what you get! Solid cast metals are durable and long lasting. Archeologists are still digging up ancient bronze jewelry in beautiful condition to this day.
 
CARE:
Because bronze is primarily composed of copper, it can cause the same oxidation reaction with your skin oils. This reaction can create a greenish layer of copper carbonate. It is easily washed off. You can prevent or reduce the oxidation by keeping your jewelry clean, washing it regularly with soap and water and drying thoroughly after. 
To further reduce the possibility of oxidation, take your jewelry off at night, when doing yard work and during exercise. 
The process:

We use the ancient art of Lost Wax Casting (just like the ancient Egyptians) right here in our south Louisiana workshop and hand cast all of our pieces.

Our designs are cast in the highest quality solid bronze, sterling silver and 14k gold sourced in the USA. We’ve found bronze to be the best alternative to gold - it’s a much lower price point, durable and looks so much like gold if it wasn’t stamped 14k you might not be able to tell the difference!

Back to the green:

This has everything to do with the acid in our skin- it reacts to the copper in the bronze and creates a tarnish that can rub off on us!

Ever notice it’s more likely to happen when you’re outside sweating or dehydrated? Some of us are naturally acidic and it almost doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing it will happen.

There ARE a few things you can do to curb the green:

1. Paint the inside of the piece with clear fingernail polish, we’ve tried all the fancy enamels but clear fingernail polish is still our favorite 🙌
2. Don’t wear your pieces when you’ll be sweating a lot (ha South Louisiana means that’s pretty much always ;) in that case see #1 ;)
3. Have the pieces gold plated- I use Saunders Lux here in Baton Rouge but most local fine jewelers will be able to do this for you.
4. Go GOLD! 14k gold is certainly an investment but it’s an option we offer.

The integrity of the jewelry we make is top priority for us, and part of that is education on the materials and process of what we do.