Welcome to my little world...
A behind the scenes glimpse into my studio...
My Liverpool-based studio is the Headquarters of my little business.
I create every unique piece of Copper Myst jewellery here, as well as store all of my stock, and do my 'office' work, too.
I'll often be found multi-tasking, switching between work bench and desk work, enjoying my creative little space!
Everything creative happens here.
Selecting crystals and collection designing...
Building the pieces...
The different stages include:
- mixing an epoxy paste which forms the structure of the piece
- cutting and shaping the copper for the bands
- building the pieces with the paste
- dremeling the pieces to shape them
- painting the piece with conductive paint
- protecting the stones with liquid latex
After all of these stages, the pieces are ready for the Electroforming bath...
This is the part of the process where the pieces are submerged in a copper sulphate solution with electricity running through, allowing a nice thick layer of copper to form. It is essentially a thick plating process, you can read all about it here.
I used to do all of my own Electoforming in the studio, and I still do some, but nowadays most of it is done by the amazing Jules at The Silvery.
Her expertise with Electroforming puts mine to shame, it's the part of my business I've always struggled with most. I am not a scientist, and I find it really challenging to get a consistently strong plate on my pieces without mega-stress. So, having Jules on board for the sciencey bit nowadays is great. It leaves me much less stressed, and with lots more free time to enjoy at my studio doing other bits!
Like, playing around with and photographing all my gorgeous crystal stock, ready for my regular crystal live sales - which also take place in my studio:
Or, creating blogs like this one to share with you all!
Here is where it's all happening.
I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into my space.
Don't hesitate to ask any studio questions in the comments!