Sterling Silver Vessels are both decorative and functional. Sheets of sterling silver textures are created from cutting, folding, rolling or heating wire or sheet into specific patterns and fusing the pieces onto a flat sheet or disc. A Flat sheet or disc is pleated and folded and raised into the desired form. Many times combinations of these techniques are also used in making a piece.
When a piece is finished it is hand sanded and polished. It is then placed into a solution of liver of sulfur to blacken it. 4xxxx fine steel wool is used to bring up the high lights of the pleats or texture. The Final process is to wash in warm soapy water and dry with a very soft cotton cloth. For protection and to set the patina, I put a drop of olive oil on a soft cloth to polish the inside of the dish. All of the silver objects are food safe.
With the exception of foods high in sulfur like eggs or mayonnaise, Sterling silver Salt cellars, wasabi bowls and rice bowls may be used with most hot or cold foods. Teapots may be used for tea or any liquid. Make sure to hand wash and dry your piece after each use
Copper and Bronze Vessels are made from flat sheet ranging in thickness from 22 gauge to 6 gauge. Rectangular, square or round sheet is folded in accordion, T pleats or darts. Once the center balancing point is found the sheet is hand raised into a vessel.
The making of an Urn is a very intimate collaboration. Once the Vessels is made a lid is created to seal the piece. Each Urn is made to the specification of the client.
Never use any type of polish to clean your piece. You may use 4xxx steel wool to bring up a higher polish then use warm soapy water to wash the piece, rinse and dry with soft cotton towel.