Wednesday, 13 May 2020

My Fossil Dino Poop Jewellery has been featured in a book!

My fossilised Dinosaur poop jewellery has been featured in a new National Geographic book 'Weird but true Dinosaurs"! This is the first time my jewellery has been featured within a book and I am extremely happy!

Dinosaur Poop Jewellery
Dinosaur Poop Jewellery


I made the fossilised Dinosaur poop jewellery back in 2014 for a bit of fun, and you can read about it here:

https://www.shpangle.co.uk/Dinosaur_Poop_Gifts.php

Let me know if you have ever made anything that has been featured in a book.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Shpangle on YouTube - Hair Keepsake Jewellery

Hi and I hope everyone is staying safe and well! Although I am still busy making keepsake jewellery for people, I have had some spare time to make a YouTube channel. Please subscribe to it if you can. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ4Glrp2r5NPCWgTlQHU4ZQ




The above is my first attempt at a video about my hair keepsake jewellery. Please forgive me for the accompanying music but it is all I could find that was the right length.

Thanks for watching and Take Care
Mick

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

How to Preserve a Child's Arts & Crafts Models

I originally started to write this article before the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; however it seems to be even more relevant now with the majority of children being at home. Many children are home-schooling in isolation at this time; with many arts and crafts items being made daily.

Firstly I must say that I wish I had known how to preserve my son’s craft models when he was younger. I have been asked on quite a few occasions to preserve a child’s model within resin paperweights. Often these pieces of art are made while the child is at nursery, pre-school or early years at primary school and taken home. They can be quite delicate in nature and over the years can become damaged without protection.

Whether it is Plasticine, Playdough (Play-Doh), Fimo or other craft modelling method used, I can encase the model within a paperweight, to be preserved and enjoyed for years to come.

This is an example of a child’s Christmas decoration made out of Plasticine at pre-school. Obviously, without protect, the decoration would degrade over the years. However, once preserved within the paperweight, the Child’s art can be enjoyed every day, without the worry of it becoming damaged.

Paperweight for a child's Plasticine decoration
Paperweight for a child's Plasticine decoration

This is an example of a piece of art made by a child using Hama Beads, I have preserved this within a resin paperweight and personalised the paperweight with a customer supplied message.

Paperweight for a Hama Bead craft creation
Paperweight for a Hama Bead craft creation

This is an example of a piece of art made by a child using a form of air dry clay. The model is again preserved within a domed paperweight.

Paperweight for a Child's clay craft creation

And it is not just modelling clay crafts that can be preserved within paperweights; I can also preserve other modelling craft items including sugar icing flowers and other embellishments for cakes.

I hope that everybody is staying safe and well during this uncertain period; and this article has provided you with some inspiration!

Take care

Mick

Friday, 31 January 2020

Custom made retirement paperweight gift

I was asked some time ago if I could make a custom made paperweight for a UK company. The company specialised in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of industrial products and they wanted to send me some machined components for incorporating into the paperweight. The paperweight was to be given as a retirement gift to one of their long standing employees.

This is the finished paperweight containing the bearings and other machined components that they provided. I also included the company logo and the name and date of the gentleman who was retiring from the company.
Since making this paperweight for the company.

Custom made company retirement paperweight - corporate gift
Custom made company retirement paperweight


I have often thought how special this must have been to the recipient of the paperweight; to receive something custom made and unique to them, containing items that they may have worked with for many years.

Similar paperweights could also be provided by companies as client gifts or corporate paperweights, showcasing the products that they manufacture or supply.

If you would like to see more examples of my custom made paperweights, please visit my custom paperweights gallery page.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Jewellery for Ashes Ideas

I have been making memorial jewellery and other keepsakes containing cremated ashes for the last 10 years so I thought I would illustrate some of the options that I have available. I take pride in offering a fully personalised service when it comes to making the jewellery, however if you would like to see some previous examples, please visit my Jewellery for Ashes gallery of images.

Keepsake jewellery for cremated ashes
Keepsake jewellery for cremated ashes


The resin jewellery and keepsakes for ashes have an advantage over glass jewellery because they can be further personalised with the addition of other objects. I can provide most items such as real forget me not flowers, however if the customer wishes to send their own sentimental items (for example photographs) to be included within the jewellery, that is fine too.

Resin Pendants for Ashes

The resin pendants for ashes can be made in many shapes and sizes; the pendants can be coloured, and other objects incorporated into the design (small flowers, silver lettering for names, dates etc). The resin pendants have a three dimensional appearance and really do look beautiful with the ashes suspended throughout.
Cremated ashes and forget me not flower resin heart pendant
Cremated ashes and forget me not flower resin heart pendant

Colourful keepsake pendant for ashes
Colourful keepsake pendant for ashes

Ashes and hearts keepsake jewellery
Ashes and hearts keepsake jewellery

Sterling Silver Pendants for Ashes

As with my resin pendants for ashes, the sterling silver pendants can also be made in many shapes and sizes. These pendants however have an additional benefit; due to the silver backing to the pendants, I can also engrave names, dates and personalised messages onto the back of the pendant. The sterling silver pendants for ashes are generally smaller than my resin pendants. I can still incorporate small objects such as real forget me not flowers into the design, and the pendant settings can also be coloured.

Sterling silver cross shaped pendant for ashes
Sterling silver cross shaped pendant for ashes

Sterling silver oblong shaped pendant for ashes
Sterling silver oblong shaped pendant for ashes

Sterling silver round pendant for ashes
Sterling silver round pendant for ashes

Sterling silver round pendant for ashes and forget me not flower
Sterling silver round pendant for ashes and forget me not

Rings for Ashes

I currently make several different styles of rings for cremated ashes. The ring settings containing the ashes can be left clear or coloured to any colour; the rings are all sized to fit the correct finger size.

Sterling silver memorial ring for ashes
Sterling silver memorial ring for ashes

Sterling silver rings for ashes and locks of hair
Sterling silver rings for ashes and locks of hair

Sterling silver ring for ashes (suitable for a male)
Sterling silver ring for ashes (suitable for a male)

Bracelets for Ashes

My sterling silver bracelets for ashes are formed by linking sterling silver oval charms containing the ashes together. The sterling silver bracelets can be sized to suit and I can engrave the back of each charm with names, dates and messages. The bracelet charms can hold ashes, photographs, a lock of hair, small flowers etc.

Personalised sterling silver bracelets for ashes
Personalised sterling silver bracelets for ashes


Alternatively, any of my pendant shapes and designs detailed above can be supplied as hanging bracelet charms. The charms containing the ashes are all fitted with a silver jump ring that can be connected directly to a bracelet or alternatively I can also add a lobster clasp clip.

Hanging bracelet charms for ashes
Hanging bracelet charms for ashes


Cufflinks for Ashes

The sterling silver cufflinks settings containing the cremated ashes can be coloured, left clear, and other objects included if required (small flowers, initials, hearts, stars etc).

Sterling silver cufflinks for cremated ashes
Sterling silver cufflinks for cremated ashes

Earrings and Ear studs for Ashes

My resin pendant shapes can be supplied as drop earrings containing the cremated ashes and other objects such as real flowers.

Ashes and forget me not flower drop earrrings
Ashes and forget me not flower drop earrrings


Alternatively I can make several styles of sterling silver ear studs for ashes.

Sterling silver ear studs for ashes
Sterling silver ear studs for ashes

Keyrings for Ashes

Any of my pendant shapes and designs illustrated above can be supplied as keyrings for ashes. The resin keyrings have an added benefit being double sided. The ashes and other objects can be encased within one side of the keyring and a photograph or personalised messaged displayed on the reverse side.

Colourful keyring for ashes
Colourful keyring for ashes

Personalised keyring for ashes
Personalised keyring for ashes

Paperweights for Ashes

My memorial paperweights containing ashes can be made as an alternative to a piece of jewellery. The paperweights can be made either domed or square and I can incorporate other objects such as flowers, photographs and personalised messages into the paperweights.

Domed paperweight for ashes
Domed paperweight for ashes

Custom made paperweight for ashes
Custom made paperweight for ashes


Many thanks for reading this page containing ideas for jewellery containing ashes, if you have any questions or designs in mind, please contact me.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

How to preserve a piece of football ground grass turf

So, if you are reading this you are either a regular follower of my blog, or you may have come across this through having an interest in the preservation  of a piece of turf!

As an avid follower of football, rugby and other sports, I can appreciate the sense of pride when your team takes part and preferably wins a final of a national competition. In the spring of 2016 I was contacted by a fan of Hibernian FC with a very interesting request.

On 21st May 2016, Hibernian FC beat Rangers FC in the 131st Scottish Cup Final held at Hampden Park. This was Hibernian FC’s first win of the Scottish Cup in 114 years, having last won the cup in 1902 and only one time previous to that in 1887. As you can imagine, as a fan of Hibernian FC this was a momentous victory, ending the long drought of not winning the competition.

Hibernian FC Scottish Cup winners 2016
Hibernian FC Scottish Cup winners 2016


A small piece of Hampden Park’s hallowed turf was gathered by one fan, presumably as he left the terraces to leave the ground. The piece of turf may even have been dropped by the boots of a Hibernian FC player. (Although I do hope it wasn’t from the massive pitch invasion that happened at the end of the game). The Hibernian fan took the piece of turf home, still celebrating his team’s amazing victory and then contacted me in the hope that I could preserve the turf in resin.

Paperweight containing a piece of Hampden Park turf
Paperweight containing a piece of Hampden Park turf


And this is the result; I set the piece of turf within a square paperweight and added details of the achievement to the paperweight. What a lovely way to preserve the memories of this victory.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Memorial Jewellery Ideas for Men - Jewellery for Ashes or Hair

I am often asked about what types of jewellery or other gifts incorporating cremated ashes or hair are available for a male. Hopefully the following will provide some options and inspiration for men’s memorial jewellery incorporating ashes or hair.

Men’s Pendants for Ashes or Hair

My sterling silver pendants for ashes or hair can be made in many shapes and sizes, I am confident that I could provide something suitable for a man. From basic pendant shapes such as oblong, circular or square, the ashes or lock of hair are encased within resin against a sterling silver bezel.

Men's Memorial Pendant for Ashes
Men's Pendant for Ashes

Men's Memorial Hair Locket
Men's Pendant for a Lock of Hair


The resin holding the hair or ashes can be coloured or left clear and other objects added if required to further personalise the pendants. The memorial pendants can also be supplied with leather thong style necklace chains (instead of the sterling silver chains that I usually supply with the pendants).

Keyrings for Ashes or a Lock of Hair

Any of my pendant shapes and designs can be supplied as memorial keyrings for ashes or a lock of hair. The ashes or lock of hair can be combined with other objects to further personalise them such as silver lettering for names or messages, small objects such as small flowers.

Memorial Keyring for Ashes
Keyring for Ashes 

Memorial Keyring for a Lock of Hair
Keyring for a Lock of Hair


My sterling silver oval pendants containing ashes or hair can also be engraved with names, dates and messages if required.

Alternatively, the pendants can be supplied mounted on ribbon within the jewellery box; allowing the keepsake containing the ashes or hair to be displayed.


Cufflinks for Ashes or Hair

As an alternative to pendants or keyrings for ashes or hair, some men may prefer to wear cufflinks. My sterling silver cufflinks (as seen below) are a lovely way to carry a piece of somebody special and they are often requested for wedding gifts to the groom.

Memorial Cufflinks for Ashes
Cufflinks for Ashes

Memorial Cufflinks Hair
Cufflinks for Lock of Hair


The memorial cufflink settings can be coloured or left clear. They can be made different if required (for example different locks of hair or ashes can be set within each cufflink setting).

Tie-slides for Ashes or Hair

The tie slides for ashes or a lock of hair are similar to my cufflinks above. The ashes or lock of hair are set within resin against a sterling silver setting. The memorial tie slide setting can be coloured or left clear.

Tieslide for a Lock of Hair

Paperweights for Ashes or a Lock of Hair

As an alternative to an item of jewellery, my paperweights for ashes or a lock of hair provide a lovely display piece. The memorial paperweights can be made in the traditional domed shape or square and along with the ashes or lock of hair, I can further personalise the paperweights with photographs, text and other sentimental items.

Memorial Paperweight for Ashes
Paperweight for Ashes
Paperweight for Locks of Hair
Paperweight for Locks of Hair


I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas for the types of memorial jewellery available for cremated ashes or a lock of hair. If there is something I have missed or if you have an alternative idea for memorial jewellery, please let me know.