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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

How to care for and protect resin jewellery

I am often asked how to care for resin jewellery and the ways to prevent wear and tear or even discolouration to the resin.

Resin jewellery is prone to discolouration or yellowing if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. I always ensure that the resin I use is an industrial type of resin, containing UV inhibitors and is therefore UV stabilized to minimise such damage. Most craft resins and home project resins are not UV stabilized.

Resin Jewellery
Resin Jewellery

I always supply customers with care instructions with their completed jewellery. If these simple instructions are followed, the jewellery will last a life time. I have items of resin jewellery that I made over 10 years ago and they still look as new.

The following summarise the methods used to care for resin jewellery:

1) To keep the shine to silver jewellery and findings, use an excellent quality silver polishing cloth, such as Goddard's silver polish cloth that can be purchased from most supermarkets.

Silver polishing cloth
Silver polishing cloth

2) Avoid exposing the resin jewellery to unnecessary chemicals or products which may cause damage to the silver or resin. e.g., Sun lotion, bleach and other related products can damage silver and resin.

3) Regularly polishing the resin jewellery with a small amount of carnauba wax will prevent scratches and wear to the resin. I use Meguiars Deep Crystal Step 3 Carnauba Wax that can be purchased from any car maintenance shop such as Halfords.

Resing care - Wax
Resing care - Wax

4) Resin jewellery can be cleaned with lukewarm soapy water if required, but bathing, showering, and swimming with resin jewellery should be avoided to prevent over exposure.

5) Resin jewellery should not be exposed to extended periods of sun or heat as this can cause unnecessary bleaching and damage to the jewellery

6) When the resin jewellery is not being worn, it is best to keep it in its original packaging to help keep it in optimum condition.

I hope these care instructions for resin jewellery are helpful and enables you to have many years of enjoyment from your jewellery.

Mick

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Bespoke Paperweights Containing Medical Vials

So, this is my first blog post of 2022 and a Happy New Year to you all! This is likely to be the last thing you would want to see after the difficult couple of years we have had; however late last year I was asked to make several bespoke paperweights containing medical vials (yes you know the sort!).
Bespoke paperweights containing medical vials
Bespoke paperweights containing medical vials

The custom-made resin paperweights containing the vials are to be given as Christmas presents for the clinicians and admin staff of a primary care network (who have given up so many weekends over the past year to get them delivered).

Custom made paperweight gift for a Clinician

Obviously, the vials were empty (and sterilised) before they were sent to me. I encased the vials within bespoke square resin paperweights, and they turned out great

I am sure they made great gifts however the recipients may not want a reminder of the past year! I do hope this year is better for all of us and we manage to get back to the things that we love.

Mick

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Keepsake Jewellery for Teeth

 Not a question that gets asked every day, but I have been asked this many times "can you preserve teeth for me into jewellery?". These are often a collection of baby teeth saved from a child, a puppy tooth, or even the teeth kept from a family member or loved one. I have set the teeth within resin keepsake jewellery, forming pendants, keyrings and even paperweights. 

This is an example of a puppy tooth, preserved within a resin heart and attached to a keyring.

Puppy tooth keyring
Puppy tooth keyring

This is an example of a collection of teeth that have been saved over a period of many years and preserved within a resin paperweight.

A collection of teeth within a paperweight
A collection of teeth within a paperweight

This is a tiny canine puppy tooth preserved within a resin pendant.

Puppy canine tooth pendant
Puppy canine tooth pendant

And a tiny baby tooth preserved within a heart shaped keyring.

Tiny baby tooth keyring
Tiny baby tooth keyring

And finally, a large dog canine tooth set within a keyring and personalised with the dog's name.

Dog canine tooth resin keyring
Dog canine tooth resin keyring

So, this article has led me to think about what is the largest tooth ever discovered? Did you know that scientists have discovered woolly mammoth teeth as old as 1.2 million years old! These teeth were so well preserved, due to them being buried underneath the Siberian permafrost, that the scientists were able to extract DNA from the teeth. Making this the oldest DNA in existence!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my collection of items that I have made from teeth.

Mick

Monday, 25 October 2021

Handmade Steampunk Coffee Table

I thought I would show off my industrial looking steampunk coffee table that I recently handmade. The coffee table was inspired by a similar one that I saw being sold in the USA, however due to the high import duties, I thought I would make my own.
My handmade steampunk coffee table
My handmade steampunk coffee table

The wooden frame of the steampunk coffee table was provided for me by a craftsman in the UK. The frame is formed from recycled scaffold boards and beautifully stained with Danish oil. I added the cast iron corner brackets to the table to give it an industrial feel. The most difficult item to source were the square headed screws. I eventually found some on eBay, and the seller had just enough of them for my requirements; I then sprayed them to match the corner brackets. Pipe fittings were then added to the underside of the table to form the legs.

Steampunk coffee table - side view
Steampunk coffee table - side view



Inside the frame of the steampunk coffee table, I added quite an intricate maze of pipe fittings. pressure gauges, a stopcock, and light fittings. As you can appreciate this was quite a complicated jigsaw to sort out! I spent several hours scratching my head trying to get the fittings evenly distributed within the table, however I am incredibly pleased with the result!

Steampunk coffee table - Lighting
Steampunk coffee table - Lighting


An electrical supply was fitted to the steampunk table and threaded through the pipework to power the Edison style bulbs. The table was then topped with a sheet of tempered glass, attached to the table with mirror screws. The steampunk coffee table has been an enormous success for my son and his art studies; the light shining through the glass has created a lightbox that aids him when tracing pictures.

Steampunk coffee table - Details

I hope you have been inspired by my coffee table made from recycled objects!

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Electrician Gift – Promotional Paperweight

I recently finished making this resin paperweight containing a lightbulb. The paperweight is one of several paperweights I have been asked to make for the owner of an electrical services company in London. 

Lightbulb Paperweight - Electrician Gift
Lightbulb Paperweight - Electrician Gift


The electrician who has recently started his company, required several custom paperweights making so that he could give them to his clients in order to advertise and promote his business. The custom-made paperweight contains a real lightbulb and is further personalised with the website address for the company.

Promotional paperweights for an Electrician
Promotional paperweights for an Electrician


The lightbulb paperweight would make an unusual gift to give to present to an electrician, anyone involved in the lighting industry or even somebody who has recently had a bright idea!

If you would like to see more examples of my custom-made paperweights that I have made, please select from the menu above.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

World Trade Center stamped coin souvenir

It has been 20 years since the deadly attacks of 9/11, and I thought on this anniversary that I would share a custom-made paperweight I was asked to make earlier this year.

I was sent an elongated coin that had been pressed during a tourist visit to the World Trade Center in January 2001, just eight months before the attack on the twin towers. The coin has been pressed with an image of the New York sky line, complete with the twin towers and the wording ‘World Trade Center – New York’.

World Trade Center coin souvenir custom paperweight
World Trade Center coin souvenir custom paperweight


Presumably the souvenir coin pressing machine was located within a tourist area of the Word Trade Center, perhaps at the entrance or an observation deck?

I encased the coin within a square resin paperweight and included some lettering to record the occasion. If  you would like to see more of my custom-made paperweights, please view them from the menu above.

Thanks

Mick

Friday, 2 July 2021

My memorial jewellery for hair and ashes on display

 I was contacted recently by Rose of Kane Family Funerals, an independent, family owned, and family run funeral directors based in Bradford. Kane Family Funerals expressed an interest in having samples of my resin memorial jewellery and paperweights containing hair and ashes for display in their shop.

I produced a range of jewellery for ashes, hair keepsake jewellery and paperweights and here they are on display within their Bradford shop.

Shpangle Jewellery on display in Bradford
Shpangle Jewellery on display in Bradford

I am particularly proud to have my memorial items on display in the Kane Family Funerals’ shop because they share the same ethos as me. Providing a personal service with the importance of providing care and detail to families.

Memorial Jewellery Bradford
Memorial Jewellery Bradford

Rose even produced a poster advertising my work. It reads “Shpangle – more than just jewellery. Hand-crafted by Mick Cluley. Beautiful resin memorial items encasing what glass cannot. Each piece uniquely holds: a lock of hair, handwriting or printed fingerprint, a photo or scrap of material, sand or soil from a special place, cremated ash”.

Shpangle Jewellery Poster
Shpangle Jewellery Poster

So, if you are local to the area of Bradford, or are passing through the area, please visit the shop to view my memorial jewellery.

Remembrance items Bradford
Remembrance items Bradford

They also have an extensive range of other remembrance items for both loved ones and pets.

Many thanks for reading

Mick