The Materials

Andrea uses sterling silver.  Sterling is 92% pure silver with copper alloy added for strength.  She sources 95% of her materials within Canada.

The Process

The most time consuming part of creating each unique piece of jewellery is the letter pressing. Each individual piece of jewellery is hand stamped one letter at a time by Andrea. You can think of her as a human printing press.

The process of letter pressing is simply striking steel stamp with a hammer. This will leave an impression of the stamp. Andrea typically uses stamps of letters from 1/32″ to 1/2″.

Finishing

Andrea finishes her Jewellery with a matte finish or, as in her new pebble collection, a soft shine. This gives the jewellery the best look without compromising the readability of the quote.

Silver will tarnish, being a metal that is quite reactive to almost any compound, tarnish is a natural process.  High humidity, hair products and lotions, air, and even some foods will accelerate the process.  To revive your jewellery’s matte finish, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on the jewellery. Rub on with your fingertips, rinse with water and dry with a soft rag.  For my the Pebble collection, I have had a lot of sucess by lining a glass bowl with aluminum foil.  Fill the dish with hot steamy water and add a couple teaspoons each of baking soda and salt.  Drop your jewellery items into the dish so that they are touching each other and the foil.  Leave for 5 minutes.  Rinse and buff with a soft cloth.