Cat Mills Jewellery
I work in new and recycled sterling silver, with elements of brass or copper, and tiny amounts of recycled gold.
I love the contrasting colours of mixing copper and brass with silver. However anyone who has worn a copper bangle, will have found that the acidic nature of human sweat and other chemicals on the skin, such as soaps and lotions, react with both brass and copper. This reaction causes a green surface coating to form on the metal, and that colour gets transferred onto the skin.
The green colour is not harmful to your health. That being said you may not want a green stain on your finger, neck, or ear.
The idea behind the mixed metals is to get the contrasting colours of mixing in copper and brass with silver, but by keeping it mounted on the silver it keeps it away from the skin, making it wearable with out this green staining..
My cast pieces are made using a process carving a mould in a cuttlebone, molten silver is then pored into this design, burning the mould out in the process.
This creates totally unique one off pieces, that capture my hand carved designs, whilst retaining the beautiful organic “waves” that are the natural structure of the cuttlebone.
My cast pieces are made from recycled sterling silver, that I mostly source online. I am happy to repurpose your old broken silver into a unique piece with a personal twist..
Despite their name, cuttlefish are not fish but molluscs, that have a hard, internal structure called a “cuttlebone” for buoyancy control.
Cuttlefish only live for 1 to 2 years and you can often find cuttlebones washed up on beaches, a by-product of the sea, so not harming anything to reuse in this way.
Cuttlebone casting is an ancient technique of creating a cast object that dates back over 5000 years.
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