You are here because you want to have something unique and special. You want something that has substance and a story. You also know a good value when you see one. Glad you found my shop. Welcome.
What is it made of?
I produce this small 18k gold plated song bird skull. It is cast from solid lead free German Silver or as it commonly known, white metal.
It is the metal of choice for the fashion jewelry trade here in NYC and around the world. I like it because it has weight to it without being clunky and it is easy for you to polish at home.
The bail in the back is cast as part of the piece so it is really sturdy. Also we made it wide enough to part any kind of chain or cord through it. People will be digging it up from the ruins after we are long gone.
I include a nice 18 inch black gun metal plated plated chain. You may also choose gold plated chain. Please tell me what length you would like in the message to the seller when you go through the checkout. I can keep all your info with your order that way.
Beware the pitfalls. This piece is metal. Not Plastic.
Be aware that there are people out there who will tell you their pieces are "cold cast". That is a way of avoiding telling you they are plastic. Those pieces feel like plastic. Those pieces look like plastic. Plastic is oil. When someone touches the piece around your neck and feels the weight of it they will only ask you what it's made of if it doesn't feel right. Go with metal. It feels right.
How well does it wear?
My cast metal plated pieces retain their luster.
Unfinished pot metals like pewter turn grey over time and lose their shine. If you like that look I do have an oxidized black version listed here in my shop. I sell a lot of those. I like the matte black finish.
I also cast this skull in Sterling Silver, Silver Plate, Brass, and Bronze.
Please have a look in my store for these options.
How do I make them?
I was introduced to these great old school guys in Hell's Kitchen who shoot white metal. They are the last house casting white metal in NYC. Most of the big casting companies moved overseas for cheap labor and no environmental regulation.
Luckily the gold plating place is right upstairs. I learn something every time I bike up there.
All of my cast pieces were designed, cast and finished here.
We are working together to foster the local small scale economy of people who make things. We strive to thrive.
The story of where the little skull came from.
Serene was walking the dogs up in the Adirondacks a few years back. It was spring and they found a deer skull with the antlers mostly chewed down by porcupines. They being dogs did what they do and tossed the skull about stirring up the leaves. She let them play and noticed something white poking up out of the leaves that didn't look like part of the deer skull. It was a bird skull.
Now those of you who like me have been pickin and poking through the woods for years know the odds of this. I have had some really nice finds. I have never found a bird skull.
I was so pleased when she decided to pass it along.
"Blue!" Keith the wax carver says. " Der ain't noooo way dat shkull is gonna keeyast." " Aw come'on you can cast anything" I say. " It's too thin! there's not likea milimeta theya."
"Biker Steve says it just needs beefed up with a little wax in the thin spots" I retort. " Steve said that?" he eyes me dubiously, one thick Irish eyebrow. " Yeah he did." I said pointedly.
This piece took a month. When it came out of the mold I knew we really had something.
How do I handle shipping?
If you buy this piece I will acknowledge the sale, and send you an email letting you know when it will go out and when to expect it. I have you every step of the way.
I'm keeping it real. Check my feedback.
I ship pieces out every day.
About shipping. I don't make a profit from shipping. The cost is for 1st class postage and the envelope.
International shipping is not a problem. It seems to take about a week for pieces to arrive safely in Europe.
Because there is no delivery confirmation for international mail I send them 1st class.
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Thanks for having a look. Blue