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  • Liz Murphy on Aug 31, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is a piece of art that I feel so lucky to own. The seller is so easy to work with, the packaging is incredible and it arrived very quickly from Ukraine. This is my 3rd bottle stopper and I love them. (I will be cutting and pasting this on to my other recent purchase - the Deer bottle stopper - it is equally as gorgeous)

  • Liz Murphy on Aug 31, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is a piece of art that I feel so lucky to own. The seller is so easy to work with, the packaging is incredible and it arrived very quickly from Ukraine. This is my 3rd bottle stopper and I love them. (I will be cutting and pasting this on to my other recent purchase - the Lion bottle stopper - it is equally as gorgeous)

  • Liz Murphy on Jul 10, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    What a gifted artisan! I got this as for my daughter and she loves it - one of a kind and I have to say, the packaging alone was incredible and highlighted the singularity of this piece - thank you!

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There are two of us, Anna and Max. Our family turned into a family of three when the clock was showing 17:17. Doctor said that was an auspicious time. Since then we use these numbers to sign our creative projects.

Our daytime jobs revolve around sculpture, design, illustration and more. Here in our family studio we bring our ideas to life.

Bottles that our friends present for holidays now serve as plinths to showcase our tiny sculptures.

Actually we almost never drink alcohol. But we like to keep a few drinks left from parties and also to have something to treat our guests with. But rather than just closing our bottles, we prefer to turn our bottles into plinths for the little sculptures.

- How do we manufacture our products?

At first we use play dough to create a model (let's take a fox as an example). Then we make a model of rubber and pour in the wax. Then we create a gypsum form, evaporate the wax out and pour in the brass heated up to 970 °C (1778 °F).

After the gypsum form is broken, the fox comes to life. Quite a few processing stages are still on the way, though! We give cork the cone shape and put all the elements together into the bottle stopper! Please watch the video process - https://vimeo.com/162449046

Every product has its unique texture, because each time we make a new mold.

You can be sure that brass animals will live more than one life. They will preserve smell of many beverages and who knows - maybe your great-grandsons will use it to close a bottle of wine opened to celebrate their new dwelling!

Stoppers are little sculptures, they are cool, hard, heavy. As time goes by, the brass naturally gets darker if the stoppers are out of use. But if you occasionally hold the stoppers in your hands or perform some easy manipulations the stoppers will keep their shine and its bright, golden color.

Brass is an alive material that is changing all the time. Humidity, temperature and light can all have an impact on the product's color. In order to keep the stopper shining it is enough to use special liquids for the metal products. Or you can also use sal ammoniac or lemon juice and soft fabric to polish. Take away the cork stopper and separately clean the brass elements of the stopper, then put all the elements back together again. That's it! :)

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  • Anna Demchenko

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Creator, artist, designer, sculptor

  • Max Demchenko

    Owner, Curator, Creator

    Creator, artist, sculptor http://maxdemchenko.com/

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