ACuriousElixir

Hand embossed metal art

Melbourne, Australia · 56 Sales

ACuriousElixir

Hand embossed metal art

Melbourne, Australia 56 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(21)
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Kaitlin

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Announcement   A Curious Elixir : Alchemical, mythological, heraldic and anatomical themes are embossed from shiny sheet pewter : textured, patinated, aged and polished : embellished with paint, gems and vintage illustrations.

I may sometimes reuse patterns though I never use a stamp or machine embosser to create my artworks – every piece of metal art in this shop is handmade and one of a kind.

I sometimes take works from my shop and put them into gallery shows or retail stores, so if you've seen a piece here that's no longer listed, please send me a convo and I can let you know if it's still available and where it's for sale.

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Last updated on Jul 10, 2016

A Curious Elixir : Alchemical, mythological, heraldic and anatomical themes are embossed from shiny sheet pewter : textured, patinated, aged and polished : embellished with paint, gems and vintage illustrations.

I may sometimes reuse patterns though I never use a stamp or machine embosser to create my artworks – every piece of metal art in this shop is handmade and one of a kind.

I sometimes take works from my shop and put them into gallery shows or retail stores, so if you've seen a piece here that's no longer listed, please send me a convo and I can let you know if it's still available and where it's for sale.

Kaitlin

Contact shop owner

Kaitlin

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(21)
sarah

sarah on Aug 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

She absolutely loves it, thank you so much!

thenan0man

thenan0man on Jun 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A lovely piece; very happy to have. Seller could not have been more accommodating throughout the whole transaction. Would highly reccomend and hope to work with her again soon! :)

Emine Kemal

Emine Kemal on Jun 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful piece of art, it's just as it appears in the picture if not more amazing in person. Well wrapped to survive the trip to the UK. It was supposed to be a gift for someone but I may just keep it...

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About

A Curious Elixir : an alchemical transformation of pewter into unique artworks

ANATOMICAL, HERALDIC AND MYTHOLOGICAL THEMES ARE EMBOSSED FROM SHEET METAL : TEXTURED, PATINATED, AGED AND POLISHED : EMBELLISHED WITH PAINT, GEMS AND VINTAGE ILLUSTRATIONS.

HOW I CREATE THE WORK
I am a Melbourne-based full time artist, specialising in metalworking and painting. Using a metal tooling technique known as repoussé, I emboss each piece by hand in my studio. After pressing the design into the pewter sheet, the surface is etched, bumped, scratched, marked, doused with a dark patinating solution and then polished back to give it a tarnished, aged look, leaving the metal surface stained with tones of blacks, browns, blues, golds and silvers – because this process is unpredictable, every piece is completely unique. The piece is then finished with gems, glass paint, enamels, iridescent pigments and sometimes patterned origami papers or vintage engraving imagery. Each wall piece is sealed with a layer of crystalline wax to protect the surface, mounted on mdf panel and framed up ready to hang. Each pendant is sealed into its backing with layers of crystal clear resin.

MY MATERIALS AND INSPIRATION
Pewter is my favourite metal to work with due to its softness and malleability, it is a bright silver with tints of gold warmth to its surface, and you can work into it to create delicately raised three-dimensional shapes, use patina solutions, stains or wax to age the design, or cut it away to reveal patterned or textured backgrounds. The glass paints I use are thick and translucent and reflect the light like an intense glaze, reminiscent of stained glass windows or cloisonné enamel. I use a variety of different gems, crystals and microbeads, some mounted in tiffany/prong-style settings, and bed them in with black antiquing wax. Some works feature vintage illustrations or patterned origami papers as collage elements.

Themes I’m inspired by lately: Vintage anatomical illustrations, danse macabre woodcuts, heraldic imagery, medieval tomb effigies, armour and weaponry, alchemical engravings, art nouveau and art deco, antique star maps.

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  • Kaitlin Beckett

    Owner, Creator

    I am a Melbourne-based full time artist, specialising in metalworking and painting.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 17, 2016
Welcome to A Curious Elixir, if you have any questions, please contact me before buying. You're most welcome to enquire about custom orders.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
After the full payment has been received, I ship within 3 working days.
Shipping
All wall art pieces are wrapped in paper, then bubblewrap, then boxed securely before shipping.

All jewellery pieces are enclosed in a velvet bag, wrapped in paper then bubblewrap, then boxed or tubed securely before shipping.

I ship regular airmail, signature on delivery or tracked standard post international, depending on the value of the item. Please check the individual listings for more information about how the piece will be shipped to you. I do ship worldwide wherever possible though I have not included shipping costs for all countries – if a shipping cost for your country is not listed, please contact me and I will give you a quote. Should an item's tracking information describe it as 'delivered' though it has not reached you, you will need to contact your local post office. I'm not able to safeguard against postal delays, please get in touch if you need it shipped express or with insurance.

Please note, the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs, and any duty/custom fees that may be incurred after I have posted the item. I'm not able to mark items as gifts on the customs form.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your item or it has somehow been damaged during shipping, please get in touch before leaving feedback and I'll do my best to sort things out. I've been selling artworks for many years now through my other online stores and I've never had an item go missing or arrive damaged so it's very unlikely!
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders: I am happy to create a custom order by adapting an existing design or creating something new for you. Please note that custom orders can take 2-4 weeks to complete (not including shipping times), depending on the complexity of the design and availability of materials.

Wall art aftercare: My pieces have been sealed to protect the surface, though as with all artworks, they should be handled with care. The surface may become scratched or otherwise damaged should the work be roughly handled or dropped, therefore they are not meant as children's toys, and should not be placed outdoors. Over time, dust may settle on the surface, so to clean the piece you can wipe over it gently with a soft cloth, ideally a metal or camera lens polishing cloth or even a soft old t-shirt (nothing scratchy). Please do not use any cleaning or metal polishing solutions on the surface as you may damage the finish.