EMOSIWN

Handcrafted Japanese Enamel Jewellery & Wedding Rings

Cardiff, Wales 279 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (99)

EMOSIWN

Handcrafted Japanese Enamel Jewellery & Wedding Rings

Cardiff, Wales | 279 Sales

Yukiko Wilson

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Yukiko Wilson

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Last updated on 20 Sep, 2019

*If you have any questions or requests regarding ring sizes, enamel colours, scheduling and etc., please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to answer your questions.
♢ Featured article : https://www.togetherandsunspell.com/creatives/yukiko-wilson-jewellery-designer-and-owner-at-locca-enamel-jewellery-home-and-studio-cardiff
♢ Stories behind the creations
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♢ E・M・O・S・I・W・N [ www.emosiwn.com/ ]

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About

Ancient Enamel Techniques Meet Traditional Japanese Designs and the Nature of Wales

One of my aunts was an enamel artist and I would visit her studio in the corner of her garden in Tokyo when I was little. This might be the unconscious catalyst for my work with Shippo (enamel), one of the traditional artisan crafts of Japan. However it wasn't till many years later that after being inspired by the work of René Lalique I was lucky enough to study under a master artisan and world renowned enamel artist at her studio in Shibuya, a trendy part of Tokyo. After which for some years I then exhibited both nationally and internationally and sold work produced in my own studio near Mount Fuji.

I’m fascinated by the delicate nature of the effects that can be created by a glass-based medium on metal as well as the fact that its basic technique, creating art work by manipulating fire, hasn’t changed since the ancient Egyptians practiced the art around 2,000 B.C. – I find the continuity of this tradition very romantic.

There are several enamelling techniques. Currently my works are similar to the Champlevé style, where you apply enamel into hollows on a metal surface and Cloisonné, where you use metal ribbons to create design motifs to be filled with enamel.

To produce one of my pieces using the Champlevé technique is a long and slow process. Once I’ve created my design I’ll cut out two identical pieces of sheet metal. I’ll trace out my design on the one sheet and then cut the design out before soldering the two sheets together. I then pickle this in an acidic liquid to remove any oxidization on the metal. At this point a rubber mould is created from the original master prototype. A Champlevé style enamel technique requires a cast base for the production process. This is due to the temperature differences required between firing in a kiln and maintaining the integrity of the solder used in making a design prototype. Once a mould is created then a piece can be cast into silver or gold.

The next stage is to prepare the enamel colours. I use Japanese enamel powders in my work as their unique properties produce a very fine finish. Any fine particles are removed from the powder pigments as they could ‘cloud’ the fired enamel and then I mix any number of pigments together to create my own unique colours. Concentrated glue made from a sea plant called funori is mixed with the enamel powder before it’s applied to the piece and allowed to dry completely.

I then fire it at a temperature of 760 - 780℃ for a several minutes. After cooling it’s pickled in an acidic liquid for about an hour before being washed with bicarbonate soda. I then apply another coat of enamel and go through the process again. I may do this 3 or 4 times before the piece is ready for finishing.

To finish I use a grindstone or a diamond file to clean the surface before firing in a kiln again. I’ll repeat this stage before giving the piece a final polish with a stainless steel brush. I’ll then wash it with a mild detergent and once dry a new piece is finally ready for someone to love.

Born to a family running a traditional handcrafted kimono business, I have always been familiar with the longstanding heritage of Japanese design, especially patterns called Edo-komon. These designs often represent auspicious symbols, which even today, continue to have an almost spiritual hold over Japanese people. Whilst this design heritage heavily influences my work, since I have lived in Wales I have been working on new designs inspired by the landscape, history and nature of my new home and I am now looking forward to developing these designs into finished pieces for exhibition and sale.

Looking ahead I wish to continue to improve my skills and learn new techniques so that my work continually evolves technically. I wish to continue to develop ranges inspired by both Japan and Wales but also works that bring together both cultures. I am also fascinated by the design traditions of the other Celtic nations and I would like to explore that further as a source of inspiration for my work.

I work in enamelling in respect for the old craftsmanship and to preserve the ancient skills, but most importantly I value hand-made works that express the warmth of nature and human touch. I would be happy if my works could play a role in connecting ancient craft and design traditions, which were cherished by people in the past to a modern audience and if my work could be a special part of someone’s life, I would be most honoured.


My blog - Tales of Wales - A little bits and pieces of my daily life in Wales
http://locca.exblog.jp/

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Shop members

  • Yukiko Wilson

    Owner, Designer, Creator

Production partners

  • AA Fine Castings

    London, England

    Some of my Champlevé enamel works require a cast base as part of the production process. AA Fine Castings helps with this phase creating castings based on my original master prototypes. I greatly appreciate their excellent craftsmanship.

Shop policies

Last updated on 20 September, 2019
Thank you very much for visiting EMOSIWN.

I'm a UK based Japanese jewellery designer / maker.

My work is inspired by traditional Japanese motifs, nature, historic artefacts as well as things I've encountered while travelling. I use Japanese enamel with a variety of metals and other materials related to Japanese and other exotic cultures.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I gladly accept returns and exchanges. Refunds, excluding postage and custom import duties, will be given if goods are damaged upon receipt or if you are not satisfied with your purchase and the goods are returned via registered mail within the following days of receipt.

Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

- Custom or personalised orders, made-to-order items (with your any request - width, size or colours)
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale

Buyers are responsible for any postage and import duties. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Payment
Credit cards ( Etsy Direct Checkout ), Etsy Gift Vouchers, and Paypal.

Payment should be made within two business days of ordering.

Shipping will be processed once the order and payment transactions are fully completed.
Delivery
Please make sure the delivery address is correct.

UK
There are two types of delivery service depending on the item price.
Please let me know by convo if you would like to upgrade the delivery service before you place an order.

Items under £200
Delivered by Royal Mail 1st Class Small Parcel, which takes 1 or 2 business days.

Items over £200
Delivered by Royal Mail Signed For™ 1st Class, which takes 1 or 2 business days. Please be aware this service needs someone to sign for your package.


INTERNATIONAL
There are two types of delivery service depending on the item price.

Items under £200 are delivered by Royal Mail International Standard unless you request an upgraded delivery option. Please let me know by convo if you would like to upgrade the delivery service before you place an order. Delivery will be 3-5 business days for Western Europe and 5-7 business days for the rest of the world.

Items over £200 will be sent by Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed where available or International Signed. Both will take 3-5 business days for Western Europe and 5-7 business days for the rest of the world. For further information : http://www.royalmail.com/personal/international-delivery/international-tracked-signed

Please note that the above estimated days are Royal Mail's delivery aims and are not guaranteed therefore you delivery may need more time depending on exact locations, time of year, customs regulations as well as the weather.

For international orders, all customs import duties and taxes are the buyers' responsibilities. Please check with your local customs office to see whether there are any duties before your purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
GENERAL OVERVIEW

1.ENAMEL
I use Japanese hard enamel and often create the colours I use just for a single piece; my work is also all hand finished making each piece unique. I try to photograph the items as close to how they actually look but there may be subtle colour variations.

2. FINISH
Most of my metal work is hair-lined or hammered finished and I hope you enjoy the
handcrafted effect.

3. HALLMARK
The items indicated are hallmarked by The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office in London, UK. The punch marks are tiny and can look difficult to identify as they are marked on rough surfaces.

4. ENAMEL JEWELLERY REPAIR
Enamel is composed of a glass based medium which can be damaged by strong impacts. Due to the complex and delicate nature of enamel production it is not always possible to repair such damage.

5. SILVER JEWELLERY TREATMENT
Silver, especially a ring, can stay the same colour if you regularly wear it. Should it tarnish, I recommend using bicarbonate of soda, which is available in supermarkets, normally in the baking section. Use a well dampened cotton bud with a decent amount of bicarbonate of soda and rub the item to remove the staining. Then clean the item using a drop or two of washing detergent, which will not affect the enamel parts. Or you can use a silver polishing cloth but please DO NOT use a liquid silver polish as it might cause damage to the enamel.

6. RING SIZE
The size of each finger changes depending on the day or season so please check your size a few times before ordering.
The best way to measure it is to visit local jewellery shops. This service is normally free of charge.

Some items can be resized on request, however, because of the property of enamel,
only limited designs can be resized. I am happy to resize where available.

More information

Last updated on 16 May, 2019
Frequently asked questions
WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE ABOUT MY RING SIZE ?

 The best way to determine your size is to visit a local jewellery shop. Please make sure to check the size of the finger you are considering wearing a ring on. It would be helpful if you tell the jeweller the width you would like ( e.g. 3mm or 6mm ).
 The size of each finger changes depending on the day or season so please make sure your finger condition is normal.
 Please do not measure your size by using a string or a paper strip for the circumference to convert the size as it is difficult to determine the accurate size by this method.
 Please keep this idea in mind that a wedding ring should be a secure fit on your finger and it's better that you need to twist slightly when you remove the ring from your finger.

CAN YOU ARRANGE A FAST SERVICE?

Please check the shipping schedule for each item before placing an order. I can usually arrange faster schedule than the estimated time. Regarding hallmarking for gold rings, I can arrange a priority service with an extra cost. If you have a tight schedule, please feel free to contact me.

WHAT IF I ORDER THE RING THAT DID NOT FIT?

For simple marriage rings without enamel, I can usually resize. Please contact me first before you make an arrangement. It normally costs between £20 and £30 for silver items, £35 and £45 for gold items, including a Recorded Delivery postage.

WHAT KIND OF STYLES AND TEXTURES DO YOU HAVE FOR WEDDING RINGS?

There are five styles for wedding ring collection. The rings are all hand-crafted without using any electric tools.
All rings have round-edged comfort fit style with mainly between 2mm – 8mm widths. Wider rings would also be available depending on the design and the material. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
 Hammered texture / name:Tsuchime
 Hair-lined texture / name:Kai
 Hair-lined texture / name:Swan
 Embossed etching / name:Tatewaku Almond

WHAT TYPE OF METAL MATERIAL ARE AVAILABLE?

 18ct White / Yellow Gold
 9ct White / Yellow Gold
 Sterling silver
 Other materials might be available depending on the design style. Please feel free to contact me for any enquiries.

DO YOU HAVE AN ENGRAVING SERVICE?

Laser engraving for made-to-order items is available in a few different types of fonts for alphabets and numbers. Please contact me for more details and quotes.

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