What do I make?
I make fun, pop-culture filled, snarky, geeky, cutesy, and bespoke stamped metal items!
What is bespoke?
Bespoke is an old-world term for custom, made-to-order goods. I love the classic mouthfeel of it, I'm such a word-nerd!
What inspires me?
Life! (The universe, and everything!) Honestly, I'm inspired by whatever I'm binging at the time, whether it be books, movies, or TV shows. Right now I'm on a huge L.M. Montgomery re-reading kick, but I also just finished a whole slew of Sarah J. Maas novels and watched The Greatest Showman like fifteen times, so my items have had a lot of old-timey and romantic quotes!
But what IS it?
I mostly work with aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and brass for handstamping, as pure as I can get it! The aluminum is food-grade, hypoallergenic, and non-tarnishing. The stainless steel I work with is medical-grade and either plain stainless or rose gold/gold plated. I also have a few pieces of precious metal, it super freaks me out to work with such expensive stuff, so I mostly stick with aluminum!
How do you make all this cool sh-t?!
I take either pre-cut or personally hand-sawed metal, secure it safely to my steel bench block, and hammer away! Every letter, every design element, period, comma, what-have-you is an individual stamp that is hammered by me! This means that everything I make is completely unique, just due to the fact that I am not a machine - I measure and space everything out as best I can, but every piece will come out slightly different. I then sand smooth all rough edges, color-fill the stamping, and polish it up to a beautiful shine.