Islamic Tile Inspired Brooch
This commission was so personal for me, my Dad came to me with a design in mind that he wanted me to make from my Mum for her birthday. So this one is even more unique, incredibly personal and a million times more special. It was a real challenge doing such intricate Rankaku work on a curved surface, and I'm so happy that Mum has this piece.
Have you got a Brooch design you'd love to see? Let me know!
One of the specific Urushi techniques i use is Rankaku-nuri, 卵殻塗 or Just Rankaku.
Uniquely with the Rankaku technique the white seen in the bespoke pieces i make is real eggshell. After removing the inner membrane of the eggshell, it is pressed into mugi-urushi or nori-urushi, crushing it into small pieces with the finger. Alternatively the eggshell is broken, individually shaped and then embedded into the lacquered surface of the piece. Over the following weeks the surface is coated in successive layers of lacquer. Normally a diluted layers of Kuro-urushi, 黒漆, but more recently i have also been experimenting with using pigmented Iro-urushi, 呂色漆.
Then the surface is sanded back smooth and polished to reveal the unique modern mosaic.
- Rankaku-nuri • 卵殻塗 - The use of eggshells as an inlay material.
- Iro-urushi • 色漆 - Lit. colored lacquer. Urushi colored with pigments.
- Kuro-urushi • 黒漆 - Lit. black lacquer.
Urushi is an extremely durable material. Historical examples of lacquerware many hundreds and even thousands of years old can be found in exquisite condition with barely any deterioration in its finish even after decades of use. However, urushi pieces are not impervious to damage. When misused, they are still prone to the chips and scratches that any other object can sustain.
As urushi lacquer naturally hardens under high humidity. Humidity is good for urushi lacquer. The Worst thing for Urushi pieces is drying so periodic use and wearing your Urushi pieces is the best thing you can do since the moisture in your hands and in the air gives Urushi its natural shine.
Urushi pieces will literary shine more after your use, repeated use and wiping or buffing with the palm of your hand is all that is needed to keep that slick shiny look Urushi pieces have.
- Do not clean urushi with abrasives or harsh chemicals. Although urushi can withstand many every day chemicals such as alcohols, acids and bases, it will not withstand some harsher chemicals. Wash Urushi pieces with a simple detergent and water with a soft, non abrasive sponge or cloth.
- Keep Raden and Rankaku away from acids and ink. Both Raden (mother-of-pearl) and Rankaku (eggshell) can be damaged by acids. Pieces with exposed Raden or Rankaku inlays should be kept away from sources of acid such as vinegar or citrus juice and some inks.
Shipping and Returns
Shipping and Returns
Everything is dispatched from my studio in Barcelona, 1-3 days after the order has been placed, normally using UPS. I send everything via tracked post and a signature is required on delivery, you will receive a tracking number on the same day as your item is dispatched. I send your beautiful packages this way to ensure they remain safe and can be tracked, this ensures we know where they are at all times and minimizes risk.
Under normal circumstances UPS shipping within Spain will get to you in 2 or 3 working days after dispatch. Ireland and the EU about 4 - 6 working days. International deliveries may vary but are sent via DHL or UPS.
However due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic there are some significant delays both within and outside of Spain. So I really appreciate your patience as postal services try to deal with what must be a very difficult situation.
I offer free delivery to all EU and UK orders over €200 and free delivery to all International orders over €250. Orders outside of the EU (which now also means the UK) may be subject to import or customs fees.
Peak times such as Christmas may also experience delays.
If you are concerned about the length of time you have been waiting for your piece, please please do get in touch. I promise to do my absolute best to resolve any issues. Excellent customer service is a cornerstone of my small business and I want nothing more than for my clients to be happy with their shopping experience. If I can help you in any way, get in contact.
I offer a 28 day full refund return policy.
I know It can be difficult to know if the item will suit you for what you want, especially when online shopping. So with that, if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please do contact me within 28 days of receiving it. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, I cannot accept returns of earrings that have been worn.
When I receive the full order, and ensure it is still in its original condition and packaging. I will refund the full price of your purchase. However I cannot accept responsibility for repaying postage and handling charges of the return.
Each piece, each individual earring is different. We are unique individuals and our jewellery should reflect that! Why settle or normal and ordinary when you’re not.
If you want something made just for you, message me! Maybe you want a larger version or something with more weight to it, or even something with more orange. Anything can be done, just ask, asking if free!