The Process

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WATERLINE COLLECTION ™

Before they became jewellery, each piece in the Waterline Collection™ had another life as household copper pipe and was subject to constant erosion by the water pumped through it every day.  This erosion has given each piece its own unique character, and has been retained – and in some cases, accentuated – by the upcycling process.  Natalie has come to call these patterns Watermark™.  Each Waterline™ piece is therefore not only unique, but also made from 98-100% recycled materials.  They go through a transformative process of environmentally-sound cleaning, woodstove annealing, anvil hammering, and curator-style polishing.  This collection includes polished copper, Watermark™, and kiln-fired enamel pieces.

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WHAT IS UPCYCLING?

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.  The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones.  This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products.  Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution, and even greenhouse gas emissions.

THE ART OF ENAMELING

The use of glass in jewellery design is a product of the Second Millennium BCE where it appeared in a Mycenaean gold work. It resurfaced in the First Millennium BCE in Egyptian and Phoenician jewellery. In the centuries that followed, it became a popular technique among jewellery artists. Silver was rarely enameled by copper was widely used. The artists jewellery pieces follow the techniques set out several millennial ago. They are kiln-fired to around 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, until the powdered glass adheres to the copper. Many coats are fired until bright surface colours and a smooth texture are achieved.