Hand-made with Pewter
Pewter is a man-made alloy that is a combination of tin, copper and antimony. It is ideal for jewelry as it is bright and extremely malleable. High quality pewter contains no allergens such as nickel or lead. Pewter wearers also benefit from the maintenance-free finish, as pewter does not corrode or tarnish the way more finicky metals, such as silver, tend to. Selen does not recommend cleaning or polishing her artwork, other than a light buff with a soft cloth every once in a while to restore the sheen.
Selen Design pieces start from sketches done by Selen in her New York studio, and are then sculpted in clay, and modeled in wax. Those that make the final cut are cast in base pewter, once again in New York city. Antiquing is the process that gives the raw pewter its distinguishing finish and texture. Although all Selen Design work starts as pewter, many pieces are selected for plating, with copper and 24-carat gold plate being the most popular finishes. Some of the new experimental pieces are adorned with fresh-water pearls, abalone shells, coral, leather and resin.