Commissions

Commissions and Custom Orders

Creating bespoke pieces specially for our customers is a very important part of our services at Shalini Austin Designs. We firmly believe one design does NOT suit all and we work with you, our customer, to create something unique. Whether its a stone you choose from our selection or something you bring to us to wrap, we work hard to make it special for YOU.

Some projects are more challenging than others, some have a nice story attached to them, but the most important thing is that our customers trust us with something precious or cherished and we make them happy.

A few examples of bespoke designs created in our Stamford studio:

Copper Buttons


Felt Artist Eve Marshall commissioned copper buttons for her unique, colourful felted scarves. This amazing scarf was exhibited recently at ESC Artists Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre.

Arthur the Dodo

Another bespoke project for Artisan Felter Eve Marshall.


Read More about this design project.

Copper Wire Bird Feet


Felt Artist Eve Marshall commissioned copper wire bird feet for felt bird sculptures.

They turned out pretty cool don't you think? 

Project Seagull

Eve sent me a sketch with these notes:

  • 2 Sets of Seagull feet with knobbly knees please, approx 3 inches long
  • 2 beaks for seagulls

Bespoke Anniversary Present - Etched Copper Plaque


I was asked to make a gift for a very special couple who love their garden, He loves his shed, She loves rabbits.

Commissioned by client in USA, personally delivered to his friends in Stamford by Mr A. Client loves it, Recipients love it, I love my job! :-)

This is what the recipient had to say:

"Hi Shalini - Many thanks for the very beautiful copper plate engraving you did for me ordered by a very dear friend. The courier you chose remained discreet and would tell me nothing! LOL! I will treasure this along with the beach glass jewellery that you turned into jewellery for me - the glass sent to me by the same friend. My sincere thanks.........Helena"

S Link Bracelet with Agate Beads

I was contacted by an existing client saying her friend likes her S-Link copper necklace that I made last year and would like a Bracelet with something green with the same S links. I had these lovely Indian Agate beads in stock and sent her a picture, she liked the colour and I made this bracelet. This particular component design has been very popular and I have made several pieces with this design in copper and silver plated copper.

Feedback via email: 

"Hi Shalini, The Bracelet arrived today and Cathy is overjoyed with it.She said that the Green and Bronze of the Copper makes it look like an a old fashioned Christmas item in a really good way."

Copper Wire Components


Felt Artist Eve Marshall commissioned copper wire halos for some Christmas Angels she was making.

Eve's angels are really quirky. Just look at this Angel Mouse :-)

She has told me she will be making more animal angels and has plans for cat and dog angels for next Christmas so I should expect a repeat order. 

Sterling Silver Wire Cage Pendant


Tumble Stone (possibly Moonstone) provided by customer.

The request was something simple to show off the stone. 

Sterling Silver Bangle: Zig-Zag


This bracelet was commissioned in sterling silver after customer saw a picture of the original design is copper and silver plated copper. She wanted a sterling silver piece and wanted the wrap on the bracelet to be in silver too. 

Feedback via twitter: 

"Bracelet arrived today! Thank you, I love it :)"

Wire Weave Necklace and Bracelet set "Suzanne"


A bespoke order that started a whole new journey in wire weaving for Shalini.

We now accept bespoke orders for this design; and other Wire Weave bracelets and necklaces with wire and stone of your choice.  

Feedback via email:

"It has just arrived and once again it is more beautiful and elegant then the photos even try to capture. The detail is just exquisite and the colours of the beads and copper make it looks like it comes from another era, I can not wait to show it to my husband.
You need to put this on your Facebook and web page like now, to show everybody what you can do."

Amethyst and Sterling Silver Pendant

This beautiful chevron Amethyst was mined in Finland and brought back by the customers on their visit to the mines. They asked us to give the stone a polish and then wrap it in sterling silver so it could be a keepsake of their time at the mines.

Sara via Email:

"Dear Shalini, Just to let you know that the pendant has arrived safely, many thanks. It is lovely, just what I hoped for. I shall wear it for special occasions, like my brother in law's 70th birthday party. Thanks again for all your hard work. Best wishes"

Amber and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Pendants 


Amber Cabochons provided by customer. Absolutely amazing specimen with inclusions. He asked both pendants to be wrapped in sterling silver and left the wrapping style to my imagination. 

Gary via email:  

“Hi Shalini, received this morning and its stunningly beautiful. Showed it to my mother in law and her jaw hit the floor ha ha. You are such a talented person! Think I will take your web details to party as I’m sure her friends will want to know.”
and then another text “You have made a treasured family heirloom, thank you.”



Labradorite and Copper Wire Wrapped Pendant

This was a Christmas present commissioned on 1st December and delivered 9th December.  Customer chose one of our cabochons on display. He asked me to wrap it in copper and put it on a cotton cord.  He said, “I will let you decide the best way to wrap it.”

Rob on facebook:  

“My friend Anne absolutely loved it Shalini! Thank you again so much!”

Wire Sculpture Bonsai style Tree


A very special silver anniversary present

Mike via email:

"Maddy saw the grand unveiling tonight through slightly misty eyes and has not stopped looking at it since. She keeps moving it from place to place to try out all the contrasts with walls and light to see where its lustre and sparkle are best.
It's fair to say she really loves it. It's a very special addition to our home, our lives and our story.
Thank you for all your and David's magic. You've really started our anniversary celebrations perfectly."

Beach Glass Jewellery

Simple Wire Work pieces created for local customer from Easton-on-the-Hill near Stamford. She received the beach glass as a gift from her friend in the US who found it on a beach in California and wanted us to do something with it so she could show it off better.

Helena via facebook:

"Thrilled to bits with the jewellery you made for me Shalini – these were pieces of beach glass found on a beach in CA by a dear friend of mine – sent over to England and now something I can wear and be able to tell the story behind it all.
Many thanks Shalini – Highly recommended"

Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Moonstone Pendant


Tina gave me the cabochon and just said “I would like something with swirls.”

Wire and Mother of Pearl Tree


This tree was commissioned as a combined Christmas and Pearl Wedding anniversary present and is now living happily in Scotland. Tree made by Dave, Mother of Pearl chip beads added by Shalini.

Large Rose Quartz Tumble-stone & Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Pendant


This is a pendant I made specially for Dave’s mum. It was my first bespoke piece.

Tumble-stone polished in-house in our lapidary workshop

Opal and Sterling Silver Pendant


The customer gave us the Opal Cabochon which was a gift from her grandfather and requested a simple wire pendant. She looked through our designs on display at a craft fair and chose a simple wrap which showed off the stone fully. Wrapped by Dave.

Turquoise and Copper "S Links" Necklace


Customer saw a bracelet with this design and requested a necklace to be made using the same hammered copper wire S Links. 

This design can be made to order.

Suzanne via email:

"Received the necklace today, even better than the photo. Many thanks."


St Helena Rock Pendant wrapped in Copper wire + Display piece


More memories of St Helena Island for Em. A display piece to go into the "St Helena corner" in her home and another piece of Jewellery for her.  
Rock cut and polished in our in-house design Studio.

Em via email:
“I love love love my new pendant and the gorgeous display piece!!! Just amazing! Thanks again. Em x”

St Helena Rock Pendants wrapped in Sterling Silver


3 pendants wrapped in the same style from this rock from St Helena. It was a big chunk that Dave has cut into three.

The rocks were then wrapped by Shalini in Sterling Silver wire to create 3 unique pendants for three friends who went on holiday together to St Helena.

Em via email:

“Love love love them!! Be hard pushed to decide which one is mine! Thank you so much for making something so special to me into something so amazing!” 

Callum’s Tree 


This tree was commissioned by a family in memory of their little boy. The tree was dedicated for use as a prayer tree in Callum’s memory at their Church in Edinburgh.

Feedback via letter:

"We are delighted with the wire-sculptured prayer tree you recently made for us. Thank you very much for your generosity of time, skill and spirit."


Zebra Stone Pendants 


Surprise birthday present. The recipient had a Zebra Stone pendant which he misplaced and this is to replace the lost pendant.

The rough stone provided by the customer was large enough to create two similar pieces and now they both have a matching pendant. Sent on a leather thong.

Sterling Silver St Helena Rock Pendants 2014


Repeat commission from the lovely Em. She went on holiday to St Helena Island again in 2013 and brought back more beautiful rocks.

More lovely feedback :-) One piece was delivered first then the other two.

“Hiya, Safely in receipt of the pendant and I absolutely LOVE it – it’s amazing. I know Stacy will love it too but I’ll let you know her reaction after I give it to her. Thanks again for all your hard work.”

Labradorite & Sterling Silver Brooch 


70th Birthday present. Basically I was told there should be curls and swirls and “I am happy for you to go ahead and use your own style.“ 

Labradorite Cabochon cut and polished in-house in our lapidary workshop

Sterling Silver Tiger Eye Wire Wrap Pendant


Birthday present commission.

Client emailed to ask if I could make a necklace using a stone he was going to provide. He sent over this gorgeous Tiger Eye Tumble-stone beautifully polished and with fabulous markings. 

Peter via email:

"She really liked it :-) thank you. Thanks once again for all your help, assistance and emails it made it so easy. I'm really happy with the finished piece it was a real talking point yesterday."


Moonstone Pendant  with Silver Plated copper wire


This pendant was specially commissioned by the customer for a very dear friend who loves stones. 

I enjoyed cutting and polishing the cabochon from rough as this was my first attempt at polishing Moonstone and some of the slabs proved to be “difficult” I finished three cabs and wrapped this one as it was my favourite of the three.

Blue Goldstone & Gold Fill Wire Pendants


2 bridesmaid pendants with an “S” shape, wrapped as similar to each other as possible. 2 different sizes. One of my most challenging projects till date which I really enjoyed making.

Ready made Cabochon sourced from a UK based shop on eBay as we did not have any rough gold-stone in stock to cut and polish. at the time of this order.

Sarah via email:

“Thanks so much, I'm really pleased with them. I can’t wait to give the to my bridesmaids.”

Amethyst and Coral Pendant with Gold Fill Wire 


The lady wanted a statement piece in purple and red to match her dress for her daughter’s wedding. Dave cut and polished the Amethyst and Shalini  wrapped it.

Jo via email:

“Dear Shalini, Just a note to say thank you, once again, for making me the lovely amethyst pendant. It was very much admired at our daughter’s wedding last week. Everyone was asking where I had bought it from, as it matched my dress so perfectly!!
Many thanks and I’ll know where to go if I need another something special. Best wishes"

Amethyst Pendant and Earrings Set with Gold Fill Wire 


This was a Christmas present order. After seeing some of our Labradorite pieces the customer requested a Triangle shaped pendant in a purple stone with matching earrings. He wanted something which would stand out.

Amethyst cut, polished and wrapped by Dave

Amethyst and Freshwater Pearls Circlet  on silver plated copper wire


I will be totally honest that I was really not sure what I was doing when I first took this project on. It took a couple of practice runs and this is the first circlet I ever made!

Amethyst tumblestone polished in-house in our lapidary workshop.

Amethyst Angel Card Readings on facebook:

“Thank you so much for this circlet Shalini it is even more beautiful than the pictures show. I am very proud to be wearing this at my marriage celebration.”