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Shalini Austin Metalsmith for Just A Card Indie Week

#JustaCard #IndieWeek (25 – 29 NOVEMBER)

This week it is Justacard Indie Week run by the fabulous folk at Just a Card. A week to share and talk about independent businesses, artists, makers and designers. A week to support all the small businesses we know, those who sell on the internet, those who trade on social media and those who have […]

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Design Process - work in progress

Design Process

I will be lying if I said I have a special design process and draw lots of sketches and plan the design of each piece meticulously because very often I make it up as I go along… Read more in my March Meet the Maker Instagram post: View this post on Instagram A post shared […]

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Work in Progress: Cutting up Salvaged Copper

I have just cut off a large piece from the salvaged copper tank I got earlier this year. The sheet is now soaking in vinegar so I can clean it up and get it ready for crafting copper things. I have to make leaves, bowls and trinket trays for the Lamport Hall craft show during […]

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Dream Collaboration

Dream Collaboration

#MarchMeettheMaker I have collaborated a lot with Artisan Felter Eve Marshall and we have made many pieces together including our amazing ‘Dancing Mor’ More about collaborations on Instagram: View this post on Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt 19. Dream collaboration I am open to collaborating with other artists and designers. It does not have to be something […]

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Mistakes and Lessons

#MarchMeettheMaker The only way to get over mistakes is to treat every mistake as a lesson – swear a bit, maybe even sulk a bit, learn from it and move on to create something new. View this post on Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt 18. Mistake or lesson I have made, and continue to make, many mistakes […]

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Workspace

#MarchMeettheMaker This is my workspace in one corner of our living room.  We set this up over the Christmas break and I think my studio space is looking pretty cool! Thank you Mr A for sorting out the lights and other bits 🙂 View this post on Instagram Playing #marchmeetthemaker catch up… I am on […]

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Motivation and Goals

Motivation and Goals

#MarchMeettheMaker What motivates me? You all do! Customers, friends, family and sometimes random stranger son social media who like my work or leave a nice comment. Thank you all! View this post on Instagram #MarchMeettheMaker Prompt 15. Motivation/Goals What motivates me? You all do! #Customers who buy from me and recommend my work to others. […]

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How I Learnt

#MarchMeettheMaker Most important things about learning: You never stop learning Practice, Practice, Practice. View this post on Instagram #MarchMeettheMaker Prompt 14. How I learnt Two most important things about learning are 1) You never stop learning & 2) Practice, Practice, Practice. I have not had formal training as such. I have not attended any workshops, […]

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Photography

#MarchMeettheMaker Where do I take photos? All the ‘work in progress’ photos are taken on my phone. Product photos and videos in the online shop and sometimes YouTube are taken in our awesome light tent using a little Cannon camera More about Photography on Instagram: View this post on Instagram #marchmeetthemaker prompt 13. Photography All […]

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Hands at Work: Shgalini Austin Metalsmith

Hands at Work

#MarchMeettheMaker Metalsmithing is not particularly glamorous and I cannot remember the last time my hands (especially nails) looked pretty… But it is what my hands produce that matters and I thinks I do make rather nice copper things with my hands 🙂 View this post on Instagram #MarchMeettheMaker Prompt 12. Hands at work – I […]

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Reducing Waste in my work

Reducing Waste

#MarchMeettheMaker – The 11th prompt for Joanne Hawker’s March Meet the Maker challenge is Reducing waste. I recycle copper when I can. – Copper pipes are fun to shape into sculptures and jewellery. – Copper salvaged from old tanks can be made into wall art, sculptures, jewellery… wherever your imagination takes you really. Here is […]

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You (Me)

#MarchMeettheMaker Not a lot to tell really… I am from India, moved to UK in 2000 after I married my husband. We met in Madrid, were married in Delhi and now live in Stamford, Lincolnshire with our two dogs Taj and Manali – She sneaked into the photo! ????  More on Instagram View this post […]

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Story Behind Name

#MarchMeettheMaker There isn’t a story behind the name really, I just decided to use my name. More in the Instagram post below 🙂 View this post on Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker – 9. Story behind name. It is just me ???? I started as a jewellery make & named my business ‘Jewellery by Shalini’. Things have progressed. […]

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Product Range

#MarchMeettheMaker I make Copper jewellery, sculptures, decorative items and giftware. Please do visit my website to see my range of products available to buy. View this post on Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker Prompt 8. Product range I make Copper Things. I hand-craft decorative copper items, metal and wire jewellery, wire sculptures and occasionally lapidary specimen. I mostly […]

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Less Glam Side

#MarchMeettheMaker My job is very glamorous these days… I have come a long way from boring work like Event Management, Movie Premiers and Chikankari parties for Bollywood people for sure ???? View this post on Instagram #marchmeetthemaker prompt 7: Less glam side Did I mention yesterday that on my list of jobs one is “wind […]

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