How To Commission A Unique Piece February 11 2015

We get a lot of emails on a daily basis and around 50% of those are from people inquiring about commissioning a unique piece of jewellery. We're lucky enough to own our own high-end laser cutter so we've done so many commissions over the years that we've literally lost count. Most are something very personal to the wearer, some are private jokes, lots are images of pets and one even featured an anatomically correct penis! Nothing is off the table.

Because it's something we get asked about so often, I thought I'd write a little blog about the process of commissioning a piece of pet jewellery from us. Firstly, we'll ask you for the dimensions of the piece. Everyone is completely different and so what might be dainty to you can be a statement piece to someone else so getting the correct size of the piece is incredibly important.

Secondly, we'll ask for a good quality image from you. Often, pets are hard to photograph so it can be helpful to send multiple photos but always detail which pose/stance you'd like the pet to be in and whether you'd like the whole thing or just the face, etc.

Once you've given us all the details including size, colour scheme and chain length, we'll then send you a direct invoice and take payment up front. Then we get to work on a design. Design work can take us anywhere between 1 and 4 weeks depending on how busy we are but we always try to get it done as soon as humanly possible!

At this point, if you've requested a proof, we'll send you our design for approval, otherwise we'll get stuck right in and make a wearable piece based on your exact specifications.

 So, finally, here's the checklist of information you need to provide when emailing for a commission:

1) A verbal outline of the piece you'd like.
2) A picture of the item/pet/idea that you want
3) An idea of the size of the finished piece
4)The length and colour of the chain you'd like
5) The colour scheme of the pendant/brooch/earrings
6) A rough deadline (it may not always be possible for us to meet the deadlines but we always try to comply)

Sometimes it may feel like a lengthy process but we always simplify everything as much as we can and we'll work as hard as possible with you to make sure you get the perfect jewellery. Our pricing structure can differ wildly depending on size, materials and complexity of the design so be sure to email for a full quote if you've got something in mind! We can't wait to hear from you :)