Saturday, 17 December 2011

Gorgeous Boxes for Christmas by Maria Santos Alcantara

Using a combination of enamels, veneers, semi-precious stones or glass. Maria creates beautiful mirrors, boxes, photo frames and decorative panels.  No two pieces are exactly alike as no casting or pressing is involved. Each piece has been worked individually from her own designs. Pewter and Silver foil are a relatively new innovation and its malleability enables quite intricate repousse and chase techniques to be used. Modern pewter contains no lead and is made up of 91% Tin, 1,5% Antimony and 7,5% Copper. Much of her inspiration comes from the natural world and the flexibility of pewter enables me to recreate the beauty of nature in every small detail. Pewter has an enduring quality and since it does not oxidise, it requires no other care than an occasional dust.

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