Brooches by emily kidson A contemporary brooch in Formica, walnut and silver. The front is orange Formica with handmade silver and oxidised silver dot pins. The dots continue over the side and onto the back with silver inlay. The brooch fitting is handmade in oxidised silver with a steel pin. Please note, each dot brooch is entirely made by hand so may differ slightly from the one in the image shown. Features Primary Material : laminate Other Materials : oxidised silver, silver and wood Pin Type : pin Dimensions (mm) : 50 x 50 x 10 One of a Kind : No Hallmarked : No Cleaning InstructionsMy work is made from a range of different materials and it is worth being aware of these and their care requirements so that your jewellery remains in the best possible condition. When jewellery is not being worn it is best to keep it in it’s box. This slows down the natural process of silver tarnishing and helps prevent chipping and scratching of other materials.The wood used in my jewellery is walnut and it is finished with a protective layer of wax. If your wooden jewellery gets wet, allow it to dry and reseal it with a thin layer of bees wax or furniture wax applied with a soft cloth.Laminate is a hard wearing material often used for table tops and similar. I use sheet laminate which I connect with a rivet or laminate to wood. Care needs to be taken to avoid chipping and scratching. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth.Oxidised silver has been treated with a chemical solution to give a dark grey/black finish. This does wear away over time particularly in exposed areas which adds to the character of the piece. Do not place oxidised silver items in a silver dip or use a silver cloth as this will remove the oxidisation.