Tiger Orchid Silver Jewellery start up

by Hayley King in Reading, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th July 2019 we successfully raised £1,659 with 14 supporters in 28 days

To raise funds for tools and materials to enable me to produce enough stock to start up and sell my handmade sterling silver jewellery

by Hayley King in Reading, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I would set up an online shop and be able to produce more designs and more stock using a lost wax carving method which is more costly but enables you to create 3D sculptures in was that are then cast into precious metal. 


I have been a hairdresser for over 15 years but sadly after an accident in 2018 I struggled standing for long periods of time which meant having to significantly reducing my working hours as a freelance hair stylist. During recovery I turned to my hobby of Silversmithing as my creative output. I continued to fall deeper in love with the craft and decided this year that I would like to make it my full time job. As a single parent it gives me the flexibility of working around the children's school hours and managing the symptoms of my injury. 

I got into Silversmithing after writing a bucket list of the things I would love to do and have never got around to doing. I went on a short course for beginners Silversmithing in April 2017 and loved it. I continued on a few further courses and began to slowly build up a collection of tools at home which helped me get more practice gradually building up my confidence and expertise. I love being able to turn my ideas in to wearable art for all to see. 

All of my designs are inspired by everyday life be it a tree, shape of a button, something in a book I have read but mostly from my love of astronomy, art and different cultures. 

The money I raise will be used to buy the last of the equipment that I need such as a pendant motor that will make polishing and finishing pieces easier and faster. To buy materials to make the jewellery, branded eco-friendly packaging, marketing material and a garden building that I can use as a studio. 

My vision is to build a brand that is fun, unique and producing great quality jewellery for everyone, men women and children.  This venture will enable me to have the flexibility I need for my family, to be creative and build a viable business to support my family.  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£65 or more

Sterling silver hammered ring

2 mm Sterling silver hammered ring

£10 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Tiger Orchid sticker

2 Tiger Orchid stickers to add some 'roar' to whatever you want

£20 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward Tiger Orchid T Shirt

White cotton T Shirt with Black Tiger Orchid Logo

£49 or more

Moon stud earrings

10 mm Sterling silver stud moon earrings

£129 or more

Hammered sterling silver bangle and ring set

A 4 mm sterling silver hammered bangle and ring set

£329 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Limited edition astronomy sculpted chunky ring

A limited edition chunky carved astronomy sterling silver ring in size P

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