Second, contact me by sending me an email at Lisa@LLMetalworks.com or by giving me a call at 201-477-0457.
Third, we’ll work together to finalize a design, budget and timeline. Unless you already know just what you want, I will send you sketches and alternative design ideas and we will together modify them to meet you vision and needs.
Fourth, I will ask for a deposit of 10-20% of the agreed budget to acquire supplies and materials and secure my time.
Fifth, I’ll get to work and send you photos and updates of the progress of your piece along the way.
Finally, once the piece is finished, I’ll determine final shipping costs and send a final bill along with the finished piece.
• The complexity of the piece – it may take some time and production of several prototypes for me to determine the best way to make a piece, or an item may be made up of several different components that must work harmoniously together.
• The labor-intensity of the piece – some pieces are relatively straightforward and simple while others require several different steps and processes or lots of hand detail work.
• The materials that will go into making the piece – some projects will require me to special order materials specifically for the piece or will require a large amount of expensive inputs.
If you look at the items in the Shop as examples, the variety of prices shown there reflect the variables described above. For instance, the Hearts and Hooks item, which includes four separate forged pieces (the three hooks and the base) assembled with hand-rivets, is priced higher than the Double Hook, which is forged from a single piece of steel. Likewise, the Forged Lily Arrangement involves the labor-intensive and time-consuming process of forging multiple components and meticulous assembly.
KITCHEN KNIFE CARE AND INFORMATION
Don’t leave the knife soaking in the sink and NEVER PUT THESE KNIVES IN THE DISHWASHER! A dishwasher has a sand blasting effect on the edges of fine knives.
If acid or water sits on the surface of the blade, deep pitting or red rust may appear. Scrub those spots with a green scrubbie or some 600 grit sandpaper. If the blade is already patinated from use it will create a shiny spot. Use as normal and the patina will reestablish itself.
Sharpening should be done on a fine stone or steel. Do not use any sort of “pull through” sharpener.
In order to maintain a shiny surface, stainless steel must contain at least 12% cromium. That chromium keeps the blades shiny, but every other aspect of knife performance suffers.