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Plating can be a bit of a science, to say the least. I know it's taken us a long time to get our heads around how it all works.

We thought we might create an easy to understand info-graphic to hopefully explain the plating we use on our M+M products in a more simplistic and visual sense. We will also include this graphic in the resources pages on the Metal + Maker website making it easier to access for future reference if needed.

For those looking for a way more in depth scientific explanation, Ben will be working on that for a future post :)

Ben & FionaThe Metal + Maker Team





**UPDATE**

We have had a few questions regarding the IP plating with 18ct gold on our products which we stated on our infographic above. Just a few things to keep in mind.. IP is a form/process of plating (other forms are electroplating, dipping, etc) and the coating can be a number of materials (gold, brass, copper, etc.) to achieved the desired colour.

Ben will be working on a full scientific break down and in depth explanation of the full process and materials in the coming weeks! (Please be patient it will be after we move)

Previously we haven't had official certification about the authenticity of our 18ct gold and as you can understand we did not want to advertise our products as 18ct gold plated if testing came back and it wasn't, with that said we have now gone through the costly and timely process to make sure we are indeed providing our customers with genuine 18ct gold plating!

We were prompting to go through the process at the same time we were required to supply a certificate of REACH testing for our UK customers.

All this will further be explained in Bens coming post regarding our plated products but yes Metal + Maker offers 18ct Gold Plating 😊


Please let us know if you have any questions, we can make note of them and try and add them to Bens in depth explanation!

Thanks,
Your Metal + Maker Team



M+M Product Plating

Monday, 8 May 2017






Plating can be a bit of a science, to say the least. I know it's taken us a long time to get our heads around how it all works.

We thought we might create an easy to understand info-graphic to hopefully explain the plating we use on our M+M products in a more simplistic and visual sense. We will also include this graphic in the resources pages on the Metal + Maker website making it easier to access for future reference if needed.

For those looking for a way more in depth scientific explanation, Ben will be working on that for a future post :)

Ben & FionaThe Metal + Maker Team





**UPDATE**

We have had a few questions regarding the IP plating with 18ct gold on our products which we stated on our infographic above. Just a few things to keep in mind.. IP is a form/process of plating (other forms are electroplating, dipping, etc) and the coating can be a number of materials (gold, brass, copper, etc.) to achieved the desired colour.

Ben will be working on a full scientific break down and in depth explanation of the full process and materials in the coming weeks! (Please be patient it will be after we move)

Previously we haven't had official certification about the authenticity of our 18ct gold and as you can understand we did not want to advertise our products as 18ct gold plated if testing came back and it wasn't, with that said we have now gone through the costly and timely process to make sure we are indeed providing our customers with genuine 18ct gold plating!

We were prompting to go through the process at the same time we were required to supply a certificate of REACH testing for our UK customers.

All this will further be explained in Bens coming post regarding our plated products but yes Metal + Maker offers 18ct Gold Plating 😊


Please let us know if you have any questions, we can make note of them and try and add them to Bens in depth explanation!

Thanks,
Your Metal + Maker Team




There is no denying, we just LOVE simplicity and our Premium Offset Circles symbolize classic elegance at it's finest. They are made with a luxe premium thickness and because they are available in three sizes and three colours, you can create all sorts of different combinations!


"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." - Henry Wadsworth 

We have definitely adapted a less is best approach throughout most of our products; Simple - Classic - Elegant. We love creating designs that will last generations, something that can be passed down as a sentimental heirloom. With that said, I think our Mothers Day choice is crystal clear! To check out all our designs that we know your customers will love, please head to the website HERE!! :)


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Our Mothers Day Recommendation

Thursday, 4 May 2017


There is no denying, we just LOVE simplicity and our Premium Offset Circles symbolize classic elegance at it's finest. They are made with a luxe premium thickness and because they are available in three sizes and three colours, you can create all sorts of different combinations!


"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." - Henry Wadsworth 

We have definitely adapted a less is best approach throughout most of our products; Simple - Classic - Elegant. We love creating designs that will last generations, something that can be passed down as a sentimental heirloom. With that said, I think our Mothers Day choice is crystal clear! To check out all our designs that we know your customers will love, please head to the website HERE!! :)


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We have some amazing new things in the pipework’s! One in particular is a new design concept we have been working on for nearly a year now!! We have encountered so many timely ‘back to the drawing board’ moments to try and make sure this design functions in the way we want it to. We never anticipated to have so many setbacks, the concept itself seems quite straight forward but the finer details and measurements have not been as easy to work out as we hoped. Just as we thought we worked out measurements, sample molds came back and the reality was not what we had designed on paper. With our biggest priority making sure every element worked seamlessly together without issues or compromises, this definitely ended up being our biggest challenge. 

Putting all our energy into this one design has taken its toll but we are FINALLY entering into the final stages and can see our design coming together. After a year of drawing, calculating, molding, creating samples, no go’s, emotional deflation, tweaking, and around and around again, we are now super excited our persistence and hard work has paid off and we have just given the green light on full production.

We expect these babies to land in our hands in just over 8 weeks and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!!

We can’t wait to share more with you but in the meantime a little hint for you guys in this special little corner of the internet … CCC … ;-)

Ben & Fiona
Your Metal + Maker Team


Combine - Create - Change

 

Sneak Peak of a New Design Concept!


We have some amazing new things in the pipework’s! One in particular is a new design concept we have been working on for nearly a year now!! We have encountered so many timely ‘back to the drawing board’ moments to try and make sure this design functions in the way we want it to. We never anticipated to have so many setbacks, the concept itself seems quite straight forward but the finer details and measurements have not been as easy to work out as we hoped. Just as we thought we worked out measurements, sample molds came back and the reality was not what we had designed on paper. With our biggest priority making sure every element worked seamlessly together without issues or compromises, this definitely ended up being our biggest challenge. 

Putting all our energy into this one design has taken its toll but we are FINALLY entering into the final stages and can see our design coming together. After a year of drawing, calculating, molding, creating samples, no go’s, emotional deflation, tweaking, and around and around again, we are now super excited our persistence and hard work has paid off and we have just given the green light on full production.

We expect these babies to land in our hands in just over 8 weeks and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!!

We can’t wait to share more with you but in the meantime a little hint for you guys in this special little corner of the internet … CCC … ;-)

Ben & Fiona
Your Metal + Maker Team


Combine - Create - Change

 



Welcome to Metal + Maker.

We have officially sent out an email and announced our change from MDC to Metal + Maker!!... Surprise!! We hope you're exploring the Metal + Maker website, social channels and have a feel for our new vibe.

I wanted to go through a little bit of the story, the reasons for our decision and how we ended up here. Also, I want to give you a run down of all things Metal + Maker and the plans we have for the future.

We are so glad to have you join us here! Let's get right into it, shall we?!

Changing MDC to Metal + Maker is a bold move for us but this has been something we have been working towards for a long time however, timing has never felt as right as it does now!

For nearly a year now we have been discussing what's next for MDC. As business owners, we have learnt a lot and as individuals, we have grown SOO much!! This has also left us feeling like MDC wasn't living up to our dreams and the vision we had, we knew the potential for MDC was way bigger than the reality of it.

With the sudden move to a whole new state due to family reasons back in October last year, it definitely threw a spanner in the works and we have been trying to play catch up for the last 6 months not only with MDC but also adjusting our home life with a complete sense of unknown, this has been a real challenge for us and quite emotionally draining.

It has been one hell of a journey thus far but we are SOOO excited to be moving forward in the direction that feels more aligned with who we are as individuals and what we have been working towards to really help support our jewellery loving community.

Introducing Metal + Maker was the next phase of our journey...

We felt it necessary to rebrand entirely! A new name, new colours, new concepts, adding lots of new resources and support avenues!

This is a HUGE step for us! We have been somewhat MIA for awhile now but we are ready and coming back with lots of love and passion for what we do and we are just bursting with excitement as we move forward with Metal + Maker.

We have lots of new exclusive products in the works, one which we are hoping will be received well by our customers! We have also been working together with a tool manufacturing company and fingers crossed we will be able to release our own Metal + Maker brand of tools that are top quality! 

We anticipate the remainder of 2017 being jammed packed with lots of wonderful things surfacing! We proclaim 2017 as our year of fun, freshness and we hope to create some amazing connections with our customers.

I know some of you might be feeling overwhelmed, don't worry we understand, it's a lot of information to digest, and we know CHANGE is always scary at the best of times!! We will try our absolute hardest to make this transition an easy one!



Some of our new links to get familiar with...


Our new website address is www.metalandmaker.com.au Make sure to clear your browser history and save the new web address to your favourites! We have changed the domain but behind the scenes is working all the same. Accounts, login and order history remain the same.


We also have our new email address admin@metalandmaker.com.au make sure to add us to your contact list so our emails don't end up in your junk folder.

And.. JUST IN CASE, we will have the old MDC web address and emails forwarding to Metal + Maker for a few months to help ease the transition.



We have also created a Metal + Maker Facebook page you can like & follow if you wish - www.fb.com/metalandmaker please remember it is a public domain so anything posted over there is open to viewing by anyone on Facebook, including your friends and friends of friends depending on your privacy settings.




As well as an open business page we have created a new Facebook Group! To help protect our customers, we have created the new group for our current ACTIVE CUSTOMERS ONLY! This group is closed so anything on here will be private and posts will only be seen by members included in this group. Because this Facebook VIP Group is available to active customers only, we will be cross checking our records when approving members - www.fb.com/groups/metalandmaker If you're an active customer and we haven't approved your request in a timely manner please email us and we can look into it  =)

For all our Instagram lovers, this is Fiona's favourite platform so she will be over there @metalandmaker posting and interacting in a more creative and visual manner. The plan is to use this platform to share lots of fun, inspiring and creative things and snippets of behind the scenes with Metal + Maker  www.instagram.com/metalandmaker It is a public profile for anyone to follow and view!


We love Pinterest, it's a great platform for keeping lots of articles, useful tips, inspiration, and creative ideas all in one place! We will have boards for different topics and we aim to add to this regularly www.pinterest.com/metalandmaker/

Of course, here we are our NEW Blog! We are looking to expand into creating this as an online space / community where we can share advice, experiences, inspiration and a whole bunch of other wonderful things more in depth than on our other platforms. We receive several questions daily and despite running for nearly 4 years we too are still learning new things all the time. This is our corner of the web we are most excited about and this is to help support you guys.
Some of the things we would love to start sharing require a bit more space, our aim is to include videos, pictures, tutorials, ideas, etc.

We believe that nothing is ever as straightforward as it may first seem. Our blog has been designed not only for Metal + Maker product related topics but we will be providing support on a vast number of topics related to your business like products, photography, website, marketing, packaging, accounting, tip & tricks, you name it we will try our best to contribute what we can.

Hopefully, you're still with us!! It's been a long one!! We are just so excited and there was so much to cover!! But I think that's a wrap!!... for now!

We respect and value all co-creators and believe that we are all in this together, we couldn't do what we love without you so we are beyond blessed and grateful for all your support and patience through our entire journey!

Cheers to new beginnings! We are looking forward to this new chapter and of course if there is anything you need please feel free to get in touch anytime.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team












All Things Metal + Maker

Sunday, 26 March 2017



Welcome to Metal + Maker.

We have officially sent out an email and announced our change from MDC to Metal + Maker!!... Surprise!! We hope you're exploring the Metal + Maker website, social channels and have a feel for our new vibe.

I wanted to go through a little bit of the story, the reasons for our decision and how we ended up here. Also, I want to give you a run down of all things Metal + Maker and the plans we have for the future.

We are so glad to have you join us here! Let's get right into it, shall we?!

Changing MDC to Metal + Maker is a bold move for us but this has been something we have been working towards for a long time however, timing has never felt as right as it does now!

For nearly a year now we have been discussing what's next for MDC. As business owners, we have learnt a lot and as individuals, we have grown SOO much!! This has also left us feeling like MDC wasn't living up to our dreams and the vision we had, we knew the potential for MDC was way bigger than the reality of it.

With the sudden move to a whole new state due to family reasons back in October last year, it definitely threw a spanner in the works and we have been trying to play catch up for the last 6 months not only with MDC but also adjusting our home life with a complete sense of unknown, this has been a real challenge for us and quite emotionally draining.

It has been one hell of a journey thus far but we are SOOO excited to be moving forward in the direction that feels more aligned with who we are as individuals and what we have been working towards to really help support our jewellery loving community.

Introducing Metal + Maker was the next phase of our journey...

We felt it necessary to rebrand entirely! A new name, new colours, new concepts, adding lots of new resources and support avenues!

This is a HUGE step for us! We have been somewhat MIA for awhile now but we are ready and coming back with lots of love and passion for what we do and we are just bursting with excitement as we move forward with Metal + Maker.

We have lots of new exclusive products in the works, one which we are hoping will be received well by our customers! We have also been working together with a tool manufacturing company and fingers crossed we will be able to release our own Metal + Maker brand of tools that are top quality! 

We anticipate the remainder of 2017 being jammed packed with lots of wonderful things surfacing! We proclaim 2017 as our year of fun, freshness and we hope to create some amazing connections with our customers.

I know some of you might be feeling overwhelmed, don't worry we understand, it's a lot of information to digest, and we know CHANGE is always scary at the best of times!! We will try our absolute hardest to make this transition an easy one!



Some of our new links to get familiar with...


Our new website address is www.metalandmaker.com.au Make sure to clear your browser history and save the new web address to your favourites! We have changed the domain but behind the scenes is working all the same. Accounts, login and order history remain the same.


We also have our new email address admin@metalandmaker.com.au make sure to add us to your contact list so our emails don't end up in your junk folder.

And.. JUST IN CASE, we will have the old MDC web address and emails forwarding to Metal + Maker for a few months to help ease the transition.



We have also created a Metal + Maker Facebook page you can like & follow if you wish - www.fb.com/metalandmaker please remember it is a public domain so anything posted over there is open to viewing by anyone on Facebook, including your friends and friends of friends depending on your privacy settings.




As well as an open business page we have created a new Facebook Group! To help protect our customers, we have created the new group for our current ACTIVE CUSTOMERS ONLY! This group is closed so anything on here will be private and posts will only be seen by members included in this group. Because this Facebook VIP Group is available to active customers only, we will be cross checking our records when approving members - www.fb.com/groups/metalandmaker If you're an active customer and we haven't approved your request in a timely manner please email us and we can look into it  =)

For all our Instagram lovers, this is Fiona's favourite platform so she will be over there @metalandmaker posting and interacting in a more creative and visual manner. The plan is to use this platform to share lots of fun, inspiring and creative things and snippets of behind the scenes with Metal + Maker  www.instagram.com/metalandmaker It is a public profile for anyone to follow and view!


We love Pinterest, it's a great platform for keeping lots of articles, useful tips, inspiration, and creative ideas all in one place! We will have boards for different topics and we aim to add to this regularly www.pinterest.com/metalandmaker/

Of course, here we are our NEW Blog! We are looking to expand into creating this as an online space / community where we can share advice, experiences, inspiration and a whole bunch of other wonderful things more in depth than on our other platforms. We receive several questions daily and despite running for nearly 4 years we too are still learning new things all the time. This is our corner of the web we are most excited about and this is to help support you guys.
Some of the things we would love to start sharing require a bit more space, our aim is to include videos, pictures, tutorials, ideas, etc.

We believe that nothing is ever as straightforward as it may first seem. Our blog has been designed not only for Metal + Maker product related topics but we will be providing support on a vast number of topics related to your business like products, photography, website, marketing, packaging, accounting, tip & tricks, you name it we will try our best to contribute what we can.

Hopefully, you're still with us!! It's been a long one!! We are just so excited and there was so much to cover!! But I think that's a wrap!!... for now!

We respect and value all co-creators and believe that we are all in this together, we couldn't do what we love without you so we are beyond blessed and grateful for all your support and patience through our entire journey!

Cheers to new beginnings! We are looking forward to this new chapter and of course if there is anything you need please feel free to get in touch anytime.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team















If you've found us over here, you may have realised we have undergone some major changes.

A new name + new colours and branding + updated site info + of course our blog.

Never fear we are still the same people with the same visions and values we have for our business however, we are looking to expand into creating an online space / community where we can share advice, experiences, inspiration and a whole bunch of other wonderful things to help support you guys. We receive several questions daily and despite running for nearly 4 years we too are still learning new things all the time.

We have our beloved Facebook group however, some of the things we would love to start sharing require a bit more space, our aim is to include videos, pictures, tutorials, ideas, etc.

We believe that nothing is ever as straightforward as it may first seem. Our blog has been designed not only for Metal + Maker product related questions but we will be providing support on a vast number of topics related to your business like products, photography, website, marketing, packaging, accounting, tip & tricks, you name it we will try our best to contribute what we can.

Owning and growing a business is a journey filled with lots of ups and downs, wins and defeats, just when everything seems to be going okay, the next second we are just as easily lost. We all need support so we are here to help provide as much as we can.

The Inspiration Exchange is a place to exchange and share ideas and information that you can come back to and gather insight or inspiration from at any time.

Please understand we are in no way experts but we have a lot of passion & drive and we are always open to learning and further growing our skills.

Of course, if there is anything you would love us to include on our blog or if you have any helpful insight please get in touch, after all this is all about the exchange of support we can give to each other.

We look forward to having you here and we are excited to start sharing more with you.

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team

The reasons for our Blog!

Saturday, 25 March 2017




If you've found us over here, you may have realised we have undergone some major changes.

A new name + new colours and branding + updated site info + of course our blog.

Never fear we are still the same people with the same visions and values we have for our business however, we are looking to expand into creating an online space / community where we can share advice, experiences, inspiration and a whole bunch of other wonderful things to help support you guys. We receive several questions daily and despite running for nearly 4 years we too are still learning new things all the time.

We have our beloved Facebook group however, some of the things we would love to start sharing require a bit more space, our aim is to include videos, pictures, tutorials, ideas, etc.

We believe that nothing is ever as straightforward as it may first seem. Our blog has been designed not only for Metal + Maker product related questions but we will be providing support on a vast number of topics related to your business like products, photography, website, marketing, packaging, accounting, tip & tricks, you name it we will try our best to contribute what we can.

Owning and growing a business is a journey filled with lots of ups and downs, wins and defeats, just when everything seems to be going okay, the next second we are just as easily lost. We all need support so we are here to help provide as much as we can.

The Inspiration Exchange is a place to exchange and share ideas and information that you can come back to and gather insight or inspiration from at any time.

Please understand we are in no way experts but we have a lot of passion & drive and we are always open to learning and further growing our skills.

Of course, if there is anything you would love us to include on our blog or if you have any helpful insight please get in touch, after all this is all about the exchange of support we can give to each other.

We look forward to having you here and we are excited to start sharing more with you.

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team


Metal + Maker is no ordinary wholesale company.

We are a husband and wife team doing what we do because it’s what we love. We are NOT a big, no name, no face business, instead we are driven by passion and together we create unique designs that we can share with others. We take great pride in our business ethics and loyalties, with our foundations built on honesty, integrity and reliability. We are about creating connections with our customers and believe in supporting those that support us day to day.

From humble beginnings in 2013, Metal + Maker (Formally Metal Design Concepts) has been providing jewellery blanks and findings (now tools) to people across the globe.

It is important to us to use the highest quality of materials, specialising in jewellery grade 304 & 316 Stainless Steel. Polished to a high shine or Ion Plated in Gold or Rose Gold, each piece has been carefully and lovingly designed and created with the purpose for Jewellers, Engravers and Hand Stampers to create personalised jewellery items.

We respect and value all co-creators and believe that we are all in this together, so when you buy from us you can feel safe knowing that what matters to us is not only the quality of our products but also the service we provide for every customer, strongly believing we would not be able to do what we love without You and it is You that helps support ourselves and our family.

We are truly blessed to have made so many wonderful connections on this journey so far and we look forward to lots more to come.

Should you need anything from us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for being here and joining our journey,

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team






Our Story

Wednesday, 22 March 2017



Metal + Maker is no ordinary wholesale company.

We are a husband and wife team doing what we do because it’s what we love. We are NOT a big, no name, no face business, instead we are driven by passion and together we create unique designs that we can share with others. We take great pride in our business ethics and loyalties, with our foundations built on honesty, integrity and reliability. We are about creating connections with our customers and believe in supporting those that support us day to day.

From humble beginnings in 2013, Metal + Maker (Formally Metal Design Concepts) has been providing jewellery blanks and findings (now tools) to people across the globe.

It is important to us to use the highest quality of materials, specialising in jewellery grade 304 & 316 Stainless Steel. Polished to a high shine or Ion Plated in Gold or Rose Gold, each piece has been carefully and lovingly designed and created with the purpose for Jewellers, Engravers and Hand Stampers to create personalised jewellery items.

We respect and value all co-creators and believe that we are all in this together, so when you buy from us you can feel safe knowing that what matters to us is not only the quality of our products but also the service we provide for every customer, strongly believing we would not be able to do what we love without You and it is You that helps support ourselves and our family.

We are truly blessed to have made so many wonderful connections on this journey so far and we look forward to lots more to come.

Should you need anything from us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for being here and joining our journey,

Ben & Fiona
The Metal + Maker Team






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