Sensational seconds!

If you’ve been through my shop at all, you’ll have noticed a few items are marked **SENSATIONAL SECONDS**.

Now, we all know what ‘seconds’ are, but maybe we don’t all call them the same thing, so I thought I’d explain what this is.

Sensational Seconds is what I call my seconds shelf. It’s a bit like when you’re in an artisan pottery, and you find the shelf that’s waaaaaayyyy cheaper and full of what look like perfect pieces of tableware.

For a potter, you might expect that the bowl wasn’t quite as perfect as the others, or that it didn’t throw perfectly straight.

For Practically Perfect’s jewellery, it’s either if there’s a design flaw (like the colours don’t quite work together or if some of the beads are heavier than they want to be) or if it just didn’t work out as perfectly as I’d wanted. I want perfection damnit.

Take the Butterfly Bracelet as an example:

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When I created the coils, I made them too tightly packed together, which made it hard to work the wire that holds the beads. So the beads are tighter than I would have liked them to be. They can be moved back to where they’re supposed to be, but they don’t stay put.

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It’s a lovely bracelet. It’s comfy to wear, and it’s striking. Not only that, but because it’s designed for your wrist, it’s unlikely to be still long enough to be under scrutiny for anyone else. And it took me hours to make.

So I calculated my hourly rate at £3.50 to keep the costs right down and it’s posted at just over £9. I don’t wear bracelets myself – they catch on everything – so it’s totally available to be loved by someone else.

My home is full of wibbly wonky pottery bowls and one-of-a-kind items that have a charm all of their own. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

But I’m sure that the right person will come along and fall in love with the Butterfly Bracelet, and all its little, extremely wearable friends.

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Welcome to Practically Perfect!

Do you love to be unique?

Hate most of the mass-produced, expensive junk from chain jewellery stores?

Ever walked into a party and met the horror of someone else wearing your outfit?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, this site – and its accompanying shop – has been built for you.

My name is Sakina, and ‘being unique’ is pretty important to me. I like to stand out. A lot.

I also believe in ‘good value’ and ‘getting more for your money’, two concepts that are often misused in modern marketing.

Handmade copper jewellery is the answer that fits all of the above and more.

It’s unique, affordable, can be intricately worked, and you can make it look shiny or antiqued. Need more detail about copper?

The Practically Perfect blog lives to:

  • Entertain you with the triumphs and disasters of a self-taught apprentice jeweller
  • Inspire you with ideas and photos
  • Give you tips and new techniques hot off the press (still learning, remember?)

Oh, and of course I want you to be the first to see the newest jewellery pieces. That’s important when they’re one-of-a-kind.

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