These Platypus’ have been created by a master jeweller/sculpturer who works in the wonderful materials
of bronze and sterling silver.
He captures the essence of the country’s landscape and its unique birds and animals. With attention to detail he captures the charm of the shy platypus and with the utilisation of natural resources such as stones and pebbles washed smooth by oceans and rivers, forming the bases for many of his small sculptures Platypuses are found only in eastern Australia, living on the edges of rivers and freshwater lakes where they can dig their burrows. They are renowned for their excellence in the water as both a diver and swimmer and are most active for several hours after dusk and before dawn.
During the day, a Platypus will rest in a burrow at the bank of a river or lake and may spend some hours near the entrance to the burrow basking in the sun and grooming its dense fur.
The Platypus usually feeds on aquatic insect larvae, shrimps and worms by dabbling in the mud or silt at the bottom of the water, using its sensitive, flexible, duck-like snout, aided by electroreceptors (electronic sense) on its bill. The catch is stored in the cheek pouches and will be chewed after returning to the surface. The Platypus can eat its own body weight in food in one night.
The Platypus belongs to a sub family of mammals called Monotremes. There are only 2 animals that belong to this sub family – the Platypus and the Echidna. Monotremes lay eggs instead of giving birth to their young. The male Platypus is the only venomous mammal in Australia, having sharp spurs on his hind.
Caring for pewter is relatively easy. The metal is susceptible to damage by acids, so it should always be promptly washed with gentle soap and warm water if it has been exposed to things like vinegar or lemon juice. It should be washed with a sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching the metal, and dried thoroughly. Pewter can also be cleaned with specialised polish although people should not use generic metal polish or Pewter, as it can damage the metal.
Our pewter is very highly finished and should last a life time. It shouldn’t need any kind of maintenance by if it ever does just follow the above directions and your pewter ware should shine up like new.
If you have purchased jewellery if has been silver plated with sterling silver. It will darken slightly if worn for very long periods of time (meaning you never take your jewellery off) if this happens and you would like it to become shiny once again just give it a good polish with a silver cloth. Which can be purchased from almost any jeweller.
Consumers should also be aware that pewter melts at low temperatures, and it should not be exposed to extreme heat.