The Maine Ornament is made by Gail Miller of Miller Designs. Long-time friend and colleague of Lisa-Marie. Miller Designs was established by Gail Barker Miller in 1990 when she decided that commuting to the mainland from her island home to work was more than she could handle with two small children. Her tenure at Heritage Lanterns in Yarmouth, Maine gave her the metalsmith training, and her interest in arts and crafts gave her the ideas, to start creating beautiful barrettes.
Since then, Miller Designs has expanded its collection to include: pins, earrings, bracelets, ornaments, napkin rings and other treasures. Gail’s unique studio has just been relocated to a beautiful location in the Sebago Lakes region in Maine.
These beautiful treasures are created in non-precious Copper, Brass, and Nickel making them truly affordable gift items. Sterling silver and 14k gold filled ear wires are used for the earrings.
New metal option added to her collection: aged copper! Up-cycled from historic Waterville, Maine buildings, Miller has gathered aged roofing copper, unique in its smoky, teal-blue coloring. These specific pieces are one-of-a-kind, and limited to her supply.
Each piece starts with cutting the sheet metal to rough size. Then the dye is chosen, the metal piece inserted, then all are placed in the hydraulic press. The piece is then trimmed, filed, formed, and soldered. After polishing, cleaning, and packaging, the finished item goes to market. The result of this process is a well made, truly unique, beautiful, and affordable treasure. Each piece comes with a written guarantee for free life time polishing and repair.