The Silvery

The company had made jewellery using the process of 'electroforming' (electroplating onto non-metallic objects) to coat shells with silver. I had fallen into the habit of talking about 'silvering' (which I recently discovered is in fact the term generally used for putting reflective coating on glass to make mirrors) as it seemed like the most appropriate and logical verb for putting silver onto all sorts of different objects.

The old name was the most appropriate when shells were all that the company was using. But by now a small collection of leaves was well established, the feathers had made their debut and were a huge success, and I was receiving a number of commissions every week to cover people's own weird and wonderful things in silver.