Do you have a store front?
Do you have workshop elves who help you?
Yes & no. I do pretty much everything myself, from designing and fabricating your piece to shipping it out. When it comes to custom work, depending on the project I may use local trades people for various steps such as casting or stone setting. My colleagues have many more years of expertise in these areas than I do, and I am happy to support my local economy whenever I can.
What metals do you use?
Currently I work in sterling silver, 14K gold fill, copper, or brass. Made to order and custom work often involves solid gold options such as 14K or 18K.
I’ve been transitioning into working with recycled precious metals whenever possible, and purchase these from Hoover & Strong, an industry leader in metal refining and recycling. Not all chains, clasps & components are available recycled, so I do the best I can with what is available.
Your reticulation collection is either hammered or precious metal clay, right?
Nope, it’s neither. I use sterling silver and it’s a process that I use the heat from my torch to create. In a nutshell, I heat the metal a bunch of times until it’s sort of molten. The texture is totally random so it’s always a surprise (which I love!) and if I get distracted by own thoughts or any other shiny object in the studio, sometimes it melts (oops!). If you’re as into this texture as I am and want a more technical explanation, you can find one here.
Do you stamp the metal with your lace pattern?
No, it’s etched. I hand drew a master lace pattern, and that is the image you see. I copy my image onto a special transfer paper, then apply it to a sheet of metal before etching it. At the moment I am only able to etch on copper & brass, but am working on using sterling silver again with my etching process. I’ll keep you posted when I’ve got that going.
Can I come see you in your squeaky clean work space?
I love my studio space and it’s my home away from home, but I wouldn’t exactly call it squeaky clean. It’s a shared artistic & creative space with lots of glitter (ok…it’s metal dust, but it’s sparkly!)
That being said, I try to keep my space cleaner for everyone by using lower impact chemicals whenever there is an option. For example, I use citric acid for pickle and electro etch to avoid using acids.
If you’d like to discuss a custom project, you are welcome to make an appointment to come by, and I promise I’ll organize my workspace & clean up any glitter laying about.
So you do custom work?
I do! You can learn more about how a custom project with me works.
When will my piece ship?
All made to order pieces are carefully crafted after receiving your order. You can expect your piece to ship 7-10 business days from the date of your purchase. Business days are Monday-Friday, 9-5pm PST, and do not include weekends and holidays. You will always receive an email once your order has shipped.
If a piece is ready to ship, this will be noted in the product listing and ship out 1-3 days upon receipt of payment.
How do you ship my order?
I ship made to order & ready to ship pieces with Canada Post, and send all items over $100 via Air Mail with insurance & tracking. Delivery within the United States and Canada is generally 7-12 days. International shipping times will vary, but may take anywhere between 4-6 weeks, if not longer.
**International Shipping Restrictions** Unfortunately, I am unable to ship everywhere due to individual country import restrictions, or unreliable postal service. Please contact me for more information prior to ordering.
*Please Note* Orders outside of Canada may be subject to various duty fees, taxes or customs charges for which all buyers are responsible.
I ship items in a black pinstripe jewellery box, ready for gifting with a ribbon, in a bubble mailer envelope. I’m happy to include a hand written note if your item is a gift, just let me know.