My studio is CLOSED until late February.
Please come back and visit me then!
How do I order personalized jewellery with DRAWINGS or HANDWRITING?
I can make jewellery etched with simple drawings or handwriting. Before ordering, first Email a photo of your image.
Use a smartphone or camera to take a focused, clear photo of a drawing or handwriting (largest image available on smartphone).
Simple line drawings translate best (nothing too detailed). Indicate which words or elements of your image that you would like etched. I will email a proof of how the image could be formatted for you to approve before you order your jewellery.
How do I order personalized jewellery with TEXT?
I can etch your original lyrics, poems, quotes or creative musings. Email the text you would like to have etched on your jewellery.
I will send you a proof with a sample of a few fonts as a starting point and we can work together to find a font that suits you. Most computer fonts are possible.
How will my jewellery be PACKAGED?
Your jewellery will arrrive in a 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard box with a cheerful red ribbon made from recycled plastic bottles and my letterpress tag (locally made by the amazing Everlovin' Press)
Are Etching and Engraving the same?
No. The designs on my jewellery are created by etching, not engraving. Etching is a chemical process where a resist is applied to metal and the bare metal is cut or eaten away by a chemical mordant (see below "How is Personalized Etched Jewellery made?"). It is a technique that has been used since the Middle Ages for decorating weapons and armour and later used by the Old Masters for printmaking.
Engraving is a mechanical process where metal is removed (scraped away) using specialized sharp engraving tools, essentially carving a design into metal. Engraving is a lovely technique but one that I have not mastered. Engraving is done on finished jewellery whereas I etch on a flat sheet of silver, prior to making a piece of jewellery.
How is Personalized Etched Jewellery made?
I use a process called photoetching to transfer and etch your drawings, text or script onto a flat sheet of sterling silver. I carefully craft this sheet of etched silver into jewellery using traditional metalsmithing techniques.
When I receive a your drawing, script or text, I take some time on the computer to ensure the image is crisp and clean, reduce it to an appropriate size, format it and isolate the elements I want to etch. This is the proof that I email for you to approve.
The image is then printed onto a thin plastic film (blue PnP paper). I lay the printed plastic onto a sheet of sterling silver and warm it up with an iron until the ink adheres to the warm metal. When I gently peel off the plastic film, the ink image remains on the silver and acts as a resist, protecting those areas of metal from being etched. I soak the silver in an etchant (mordant) that removes the bare metal in the negative space not covered by ink. Voila! I now have a sheet of silver etched with your original image that I can form into jewellery.
After sawing, filing, sanding, annealing, hammering, soldering and polishing, your jewellery is ready to wear and enjoy.
How much LEAD TIME is needed?
I aim to finished orders in 2 weeks (plus shipping time).
If you need your jewellery in a rush for a special date, let me know and I may be able to accommodate.
Turn around times may be longer in November and December.
How will my jewellery be SHIPPED?
Within Canada: $10
Canada Post Express
Estimated shipping times: 1-3 business days
To USA: $15
Canada Post Expedited Mail
Estimated shipping times: 4-8 business days
Tracking Number will be provided
You pay a single shipping charge for any number of items shipped.
I cannot guarantee Canada Post estimated shipping times.
What is your RETURN Policy?
I want you to be happy with your jewellery. While I cannot refund your payment on custom made jewellery, if you are unhappy for any reason, please let me know and I will do my best to resolve any problems.
How do I MEASURE my wrist for a bracelet?
Measure your wrist to the nearest 1/8 inch with a thin string or tape measure (snug) just above wrist bone (towards the elbow).
How do I CARE for my sterling silver jewellery?
Clean all jewellery regularly with a soft toothbrush and mild dish soap.
I use a soft brushed finish to highlight the etching on some of my silver designs. This type of finish tends to trap dirt more readily than a highly polished one.
For pieces with a high polish, use a polishing cloth to retain the polished finish. The scratches and bumps from everyday wear will show on any jewellery, particularly on bracelets that are exposed to more wear and tear than necklaces.
Use a polishing cloth to clean tarnished chains.
What do you do to reduce your environmental footprint?
I source my materials carefully. My aim is to create a product that you can wear without offending your conscience or mine.
I use environmentally sensitive supplies whenever possible and continue to search for sustainable solutions in every stage of my jewellery production. I primarily use recycled metal from a company that follows social, environmental and human rights criteria for responsible metal production.
Where is the jewellery made?
I design and create all my jewellery in my home studio in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
My happy room!
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