FAQs


Buying

I want to buy a piece, but  you're sold out. How can I buy?

My collections are comprised of a limited number of one-of-a-kind pieces. Once the pieces in a collection are sold, they will not be made again. However, I often return to a collection later and create new pieces around the same look and theme. So, if there's a particular collection that speaks to you and it is sold out,  there will probably be similar pieces available in the future.  Sign up for my email list and follow me on Instagram to be notified when new pieces and collections are available.

I also have a limited number of pieces available for purchase in person or online at the Metal Museum. Please send enquiries directly to the Museum.



  

When will new pieces be available?
I release new collections about every two months, and I announce the exact date and time about one week in advance of the sale on Instagram and via email. Sign up for my email list or follow me on Instagram so you never miss a collection.






Where do you ship to?
Due to shipping and tracking difficulties during COVID-19, I am currently only shipping to the United States. Thank you for your understanding and I apologize for the inconvenience.  If you are located outside of the USA, I do have a limited number of pieces available for purchase online at the Metal Museum with international shipping; please send enquiries directly to the Museum to learn what pieces are currently available.





How long will shipping take?
It usually takes me 2 business days to pack and prepare your order. I ship via USPS Priority Mail from Cleveland, Ohio, which takes anywhere from 1-3 days, depending on where you live.




Do you accept custom orders?

At this time, I am not accepting custom orders. Thank you for your understanding. 




Will you recreate one of your past pieces for me?

I do not recreate my past designs. However, my work does tend to follow similar themes and motifs which I return to over time. If you check my shop often, you will probably find a piece similar to the one in which you are interested. Follow me on Instagram to be alerted when new pieces and collections are available.

 


Can I buy just your enamels, without the setting?

No, I'm sorry. I do not sell my enamels separately from my jewelry work.




Is your jewelry made with real precious metal?

All silver in my jewelry is solid, not filled or plated, and is either made of .925 sterling silver, or .999 fine silver. When fine silver is used (typically in work made with the chase and repousse technique), the purity is denoted in the item description.

Gold that is used in my enamels is 24k or 23k gold, either in the form off a foil that is fused within glass, or a layer of 24k liquid gold fused to glass. Note that gold foil is not the same as gold leaf; gold foil is substantially thicker than gold leaf.

When I include gold elements in my metalwork such as gold bezels, earwires, or other design details, I indicate the purity of the gold within the item description.

I also often also use alloys such as solid brass and bronze in my work, which will be indicated in the item description.



How do I figure out my bangle size?

I offer four sizes for my bangle bracelets:

S: 2" Inner Diameter / 6.5" Length
M: 2.25" Inner Diameter / 7" Length
L: 2.5" Inner Diameter / 8" Length
XL: 2.75" Inner Diameter / 9" Length

To measure your hand:

If you cannot measure an existing bangle that you already own, measure your hand. Do so by touching your thumb and pinky together, then wrapping a cloth measuring tape around the widest point of our hand. The bracelet you order should be at least 1/4" larger than this measurement. I have found that plus size women, those with arthritis, or those who prefer a looser fit will likely prefer a size L or XL.



For Makers

How did you learn enameling?

I learned the basics of enameling in local workshops at colleges and arts centers as well as from books, online videos, a lot of trial and error, and trying different products from Thompson Enamel. My particular technique is my own, which evolved from my background as an illustrator; I translate my knowledge of traditional illustration media into the materials and tools of enameling.


I would like to learn enameling. Can you tell me where to begin?

I recommend two wonderful books about enameling: The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty and The Fine Art of Enameling by Karen Cohen. I also recommend joining Facebook groups of enamelists, watch online videos and classes, and experiment on your own! Remember to document your findings, and have fun!


What kinds of enamels do you use?

I hand paint most of my enameled imagery using fine brushes with painting enamels which are finely ground glass mixed with various oils or water. I purchase mine from Thompson Enamels located in the United States.

Sometimes I also combine found photography or my own original photography in my work, in which case I create my own laser toner transfers; black laser printer toner contains iron oxide which will fuse like a stain on glass when heated, making the image permanent. In any case, I do not use the artwork of others unless it is vintage, public domain, or ephemera photography. I also do not set the enamel work of others into my pieces.

You can learn more about laser toner transfers and enamel painting in these books: The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty and The Fine Art of Enameling by Karen Cohen. Karen Cohen has also shared some of my own techniques for using heat to apply toner transfers and my tricks for working with liquid metallics in her online book appendix. 

 

Can you tell me how to learn etching? 

I recommend joining the Facebook groups Electroetchers Anonymous and Etchers Anonymous for information and help with beginning etching. These groups provide excellent documentation regarding setup, safety and troubleshooting, and the community of other etchers is extremely generous and helpful.