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 of a collection are sold, they are gone. 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, don't despair– there will probably be new pieces coming in the future.  Sign up for my email list or follow me on Instagram to be alerted when new pieces and collections are available.

  

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.



How long will shipping take?
It usually takes me 1-2 business day 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 of my silver jewelry is made of .925 solid sterling silver. It is not plated or filled. Gold that is used in my enamels is 24k gold, either in the form off a thin foil that is fused within glass, or a thin layer of liquid gold that is fired and fused to the design. 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.



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.