FAQ

What supplies do you use and where can I buy them?

I get my supplies from many sources and oftentimes when I create a single pendant or necklace it can never be replicated because of the unique components. However, in many cases, I source supplies from other Etsy sellers, craft shops, vintage shops and flea markets.

For recycled material in particular, visit my post at Beyond The Junkpile: Top 10 Ways to Get Good Junk & Supplies.


How do you make your jewelry?

Currently I create electroformed and soldered jewelry. For the former, I use a copper sulphate solution and provide a plating anode of recycled electrical wire. For the latter, I use a butane torch, sheet or wire solder, and a pickle bath. All current work receives a protective finish with microcrystaline jeweler's wax.

Some of my older work which is still available from time to time used recycled, upcycled, and new material. These pieces were bonded when necessary with what are called "cold connections, specifically professional strength glue and/or wire-wrapping.

In all cases, much of the work required a variety of filing tools, a drill, a saw, snips, and pliers.


How do I care for my necklace / ring / earrings / brooch?

Handmade items are delicate. Jewelry is delicate. So handmade jewelry is doubly so. If you love the piece you chose to bring home, please care for it with the gentle attention you would do any other valued accessory. This means, no showers, purse straps, exposure to velcro, overnight wear, contact sports, swimming, or hot tubs.

I send a care note home with every item purchased to remind you about not exposing Sleepless Storyteller jewelry to chemicals or leave them submerged in water.