You will need to ship your milk to me. I only need a small amount, aprox around a tablespoon, and it needs to be shipped securely in a sealed bag, breastmilk bags have worked well as they are thick. Making a recycled mailer with cardboard is also helpful as it will protect against punctures, I have also had mamas simply send in a letter envelope too with no issues. Upon receiving your payment I will give you my address to ship your milk with whatever carrier you choose, and shipping expenses to me is your responsibility and not included in the price. Shipping your finished pendant is at my cost.
Pendants are $55 each or BOGO 1\/2 off for those of us with more than one little one. I can also double up the milk bead for $7 extra (add on beads available in my store). I might be able to triple the milk beads too depending on the pendant size you choose.
This is a lengthy process. I first have to plasticize your milk, seal the milk bead, and then I embed it in resin. So I need aprox 3 weeks to factor in your shipping the milk to me and the time it will take me to make it. My process is completely sterile. I will put great care and respect to preserve YOUR milk as an everlasting keepsake to your precious nursing expierence. Please know that I will in fact use YOUR milk, as I would expect the same in trusting someone with my own as it is something so personal. From one mama to another, you can trust me.
Included with your pendant is your choice of either a ribbon adjustable necklace or I can back it with a pin to wear as a brooch. Resin naturally forms bubbles in the pouring process, and as I embed your milk I have to do it in steps which create more bubbles than usual as the resin and milk try and 'react' to one another. Every effort is put into producing as few bubbles as possible, but still tiny bubbles will be seen. I think this actually gives it character and looks very romantic and magical giving it an organic appearance.
When referring to shapes there are two things to consider, the milk bead shape and the actual pendant shape as a whole. For the actual milk bead I can do in a flower, cut out flower, heart, oval, circle, square, rectangle, or tear drop.
For the pendant shapes and sizes I can do the following:
. Heart 1 1\/4" tall and 1\/8" at widest point
. Hexagon 1 1\/16" tall and 15\/16" wide
. Oval as in the flower cutout is 2 3\/16" tall and 1 9\/16" wide
. Oval (smaller) is 7\/8" tall and 11\/16" wide
. Rectangle is 1 5\/8" tall and 1 1\/16" wide
. Rectangle (smaller) as in the one with the teardrop is 3\/4" tall and 9\/16" wide
. Square as in the flower, heart, double heart is 1 1\/16"
. Square (smaller) is 7\/8"
. Teardrop is 1 1\/4" tall
. Teardrop (smaller) is 1" tall
Caring for your Pendant:
The milk 'bead' is placed within resin that makes it water resistant, but please do not submerge it entirely in water as I don't believe it to be waterproof. With something so precious my greatest recommendation is to treat it like your pearls and take it off before showering or sleeping, then putting it back on to start your day. This pendant when used as a necklace with make a fine nursing necklace too, and how appropriate with your milk inside! :) I make it fully adjustable so you can lengthen for a nursing session. It is very durable too and smooth on little hands. I often find myself rubbing my pendant as a 'worry bead' or something of that nature as it is very calming in sense.
. clearly mark your milk container with your Etsy ID, real name, and pendant details
. clearly mark your PP payment with your pendant details in the message section
My Breastmilk Pendants have been reviewed by My Sentiment Exact Lee! See the review here: http:\/\/www.mysentimentexactlee.com\/2009\/01\/hollydaydesigns-breastmilk-pendant.html.