I have a limited number in stock. Expect that yours will be special made just for you and allow me 5 - 7 days to complete your order. There are many steps in the process and each step needs proper time to cure. Your patience will be rewarded 10 fold.
If you wonder how they will hold up just look at the picture of the Red Key Chain, that one is in use right now. My husband has been carrying it around in his pocket since Dec 1, 2011 ( If you know my husband you know he is not delicate with anything.) You can see there is not a scratch on it. Which is not to say it can't be scratched if you tried but under normal handling you see it will hold up. If you should have an accident with it contact me and I can either refinish it for you if you pay for shipping or talk you through your own touch up. There is no care needed under normal use but if you need to clean it use furniture polish or lemon oil and a soft cloth. Before it leaves the house I put a coating of Renaissance micro crystalline wax polish for an extra ump of protection.
As for the front surface think of it like a very fine piece of furniture and don't do anything to it you would not do to your dining room table if you want to keep it nice. Don't expose it to alcohol, sharp objects, fire or teething babies.
You may decide when you get it that you want to wear this as a pendant. I sell many pieces exactly for that purpose. Check my other listings for more delicate bails if you would like or contact me for a special order. Should you decide that you wish to wear this as a pendant you can remove the key ring and slip it on a necklace. If in the process of doing so you should scratch the black off the bail it can be touched up using black nail polish ($1.00 at the Dollar Store)
I raise butterflies for exhibit. Learn more at www.flutteringwingsbutterflyfarm.com No butterflies are ever hurt to make jewelry. I collect the butterflies after they have naturally expired in my exhibit. The jewelry stems from my collection of butterflies that I could not bear to dispose of. I have worked really hard to find a way to preserve them forever. The process I use is unique and the butterflies are totally sealed and safe from water.