DesignsByFriston

STEAMPUNK JEWELRY Designs By Friston

Hawaii, United States · 3087 Sales

DesignsByFriston

STEAMPUNK JEWELRY Designs By Friston

Hawaii, United States 3087 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(938)

Announcement   Aloha!!! Please read this banner if you want details on shipping timing! People panic when they find out that I'm in Hawai'i and react like I'm from another country! Hawai'i has one of the fastest Postal Services and if you're on the East Coast just think that timing to receive delivery is like it's coming from the West Coast! Same timing and some times FASTER than expected! Just saying! I'm grateful no matter what part of the country or world you are from!!! Welcome to my shop! You'll only find sophisticated and detailed "wearable" art! I take pride in everything I make and very grateful to all my returning and NEW customers who have just discovered me! I ship orders out next day via First Class or Priority Mail! (Countries outside USA only will go USPS First Class International rate). Priority Mail in the USA is still not guaranteed you'll receive the package in 3 mailing days (this according to the USPS). Please note that I am located in Hawaii, USA. Shipping time for First Class going to West Coast addresses is about 3 mailing days and 6 days to the East Coast on non-holiday times. Shipping time to other countries can take sometimes as little as 7 to 10 days and as long as 21 days, USPS First Class International. Every country has their own postal customs inspection methods and timing. I can only tell you the last tracking information from USPS when the package left the USA, but I CANNOT track packages once it leaves the USA.


Currently I have a facebook page that features my work in this genre showcasing new items right after I post them on Etsy. You can find my page at this link: www.facebook.com/designsbyfriston/

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Announcing the NEW fragrance line created by "Designs By Friston"!!!
Launch date: November 27, 2017

This is a current list of Fragrance Oils by their coordinating Numbers and Scent Name. I have a listing on the shop if you want to purchase all nine samples for $8 plus shipping!
Thank you!!! --Friston :)

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Fragrance-1: "Sweet Tea & Musk"

Notes included in this bottle contains garden fresh Cucumber which blends nice with natural Green Tea to create a light and refreshing therapeutic scent. Spicy Black Peppercorn is blended with soothing notes of Bergamot and rich, earthy Oak Moss. Sensusal Musk notes and just a touch of Rosewood creates a sophisticated masculine blend but women love this as well.
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Fragrance-2: "Sweet Plum & Jasmine"

Notes included in this bottle contains deep blend of Plum, Exotic Orchid, Jasmine (Pikake), Musk and Vanilla. Garden fresh Cucumber blends with the natural Green Tea to create a light and refreshing therapeutic scent.
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Fragrance-4: "Egyptian Jasmine & Citrus"

Notes included in this bottle contains true essence of sophisticated Jasmine (Pikake), Bright Lemon, Fresh Orange, Musk with an enchanting blend of Black Amber, Clove, Nutmeg, Plum, Exotic Orchid and Vanilla.
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Fragrance-6: "Black Honey & Patchouli"

Notes included in this bottle contains blends of Sweet Black Honey, warm Vanilla Musk and Patchouli wood.
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Fragrance-7: "Bergamot & Jasmine"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: A citrus top of Bergamot and Orange wrapped with lush Jasmine (Pikake) and warmed with Patchouli, **Vetiver and Vanilla.
**Note: Vetiver oil also known as Khus oil is a lesser-known plant oil reminiscent of Patchouli but with a touch of Lemon. It is believed to be a very grounding, calming and stabilizing oil.
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Fragrance-8: "Bergamot & White Tea"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: This blend of Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Southern Orange winds down with Green Tea leaves, Star Jasmine (Pikake), Amber crystals and the perfect amount of Light Musk.
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Fragrance-9: "Bergamot, Amber & Peach"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Notes of Bergamot blossoms, Golden Amber and Sandalwood blend with Peach Nectar and whipped Sugar.
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Fragrance-10: "Tobacco, Citrus & Spice"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Warm Honey and Tobacco notes are brightened with hints of Citrus and Spice.
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Fragrance-12: "Honeydew, Citrus & Woods"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Fresh, watery summer Honeydew and Sweet Watermelon combined with crisp, cool Cucumber. Added woody aroma of Patchouli leaves along with a sophisticated Musky background. And finally fragrant grains of Sandalwood are polished with Royal Honey and Golden Amber. Enchanting notes of Bergamot lie in the heart of these precious woods.
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Announcement

Last updated on 02 Apr, 2018

Aloha!!! Please read this banner if you want details on shipping timing! People panic when they find out that I'm in Hawai'i and react like I'm from another country! Hawai'i has one of the fastest Postal Services and if you're on the East Coast just think that timing to receive delivery is like it's coming from the West Coast! Same timing and some times FASTER than expected! Just saying! I'm grateful no matter what part of the country or world you are from!!! Welcome to my shop! You'll only find sophisticated and detailed "wearable" art! I take pride in everything I make and very grateful to all my returning and NEW customers who have just discovered me! I ship orders out next day via First Class or Priority Mail! (Countries outside USA only will go USPS First Class International rate). Priority Mail in the USA is still not guaranteed you'll receive the package in 3 mailing days (this according to the USPS). Please note that I am located in Hawaii, USA. Shipping time for First Class going to West Coast addresses is about 3 mailing days and 6 days to the East Coast on non-holiday times. Shipping time to other countries can take sometimes as little as 7 to 10 days and as long as 21 days, USPS First Class International. Every country has their own postal customs inspection methods and timing. I can only tell you the last tracking information from USPS when the package left the USA, but I CANNOT track packages once it leaves the USA.


Currently I have a facebook page that features my work in this genre showcasing new items right after I post them on Etsy. You can find my page at this link: www.facebook.com/designsbyfriston/

***********************************************************************************************

Announcing the NEW fragrance line created by "Designs By Friston"!!!
Launch date: November 27, 2017

This is a current list of Fragrance Oils by their coordinating Numbers and Scent Name. I have a listing on the shop if you want to purchase all nine samples for $8 plus shipping!
Thank you!!! --Friston :)

****************************** SUMMER 2017 FRAGRANCES ********************************
Fragrance-1: "Sweet Tea & Musk"

Notes included in this bottle contains garden fresh Cucumber which blends nice with natural Green Tea to create a light and refreshing therapeutic scent. Spicy Black Peppercorn is blended with soothing notes of Bergamot and rich, earthy Oak Moss. Sensusal Musk notes and just a touch of Rosewood creates a sophisticated masculine blend but women love this as well.
*******************************
Fragrance-2: "Sweet Plum & Jasmine"

Notes included in this bottle contains deep blend of Plum, Exotic Orchid, Jasmine (Pikake), Musk and Vanilla. Garden fresh Cucumber blends with the natural Green Tea to create a light and refreshing therapeutic scent.
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Fragrance-4: "Egyptian Jasmine & Citrus"

Notes included in this bottle contains true essence of sophisticated Jasmine (Pikake), Bright Lemon, Fresh Orange, Musk with an enchanting blend of Black Amber, Clove, Nutmeg, Plum, Exotic Orchid and Vanilla.
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Fragrance-6: "Black Honey & Patchouli"

Notes included in this bottle contains blends of Sweet Black Honey, warm Vanilla Musk and Patchouli wood.
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Fragrance-7: "Bergamot & Jasmine"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: A citrus top of Bergamot and Orange wrapped with lush Jasmine (Pikake) and warmed with Patchouli, **Vetiver and Vanilla.
**Note: Vetiver oil also known as Khus oil is a lesser-known plant oil reminiscent of Patchouli but with a touch of Lemon. It is believed to be a very grounding, calming and stabilizing oil.
*******************************
Fragrance-8: "Bergamot & White Tea"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: This blend of Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Southern Orange winds down with Green Tea leaves, Star Jasmine (Pikake), Amber crystals and the perfect amount of Light Musk.
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Fragrance-9: "Bergamot, Amber & Peach"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Notes of Bergamot blossoms, Golden Amber and Sandalwood blend with Peach Nectar and whipped Sugar.
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Fragrance-10: "Tobacco, Citrus & Spice"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Warm Honey and Tobacco notes are brightened with hints of Citrus and Spice.
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Fragrance-12: "Honeydew, Citrus & Woods"

Notes included in this bottle is described as follows: Fresh, watery summer Honeydew and Sweet Watermelon combined with crisp, cool Cucumber. Added woody aroma of Patchouli leaves along with a sophisticated Musky background. And finally fragrant grains of Sandalwood are polished with Royal Honey and Golden Amber. Enchanting notes of Bergamot lie in the heart of these precious woods.
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Friston Ho'okano

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About

Before "Steampunk" was called Steampunk!

I guess the important thing about this story is how I even got started here on Etsy. Easy...once upon a time (2010) a friend said, "Hey, you should sell your stuff on Etsy!". And, of course, at that time "Etsy" was pretty much in its infancy and not a lot of people new the name or what it was. I was one of them. Long story short, I signed up as a seller in 2011.

Firstly, I'm not one of those sellers that decide, "Oh...I can do that and sell them on Etsy too!" Slapping gears together and calling it "Steampunk" is not what this is all about. I'm a legit designer. I've been an artist pretty much all my life. So, thousands of so called "Steampunk Jewelry Designers" joined up and drowned this niche...and pretty much lowered the standards of design. That, of course, until they find my shop.

Professionally I'm a retired, Champion Florist of 22 years. I dabbled with making handcrafted jewelry using old brass and silver, crystals and rhinestones, clock parts and all as far back as 1990. Before the 2000's the term "Steampunk" wasn't coined yet. I always had a fascination with the Victorian era and its artisans of that period. I couldn't help it. I'm a resident of Hawaii. I'm part native Hawaiian. Hawaii was once a Monarchy until the "bully white business man" did something about that. But, that's a whole different story. I loved everything about the detailing of 19th century artists. I'm also a modern Science Fiction geek! And Victorian Science Fiction stories made this genre fascinating and beautiful!

As I've mentioned before, THOUSANDS of so called "wanna-be's" drowned the Steampunk Jewelry niche and legit artists get lost. You'll find that I try my best to always be one step ahead of my competition in design. Soooooo many people have copied my designs and techniques that it's so frustrating to stay on top. I can't beat this situation but my art wins at the end. Although now I'm lost in the crowd, I'm always happy to deal with the customer who finds me and purchases items always leaving terrific feedback! It's worth it at the end. Customer satisfaction. Also knowing they are getting something special and unique. I love my customers!

And here I am today. Doing what I love and always trying to be one step ahead of the "wanna be's".

--Friston :)

Shop members

  • Friston Ho'okano

    Owner, Designer

    Friston surrounds himself with anything and everything that is full of creativity and art! He's one of the "pioneers" of Steampunk Jewelry and has been crafting such pieces since 1990 - before the term "Steampunk" was used!

Shop policies

Last updated on 27 May, 2016

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please make sure to ask questions ("Conversation" me) on any items before your purchase. LOOK AT THE PICTURES CAREFULLY. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE "ZOOM" FEATURE TO GET A BETTER INSPECTION. Obviously these are handcrafted items and each piece unique. SALES ARE FINAL if it is a "customized" piece or made-to-order.

If for some reason you are not satisfied with your item please message me and explain your reason. It is helpful and beneficial for me to get input in order to maintain good service and quality assurance. Should you decide you want to return the item please make sure that it gets back to me in perfect condition. After I receive your package I will inspect it and give you a full refund via PayPal. I will message you back immediately after the transaction has been made.

If you do not get in touch with me within 60 days I will consider this sale FINAL and non-refundable.
Payment
Currently, all payments are being processed thru PayPal or Credit Card.
Shipping
Your order is shipped in a bubble lined envelope (smaller items) or a USPS Priority box where you will find your item gifted in a jewelry box along with a "thank you" gift.

SHIPPING:

All shipping to the U.S. will be done USPS First Class Mail. Larger items will be shipped USPS Priority or if your package weighs more than 8 ounces. It normally takes 3-6 days to arrive once it's been mailed out. International orders can take 7 - 10 days to arrive and will also be sent USPS First Class Parcel. All packages will have a tracking number assigned to it so you can check status on your own on the route of your package (US addresses only).

****International Shipping: Customers from outside the USA should be aware of their own country's customs fee or Valued Added Tax (VAT) threshold. Be aware that you are responsible for those fees when your package arrives. This is not included in your shipping charges. Right now, I know that the UK starts charging you VAT and handling fees for items valued over £15 (about $23). The charge is 20% of the value of the merchandise and an £8 handling fee. Please take this into consideration when making a purchase and that you know that once you pass your country's threshold you will be charge VAT and handling charges on your end. It is your responsibility to take care of those custom charges.

So far, packages sent to Australia and New Zealand have been arriving on average of about 7 days from Hawaii. Packages sent to France, the UK, and Netherlands have been arriving on average of about 9 days from Hawaii. Canada and East Coast US have been arriving on average of about 6 days from Hawaii.

Generally, US Postal says it takes at least 10 days for packages to arrive to International destinations. Some countries take a little longer which is all dependent on their Customs Inspectors.

Hawaii is part of the US. Let's not forget that. We are not a "foreign" destination so consider us as part of the "west coast" of the US. We are 2 hours (daylight savings time) behind in time to California/West Coast and 5 hours behind the East Coast. If it's 9am in New York it'll be 4am in Hawaii. You do the math when considering a quick response when sending me a convo. I usually start my "work" at 9:00 am Hawaii time or a bit sooner. I handle all convos first thing in the morning.

I have had difficulties with shipping to RUSSIA and countries in the MIDDLE EAST and recently FRANCE (higher security as of late). I will no longer offer shipping to those countries. ONLY special requests.
Additional policies and FAQs
I acquire brass pieces in my findings dealing with many, many vendors here on Etsy but mostly from one supplier in the US. I DO NOT MAKE brass molds or deal with melting or firing down metals. I don't work with precious metals or stones. I use only Swarovski Crystals. I use E6000, clear adhesive for permanent setting and 3D Crystal Lacquer for images set under glass. Images are all digital made from various Etsy Artists who sell digital collage sheets.