skrocki

Fantasy and fairytale-inspired goods- totes, books etc

Edmonton, Alberta On Etsy since 2008

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skrocki

Fantasy and fairytale-inspired goods- totes, books etc

Edmonton, Alberta | 880 Sales

Announcement    We are the original creators and designers of the skull flap bag and book for over 12 years all other versions are imitations of our work.

We sell cufflinks, customized or personalized leather journals, masks, headpieces and crowns, leather guitar straps, copper and brass jewelry, camera straps, corsets and half corsets, bracers, minimalist wallets, and bookmarks. Initials can be added for free to most leather items. if you see anything in our shop updates, facebook or website and want it added or you want to know the price please contact us :)

Leatherwork is personalized for FREE.
Shipping includes tracking and insurance, unless by requested non-tracking non-USA and Canadian orders.

We are design/makers of beautiful and unique items made from metal, leather, stones, wood and paper.

My Facebook group has a different selection of pictures. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paragon-of-Design-By-Skrocki/116204671779314?ref=hl


Please send ALL communication through Etsy. We may not notice your email or your messages may end up in spam if you contact us on any other formant.

Announcement

Last updated on 21 Jun, 2020

We are the original creators and designers of the skull flap bag and book for over 12 years all other versions are imitations of our work.

We sell cufflinks, customized or personalized leather journals, masks, headpieces and crowns, leather guitar straps, copper and brass jewelry, camera straps, corsets and half corsets, bracers, minimalist wallets, and bookmarks. Initials can be added for free to most leather items. if you see anything in our shop updates, facebook or website and want it added or you want to know the price please contact us :)

Leatherwork is personalized for FREE.
Shipping includes tracking and insurance, unless by requested non-tracking non-USA and Canadian orders.

We are design/makers of beautiful and unique items made from metal, leather, stones, wood and paper.

My Facebook group has a different selection of pictures. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paragon-of-Design-By-Skrocki/116204671779314?ref=hl


Please send ALL communication through Etsy. We may not notice your email or your messages may end up in spam if you contact us on any other formant.

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Amy Skrocki

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Amy Skrocki

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About skrocki

Sales 880
On Etsy since 2008

Welcome to our shop! Where my husband and myself (Amy) created custom leather and metal pieces in our small studio.

We are Amy and Tanner Skrocki of Paragon of Design by Skrocki.
We are award winning wearable artists that make historical and fantasy based works of wearable art, masks, jewelry, accessories, journals, clothing, guitar straps and home decor.

We design and make wearable, functional and collectible artwork from: metal, leather, wood and paper. The design studio was established in 2008 and we have extensively toured in Western Canada at various art shows, cons, festivals and markets. All of our pieces are designed and made in our Alberta, Canada studio. Please check out our website and blog for how we make things and our inspirations.

The following are some processes behind some of our most popular items we thought you might be interested to check out. Each of our listings includes a detailed process overview.

How we make our pieces: Jewellery
Each metal component, made in our Alberta, Canada, studio, is the product of a rigorous 35-45 step process (around 35 per earring or pendant and between 40 and 45 per ring or cuff link). Starting with plain sheets of metal we design and create our components one at a time. Some of the key steps include preparing the metal and design work, etching the imagery and cutting custom shapes. Shaping is done with a manual hydraulic press (2000 lbs plus per component) to create stronger, more durable, and professionally shaped components. Each piece is finished with a meticulous hand applied coloring process wherein each color is individually applied, typically on different days, to allow for the lengthy drying process (up to 72 hours). The majority of the other steps revolve around an absurd amount of sanding and cleaning, as well as, adding the finishing touches such as ear hooks, jump rings, soldering etc. Because of this no two items are identical and they have variations between each item (even within a set – which makes them twice as lovable because they are each unique ;). The real colors may slightly differ from their appearance on your display. They are often much more beautiful in person! ☺

Books: Hand Carved Series
Each book in this series is meticulously hand carved, hand dyed, hand finished and hand bound. Each image carved onto these books is an original created from our inspirations, which include: fantasy, travelling to ancient ruins, history and mythology. Some of these books are also hand painted with special leather paints and overlays. The leather used is an ethically sourced tooling hide that softens in over time. All of the leather used for these books is vegetable tanned and is a byproduct of the food industry. The acid free wheat straw pages are great for: writing, drawing, sketching, pen, pencil, etc. The classic bind used on these books gives an elegant old-world finish and allows the user or local book-binding clubs to easily rebind the book with any type of paper. The dyes used are an environmentally friendly water based dye which leaves a rich hand-finished touch on each book bringing out the unique highlights, grains, and character of each piece of leather*. We use a variety of different, hand applied, finishes to both protect and emphasize the leathers natural beauty. Finishes may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following depending on the piece: high quality oils, waxes, gums, and protective coats. Each book is hand buffed once the finishes have set to give it a resilient sheen.
We also make many leather books, and other items, which feature our imagery etched onto beautiful pre-finished leathers (ex: distressed/antiqued Italian leather.) (note: any on sale antique leather books will have darker leather, the lighter leather is for full priced journals).

Masks:
All of the masks we create are meticulously hand sculpted, hand dyed / hand painted and hand finished. Often our masks also feature hand carved highlights as well. Each of our masks is an original design. The leather used is an ethically sourced tooling hide that wears nicely over time. All of the leather used to create our masks is vegetable tanned and is a byproduct of the food industry. The dyes used are an environmentally friendly water based dye which leaves a rich hand-finished touch on each mask bringing out the unique highlights, grains, and character of each piece of leather*. A number of our designs also include special stone, crystal, or glass cabochons in custom leather bezels stitched onto the piece. In addition to the cabochons some of our pieces feature hand beaded highlights to create further depth and beauty. Many of the masks also feature hand painting which is done with a variety of acrylic paints specially created for leather applications. All of our masks are hand dyed (black) on the inside and finished with a special non-toxic coating which can be wore directly against the skin and is easy to maintain. We use a variety of different, hand applied, finishes to both protect and emphasize the leathers natural beauty.

Note on our antiqued/rustic style etched journals- as of May 18 2018 we replaced all the previous antiqued Italian leather journals with our own hand antiqued vegetable tanned leather. This leather is vastly different from the Italian leather we were previously using and each type of leather has its own merits. One key feature, of the new journals, is the etching is more noticeable than on the previously created Italian leather if you ordered the previous Italian leather please do not compare it to the new etching as this is a new product with the same designs, a higher price and not the same material.

Shop members

  • Amy Skrocki

    Owner

    I started making, designing and selling pieces when I was 6 years old through my parents store. They were simple leather keychains, bracelets and necklaces and from that I started making metal, leather, wood, paper and acrylic items of all kinds.

  • Tanner Skrocki

    Assistant, Customer Service, Helps With The Creation Of Each Piece

    I am married to Amy, I convinced her to start selling her items as a career. Amy started teaching me how to make her creations several years ago and now I have my hand in the creation of most pieces, even if it's just sanding,

  • Seraphim Marie Skrocki

    Future Designer, Scheduler

    Our adorable 2 year old :) who keeps us both busy when we are not in the studio!

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 03 Jul, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

They are welcome! Many items can be customized and most of the leather work can have your initials or personalized messages added to them. Please contact us before ordering if you would like something customized.
If you want an entirely new item created in our style please contact us.
Any customized or personalized orders can not be refunded or exchanged.

Sizing details

Please ensure ALL sizing, color selections, dimensions or measurements, and any further specifications required are clearly conveyed in the notes section of your custom order. If you need any guidance with this we would be more than happy to assist prior to purchase.

Rings: further info on sizing
Our wide metal ring bands fit differently than normal rings (due to how wide the band is). We suggested getting .5 or a full size up from your regular size. If you want to get your regular size you can open the ring band a bit (we make them adjustable) so you can take it on and off easily.

Care instructions

All items come with care cards. If you have any questions please feel free to email us.

Wholesale availability

Yes we do wholesale. Please contact us.
We can also do something entirely new for your store, add your logo to the leather items and make custom tags just for you. Just about everything we do can be mixed and matched.

Why is my item slightly different than the one in the picture?

This is probably due to different angle of the item when the picture was taken or because the item had to be remade specially for you. Each piece is individually created. Because we do not do any casts or molds no two pieces can be created identically. The lines may be imperfect due to a matter of process which is all part of the fun of owning unique handcrafted pieces. Also, it is more likely to have pieces with slightly crooked lines than one with out. Well we strive to get our components to as close to perfect as possible but the reality is: every component is created individually and have it’s own unique characteristics. Pages or cover pages may have to be subbed out based on availability.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Items include a care card and may contain recycled packaging from other sources. We receive used boxes/packing peanuts/bubble wrap from friends and family and when possible we try to re use any boxes to reduce the amount of waste.

Why are refunds and returns not accepted on custom orders?

We offer inexpensive custom work in order to help bring your ideas to life. We provide guidance, mock-ups and professional input upfront to help ensure your project is as close to your vision as possible. That being said if in the end the idea is not something you like, or what you had imagined, it is unfortunately too late. Once the item is created as we have invested time into the design and construction and capital into the materials used. Custom items are specific to the buyer, which is what makes them unique and wonderful, but we cannot otherwise sell them so we cannot, under any circumstances, accept returns or issue partial or full refunds on any custom orders.

Why might my order be delayed by 1-3 days from the stated ship by date?

Due to the nature of the materials used the drying time for the dyes, oils and waxes on the leather or the inlays used on the metals can be somewhat unpredictable. This is due to weather or humidity, which can result in their taking a day, or few days, extra to dry. We will always do our best to ship as fast as possible and will keep your ship by date updated with any changes.

Why is the item I ordered disclosed on the invoice and waybill?

We comply with all customs and duties regulations. For these reasons we must have clearly displayed what is in the package, especially when it is leaving Canada, as per boarder regulations.

Can I contact you about my order outside of Etsy?

No. We abide by Etsy’s customer contact policies and for this reason all items being discussed on Etsy and/or purchased through Etsy must be discussed only through Etsy’s internal messenger. The reason for this policy is due to the increasing amount of scammers targeting handmade artisans. For this reason we cannot accept phone calls, external emails, text messages or external payments such as cheques or money orders.