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Alaska Paper Birch Bark Earring Snowflake 8

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Each piece is razor cut from Alaska paper birch bark harvested sustainably here in the valley. After harvest, the bark is washed in melted snow water. This is essential to the process because we don't have plumbing on the permafrost. The bark is then dried, pressed, cut out, and varnished. I do not sand any pieces because the Alaska paper birch is perfect as is. This being said, every knot, squirrel scratch, and moose nibble will be visible. While the bark of this tree is not the preferred delicacy of the moose, it is a primary food source during the winter.

A single layer of bark is about the thickness of vellum. The number of layers on a given piece of bark is determined by the age of the tree. During the washing and drying process, the bark will naturally separate into stable layers. Single layers are not used as they are too delicate. Most cut pieces are comprised of two to four layers. This natural quality is an advantage in that the pieces are extremely light weight. You won't even know you have them on!

Caring for your little slice of Arctic Alaska is easy. Simply don't leave the bark in an extremely hot place like a car during the summer. Always put jewelry on last and remove it first.

This earring measures 3" from the top of the ear wire and is 2 & 1/2" round. All ear wires are steel and silver tone. A set of rubber backs are included.

The item pictured is the one you will receive and has a glitter finish.
Each piece is razor cut from Alaska paper birch bark harvested sustainably here in the valley. After harvest, the bark is washed in melted snow water. This is essential to the process because we don't have plumbing on the permafrost. The bark is then dried, pressed, cut out, and varnished. I do not sand any pieces because the Alaska paper birch is perfect as is. This being said, every knot, squirrel scratch, and moose nibble will be visible. While the bark of this tree is not the preferred delicacy of the moose, it is a primary food source during the winter.

A single layer of bark is about the thickness of vellum. The number of layers on a given piece of bark is determined by the age of the tree. During the washing and drying process, the bark will naturally separate into stable layers. Single layers are not used as they are too delicate. Most cut pieces are comprised of two to four layers. This natural quality is an advantage in that the pieces are extremely light weight. You won't even know you have them on!

Caring for your little slice of Arctic Alaska is easy. Simply don't leave the bark in an extremely hot place like a car during the summer. Always put jewelry on last and remove it first.

This earring measures 3" from the top of the ear wire and is 2 & 1/2" round. All ear wires are steel and silver tone. A set of rubber backs are included.

The item pictured is the one you will receive and has a glitter finish.

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The standard shipping times listed by the USPS apply only to Anchorage. The rest of Alaska is considered remote shipping. Currently, there is no overnight delivery from Alaska; however, overnight delivery MUST be selected in order to receive within 2 days, two to three day delivery will be received in 3 days, and Priority Mail takes 3-5 days. I do not ship via First Class Mail because this can take upwards of ten days from my location in Alaska. All items will ship from Fairbanks or Ester, AK. Most of the time, I will ship USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail. Etsy does not list this as an option (it is often the cheapest from AK).
If you are unhappy with your purchase, let me know within three days of receipt. Options include an exchange or a refund if the unworn item is returned within seven business days of receipt. I will not refund for lost, delayed, or damaged items once an item has shipped.

Alaska Paper Birch Bark Earring Snowflake 8

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Finish: Sparkle
  • Materials: Alaska Paper Birch Bark, Steel Ear Wire, Rubber Backs, Acrylic Glitter Coat, Varnish Coating
  • Feedback: 3 reviews
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