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"Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Enter the shop: http://preciousmeshes.etsy.com

Precious Meshes pieces are hand-stitched to order. Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for your piece to be made and shipped, though sometimes I can do it sooner. If you have a certain deadline, let me know and I'll see if I can accommodate it.

Slight variations in size, shape and color are to be expected and are inherent in handmade pieces. Chain style may vary from the one pictured.

Feel free to check out my sold items and contact me if you would like something similar. I welcome suggestions, ideas and feedback of all kinds.

All metal components,…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 8
  • Joined August 30, 2006

Favorite materials

silver, puzzles, metal, wire, crochet, mesh, evolution, geometry, pattern, tangles, pearls, gemstones

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About

"Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Enter the shop: http://preciousmeshes.etsy.com

Precious Meshes pieces are hand-stitched to order. Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for your piece to be made and shipped, though sometimes I can do it sooner. If you have a certain deadline, let me know and I'll see if I can accommodate it.

Slight variations in size, shape and color are to be expected and are inherent in handmade pieces. Chain style may vary from the one pictured.

Feel free to check out my sold items and contact me if you would like something similar. I welcome suggestions, ideas and feedback of all kinds.

All metal components, with the exception of chains, lobster clasps, earnuts and some french hook earwires, are handmade by me.

All pearls are genuine freshwater cultured pearls, sometimes color treated.

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Metal Content:

Silver crocheted mesh is fine silver (.999), silver clasps, hooks, posts, earbacks and chains are sterling silver (.925).

All gold is 14/20 goldfill. This means that 1/20th of the metal is an outer tube of 14k gold, filled with an inner core of brass (brass = copper + zinc). Also called gold overlay or rolled gold, this metal "sandwich" has a 100x greater gold content than gold-plate or vermeil, and it will not flake off over time, unlike plated metals. Gold fill is usually not a trigger of metal allergies because it is nickel free and only the outer gold layer touches the skin. It is an affordable, durable alternative to solid karat gold.

(If you have your heart set on "the real thing" though, please contact me for a price quote on a piece made in solid 14 karat wire. It is MUCH more expensive and has to be special ordered.)

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Caring for your jewelry:

Silver may be cleaned with white toothpaste and an old toothbrush before it becomes overly tarnished (.999% pure or "fine" silver changes color much more slowly than sterling), or let the color darken over time. For oxidized silver, buff gently with a silver polishing cloth (I recommend a "Sunshine" cloth) followed by a gentle wash with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Do not use commercial liquid or paste silver cleaners if the piece is oxidized or contains pearls, turquoise or coral. These gems can be damaged by the harsh chemicals. Try this safer method instead, using hot water, baking soda and aluminum foil (copy & paste the link).
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/silverdip.htm


Due to its nature, the wirework is somewhat fragile; please wear, handle and store with care. Do not sleep, shower or do strenuous activities in your jewelry.

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For more information on wire crochet, I recommend the amazing book "Textile Techniques in Metal" by Arline Fisch, or anything else by this author. Also be sure to check out the large-scale wire crochet sculptures of San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa. I saw her work in person at the DeYoung museum and was utterly transfixed.


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Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer (SRAJD) Member #340.

Featured in the book "1000 Jewelry Inspirations" by Sandra Salamony.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/section/reviews/article/congrats-to-etsy-jewelers-1000-jewelry-inspirations/1889/

Thank you for your interest in my work and your support of Etsy, the best thing EVER to happen to independent artists and crafters.


Love,
Emily


https://www.facebook.com/preciousmeshes

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p.s. I am also the shopkeeper of VIX Emporium, a nifty little shop in West Philadelphia for handmade gifts, jewelry and accessories, housed in a lovely vintage storefront. The name VIX is the Roman numeral for 5009, its address on Baltimore Avenue. I'm always looking for new and wonderful handmade wares to feature.

http://vixemporium.com
http://vixemporium.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/vixemporium

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