AndraCassidy

The Chains of Andra Cassidy

Groton, Connecticut · 66 Sales

AndraCassidy

The Chains of Andra Cassidy

Groton, Connecticut 66 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to The Chains of Andra Cassidy!
Developments and explanations.

The last year and a half or so have been rocky to say the least. My battle with my depression got fairly ugly last winter and adding that to physical illness slowed production to a bare crawl. This past season (2016 fair season) things improved, friends were able to help me pull out of the nose-dive. I was catching up on some appallingly behind-schedule orders, things were looking up. Not improving speedily, but at least moving in the right direction.

Well, as it tends to do, life just threw me a curveball.
Due to entirely unrelated circumstances, I have to cancel my fair season for the foreseeable future and put a long-term hold on custom orders. I essentially have to mothball the business for now.

What does this mean for you, my customers?
* Well, first and most urgently, I will be dropping EVERYTHING else and completing pending orders. There are less than a half a dozen or so left, they are just larger project pieces, so will take some time, but with help, not TOO much time.

*Second, This means no fair booths for The Chains of Andra Cassidy this year, or likely for the next few years. Honestly, if I return to fair, it may be under a new business name as I have long felt that this one was not inclusive enough of my full merchandise line of chain AND scale work. Garrett, my booth-mate will be taking over the fairs he can manage as The Mad Mailer, stop by and tell him hi from Ash.

* Third, I am dropping custom orders entirely for a time. How long? No idea. They are part of what broke my head over last winter. I took on too much and the stress of not meeting either my own or my customers' expectations freaking broke me. One day I will open them back up, but for now I am finishing what's on my plate and calling it done.

*Fourth, I am going to maintain the Etsy shop. It takes very little energy to keep this up when I have nothing else to work on (orders, stock for fair, between-fair-weekend-minutiae) and I will keep it stocked as I am able to create pieces and photograph them. This will allow me to at least put things on life support rather than letting it die entirely.

And finally, I cannot apologize enough to my incredibly patient customers who have waited so long on their orders. I hate that you have all waited so long, I plan on including some special gifts in your packages as thanks.

Thank yo all for the support you have given me at fair and all of the kind compliments on my work. When I return to fair, things will be even better!

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I pride myself in creating chainmail adornments that cannot be found at just any old festival or fair. I require that my work be not only unique and fun, but easy to maintain and able to take what life dishes out for anybody from a serving wench to a sword maiden. I work also in bright, vibrant, fantastic scales! I can give any lad or lass a touch of the draginkin to their garb that will turn heads whenever you pass.

Please! Peruse my shop enjoy yourselves. Everything displayed here is ready to ship out to you. Find us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for up to the minute updates and exclusive coupon offers!

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 9, 2017

Welcome to The Chains of Andra Cassidy!
Developments and explanations.

The last year and a half or so have been rocky to say the least. My battle with my depression got fairly ugly last winter and adding that to physical illness slowed production to a bare crawl. This past season (2016 fair season) things improved, friends were able to help me pull out of the nose-dive. I was catching up on some appallingly behind-schedule orders, things were looking up. Not improving speedily, but at least moving in the right direction.

Well, as it tends to do, life just threw me a curveball.
Due to entirely unrelated circumstances, I have to cancel my fair season for the foreseeable future and put a long-term hold on custom orders. I essentially have to mothball the business for now.

What does this mean for you, my customers?
* Well, first and most urgently, I will be dropping EVERYTHING else and completing pending orders. There are less than a half a dozen or so left, they are just larger project pieces, so will take some time, but with help, not TOO much time.

*Second, This means no fair booths for The Chains of Andra Cassidy this year, or likely for the next few years. Honestly, if I return to fair, it may be under a new business name as I have long felt that this one was not inclusive enough of my full merchandise line of chain AND scale work. Garrett, my booth-mate will be taking over the fairs he can manage as The Mad Mailer, stop by and tell him hi from Ash.

* Third, I am dropping custom orders entirely for a time. How long? No idea. They are part of what broke my head over last winter. I took on too much and the stress of not meeting either my own or my customers' expectations freaking broke me. One day I will open them back up, but for now I am finishing what's on my plate and calling it done.

*Fourth, I am going to maintain the Etsy shop. It takes very little energy to keep this up when I have nothing else to work on (orders, stock for fair, between-fair-weekend-minutiae) and I will keep it stocked as I am able to create pieces and photograph them. This will allow me to at least put things on life support rather than letting it die entirely.

And finally, I cannot apologize enough to my incredibly patient customers who have waited so long on their orders. I hate that you have all waited so long, I plan on including some special gifts in your packages as thanks.

Thank yo all for the support you have given me at fair and all of the kind compliments on my work. When I return to fair, things will be even better!

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

I pride myself in creating chainmail adornments that cannot be found at just any old festival or fair. I require that my work be not only unique and fun, but easy to maintain and able to take what life dishes out for anybody from a serving wench to a sword maiden. I work also in bright, vibrant, fantastic scales! I can give any lad or lass a touch of the draginkin to their garb that will turn heads whenever you pass.

Please! Peruse my shop enjoy yourselves. Everything displayed here is ready to ship out to you. Find us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for up to the minute updates and exclusive coupon offers!

Denise Reilly

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risha104

risha104 on May 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These are lovely. I need to play with one of them to see if I can tweak how it lays but the scales are stunning!!

Laurie Gordon

Laurie Gordon on May 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

With a week left to spare before an event, I figured I would custom order an item while I was thinking about it, and have it for the next time. Denise fired up the kiln immediately to create five custom vitreous glass enameled scales for me! They were added to the jewelry piece with days to spare before the event and are absolutely beautiful! Huge thanks and kudos to Denise for her prompt service and amazing work!

Carolyn Clarkson

Carolyn Clarkson on May 6, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Andra these are beautiful. Just what I was hoping. They are beautifully made with such interesting materials. Very unique. The vendor is excellent and my earrings zipped through the mail in no time. This is my second purchase. Andra also sends care instructions

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About

Meeting the unique adornment needs of larpers, rennys and cosplayers worldwide.

Well, a little over 16 years ago I got talked into attending my first LARP (Live Action Role Play Game, go ahead and google it, I'll wait). It was a swords and sorcery affair out in the woods of Columbia, CT called Fantasy Quest. I found, against ALL expectations, that I really, REALLY enjoyed myself. So much so that I really need to work here not to side track into raves about the whole thing. Suffice it to say, I decided I needed to really outfit myself with appropriate garb.

Eventually I decided I wanted chain armor. Being a fairly curvy woman, a standard shirt was out of the question as far as my vanity was concerned, as it would simply look like a chain sack cloth once it fell over the bust line. But nothing made just for women had any more substance than a bra, and I won't get armor points for that! So I decided to figure out how to make it my darn self. I found a web site full of supplies and a lively forum full of helpful folks and resources and away I went!

Well, I never did finish that armor, but before I knew it I was making jewelry out of stainless steel links. I knew what chain jewelry looked like at the renaissance fairs, and while it was ALL pretty, it was also mostly the same stuff. Over, and over and over again. So when I decided to start making jewelry, I wanted to make it different, new and utterly unique. With this in mind, I thought about my own needs in chain jewelry. As a larper, I tend to be really very hard on my garb and any jewelry I wear to game. I play through nor'easters, sleet, snow, mud, sun, fog . . . You name it, I'll larp in it! So my jewelry needs to be able to take all of that, and then take being pitched into my kit and left for a while until I can go through it all and clean everything. This all equals out to stainless steel rings and aluminum scales.

Stainless steel rings being a bit harder to work with than aluminum, this means longer build times and thus, higher prices, but I do what I can to keep things low without devaluing the work involved. I have pieces up in the shop that took 18 hours of work to complete that are made entirely of saw cut stainless steel rings. I also have pieces that took me all of two hours. I try to keep a nice, broad price range in the shop so that there is something for everybody. But whatever it is, I ALWAYS keep it durable and easy to maintain. Because that is what I need from my jewelry, and I can provide no less for folks who are willing to pay me for my work.

Once I had everything figured out, I got to work and my friends and coworkers all thought it was great stuff! I began selling from a little new age style shop with a lot of consignment merchandise, met a LOT of nifty new people there and began selling at renaissance fairs before all was said and done. A friend I made in that shop started selling her clothing on the fair circuit and asked if I would like my jewelry in her tent. I, of course, said YES!

This eventually led to the opening of my Etsy shop so that my merchandise could be available for customers between fair seasons. It would be a dream come true if I could just make a living off of this shop instead of working a job to pay the bills with while I work on my shop on the side. I had to drastically dial back my shop activity this winter (2017), but I plan to return to it full-time one day and get back to trying to make a living at what I love!

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    Denise wanted chain armor that covered more vital bits than your average chain brassiere. She never did finish that armor, but she has been making unique stainless steel jewelry and eye catching aluminum scale adornments for folk all over ever since.

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