BreadandBadger

Fun Gifts for Modern Folks : Since 2006

Oregon, United States · 11268 Sales

BreadandBadger

Fun Gifts for Modern Folks : Since 2006

Oregon, United States 11268 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   ★ Our offbeat drinkware is sandblasted with my original art for sturdy, dishwasher-safe & microwave-safe memorable gifts.

★ PICK UP YOUR ORDER IN PERSON! Use coupon code "PICKUP" to remove shipping charges, then let us know when you can come by. We're usually here weekdays 9-3:30, but you can call ahead (971-270-0694)
★ 12003 NE Ainsworth Circle #109, Portland, OR 97220

★ Contact us for custom requests: info [!at] breadandbadger.com
★ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breadnbadger
★ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/breadandbadger
★ Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/breadandbadger

Read our interview in the Quit Your Day Job feature on Etsy:
https://blog.etsy.com/en/quit-your-day-job-breadandbadger/

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 7, 2016

★ Our offbeat drinkware is sandblasted with my original art for sturdy, dishwasher-safe & microwave-safe memorable gifts.

★ PICK UP YOUR ORDER IN PERSON! Use coupon code "PICKUP" to remove shipping charges, then let us know when you can come by. We're usually here weekdays 9-3:30, but you can call ahead (971-270-0694)
★ 12003 NE Ainsworth Circle #109, Portland, OR 97220

★ Contact us for custom requests: info [!at] breadandbadger.com
★ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breadnbadger
★ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/breadandbadger
★ Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/breadandbadger

Read our interview in the Quit Your Day Job feature on Etsy:
https://blog.etsy.com/en/quit-your-day-job-breadandbadger/

Amanda & Sean Siska

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Amanda & Sean Siska

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About

Sandblasted Glass & Ceramic Gifts

HOW IT'S DONE

We do all our own sandblasting in our studio using a Crystalblast cabinet and 60 gallon air compressor. Amanda creates digital artwork from her original drawings, and prints it on transparency film. We make our own photo-emulsion stencils from Amanda's artwork, and apply one to each item, then mask the backs. The grit comes out of a nozzle, which is sort of like airbrushing. Don't forget to use a respirator and air filter! Once blasted, each item is washed thoroughly, inspected, and then stored until it's ready to ship to you! <3

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The name comes from the term “bread and butter,” because this is our main source of income, but I added the word “badger” because I was inspired by an article in National Geographic about honey badgers.

Honey badgers are fearless creatures that will not back down from a fight, and are impervious to venom. They can kill animals many times their size and they eat bees and poisonous snakes.

Quitting my job and starting my own business has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I’m inspired by those tough little creatures that can take on so much that other animals fear.

I’d been selling shoes for a number of years before I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and I needed to draw full-time. I learned about glass etching and fell in love!

Originally, I wanted to be a tattoo artist, but I found that glass engraving is similar in technique, without sterilization and possible regret. I’m still a tattoo collector and use body art as an inspiration for my designs.

Once demand for my hand-carved designs became too high to fill, my husband, Sean, quit his day job to help me transition to sandblasting. We now sandblast all our products in our garage, using some pretty top-notch equipment.

-Amanda

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Shop members
  • Amanda Siska

    Owner, Designer

    I started Bread and Badger by myself in 2006. I design the artwork for Bread and Badger, take product photos, and manage our team. I love food, drinks with caffeine, drinks with alcohol, fiber crafts, and challenging myself.

  • Sean Siska

    Owner, Maker

    I like cooking ridiculously complicated food, gardening, researching, and fixing things. I do bookkeeping, sandblasting, and managing for Bread and Badger. I like wearing hats and Hawaiian shirts.

  • Lea Keohane

    Designer, Customer Service

    I'm the head of customer service, so I'll be answering all your messages! I maintain the online shop, and design art for custom orders. I love cats and coffee. I paint beautiful pictures on my site: http://www.leakarts.com

  • Jay Sinkovitz

    Shipper, Maker

    I'm the newest production assistant and shipper. I love beer, music, bikes, and pugs.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
★ Shop in Person ★
See our website for events we'll be at and stores that carry our work (you can also join our mailing list from there, to get updated when new products are released, and get special coupons & sales): http://breadandbadger.com/where/


★ PICK UP YOUR ORDER IN PORTLAND, OR! Use coupon code "PICKUP" to remove shipping charges, then let us know when you can come by
12003 NE Ainsworth Cir. #109, Portland, OR 97220
We're here most weekdays 10am-3pm.

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★ Wholesale ★
Get our latest wholesale info here: http://breadandbadger.com/wholesale/ or shop Etsy Wholesale! Minimum order size is $200 or 24 items (whichever is smaller). Lead time is usually 2-3 weeks.

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★ Custom Orders ★
Custom orders take about 1-3 weeks.

Contact us about custom requests! You can email Lea directly with questions: info [at] breadandbadger [dot] com

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★ We've been interviewed for Quit Your Day Job! ★
http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/quit-your-day-job-breadandbadger-3650/

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★ Bio ★
Amanda quit her full-time shoe salesperson job before starting her own business back in 2005. She opened her first Etsy shop, SilverSquirrel, in 2006, while designing beaded jewelry. She experimented with other art mediums, read lots of books on business and marketing, and basically absorbed everything she could before falling in love with glass etching with a rotary tool. She officially started Bread and Badger later that year, and opened this Etsy shop the following summer, of 2007.

Once Bread and Badger really took off in 2008, Amanda's husband, Sean, quit his full-time job to run the business with her. They've since turned to sandblasting, which has given them an opportunity to actually make a living creating art that they love. Sean enjoys playing video games, reading, cooking amazing meals, and maintaining his ever-growing collection of planted aquariums. Amanda's artistic inspirations include tattoo art, classic motifs from around the world, pop art and geek culture. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys audio books, comics, video games, cooking, knitting, and learning things on the internet. Honey badgers are her favorite animal, and continue to inspire her with their fearlessness.

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★ Technique ★
Our etched designs are 100% permanent, and can absolutely be put in a dishwasher and microwave unless otherwise noted. Since the sandblasting and engraving processes remove the top layer of glass or ceramic glaze by cutting into it, the only way to remove the design would be to melt it down in a kiln. There are a lot of decals out there on glassware that look like etching, but they wear off with time. Our process will never do that! Sandblasting also has a smooth, even finish, unlike laser-etching (which shows a matrix pattern on its etched surface) and acid cream etching which can be splotchy and uneven.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
★ Payments ★
We accept payments through Etsy or Paypal, but you can use all major credit/debit cards or use funds from you bank account. E-Checks (Paypal payments deducted directly from a bank account) take a number of days to clear (3-14 business days), so please plan accordingly if you need shipment immediately.
Shipping
★ PICK UP YOUR ORDER IN PERSON! Use coupon code "PICKUP" to remove shipping charges, then let us know when you can come by 12003 NE Ainsworth Cir. #109, Portland, OR 97220 ★

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★ U.S. Orders ★
Most items are shipped within 3 days of receiving your cleared payment (we typically ship on Tuesdays and Fridays), while custom and made-to-order items ship within 2 weeks, usually.

We ship Fedex Smartpost (1-7 business days) for most items. You may also pay extra for upgraded USPS Priority Mail shipping (1-3 business days). You'll receive a confirmation email with a tracking number when we're shipping your order. We DO NOT guarantee delivery time for any packages once they have been received by a carrier.

Orders include insurance and Delivery Confirmation when possible. Packages may be left on doorsteps or insecure locations, as the delivery person sees fit. Unfortunately, we have no control over this unless you request and pay for signature confirmation. Shipping items to a work address is often a good idea. We cannot refund shipping charges for UNCLAIMED packages or returns.

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★ International Orders ★

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL SHOPPERS (outside USA):
If ordering 4 or more cups, we will most likely be forced to upgrade your order to Priority Mail shipping because of weight restrictions. Because Etsy's system doesn't always calculate costs correctly, we may have to charge you for more postage. If you are overcharged, we're happy to send a refund. (Rocks, lowball, juice and shot glasses can ship in sets of 4 with 2-6 week shipping, but not with other items.)

International orders (shipping outside the U.S.) travel First Class or Priority Mail, based on weight and size of the package (larger orders travel Priority, which is faster and more expensive). Delivery dates and tracking info are unavailable for most international orders, and usually take about 8 days to arrive, but can sometimes take 2-3 months.

All duties and customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer, and can be extremely high in certain cases. We cannot legally ship your package as a gift, so expect to deal with these fees yourself. We cannot refund shipping charges for UNCLAIMED packages or returns.

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★ Damages/Claims ★
Our glassware is packaged very carefully to withstand transit, but sometimes accidents happen. If something arrives broken, please contact us immediately so we can replace it.

Theft and breakage very rarely occur. Please contact us immediately if you feel your package has been lost or damaged.
Refunds and Exchanges
Satisfaction is guaranteed! If you are not completely satisfied with any item that you have ordered, return your purchase within 15 days to receive an exchange, credit or refund (except custom-made or personalized items). Please package glass items the same way we sent them to you, as they are very fragile! We are unable to refund shipping charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
★ Contact us at: info {at} BreadAndBadger {dot} com

We are Amanda and Sean Siska, and our studio is located in Portland, OR, USA. Our assistant, Lea, will be answering your messages.

★ Disclaimer ★

We do not manufacture glassware or ceramic items ourselves, so availability of colors and quantities is limited to what we can find.

Some pieces may have minor imperfections on them. We try our best to only use pieces with the least amount of imperfections, but some tiny bubbles in glass and ceramics glazes are unavoidable.