DekoMuse

Luxury Fine Art Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Keepsake Boxes

Georgia, United States · 1305 Sales

DekoMuse

Luxury Fine Art Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Keepsake Boxes

Georgia, United States 1305 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Luxury fine art boxes to celebrate the most important things in your life. Handmade wooden keepsake boxes, jewelry boxes, watch boxes, tea chests, valet boxes and more - custom designed just for you. Select items AVAILABLE NOW for immediate shipping. http://etsy.me/1O3Ayzm

Welcome to DekoMuse! My boxes are custom designed and custom crafted for you – something special to commemorate, to celebrate, to honor and to remember what’s important in your life.

Every bit of the pyrography artwork and finishing is done entirely by my own hand, including text and personalization. Every detail counts.

For more information and galleries of my work, please visit my website at www.dekomuse.com.

Diana

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Last updated on Apr 25, 2016

Luxury fine art boxes to celebrate the most important things in your life. Handmade wooden keepsake boxes, jewelry boxes, watch boxes, tea chests, valet boxes and more - custom designed just for you. Select items AVAILABLE NOW for immediate shipping. http://etsy.me/1O3Ayzm

Welcome to DekoMuse! My boxes are custom designed and custom crafted for you – something special to commemorate, to celebrate, to honor and to remember what’s important in your life.

Every bit of the pyrography artwork and finishing is done entirely by my own hand, including text and personalization. Every detail counts.

For more information and galleries of my work, please visit my website at www.dekomuse.com.

Diana

Diana Kite

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5 out of 5 stars
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druhomer2

druhomer2 on Sep 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Ordered a custom jewelry box as a 5th wedding anniversary gift. Dekomuse helped select the best detail to suit my request. She's super helpful and super talented. Best of all the gift made my wife a happy lady

wilsonhuang01

wilsonhuang01 on Sep 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Really beautiful box. The craftsmanship put into making this box is incredible. Would definitely purchase again!

Tyson Moore

Tyson Moore on Sep 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful gift idea. Superb quality, great service. Thank you Diana! I will purchase again in the future.

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Updates

Calligraphy Bird Deluxe Jewelry Box, in a bold cinnabar finish. Just sent out today! Check out DkoMuse on Facebook for more pictures of this stunning custom box.
Raraujo2: Your inscription is burned in, as is the artwork. Stain work next!
Thank you!I appreciate your service, and the generosity and sacrifice of those who love you. Free inscription on any military box or inscription that includes a military rank. (Up to $45) Reference VETERAN with your order, or convo me for more details.
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About

Following my Muse

I am a self-taught artist, and I have always loved working with wood. The character of each piece of wood is so unique! Like people, the more you work the wood, the more beautiful it becomes. You can sand down the rough spots, revealing beauty that wasn't visible before. Applying a finish doesn't change the nature of the wood, only enhances the fine, varied detail that was already there, just waiting to be appreciated.

I was raised in a DIY family -- if you know what you want, then build it/make it/create it! In my previous life, I spent years in the corporate world, but I "retired" when we started a family. As the munchkins began school, I began experimenting with different creative outlets and artistic techniques. Gardening, decorating, refinishing, and building gave way to painting, drawing, and woodwork. My signature technique involving woodburning and detailed wood stains came about in an attempt to recreate an ornate Art Deco sideboard with amazing inlaid wood marquetry. No, I never finished the sideboard, but DekoMuse was born.

I love the versatility and effect of woodburning -- an art which, unfortunately, many have relegated to the Boy Scouts and rustic cabin decor. My artwork resurrects this ancient art with modern, sophisticated designs.

My artistic inspiration comes from diverse elements. The organic, sinuous curves of Art Nouveau and the clean, smart lines of Art Deco; the sophisticated elegance of moderne and the bold symmetry of mid century and Scandinavian modern.

I try to combine elements of each of these into my artwork, rendering timeless subjects in new techniques. My standards for my artwork and craftsmanship are high, and I hope it shows in my finished work.

❖ My woodburning is crisp and clean, and it is all done by my own hand. Curves should be fluid and rhythmic, and lines should not waver nor bulge. Text and inscriptions must be clear and legible, as if written with a pen or a brush. I use a variety of specialized tips and tools for a delicate finesse.

❖ The wood itself is a canvas, and any art is only as good as its foundation. Rough wood will absorb stain unevenly, so good prep is essential. I offer only premium hardwood boxes, generally American maple. Pine, basswood and other cheap import boxes are soft and will not last, and there's no point in doing fine work on a cheap canvas like that. All of my boxes are custom built to my own specifications, by two local woodshops who offer excellent handmade craftsmanship.

❖ I custom blend all of my own stain colors for the richest, clearest wood tones. I use professional wood micropigments, which absorb deep into the wood to bring out the character of the wood without obscuring it. Heavy oil-based wood stains, like those bought at a home improvement store, are too thick to absorb into a tight-grained hardwood like maple, so they sit on top of the wood like paint, only really staining the topmost layer, and dulling the wood. My eco-friendly, water-based stains penetrate deep into the wood, imparting a full spectrum of color into the grain, without a harsh chemical smell. Multiple coats ensure richness that will not fade over time.

❖ My most unique artwork involves a multi-tone stain process. To achieve this, I carefully design and burn complex images, then hand-detail different areas with different stains. Tiny paintbrushes -- even a toothpick, on occasion -- bring precise details to life. I use a rainbow of wood tones, like mahogany and maple, as well as bright pops of color, to create pleasing contrasts and striking images.

❖ I apply multiple coats of varnish to each item, both inside and out, on every face of the box. Working the varnish into every line and detail of the woodburning highlights the texture and brings depth and sparkle to the artwork. Fine sanding and polishing between each coat smooths the finish. By the end, I want to be able to see the fine dimension of the wood grain, but it should feel like satin.

❖ All of my boxes are lined in a premium brushed felt, in your choice of color. Again, precision and attention to detail makes a difference. The felt should not curl up in the corners and the edges, nor should it shrink from the sides with skimpy coverage. I build all the dividers for my boxes in my own studio, and finish them to match your box at the same time, adding all the final details with the same degree of care.

Fine work should be appreciated, but often it’s the details that you don’t even notice that indicate good craftsmanship. I offer unabashedly close-up pictures of my boxes and my pyrography, and I do not shy away from the details.

When you look at one of my boxes, I hope it will make you smile. Either because it reminds you of something (or someone) you treasure, or just because beauty is a joy to behold.

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  • Diana Kite

    Owner, Designer, Artist

    I am an artist, a wife, a mother, and an incurable optimist. (In any order, on any given day).

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Last updated on April 25, 2016
Welcome to DekoMuse! My boxes are custom designed and custom crafted for you – something special to commemorate, to celebrate, to honor and to remember what’s important in your life.

Nearly all of my work is made to custom made to order. Each box is created to your own specifications. If you'd like something unique that you don't see, please ask!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
❖ PAYMENT: I accept a variety of payment options, including all major credit cards, Paypal, and Apple Pay.

❖ TAXES: Georgia residents are subject to 7% sales tax. International customers are responsible for all customs taxes.

❖ For any custom or personalized item, I respectfully request full payment when you place your order.
Shipping
All items ship from Atlanta, GA. Shipping prices include costs for postage, insurance, and careful packaging.

❖ LEAD TIME: Each box is custom made upon order. Please see the "Shipping" tab in each listing for expected ship times, which depend on the number of other orders in my queue. If you need a box more quickly, please convo me to discuss expediting your order. (Rush fee may apply.)

❖ DOMESTIC SHIPPING: Domestic sales will ship via USPS Priority Mail, which generally delivers within 2-3 business days. I do not ship with a signature requirement, so if you would prefer this option, please let me know. Upon shipment, you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number.

❖ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: International sales will ship via USPS Priority Mail International, which generally delivers within 6-10 business days. Priority Mail is tracked into the recipient’s country, to the degree that the local postal service communicates with the US. If you are an international customer with a time-sensitive deadline, International Express (3-5 business days) is available as an upgrade.

❖ CUSTOMS: International customs fees are NOT included in the purchase price. It is your responsibility to pay these charges when you receive your package, if applicable. Please also note that customs processing may delay your shipment, and I am not responsible for these delays.

❖ INSURANCE: All items are insured for their full purchase price.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not pleased for any reason, please contact me within 7 days of delivery.

❖ Custom or personalized orders are non-refundable. All sales are final.

❖ Non-customized items must be returned within 14 days of delivery, at the buyer's expense. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. Upon receipt, I will issue a refund for the item (less outgoing shipping costs). The refund will be processed as a reversal of the original payment method.

❖ If your item arrived damaged due to shipping, please notify me immediately. Take photos of the damage and email to me for insurance purposes. Keep the original packaging as well. Contact me so I can work with you to resolve the problem.
Additional policies and FAQs
❖ DAMAGED SHIPMENTS: If your item arrived damaged due to shipping, please notify me immediately, and include photos of the damaged item. Please keep the original packaging as well. We can work together to resolve the problem and/or file an insurance claim, if necessary.

❖ LOST SHIPMENTS: All items are shipped with full insurance and tracking information. While packages generally arrive MUCH sooner, I allow the Postal Service up to 2 weeks for Domestic delivery and up to 4-5 weeks for International delivery before working on a replacement.

❖ RUSH ORDERS: I will consider rush orders on a case-by-case basis, as my workload permits. There will likely be an additional fee for expedited orders. Accepting rush orders generally requires work on nights and/or weekends for me, so the rush fee is basically a peace offering to my family (and often goes toward take-out, if you must know!)

❖ HOLIDAY SHIPPING: Holidays are a busy time for all shipping services, and their normal delivery times may be a bit delayed. Please keep that in mind when purchasing. If you’d like to consider upgraded shipping options, please convo me for specific rates.

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Last updated on Apr 25, 2016
Frequently asked questions

How can I customize my box?

Nearly all of my work is custom made-to-order, so that your box is truly unique. Each box is created to your own specifications. Features available for your selection include:
❖ Artwork
❖ Box size
❖ Stain color(s)
❖ Lining color (or no lining)
❖ Personalized inscription, in your choice of font
❖ Dividers, trays, and other configurations
❖ Optional watch pillows or other accessories
❖ Hardware finishes and styles

What box sizes are available?

My boxes are available in 4 standard sizes:
Small: 9.5" x 6.5" x 3.75"
Square: 9.5" x 9.5" x 3.75"
Large: 12" x 9.5" x 3.75"
Deluxe 12" x 9.5" x 6”
Custom sizes are also available - please convo for more details.

Can you do custom artwork?

Yes! I love the variety and challenge of custom artwork. If you have an image in mind or an idea, please send it to me and we'll go from there. Please note that custom artwork will likely involve additional design time and cost.

What finishes are available?

You may select the finish for any DekoMuse item:
❖ Maple: light gold that mellows to caramel with age
❖ Walnut : medium brown wood, full of gold and caramel
❖ Cherry: vintage patina of copper, rust and brandy
❖ Mahogany: dark chocolate, with red and gold highlights
❖ Cinnabar: clear, bold Chinese red

I custom blend all of my stains to ensure that I’m getting the perfect balance of gold, caramel, red and chocolate in each wood tone. I can also offer custom accent colors, if you're trying to match your decor or palette. Please see my Finishes listing for more details. http://etsy.me/1QjCWt8

What lining options do you offer?

All boxes and trays include a premium brushed felt lining. Or, you may choose to leave the box unlined as well. Lining options include:
❖ Midnight Black
❖ Crimson red
❖ Wine burgundy
❖ Emerald green
❖ Ocean Turquoise
❖ Cobalt Blue
❖ Navy Blue
❖ Royal Purple
❖ Natural Wool
❖ Arctic White
❖ Pewter Grey
❖ Baby Blue
❖ Baby Pink
❖ No Lining
Additional materials, such as leather, may be available upon special request. Please contact me for more details.

Can I add an inscription?

Yes. You may add text, symbols, or just about anything to your box to make it unique. Every detail will be woodburned by my own hand -- again, no laser engraving! Please see my Inscription listing for more details, including pricing and a selection of fonts.
http://etsy.me/1OuGAxG

Where can I put the text on my box?

Anywhere you want! Since I don't use lasers or CNC machines, I can add details anywhere on the box that a hand can manage it. For more details and to see different examples, check out my Facebook post on the topic. http://on.fb.me/1PCtBu2

Wholesale availability

I do not offer wholesale or bulk discounts. Since every item is entirely handmade, each one is equally costly in terms of my time and ability. DekoMuse is a one-woman, artist-run shop, and my high standards and low production do not allow for anything less.