ElmDesignsAK

ELM Designs

Fairbanks, Alaska · 178 Sales

ElmDesignsAK

ELM Designs

Fairbanks, Alaska 178 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(33)

Announcement   Welcome to our Etsy shop! ELM Designs is a collaboration between jewelry artists Lara McGlinchy and Mariah Henderson. Lara and Mariah met while pursuing their Fine Art degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and connected over a shared fascination with Mokume Gane. With backgrounds in both painting and metalsmithing, their work demonstrates the aesthetics found in line, shape, color, and pattern. This blended experience of working in both 2D and 3D aids the artists in the continuous development of their craft. Lara and Mariah challenge themselves to produce high quality, modern, and minimalist designs, while incorporating the ancient metalsmithing technique of Mokume Gane into their jewelry line. Every piece of jewelry is entirely crafted by hand in their studio in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Visit our website: http://www.elmdesignsak.com

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 27, 2017

Welcome to our Etsy shop! ELM Designs is a collaboration between jewelry artists Lara McGlinchy and Mariah Henderson. Lara and Mariah met while pursuing their Fine Art degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and connected over a shared fascination with Mokume Gane. With backgrounds in both painting and metalsmithing, their work demonstrates the aesthetics found in line, shape, color, and pattern. This blended experience of working in both 2D and 3D aids the artists in the continuous development of their craft. Lara and Mariah challenge themselves to produce high quality, modern, and minimalist designs, while incorporating the ancient metalsmithing technique of Mokume Gane into their jewelry line. Every piece of jewelry is entirely crafted by hand in their studio in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Visit our website: http://www.elmdesignsak.com

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(33)
Kimberly

Kimberly on Apr 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

While hiking a few weeks ago, I lost an earring that was very similar to these. I had gotten the earrings while on vacation last year in Oregon on the day of the solar eclipse, and they were very special to me. I called them my eclipse earrings! These earrings are beautiful and are an almost identical replacement. Thank you!

Burnside Designs

Burnside Designs on Feb 22, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! I originally purchased this ring from you over a year ago, loved it so much. I misplaced it, and felt lost in my little world. I was so happy to open the box and see this new one. I am sure I will find the other one, but that's great because I now have a back up!

eehadley

eehadley on Jan 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully crafted! These little earrings go with everything- I wear them pretty much every day:)

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About

Our Story.

ELM Designs is a collaboration between jewelry artists Lara McGlinchy and Mariah Henderson. Lara and Mariah met while pursuing their Fine Art degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and connected over a shared fascination with Mokume Gane. With backgrounds in both painting and metalsmithing, their work demonstrates the aesthetics found in line, shape, color, and pattern. This blended experience of working in both 2D and 3D aids the artists in the continuous development of their craft. Lara and Mariah challenge themselves to produce high quality, modern, and minimalist designs, while incorporating the ancient metalsmithing technique of Mokume Gane into their jewelry line. Every piece of jewelry is entirely crafted by hand in their studio in Fairbanks, Alaska.

ELM Designs takes much of their inspiration from nature, using elements from their surroundings to directly influence their work. This influencial aspect is important to ELM Designs, and they strive to use eco-friendly materials, from recycled packaging and displays, to conflict free, ethically sourced diamonds.

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Shop members

  • Mariah

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    "I completed a BFA from UAF with concentrations in painting and metalsmithing. When not working on creative projects I am spending time with family, challenging myself in rock climbing and adventuring out on weekends to explore nature."

  • Lara

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    "Mom of two, introvert, and chocoholic. I'm a BFA graduate from UAF in painting and metalsmithing. When not in the studio, I'm usually running late to appointments, chasing after my not-so-well-trained pup, and eating way too many carbs."

Shop policies

Last updated on June 12, 2014

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Our top priority is that you are happy with your purchase. If you wish to return or exchange your item, please contact us with 5 business days of receiving your oder. Refunds will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Please return your item via USPS priority mail. Once the item is received in original condition, your purchase amount will be refunded. Shipping fees are non-refundable.

Custom order items/sizes are not eligible for refund.

Please contact us if you have any problems - we will do our absolute best to make it right.
Payment
We accept PayPal, major credit cards, and Etsy gift cards.

Processing time for orders begins when payment is cleared.

Custom Orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit.
Shipping
We ship via USPS Priority Mail. This includes tracking and $100 insurance. If you wish to purchase additional insurance, let us know, and you will be charged accordingly. When purchasing more than one item, your order will be grouped, and you will only be charged for shipping once.

Please contact us if you would prefer alternate shipping; shipping fee may increase with upgrade.

If you are purchasing OUTSIDE the United States, we will work with you to determine the best shipping choice. All taxes, duties and customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer, and are presented during delivery, not during checkout. Your local post office or carrier will be able to provide you with further information.


LOCAL CUSTOMERS: If you live in or near the Fairbanks area, and would prefer your item not be shipped, let us know. We would be happy to make arrangements to meet up and deliver your item, and will waive the shipping fee.

Items that are not made to order, will be shipped within 5 business days.

Please allow at least 2 weeks for custom orders. This timeframe can vary depending on the item, and you will be notified if additional time is needed.
Additional policies and FAQs
We gladly accept CUSTOM ORDERS. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit for these.

RING RESIZING is available on a case-by-case basis. This is dependent on the type of ring, and materials used. If resizing is an option, your first will be free, if contacted within 5 days of receiving your order (buyer pays shipping).

Our ultimate goal is that you are 100% happy with your item, and we will continue to work with you to accomplish that.

Send us a convo with any questions, concerns, or feedback you might have!

More information

Last updated on Dec 27, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What is Mokume Gane?

Mokume Gane, meaning “wood grained metal” in Japanese, is a metalsmithing technique that joins different metals together using high pressure and heat. The result is a single brick, comprised of metals that have been stacked together in a formulated sequence to produce unique color combinations. Once the Mokume brick is created, designs and patterns of the metal can be further produced. The most common methods used are twisting, stretching, pressing, and wearing down of individual layers. At that point, the patterned Mokume is usually joined with another metal, typical silver, and made into its final form.

How does Mokume Gane react over time?

With continued use, and as the Mokume reacts to the wearer's body chemistry (pH/acidity levels), the metals may begin to etch over time. Certain metals are softer than others, so they will wear down at different rates. The process may be slower or faster depending on the individual. The etching of Mokume Gane really shows off the pattern, creating further contrast, and almost a topographic surface. Because this changes from person to person, the piece truly becomes one of a kind, and unique to the individual wearing it.

How do I care for my Mokume Gane jewelry?

The metals used in your jewelry were chosen together to create a unique pattern and contrast in color. This contrast is enhanced by oxidizing the metals, therefore darkening the copper (or copper based alloys.) The patina may change in reaction to the wearer’s body chemistry, ranging in color from bright copper, to dark brown, greys, and shades in between. To clean the mokume, a mild dish soap is recommended, together with a scratch resistant cloth or sponge – a toothbrush works great also. Please let us know if you have any questions.

What exactly is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. Fine silver, by comparison, is 99.9% pure silver, and is generally too soft for producing lasting pieces; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal.

How do I clean my Sterling Silver jewelry?

Cleaning sterling silver will help to keep its bright shine, and when it is cleaned, it can be difficult to differentiate sterling silver from white gold. The best way to clean silver is to use a non-commercial grade silver polish and a soft cloth. If your piece has a brushed finish, a 3M microfine sanding pad may be used to buff the silver, while maintaining the texture. Let us know if you have any questions about specifics regarding your jewelry.

Explain Gold-Filled jewelry.

Gold-filled materials are an excellent alternative to solid gold, offering gold's characteristic warm yellow or blushing rose tones at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, gold-filled is more durable and retains more value than gold-plated pieces. Gold-filled is made by heat- and pressure-bonding a thin layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core. The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film, as is the case with gold-plated items. We use 14/20 gold-filled material, which is made with 14-karat gold, and the gold represents 1/20th (or 5%) of the total weight of the material.