ElfinWorks

Elfin Works Jewelry

Fulford Harbour, Canada · 644 Sales

ElfinWorks

Elfin Works Jewelry

Fulford Harbour, Canada 644 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Individually designed & handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, inspired by the ancient art of transforming metal with fire and the natural qualities of the metals & stone.

Each piece is a small reminder of the beauty of life. Enjoy!
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If you have any questions please feel welcome to contact me.

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Last updated on Jul 11, 2016

Individually designed & handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, inspired by the ancient art of transforming metal with fire and the natural qualities of the metals & stone.

Each piece is a small reminder of the beauty of life. Enjoy!
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If you have any questions please feel welcome to contact me.

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The process of carving wax into dragons which gets covered in plaster, baked until the wax is gone and then the voids get filled with molten sterling...
New pieces will be available in my Etsy shop over the next week!
My second attempt at casting has come out much better than the first! The possibilities this new process opens up are really exciting!
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About

Elfin Works Jewelry and How it is Made

I have always enjoyed making beautiful things and I have earned my living as an artist and crafts person,since the mid 70s.

The first craft items I made to sell were wood carvings. I was living in some of the remote squatter communities that used to exist up the West Coast of Vancouver Island. There wasn't much to do in the winter, and almost everyone in the community carved the wood that washed up in the storms for entertainment.

I also used to make made wild and wonderful clothing and decorative items like tea cozys, from scraps of cloth, embroidery thread and seed beads.

In the mid 1980's this evolved into making jewelry.

I am self taught, and I think this has helped me develop my own unique style. Working in the same small community for the past 27 years, and getting feedback from local customers, has helped me perfect the structural design of my pieces for durability and comfort.

I make most of my pieces in the winter, when it is gray and dark and rains almost constantly. It is the perfect time to hole up and dream and be creative. In the summer I sell through our large local outdoor weekly Market, which runs from April and October. I have been selling various crafts there since 1981. In the summer I spend most of my time marketing the things I created in the winter, filling up gaps in my stock, or attending to my large vegetable garden which helps to feed me.

When I make a piece of jewelry I start with sheets of metal, wire that is in various sizes, pure silver for creating a bezel cup, a jewelers saw, a number of files, solder, and a torch.

Having gemstones I like is a major inspiration for me. I love colour, and how colour makes me feel. I often design pieces around the stones and metals and the feeling I get from them.

There is something magical about turning something solid like silver into something that is so hot it is fluid, and then having it become solid again. Shaping metal is an ancient art, and I enjoy feeling I am continuing an ancient art form through my work.

I generally build parts of the piece I am working on and then fuse them in layers.

The slide show above shows me building a pair of simple copper feather earrings with sterling silver midribs or quills and brass wire ties. This is one of my unique product lines and this is one of the few things I produce in batches of 3 or 4 almost identical items.

These copper feathers have been photographed sitting on the fire brick I use to solder on.

My workshop is usually messy. For me, all the bits and pieces are like an artists easel, and having a lot of small odds and ends laying about are often the source of ideas and inspiration.

I have only been showing my work in an online shop since November of 2011, and having an opportunity to show off my work through out the dark days of winter has made my creative process a lot more enjoyable.

Thanks for your interest.

Enjoy!

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  • Dreia Nickerson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Setting up for our weekly outdoor Salt Spring Market in the park.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 11, 2016
Welcome!

Customer satisfaction is important to me.

Please read my policies to insure that I will be able to meet your expectations and that your experience is entirely positive.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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If this is your first purchase through Etsy, you may find the articles below helpful in explaining how to complete your purchase.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/help/article/339

https://www.etsy.com/ca/help/article/1939

If you want your item to be shipped to an address that is different than the one linked to your Paypal account, please contact me before you make your purchase.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE OF CANADA
I am in Canada, and depending on the country where you live, you may have to pay your countries customs fees or taxes before you will be allowed to pick up your purchase.

This is the responsibility of the person making the purchase. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT THESE ADDITIONAL COSTS MAY BE, AND THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY THEM, BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE YOUR PURCHASE.

The web address below may help you to calculate this.
http://www.dutycalculator.com/

Customers in the US are normally allowed up to $800 from Canada duty free
Shipping
I usually ship within 3 days of receiving payment, but it may occasionally take up to one week or 5 business days after I receive payment for your order to be dispatched. If faster shipping is required please contact me before your purchase, to see if faster dispatch and delivery is possible. I will reply within 12 hours, unless a storm has taken our power out, and I am temporarily without internet access.

CANADIAN CUSTOMERS I normally use Canada Post's Parcel or Xpresspost, services. Once the parcel is in the mail, delivery usually takes from 3 to 10 days. All Canadian shipping includes tracking and you will receive a shipping notification through Etsy with your tracking number once your order is shipped. All items are dispatched with proof they were shipped and are insured, so both myself and my customers are protected in the case of loss or damage en-route.

US CUSTOMERS I normally use Canada Post's Small Packet Airmail, Light Packet Airmail or Tracked Packet Airmail services to ship to US locations. If tracked shipping is important to you please select this slightly more expensive shipping option when you make your purchase.

Delivery to US locations using the economy Small and Light Packet Airmail services provided by Canada Post usually take between 1 and 3 weeks, once the parcel is dispatched.

Delivery to US locations using Canada Post's Tracked Packet service normally takes 6 to 10 days once your parcel is dispatched.

You will receive a shipping notification through Etsy once your order is shipped. If your shipping method has been upgraded to include a tracking number you will find it in the shipping notification.

All items are dispatched with proof they were shipped and are insured, so both myself and my customers are protected in the case of loss or damage en-route.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE US AND CANADA

I normally use Canada Post's Small Packet Airmail and Light Packet Airmail services to ship to international locations outside Canada and the USA. Delivery to international locations normally takes between 1 to 4 weeks once the parcel is dispatched, but sometimes they can take a longer... It recently took a parcel from Australia 6 weeks to reach me here in Canada.

You will receive a shipping notification through Etsy once your order is shipped

All items are dispatched with proof they were shipped and are insured, so both myself and my customers are protected in the case of loss or damage en-route.

I am willing to ship items to countries not listed in my shipping, and to offer tracking services to locations I have not set up automatically, but the costs and shipping options need to be researched and calculated on a case by case basis.

Tracked shipping to locations outside Canada and the US usually costs more than $40, but there is some options that may be available for 1/2 this price, depending on your situation and location.

I can often set up a listing to offer a faster but more expensive shipping option, or tracking, if this is requested and discussed before making a purchase.

I am willing to ship items to countries not listed in my shipping, and to offer tracking services, but the costs and shipping options need to be researched and calculated on a case by case basis.

I have not set up automatic shipping options to locations outside Canada and the USA for pieces worth more than $200, as secure shipping to various locations needs to be considered on a case by case basis.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS A SHIPPING ALTERNATIVE OR DESTINATION THAT IS NOT LISTED IN THE ITEM DESCRIPTION.

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT HOW LONG YOUR PACKAGE IS TAKING TO ARRIVE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME

In the unusual situation of an item that arrives damaged in transit, it is very important to save the packaging as this may be required for insurance purposesi
Refunds and Exchanges
I individually photograph each piece I offer for sale, and all the pieces offered for sale are finished pieces that are ready to ship. You will receive the exact same item as is shown in the photographs.

I take my photographs in natural light, from all angles and I do everything I can to accurately describe my pieces, including pointing out any and all features that might possibly cause disappointment, even if these small details are things most people would not even notice.

Please be aware that colors can look slightly different depending on the computer monitor used to view the item.

I want my customers to be happy with their purchase, and I guarantee all of my pieces to be as described and solidly built.

If there is any problem and the piece is not as described or is not solidly built, please let me know within 30 days of receiving the item. If I have made a mistake or my craftsmanship is at fault I will explain how to make a return for a full refund including all the shipping costs.

In some situations, I may require a digital photo of the problem before authorizing a return.

All returns must be arranged with me before the item is sent back. A returned item must shipped back according to my instructions, with tracking or proof the item was sent back, and insurance. If the parcel is coming from outside of Canada the customs forms must clearly show the contents are RETURNED MERCHANDISE. If I do not receive the item back I cannot provide a refund.

Except for situations where I am at fault, I cannot normally provide refunds, or refund shipping costs, though in some situations, if asked, and if it seems reasonable and fair, I may make exceptions.

I want you to be happy with the item you receive.

With some limitations explained below, I am open to arranging and accepting exchanges if something you bought is not a comfortable fit for you.

**All exchanges must be arranged with me and authorized by me, before shipping, and must be shipped with full insurance, and tracking if possible, according to my instructions.

**If an exchange is requested, the buyer will need to be responsible for all the shipping costs associated with the original purchase, plus the cost of providing insured return shipping, and the cost of the shipping of the exchange item.

**A request for an exchange more than 7 days after an item is received may be refused.

**I cannot usually put a hold on something in my shop which will be exchanged for the original purchase, until the original item is received back.

I will often try to accommodate my customers beyond these policies, but this is at my own discretion and will be on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do sometimes try to make something based on a request,, but I have my own approach to this!

If you would like me to make something similar to something you see in my Etsy shop, you are welcome to make an inquiry to see if I this is possible. If you can include links to the piece or pieces you like, and information about any modifications you might want, in your initial request, it will help me to quickly assess your request and know if it is possible. Attaching a photograph of a drawing of what you have in mind might also help.

However...I specialize in one of a kind pieces and I can have difficulty getting a custom request to come out exactly as I am aiming for. Some pieces seem to have a mind of their own and I often make mistakes. Because of this, I never request or accept any payment until a piece is finished. If I agree to try to make something that has been requested, the person who made the suggestion is under no obligation to purchase the piece once it is finished, I simply notify them when the piece is completed and they will have the first chance to purchase it, if and when I make it. I do not usually make personalized items which cannot be easily sold to someone else. Because of my no obligations approach to custom requests, I cannot normally invest a lot of time in discussing personalized design options.

I cannot sell my work wholesale.

More information

Last updated on Apr 15, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

If you would like me to make something similar to something you see in my Etsy shop or in my shops sold items, you are welcome to make an inquiry to see if this is possible. Please see the FAQ area of my policies section for more information on my approach to this.

Sizing details

Some sizing modifications may be possible on some pieces. Depending on the piece I can often make a ring up to 1 size larger but I cannot make an existing ring smaller. If you will need a modification to the size of a piece I have already made, please contact me before making a purchase to make sure this is possible.

Seller Information

My name is Dreia Nickerson and I live on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia Canada