Ellen Buchanan - Metalsmith

North Carolina, United States · 1067 Sales


Ellen Buchanan - Metalsmith

North Carolina, United States 1067 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Welcome! Please take a look at my shop policies before purchasing! Custom orders are always welcome! Feel free to contact me with questions.


Welcome! Please take a look at my shop policies before purchasing! Custom orders are always welcome! Feel free to contact me with questions.


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Thin Toe Rings - Set of 2 Sterling Silver
Thin Gold-filled Toe Rings - Set of Two
Thin Gold-filled Toe Rings - Set of Two
Square Earrings with Satin Finish
Maple Leaf Pendant Handmade In Sterling Silver
Japanese Paper Fan Necklace - Sterling Silver
Silver Diamond Cutout Necklace - Fake Diamond
Simple Peridot Dangle Earrings
Twisted Round Peridot Necklace Minimalist
Lucky Horseshoe Necklace Silver Handmade
Violin Bridge Necklace - Sterling Silver
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5 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Norkum

Elizabeth Norkum on Jun 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Exactly as pictured. Love it! Almost paid $50 more for a smaller presence ring before I saw this one. So happy with this purchase. Thank you Ellen.

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For the Love of the Work

I'm in my thirties, and I went to college first at a very tiny liberal arts school in the Green Mountains of Vermont before returning to my hometown to finish at Penn State University with a degree in philosophy. I later returned to Penn State again to learn metalsmithing. I still live in Central Pennsylvania. I love creating art from the seemingly lifeless, immovable material that is metal, and I love that jewelry is for many people (including me) an accessory that can be meaningful as well as beautiful. Metalsmithing is absolutely and unequivocally one of my greatest passions. It has given profound meaning, satisfaction, escape and a sense of productivity to my life despite the fact that I've been restricted to one degree or another since early adolescence by a neuromuscular condition called HKPP. Etsy has made it possible for me to do this work; work that isn't second best, isn't a compromise I've made based on my health, but is in fact what I've known for most of my life was my dream career. Having this opportunity has been incredibly enriching.

Life isn't always easy. But working with metal is a beautiful bright spot amidst it all. Thanks for visiting my shop... and trust that the pieces I create for you are made with genuine love, passion, care and gratitude.


My work is available locally at the Green Drake Gallery in Millheim, PA.

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 12, 2013
Welcome to my shop! My work is created by hand by me including setting and most findings and components. I truly love what I do. Like most people who find themselves on Etsy, I appreciate the appeal of handmade work in an era of machine made jewelry, and the fact that each piece is slightly unique.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Check
  • Other Method
You may pay via PayPal, a personal check or using Etsy direct checkout. If you are paying with a check, please contact me to let me know to expect one so that I am aware that payment is in the mail. Please pay, or contact me about how you are paying, within 48 hours of making your purchase.

If you need to cancel an order, you must contact me to do so within 24 hours of my receiving payment, as the item may already have been shipped after that time.
NOTE: There is absolutely nothing I can do to affect the movement of a package once it's entered the hands of USPS. International orders are especially prone to inexplicable delays.

I try to ship items within 2-3 days of receiving payment, but it may sometimes take up to a week to complete an item when I am very busy (especially in December!). I ship using USPS. Please message me BEFORE purchasing to arrange priority or express service or insurance.

I ship internationally, but shipping times can vary widely and unpredictably. It can take 3 days to 8 weeks for an item to arrive. USPS does not offer tracking numbers for international shipments, but a little information is usually available online using the customs number.

I do include an invoice in my packages. If for any reason (gift, conserving paper, etc.) you do not want an invoice included, just let me know upon ordering. You can always view your invoice online.

My shipping prices, as shipping prices in any store anywhere do, cover shipping as well as shipping supplies (labels, packaging, invoice, handling, etc.).

Pieces costing more than $60 will be insured when they are shipped.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to love the work that you buy from me, but if you do not, please contact me within 14 days to let me know and arrange a return. The cost of your item (minus shipping) will be refunded. I can not accept returns for custom pieces.

In most cases I require a 50% nonrefundable payment on commissioned pieces before beginning work.

If a piece requires repairs due to workmanship, please contact me and these will be done at no cost to you (except for the cost of shipping it back to me).

I resize rings for free one time except for the cost of return shipping. However, some of my rings cannot be resized, especially if they incorporate text or stones, so please be sure to determine your correct size before ordering. If you need help with that, let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
My jewelry will arrive in a gift box with ribbon. Let me know upon purchase if you'd like it wrapped in some other way or if you'd like a note included to your recipient.

Custom orders are always welcome! It is usually a ton of fun to design and make a unique piece and to help someone's vision become reality. Just contact me to arrange or click on "request a custom order" on the sidebar.

Contact me to discuss wholesale or consignment orders.