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Announcement    wing ☆ stone ☆ ephemera
Amulets to protect and portend
Handmade in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Last updated on Apr 18, 2022

wing ☆ stone ☆ ephemera
Amulets to protect and portend
Handmade in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


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About FoundinAlbuquerque

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On Etsy since 2010

*Wing*Stone*Ephemera* ::: Amulets to Protect and Portend ::: Handmade in ABQ, NM, USA

Like you, I have always collected the ephemeral—those things that turn to dust in time. Of course, I am overcome by all of it—this entire world full with wings and things, garden petals drying in books, sticks and stones, fossils and sand, odds and ends of this and that; But it is especially where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that really inspires my work. Acrylic angles recall power-lines fragmenting the moving sky; faceted gems and water smooth granite are robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain.

I work with a variety of traditional jewelry making tools, including my grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants; but I delight in using unusual materials, like acrylic rescued from the waste stream, fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, and wing and petal that show signs of a life well lived. Multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical nature of the sky or the landscape, as I layer about 15 different enamel colors onto a single piece, kiln-firing the sugary powder into a hard glossy surface at a very hot 1450 degrees Fahrenheit. The results are always delightful, and sometimes surprising.

Each of my works is a modern-day curiosity cabinet, meant to display object and to hold space for memory. Link bracelets circle in a continuity of story; cuff bracelets converse over the space of the wrist. And mismatched earrings explore the tension between mirror image and facsimile, challenge our ideas about the value of symmetry, and invite us to consider the balance maintained between partners. What is one without the other?

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  • jessi d

    Owner, Doer Of All The Things

    Jessi d. is a self taught artist and metal smith, learning her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials. She has always collected the ephemeral, and much of her jewelry features found natural elements.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Hello & Welcome to Found: in Albuquerque where every item is carefully and lovingly handmade. My plexiglass is recovered from the waste bins of plexiglass cutting and installation centers; the ephemera comes from Albuquerque sidewalks, desert expanses, and Rio Grande beaches. All specimens are humanely collected from deceased insects, or sustainable plant sources. They will show signs of a life lived beautifully. The jewelry at FoundinAlbuquerque challenges the concept of what a jewel can be.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
"No Questions Asked" refunds (minus shipping cost and processing fees) will be made within 7 days for items that are in new and unused condition with original packaging. Items lost or damaged in the mail will be refunded in full.

I cannot be responsible for damage caused by neglect, misuse, or abuse. My work is field tested and sturdy enough for normal daily wear. It is designed to be enjoyed, but it must be treated like art work.

Most stones used are all-natural, and untreated; please treat with care. Store acrylic-set specimens in a dry, dark place when not in use.

Do Not Immerse in Water. The bathroom is one of the worst places you can store any jewelry. Understand that perfumes, hair products, lotions, and other potions will alter the finish on acrylic, metal, and stones.

To clean acrylic, wipe with a dry microfiber cloth. Metal will continue to patina and change over time with wear and use. Buff with a dry, clean kitchen scrubbing pad for a matte finish, or polish with a silver polishing cloth for a brighter shine if desired.

Most importantly, jewelry should be the last thing you put on, and the first thing you take off.

If, despite all these recommendations, you still think you received a defective or damaged product, please contact me with the details. I will require photos and a description of the circumstances of the item's failure. If the product is deemed defective, you will recieve a full refund upon my receipt of the defective product and its original packaging.

Repairs for damage caused by neglect, misuse, or abuse, will be considered on a case by case basis, and may be subject to additional fees and shipping costs.
I prefer to accept payment from PayPal certified accounts. Direct checkout is also now available if you do not have a PayPal account.
All items come beautifully and carefully packaged in gift boxes and are ready for giving.

For shipping withing the United States, the gift box with the item ships in a flat rate USPS Priority Mail postal box.

For shipping to Canada, the UK, and Australia, the gift box with the item ships in a flat rate Priority Mail International postal box. All customs and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Actual value of items must be declared for tax purposes.

Most items will be shipped one to three days after payment has been received; custom design or made-to-order purchases may take up to two weeks to ship, but rush orders can be arranged.
Additional policies and FAQs
Many of my items are also available for sale in local shops and boutiques. In the unlikely event that an item sells simultaneously, payment will be refunded in full to the Etsy customer.

I now offer wholesale prices and conditions on certain items. Please inquire about prices and policies if interested.

Thank you for you interest in my work.