KotomiCreations

hand-made historical style jewellery and art

London, United Kingdom · 219 Sales

KotomiCreations

hand-made historical style jewellery and art

London, United Kingdom 219 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(46)

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Kotomi

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Announcement   Jewellery to remind you of earlier epoques. You recall... sometime, somewhere... you saw, or touched, or maybe wore these. You know that your spirit seems to realise this. --------
I have always been drawn to something historical. Images from an ancient time speak to me. And stones, beads, all those materials are waiting to be discovered and to be made into something through which they can recall their memories. Reminiscences of earth, civilization, epoque, human beings...

Main Website - www.kotomicreations.com

My jewellery often resembles objects made from gold... but this is not the case. I use polymer clay to combining with semi-precious stones, textured glass pieces, crystal stones etc... Then I decorate with antique-gold-colour mica powder. This technique allows me to explore many possibilities in design and form to create gorgeous jewellery !!
The pieces I introduce here are mostly one-off.
I also display and sell my work in galleries and shops, in UK.

Thank you for visiting !!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 15, 2016

Jewellery to remind you of earlier epoques. You recall... sometime, somewhere... you saw, or touched, or maybe wore these. You know that your spirit seems to realise this. --------
I have always been drawn to something historical. Images from an ancient time speak to me. And stones, beads, all those materials are waiting to be discovered and to be made into something through which they can recall their memories. Reminiscences of earth, civilization, epoque, human beings...

Main Website - www.kotomicreations.com

My jewellery often resembles objects made from gold... but this is not the case. I use polymer clay to combining with semi-precious stones, textured glass pieces, crystal stones etc... Then I decorate with antique-gold-colour mica powder. This technique allows me to explore many possibilities in design and form to create gorgeous jewellery !!
The pieces I introduce here are mostly one-off.
I also display and sell my work in galleries and shops, in UK.

Thank you for visiting !!

Kotomi

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Kotomi

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(46)
Sarah Banbery

Sarah Banbery on Dec 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very pleased with the necklace. The chain was changed at my request and arrived very quickly- thank you!

as17626

as17626 on Nov 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

素敵なパッケージを開けると不思議な色合いを放つネックレスが!ヴィンテージのように味のある質感が魅力的で思わずうっとりしてしまいました。迅速なご対応ありがとうございます! 大切に身につけていきたいと思います☆

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yellowrose10

yellowrose10 on Oct 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a gorgeous piece - it has a real medieval feel to it. The design is stunning and the colours are beautiful - many thanks again Kotomi :)

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Updates

15 new items were listed in my Etsy shop, including magnifier lens pendants, which are very popular in "our generation", as elegant alternatives for reading glasses.
Have a look and enjoy!!

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100% Silk georgette scarf has been newly listed on my Etsy shop. Original digital collage pattern with astrolabe.
My new creation line, silk scarf has been launched. It will expand more variety near future!!
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About

The Grace, Glory and Elegance of the Past

After hard-working days in commercial/ fashion jewellery design industry in Japan (uh, yes, that was a workaholic society at that time!!), I half-retired to London, my soul home town. I swore to myself to start my creative journey towards the inside of me. Questing for my own aesthetic Holy-Grail. I decided to became a hermit, but a highly decorative(!!) hermit, spinning out endless jewels...

For me, London is the best environment to explore many historical styles. I spend numerous times in museums and galleries to absorb airs and vibrations from ancient/ period objects.
In addition, I have discovered many materials from all over the world. Everything has a specific significance (whether I sense it or not), and has came onto my atelier desk with a certain particular purpose to be combined with other materials.
I am a just an agent for allowing them happen...

I discovered the early stages of polymer clay around my "late Japanese era", and it eventually developed into a more durable and tractable material.
This material fitted into my working ethos pretty well. For my hands need to catch up with my endlessly-flowing design ideas as quickly as possible.
I blend 2 types of clay, one for durability another for tractability. After forming into pendant heads, gilded with gold mica powder, baked in the oven. After firing, they combined with beads, chains, pearls and etc.

This unique technique allows me to create jewellery in Glory, Grace and Elegance from the Past without being 'emperor/empress' of the contemporary world.

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Shop members

  • Kotomi

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer

    After Art-Uni and MA, early 1990's worked as a freelance designer for fashion/ costume jewellery industries in Japan. Moving to London in 1998, began creating jewellery, in historical decorative style, which fascinates me.

  • Suzie

    Occasional Assistant Maker

    A decade ago, she used to help me for chain-making. Once she went back to her home town, Tokyo, then came back to London again for her full-time job. Since my previous helper, Francis went to Singapore for his family, now she is my right‐hand girl.

Manufacturers

  • Gallery quality print labo

    London, England, United Kingdom

    For my Photographic painting print, I use this one of top UK printing companies for professional gallery-quality C-type and Giclee photo prints. Their Epson Giclee print guarantees archival life expectancy: 40 years daylight, 200 years in dark.

  • ギャラリー展示品質のプロフェッショナル・プリント・ラボ

    London, England, United Kingdom

    写真アート作品は、このUKトップ・クラスのプリント・ラボで、ギャラリー展示品質のCタイプ・プリント、または、ジクリー・プリントを発注しています。 ここのエプソン・ジクリー・プリントは、日光下40年、暗室保存200年の耐年数が保証されています。

  • Digital Fabric Print Company

    London, England, United Kingdom

    For my Fashion Accessories based on my photographic art work, I use this leading digital fabric print company, which makes quality custom products on demand. Each product is carefully hand-made inside its facility, in NW London.

  • デジタル・ファブリック・プリント会社

    London, England, United Kingdom

    スカーフなどのファブリック作品は、最新のデジタル・ファブリック技術を有する、このロンドンの会社に、プリントを発注しています。 ここでは高品質のカスタム・プリントを、オンデマンド印刷しています。 各製品は北西ロンドンの、この会社の設備内で丁寧に、ハンドメイドで仕上げられています。

Shop policies

Last updated on January 11, 2017
Welcome to my renewed Etsy shop.

After branching out into photography and objet d'art, I am displaying variety type of my creation.

Jewellery section has 2 lines;
One is my main-line, Kotomi Jewellery - I regularly create 2 collections per year, using polymer clay to combine semi-precious stones, crystal glass etc...
Another line is, Revamp Jewellery - or "Up-cycled Jewellery". Here I use vintage, second-hand material sourced from all over the world, to create assemblage wearable art.

All creations stem from the same root; the glory, grace and elegance of the past, and yet somehow mystery and decadence as a twist.
Enjoy browsing my shop and hopefully find something haunt to your soul ; )

My main website : www.kotomicreations.com

日本語での対応も可能です。左コラムの青いContactボタンから、お問い合わせください。
(Etsy登録が必要ですが、ローマ字名、メールアドレス、ハンドル名とパスワードを登録するだけで、簡単ですよ^^)

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
PAYMENT METHOD:
・Paypal or credit cards/Etsy gift cards via Etsy Direct Checkout.

My shop is not VAT registered, so no VAT derives on your purchase.
Therefore there is no VAT reduction for oversea purchases.
Shipping
DELIVERY:
Items are despatched within 1-3 working days after completion of payment .
A despatch-notice e-mail with the postal registration number will be e-mailed.

For UK, I use Royal Mail "First class signed-for" (signature required) normally it takes 1-2 days to reach you.
For overseas, I use Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed, Tracked or Signed depending on the destination.
Although delivery terms vary depending on the destinations and seasons, normally 1 week to EU, 10-15 days to the rest of the world.

INSURANCE:
My default shipping covers basic insurance amount (£46 for UK, £50=$75 for overseas).
If your purchase is higher than that and you feel more comfortable being fully insured, I can arrange it with extra £3.3=$5. Please contact to me.
(For UK shipping, I upgrade to "Special delivery", up to £500 coverage,
For overseas shipping, I arrange extra coverage up to £500, on top of the default shipping as above.)

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS:
I send your purchase under the "gift" registration which is normally not subject for custom fees. However please remember, in case any customs fees or import duties occur, it is the responsibility of the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS:
Returns and refunds are given only in the event that you feel the item has been largely misrepresented in the listing. Please, do contact me first to discuss your issue.
I request its return in its original condition (in original package with the label, no damage, no alteration please!!) within 2 week of receipt.
I shall refund the item within 1-2 working days after the satisfactory return of the item to me, but shipping and insurance are not refundable (Also shipping for return is at customer's cost.). In this case, please remember to obtain the proof of postage.

DAMAGES:
It is very unlikely, but if the item arrives damaged, contact me first with the detailed information. I do my best to resolve the issue.

LOST IN POST:
UK Royal Mail requires customers to wait 15 working days to UK, 20 working days to EU, 25 working days for the rest of the world after due to arrival date, to claim losses. Therefore I also follow this time span for lost item claims.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS:
At this moment, I do not take custom orders, but some minor changes (e.g. adjusting chain length) on existing listings can be done.

MORE ITEMS:
In addition to my listings in this shop, I have a photo set for collections on : www.flickr.com/photos/kotomi-jewelry/collections/72157604213659130
If you find something that you fancy, contact me with the title number. I shall reply stock availability, price, size, material etc, and any further information required.

WHOLESALE:
Wholesale purchase is available with minimum purchase of US$700 (before wholesale discount= shop listed prices) and a proof of business (scanned business/shop card or websites).
I offer 45% (40% for Paypal payment) discount from my shop listed prices for wholesale up-front purchase.
(My current client outlets have local exclusive priorities, therefore there might be a case that I may not accept wholesale deal with your request, depending on your locality.)
Wholesale shipping cost is based on weight of the whole package with the estimation upon the request.
Although most of my items are one-off, I can suggest more items in stock in the line of your preference, through photographs.
I have 15 years of experience for wholesale supply to UK and overseas shops/ galleries ; )
However I am afraid I cannot take consignment (Sale-or-Return) wholesale contracts.

GUARANTEES:
Polymer clay is used for the base of my jewellery.
Although I use my special blending recipe to maximise the durability the clay, breakage can happen (but under 1% of sold items in over 10 years).
I guarantee free repair for 6 months after the purchase.
I request to you to cover only sending-in postage, in return I shall cover the sending-out postage.

REPAIRS:
Repairs after 6 months of the purchase will be charged at the actual cost and the sending-out postage. Once again it is very rare occurrence.
Most cases of repair involve simply re-threading, which can happen after several years of use. The guide cost for re-threading is £10=$15 with no missing beads, plus postage. (I would ask you to cover sending-in postage, as well.)

JEWELLERY CARE:
Please do remember 2 important "Don't"s.
KEEP AWAY FROM PERFUME AND HEAT.
If you are going to wear perfume/eau-de-Cologne/hair-spray, please allow it to evaporate before putting on jewellery; never spray it on to the jewellery. the volatile alcohol-based substances in them damages the polymer clay settings.
And polymer clay is perfectly firm after baking, but if it is kept over 50℃, it tends to be soft again. Therefore, please avoid top of a radiator and/or dash-board in a car in a summer day. (By any chance, if it happened, keep it in cool place, it will be harden again.)

More information about "How to care kotomi-jewellery":
http://kotomicreations.blog69.fc2.com/blog-entry-111.html


If you have further enquiry, please contact via the blue "contact" button on the left side column. (Although Etsy registration is required, it is very easy. Just name, e-mail, user-name and password. That it!!)

More information

Last updated on Apr 20, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

At this moment, I do not take custom orders, but some minor changes (e.g. adjusting chain length) on existing listings can be done.

Care instructions

Please do remember 2 important "Don't"s.
KEEP AWAY FROM PERFUME AND HEAT.
If you are going to wear perfume/eau-de-Cologne/hair-spray, please allow it to evaporate before putting on jewellery; never spray it on to the jewellery. the volatile alcohol-based substances in them damages the polymer clay settings.
And polymer clay is perfectly firm after baking, but if it is kept over 50℃, it tends to be soft again. Therefore, please avoid top of a radiator and/or dash-board in a car in a summer day. (By any chance, if it happened, keep it in cool place, it will be harden again.)

More information about "How to care kotomi-jewellery":
http://kotomicreations.blog69.fc2.com/blog-entry-111.html

Wholesale availability

Wholesale purchase is available with minimum purchase of US$700 (before wholesale discount= shop listed prices) and a proof of business (scanned business/shop card or websites).
I offer 45% (40% for Paypal payment) discount from my shop listed prices for wholesale up-front purchase.
(My current client outlets have local exclusive priorities, therefore there might be a case that I may not accept wholesale deal with your request, depending on your locality.)
Wholesale shipping cost is based on weight of the whole package with the estimation upon the request.
Although most of my items are one-off, I can suggest more items in stock in the line of your preference, through photographs.
I have 15 years of experience for wholesale supply to UK and