MikeBurke

Handcrafted, original horn jewelry

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MikeBurke

Handcrafted, original horn jewelry

0 Sales On Etsy since 2010

Announcement   Welcome to my shop! Here you'll find great handmade jewelry created with natural horn, which has been pressed, turned and engraved just as it has been for centuries. I hope you'll find something here that inspires you, and hopefully something you can't live without.

Announcement

Welcome to my shop! Here you'll find great handmade jewelry created with natural horn, which has been pressed, turned and engraved just as it has been for centuries. I hope you'll find something here that inspires you, and hopefully something you can't live without.

Mike Burke

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Mike Burke

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Last updated on February 24, 2011
Hello and welcome to the shop! Everything you see here was individually made by me, using traditional materials, tools and methods, some of which are as old as the very hills. The horn I use comes from free range cattle and buffalo, and is a natural by-product of those respective industries, i.e. these guys aren't raised for their horns. I take great pains to source the best quality, domestic materials, whenever possible, and frequently incorporate vintage and re-claimed materials as well. I also use traditional finishes such as linseed oil, shellac and paste wax, which produce a warm glow and tend to be much safer (for you and me) than many synthetic finishes on the market.

Some things to keep in mind:

Horn is a natural product which comes from bovine animals. It's similar in both structure and appearance to tortoise shell, baleen and your finger nails. In its unfinished state, it has a distinct natural smell that can only be described as earthy. Fortunately, the finishing process seals the piece and protects it from nearly everything but water damage. Splashes of water (as in hand washing) are okay, but you should avoid excessive exposure to moisture (i.e don't wear it while swimming or in the shower) as it may compromise the finish, and cause the horn to smell. Store in a cool dry place with your other jewelry.

Like wood, horn sometimes has natural voids, hairline cracks and the occasional (uninhabited) insect hole, which are harmless and don't affect the structural integrity of the piece. I alternately try to work around them, or incorporate them depending on how they look, and where they occur.

Traditional finishes age, breathe and expand with increases in temperature and humidity, changes in season, etc. In time the finish may start to look dull or dry, but it can be quickly revived by rubbing in a little lanolin, linseed or tung oil, or paste wax and buffing with a soft cloth. This will also help to clean the surface of finger prints, and provide an additional layer of protection. With proper care, horn items can last many lifetimes, and become heirlooms for future generations.

All materials, connections, clasps and findings are guaranteed for the life of the original purchaser, under normal use.

I take a great deal of pride in everything I make, and I hope that you'll derive as much pleasure from owning it. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns for as long as you own the piece, please don't hesitate a moment to let me know, and I will do everything in my power to address them. Thanks for stopping by!

MB

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Payment
My preferred method of payment is PayPal, because it's quick, secure and easy for all involved. From a buyer's perspective, it gets your order on its way to you much sooner than any other method.

However, I also accept payment via postal money order, in which case the order will ship when payment arrives, and, via personal check with prior notification. In the case of personal checks, the order will ship when the check clears, which may be several days after it arrives here. Please send me an Etsy conversation (convo) if you wish to pay by check or money order.
Shipping
Holiday Shipping Policy

All orders placed between now and December 22 will include FREE SHIPPING via USPS Priority Mail, with insurance and delivery confirmation.

From now until Dec. 22, I will ship on the next business day (Mon.-Sat.) following receipt of payment. For orders paid with PayPal, this may very well be the following day. Orders paid via check or money order will necessarily take longer to ship. If you need rush shipping, or have other special shipping needs, please send me an Etsy Conversation (convo) or email at mike.i.burke [!at] me.com, and I will do my best to accommodate them. The last day that orders will ship out prior to Christmas is December 22, however, shipping is dependent on many factors, and I have no control over actual arrival times once the package is shipped, so please plan accordingly.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return it for a refund of the purchase price, less shipping, within ten days of receipt. Returned items must be in original condition, and refunds will be issued upon return and inspection. Please send me an Etsy Conversation (convo) or email at mike.i.burke [!at] me.com if you wish to make a return.