MindYourMonsters

Tiny, unpaired, hypoallergenic earrings

Columbus, Ohio · 11540 Sales

MindYourMonsters

Tiny, unpaired, hypoallergenic earrings

Columbus, Ohio 11540 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(2356)

Shop owner

Sara

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All my packaging is sustainable and re-purposed! That means that I source everything post-consumer, guilt-free and other hyphenated words.

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I also send a special seafood watch list as a gift with almost all of my domestic shipments. They're handy wallet guides from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation that help people choose sustainable seafood.
We now have the technology to catch all the fish in the world and the responsibility to make sure that we don't.

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Last updated on May 11, 2018

Current Coupon Codes!!

IGUANASLIKEHATS - $2.00 off
FREEship75 - International Orders over $75 Ship Free
FREEshipUSA40 - USA orders over $40 Ship Free

~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

All my packaging is sustainable and re-purposed! That means that I source everything post-consumer, guilt-free and other hyphenated words.

~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.
I also send a special seafood watch list as a gift with almost all of my domestic shipments. They're handy wallet guides from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation that help people choose sustainable seafood.
We now have the technology to catch all the fish in the world and the responsibility to make sure that we don't.

Sara

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Sara

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5 out of 5 stars
(2356)
clellybobus

clellybobus on Jun 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is so adorable. I bought it for my sister's birthday but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to get another one for me.

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So it's finally ready! This is my first big pendant piece that I'm letting out into the world. I used just about every tool in my studio to make this OOAK piece and I'm crazy proud of it!
I now do custom US States! I got so many requests that I bit the bullet and bought the ($300) equipment necessary to make these reliably!
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About

Adventures in Sustainable Business

I had planned to start this shop for years. I have many ideas that I've always longed to be able to make available to other people.
I started this shop originally selling beetle elytra and gradually moved on to selling carefully crafted allergy-safe jewelry and proving to myself that I can run a sustainable business for Good.
This store was created based on a core set of principles on how to run a sustainable business. I work hard to hold these principles in my mind while I do any part of my work.

Firstly, I am really careful about where I source all my materials and work hard to make sure that the items that I am sending to customers are safe and healthy while still being inexpensive.
Secondly, I am dedicated to making sure that all of my packaging is sustainable.
All of the packages are re-used and re-cycled. I make a point to use 100% recycled-repurposed packaging, because I am concerned by the amount of excess waste generated by packaging. I designed cute little bubble boxes that I make out of cereal (and other) boxes and I also use envelopes that I've made out of magazine covers. When I'm really in a time crunch I use envelopes made out of 100% recycled paper. Lastly, I also re-use bubble mailers and packaging that is donated to me by my friends and family.
Thirdly, I include sustainable seafood lists with all my orders to spread information about how to live sustainably with the ocean and the planet.
Fourthly, I run this business for more reasons than money. If I were just in it for the profit, I could be doing many things differently and make significantly more. I don't believe in utilizing exploitative marketing principles or lying to sell a product. I will always do my best to be straightforward and direct with my customers because they are real people with real lives that matter.

Eesh. That got all serious and boring.

Laaame.

TLDR

Um. I promise that there are no chameleons working here. Also if it were a chameleon sweat shop you couldn't call it that because they don't sweat. You could call it a grumpy color room (because they change colors when they're uncomfortable). Also it would be really hard to make earrings with zygodactylic fingers. So yeah. There are no actual chameleons creating things here. They're not really all that creative. I mean, I attempted to give them crayons one day but they just made a mess by drawing bugs and trying to eat them.

No animals were harmed in the making of this shop story.

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  • Sara Klips (and a friendly and mellow tarantula)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    This shop is dedicated to selling and creating the kind of things that I would personally purchase or wear. I make a point to ONLY sell things that are up to my personal standards and ship everything with sustainable repurposed packaging <3

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Last updated on May 21, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Whats this weird black ring on the post that arrived?

That's a silicone o-ring. I, personally, find that they help with adjusting fit on jewelry, so I try to include them on any longer posts and, eventually, with all of the gauged posts.

Will my jewelry be less shiny over time? Why? Is it bad metal?

All the jewelry from MYM is uncoated. That means that the silver and brass aren't protected from patina. Some people are allergic to the coatings put on jewelry to protect it from patina. You can protect your jewelry from patina by putting your own coating on it the second it arrives. When it gets to you, it's just been shined by hand on my jewelers bench, so that's the best time to add a coating if you want one.
The easiest and cheapest coating to use is a clear nail polish to which you know you're not allergic. It will chip off eventually and can be replaced as needed. You remove it with nail polish remover and redo it whenever. Note: Only do this with metal jewelry, not opals or stabilized gemstones!

My jewelry got a patina that I don't like. What do I do now? Is it ruined?!

Ack!! No! I don't use plated metals, so your jewelry is absolutely not ruined! All you need is to get a polishing cloth (I suggest a "sunshine cloth") and wipe your jewelry down. In fact, it will look EVEN BETTER than it ever did because the texture of the design will start pop! Well cared for metals are like fine wine. As long as you treat it nicely, it will look better and better as it ages. Just be sure that you run a sunshine cloth over it once in a while.

Protip: Save your sunshine cloth in a baggie and cut it into 1"x1" squares. Use each square until it's black and shiny. Just protect the cloth from debris and always store each square in its baggie, or else you risk scratching your jewelry!

My jewelry is turning my skin green! What's happening?!

Anytime that a jewelry starts to turn skin green, it's actually due to something that your skin secretions and the air are doing to the metal. That color (the same color that the statue of liberty is) is a chemical reaction with copper.
This usually happens with brass, because brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.
Whenever brass is heated to the temperatures needed to solder it to steel the more-reactive copper atoms are drawn to the surface of the metal. I remove the copper that does escape the alloy, but if you leave brass exposed to moisture and skin long enough, some of that copper that's still there will start to oxidize green.

Great news: It can be both prevented and removed fairly easily.

How do I prevent copper from oxidizing green?

You can do this naturally or chemically.
The natural method is to just keep your jewelry clean and not leave it in when you shower. Prevent moisture from being trapped behind it, and you should be able to avoid that oxidization of copper.

You can also avoid metals with high copper content. It's found in brass, bronze, and (in much lower amounts) in sterling silver. (Sometimes on sterling silver there can be copper that ends up being around the solder point, although jewelers work hard to remove or avoid that. )

Chemical avoidance is probably easier. To prevent the green, you just need to protect the metal from moisture and air. Just coat it in clear nail polish, Renaissance wax, any other patina protector. No air = No green.

What size do you suggest for my piercing?

Without seeing you, I can't say. My automatic answer is to ask your piercer. Just give them a call and ask what they pierce with. You can even take your current jewelry into them and ask what gauge it is. They should be able to tell you.

If you can't do that but you know that you wear a larger gauge than a regular earring, then I suggest getting an 18 gauge. if you have scarring or the hole is in a groove, then I suggest an 8mm. Also, if your piercing was done in the past year, I would err on the side of caution and go longer. If you're still having swelling, the last thing you want is to have jewelry that's too tight.

If you don't, then try the 18 gauge 6mm.

If it doesn't fit, I accept returns.

I'm having trouble getting my jewelry in! I've never worn flat backs like this before. How do I put it in?!

This, like most things, takes practice.

Your piercer can help you if you absolutely can't do it yourself.

If you're doing it on your own, my personal trick is to take a regular earring and instert it through the hole from the front, and then meet it with the new post from the back, and push the earring out while inserting the new post. It straightens the hole and makes sure that you don't irritate the heck out of your piercing by stabbing aimlessly everywhere.

I have a tool that helps get the front in if you have arthritis or long nails. Look for it in the Add Ons section, and if you don't see a scary-looking grabby metal thing, message me and I'll set up a custom order for one.

What if my jewelry breaks?!

Due to the fact that this jewelry is made by humans, there's always a chance of something breaking. Because of that, I have a 100% replacement guarantee for broken jewelry for a YEAR after it arrives. Just send me photo documentation of the break and I will replace it or refund you depending on the circumstances we discuss.