OiseauDesigns

Handcrafted Silver Jewellery Inspired by Nature

Toronto, Canada · 53 Sales

OiseauDesigns

Handcrafted Silver Jewellery Inspired by Nature

Toronto, Canada 53 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(11)

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Thanks for stopping by my shop, and I hope that you have seen something you like! Unfortunately, I will be away on vacation until the Fall, 2016. Have a great Summer!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 1, 2016

Hi!

Thanks for stopping by my shop, and I hope that you have seen something you like! Unfortunately, I will be away on vacation until the Fall, 2016. Have a great Summer!

Heather Ibbott

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Heather Ibbott

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5 out of 5 stars
(11)
tp61nmw

tp61nmw on Apr 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is beautiful! Thanks so much.

Shawa

Shawa on Dec 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely gorgeous in person!! Amazing detail! Can definitely tell the product is based on real willow leaves!!

boogiedrop

boogiedrop on Apr 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I really love this, excellent efficient service too, made to order and delivered quickly thank you

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About

What happens when you mix fateful encounters and the inspiration of travel, with clay, seashells and leaves

I have always loved jewellery, particularly silver jewellery. I've made jewellery out of silver or beachcombed shells and glass, on and off since I was a teenager. Initially I learned from my father, who is a recreational lapidarist. He has made some beautiful jewellery out of the gems and minerals he found on his travels around Canada.
Ten years ago, however, while vacationing on Isla Mujeres, in Mexico I met a man from Rhode Island (fateful encounter #1). We became fast friends, and he, a regular visitor to Isla Mujeres, introduced me to the wonderfully unique beachcombing finds washed up on its beaches. Over drinks one night, I noticed he was wearing an amazing silver nugget bracelet. It was raw and simple – a perfect representation of nature’s beauty.
He told me that he had made it himself using something called PMC. He explained how he molded and shaped each nugget out of clay, fired them in a kiln and that what emerged was pure silver. Well, I was fascinated. Upon my return to Canada, I decided to find out more about this PMC but as can often happen, life got busy and it got forgotten.
Six years later however, I was chatting with a jeweller I met at the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph, Ontario (fateful encounter #2). I told her how I missed making jewellery, that I would like to get back into it, and that I dreamed of someday owning a jewellery business like hers. She herself worked in in fused glass, but out-of-the-blue she said, “have you ever heard of PMC?” Initially, I said, “no”, but then recalling my friend in Mexico, I said, “wait, yes I have!” She said she didn’t know much about it herself, but suggested it might be something for me to look into.
And so began my love affair with PMC! Classes ensued, and I happily merged my love of making jewellery from beachcombed shells and glass, my love of silver jewellery, and my love of walking in the woods, into a love of making nature-inspired jewellery with PMC.
Last year, I took a year off from my full-time job as a social worker to stay in a very cold, unheated attic apartment of a restored 17th century home, owned by some friends of mine, that is just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. During my time off, I travelled about the UK and Europe, knit a lot of warm woolies, gardened in the beautiful walled garden there, and even did some sheep herding. But, the best thing I did with my time off was start OiseauDesigns.
I have now settled back in Toronto, Canada, and plan to continue to give wings to this little dream of mine, making pure silver jewellery that celebrates the beauty and simplicity of nature.

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  • Heather Ibbott

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    I have been making nature-inspired pure silver jewellery for about 4 years. I work in Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC is a clay-like compound which when fired emerges as pure silver (.999). All my designs use imprints and molds of organic objects found in nature and each item is hand made with care, celebrating nature’s beauty and simplicity. My love affair with PMC started many more years ago, and involved a beach in Mexico, a local music festival, a year in Scotland, and some most unexpected and very fateful encounters. Read about it here!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 22, 2015
Hi, and welcome to OiseauDesigns! Here you will find pure silver jewelry inpsired by nature. My designs use imprints and molds of organic objects found in nature and each item is hand made with care, celebrating the beautiful simplicity of nature. Please be aware that all items are handmade and as a result may have slight variation from those in the photos. This is what makes your purchased item unique and special. All items are made with the same level of care. If you require something quickly please let me know as there may be some in stock that can be shipped immediately.

Please contact me if you have any questions/comments, or if you would like to make a custom request.

Thanks! Chirp, Chirp!!

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Please note that the prices listed do not include shipping. See below for details regarding shipping costs. Various options are available.

For International Customers - Please be aware that the buyer is responsible for any additional charges incurred at customs.

All payments will be processed through Paypal - But please be aware that you do not need to register with Paypal. Options are available to pay through Paypal using your credit card.
Shipping
Please be aware that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. However, shipping is FREE on any additional items you order!

All items will be shipped within two days of receiving payment (except on custom orders which will take up to two weeks). You will receive an email when your item has been shipped.

I am happy to send your item by express post if you require it sooner. Or, if you prefer a more secure form of shipment, there are options available with Tracking and/or Insurance . If you prefer that your item be shipped express or with tracking/insurance, please send me a note requesting this, and I will notify you of the additional cost.

Please be aware that international shipments will take longer to reach you and times will vary depending on the destination. The times listed are an approximation, and while items will usually reach you by the time indicated, delays may occur at customs.

The seller is not responsible for any delivery delays after the item has been dispatched, but please notify me if you are experiencing a delay.
Refunds and Exchanges
I hope that you will love the piece you have purchased! However, if for some reason you are not satisfied, I will be happy to exchange or refund your item. Please contact me within a week of receiving your item if you wish to exchange/refund it and we can arrange for this. Shipment costs to return the items will be the customer's responsibility. Items must be returned in their original condition,unworn, and packaged and shipped with the same level of care.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please remember that handcrafted jewelry (as opposed to items mass produced by machines) can be delicate and need gentle care. Store jewelry neatly in your jewellery box as opposed to the bottom of a drawer or purse. As with all jewellery, it is best to remove jewellery when showering, sleeping or swimming. Remember to put jewellery on last after perfumes, lotions, and hairspray as these can damage the surfaces of your jewellery.

Pure silver does not tarnish as easily as sterling silver. However, it is good practice to store jewellery in a sealed plastic zipper bag as this will further slow tarnishing. To remove tarnish, use a soft cloth and gently buff silver.

If you encounter any kind of problem with the item you have purchased please let me know, and we can discuss options.

All feedback is greatly appreciated and only helps to improve OiseauDesigns, so please let me know what you think!