SeaStarling

Sea Starling Fine Metalwork

Orcas, Washington | 76 Sales

SeaStarling

Sea Starling Fine Metalwork

Orcas, Washington 76 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (16)

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Announcement   Welcome to Sea Starling Fine Metalwork! Birthday sale happening January 8 thru January 15th, 20% off my entire shop! Thank you for your continued support of my work!

Please read my detailed Listings and Shop Policies with care. You are responsible for ordering the correct size. I am more than happy to answer any questions you have about ordering the proper size. Please contact me before you order if you need clarification or assistance, I typically respond quickly.
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Everything you see listed here is handmade by Ashley Ryder in her little garage studio by the sea.
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Follow Sea Starling on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seastarling33
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Thank you for stopping by! Your purchases support the creation of unique handmade goods that honor the beauty and biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 14, 2019

Welcome to Sea Starling Fine Metalwork! Birthday sale happening January 8 thru January 15th, 20% off my entire shop! Thank you for your continued support of my work!

Please read my detailed Listings and Shop Policies with care. You are responsible for ordering the correct size. I am more than happy to answer any questions you have about ordering the proper size. Please contact me before you order if you need clarification or assistance, I typically respond quickly.
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Everything you see listed here is handmade by Ashley Ryder in her little garage studio by the sea.
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Follow Sea Starling on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seastarling33
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Thank you for stopping by! Your purchases support the creation of unique handmade goods that honor the beauty and biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Ash

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About

Ashley Ryder; Sea Starling Fine Metalwork

I create my work in my small garage studio on Orcas Island. Each piece is a process of inspiration, design, fabrication and offering. My primary tool is a fine bladed jeweler's saw, which I use to cut each intricate shape by hand. All jewelry is fused with silver solder and an acetylene torch. Finish work is completed with small hand files and primarily hand sanding. Each piece is designed and fabricated in a labor of love and slightly compulsive perfectionism. I feel great satisfaction making metal look and feel soft. Soft round edges, soft satin finish. I want the wearer to feel like they're putting on their favorite gauzy t shirt. I also create my jewelry to be strong, enduring, something that can be worn daily and passed down to accumulate the stories of generations. Finally, my metalwork embodies a deep sense of place and reverence for the beauty and bio-diversity of the Pacific Northwest. I am honored to share a small piece of my home with you.
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Sea Starling Fine Metalwork blends Sea Star (the ubiquitous “starfish” native to the San Juan Islands) and Starling (an introduced European bird whose winter feather-tips grow brilliant white, causing the birds to resemble a clear night sky full of stars). I observe both my status as a “native” born Northwesterner and an introduced species of European descent.

Many of my designs include imagery of the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea: one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the world. "Salish Sea" is a recent naming of the collective waters of Puget Sound, Juan de Fuca Strait, and the Strait of Georgia. The name honors the Indigenous Tribes of this region, and recognizes our watershed as trans-boundary between Canada, the Indigenous Tribal Nations, and the United States. Collaboration is imperative to properly care for our shared resources.

I spend the dark northwest winters at work in my metal shop. The warmer seasons I work as a captain and naturalist for Deer Harbor Charters (www.deerharborcharters.com). For the past four years I have educated my passengers and myself about the ecology of the whales, wildlife, and waters of the Salish Sea. I studied for my marine naturalist certification through the Whale Museum on San Juan Island and am a member of the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists (SSAMN) and volunteer with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. I am a USCG certified captain and follow the Be Whale Wise guidelines when viewing wild whales. I also volunteer with the Island Oil Spill Association. We meet regularly to learn and practice oil containment drills on the water and shorelines of our vulnerable islands.

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  • Ashley Ryder

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Artistic creation motivates me out of bed each day, along with the immense beauty of the Pacific Northwest. May we protect, restore, and preserve this ecosystem while we can.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 14, 2019
Hello and welcome to Sea Starling Fine metalwork. All work is designed and lovingly hand fabricated by artist Ashley Ryder in her garage studio on Orcas Island, Wa.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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)
Returns and exchange details
Refunds considered on case by case basis within 7 days of delivery. If an item does not meet expectations please contact me with your concerns, my goal is for you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. Please take great care when ordering a specifically sized item. For wide shanked rings: a half size up from your regular ring size is recommended. See a jeweler to be sized before ordering if you are unsure of your ring size. For exchanges, buyer is responsible for shipping costs.
Payment
I accept PayPal and Credit Cards. Orders will be shipped when payment is received and the piece is completed and polished. Items in stock will ship within 3-5 business days.
Shipping
I ship by flat rate Priority within the USA which is typically two day delivery at $7.20. I will include the tracking number with your order confirmation. Most items are made-to-order, please expect 1-2 weeks production time.
Additional policies and FAQs
I create each piece to be both beautiful and durable. Over time, especially with rings worn every day, they will acquire the nicks and scars of every day life. If you ever create a deep scratch, scar, or crush your ring in a door, you can contact me for repair or touch up (fee depends on extent of damage, customer to pay shipping costs).
I recommend Sunshine polishing cloths for shining up my pieces. Some pieces become more handsome with time as the metal gains a natural patina, this is especially true with copper pieces, but is up to personal discretion.