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Geeks, Gears and Guns. All things nerdy for your favorite nerd. All items are handmade by my husband and I. Find my Hobbit Holes for Terrariums and other musings of Middle Earth at:


Last updated on Dec 17, 2017

Shipping right up to Christmas eve! If you're still shopping, we're still making!

Geeks, Gears and Guns. All things nerdy for your favorite nerd. All items are handmade by my husband and I. Find my Hobbit Holes for Terrariums and other musings of Middle Earth at:

Ilana Murray

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How the Gear Became Gold

The craziest gift I ever received was a casting centrifuge and all the tools, books, and supplies that I needed to start my jewelry business.

I answered an ad on freecycle a couple months after i'd been laid off. She just kept bringing out the boxes of her mothers jewelry making things. I have never felt so blessed.

This womans gift has changed everything about my life and how I plan to live it. Since that day, I've been happier and more positive than I've been in my whole life. A total stranger gave me back my creative mojo and the tools to start my new life!

This is how my little store opened. I'm still mostly only casting the original screw earrings that I first made when I got my mojo back but i've since added lots of other neat things that I make.

Thanks Gail!

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  • Ilana Murray

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator

    Ilana is a Silicon Valley native and life-long artist with a love for creative materials use. As a long time costumer, steampunk, and prop builder, she has worked with many materials and techniques that round out an eclectic array of creations.

  • Dennis

    Designer, Assistant, Creator

  • Stan Lee


    Stan Lee supervises our every move. You may find his seal of approval stuck to your package as he inspects every item that leaves the shop. We rescued Stan Lee (shelter named Stanley - but he has a little white cameo around his neck!) in late 2015.

  • Pudge


    Pudge is our secondary supervisor. Mostly he looks disapprovingly at us while we work when it interferes with his daily viewing of the bird feeder. Pudge is a British Shorthair that we rescued in late 2015. He is 2 years old.

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Last updated on September 4, 2017
Hi! The Golden Gear is made up of us: Dennis and Ilana Murray. We love to design and make things that make people happy. We have both been designers and makers in our personal and professional lives and, after getting laid off from our high-tech jobs, decided it was time to go full time with our dreams and make cool things for a living

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return and exchange policy

If, for any reason, your item is defective, we will gladly exchange/replace it at no additional costs to you. Please email photos of the defect prior to returning the item and we will provide you with return information.

If you want to exchange your item for other reasons such as you ordered the wrong size/color/design or it doesn't suit your needs, a 50% restocking fee will be charged as each one is made custom to your specifications. Returned items must be in unused clean brand new unworn condition to receive your partial refund.

Orders with customer provided artwork can not be returned/exchanged. We do our best to let you know what your items will look like, verify your order and may even refuse custom work if the artwork will not provide good results.
We do not ship without confirmed payment, sorry for the inconvenience.

We ship via USPS for all orders. When available, tracking numbers are supplied when the order is shipped. Orders are processed as quickly as we can get to them.

International Shipping

For orders being delivered outside the USA, packages are delivered via USPS to the appropriate local postal agency for delivery in your country. Once a package has been released from USPS custody, the USPS tracking numbers can no longer track the package. Non-US postal agencies may require additional taxes, tarriffs or bribes that we don't have control over, and therefore can not be held responsible for. Please know your local postal rules on receiving foreign packages prior to ordering to avoid unexpected charges, hassles or delays.
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Order Fullfillment and Cancellations

We start working on your order when payment is received or shortly thereafter. If you need to cancel your order, please do it as quickly as possible. If we have not started work on your order, you may be able to get a full refund. If we have already started working on your order, we will try to give you as much of a refund as possible but we do need to cover our expenses. Paypal will charge us if you make a transaction, even if you cancel it promptly. This expense will be taken out of your refund.

While we keep a fairly large inventory in the shop, we sometimes have to order shirts or other supplies that may cause delays in order delivery. Please order well in advance of special events or gift giving holidays to account for unforeseen delays.