Amy Allen on Oct 15, 2016
Sharon Washington on Sep 28, 2016
love them! I look amazing in them. Glamorous Eye Wear!
Joanna Eynon on Sep 13, 2016
Absolutely fabulous piece of jewellery. All the sparkle. Certainly can tell it's made with love Will always shop with Velvet Volcano. Highly recommend this seller <3
'An eruption of glorious things'
VelvetVolcano first erupted in November 2009, created by Tamsyn Martin for gals and ghouls with an affinity for sparkles and spookiness.
Specialising in crystal encrusted jewellery and accessories - each item is handmade from start to finish with a lot of love, care and a generous dose of glitz.
Hey gals and ghouls :).
My name is Tamsyn and I started VelvetVolcano in November 2009. Originally VV started as a hobby and an 'escape' for me but it quickly blossomed and now it seems everything around me is covered in sparkles ;).
I started VV when I was very ill with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and other chronic illness issues as something to help keep my mind off my illness and a way to unleash my creativity, I started taking custom orders not long after and this glittering journey began and took me beyond what I could have imagined. I became self-employed in 2010 :).
I love to make super sparkly, eye-catching statement pieces and hope that you love to wear them too :). Each jewellery piece is designed and completely handmade from scratch by me including crystal encrusting by hand (each rhinestone has been hand-set and carefully selected to ensure the highest quality). Each piece can take anywhere from an hour to 6 hours+ to complete, depending on the size and requirements for that item :).
All of our crochet wear is designed by me and handmade by 'Mumma VV', my wonderful and crafty Mum :). Once she has worked her magic I add all the finishing touches (including the extra sparkle ;) ).
I'm often asked 'Why the name VelvetVolcano?'
VelvetVolcano by my own definition means 'an eruption of glorious things' (and I swear it has nothing to do with a film called 'The Oh in Ohio' haha, though I was very entertained when I saw it mentioned :P) and is essentially the two sides of my brand. 'Velvet' is sweet and cute, inspired by flowers and nature, cupcakes and pretty things (with a lot of pink!). 'Volcano' is the dark side, inspired by horror, gore, the macabre, halloween and dia de los muertos.
The general theme throughout my work (be it cute or ghoulish) is to capture the eye - I often joke that my pieces are wearable disco balls ;).
I'm inspired by so many things including (but not limited to - inspiration is everywhere!) - Nature, Body Modification, Drag Queens, Horror and The Macabre, Video Games, Super Heroes & Comic Books, Astronomy & The Universe, Subcultures and Personal Style and Mythology.
I hope you like what you find at VelvetVolcano and love your spooky, sweet and sparkly goodies as much as I enjoyed making them for you!
Thank you for checking out my shop and supporting small businesses!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Customer Service, Crystal Encrusting, General Jewellery Making Etc
Hi there :). I'm Tamsyn and I created VelvetVolcano. Everything in my shop has been designed, made (Crochet Items - I add all the finishing touches after my Mum has worked her crochet-magic), listed and packaged by me :).
Crochet Wizard, Patient Mother ;)
My wonderful Mum brings my designs to life in crochet form! She has been crocheting for years and started off crocheting blankets and doll clothes until she joined Team VV a few years ago ^_^.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders
There are plenty of ways to customise an already existing VV piece, whether it be simply changing the colour, adding initials, numbers or symbols etc into a design or by adding a beaded chain with your chosen name, number or word.
Regarding completely custom orders, I LOVE a challenge and would be happy to make you a custom piece. Please contact me with your ideas for more details.
Caring for your VelvetVolcano goodies:
♥To keep your jewellery looking sparkly I suggest keeping them away from chemicals such as cleaning sprays, perfumes and other cosmetics where possible.
♥Although I have received comments such as ‘VelvetVolcano jewellery survives a 40 degree wash’ we suggest that you don't immerse them in water (or in fact put them in the washing machine :P) so that they retain their sparkle.
♥I suggest keeping your pieces either in a jewellery box, wrapped in some tissue paper in a box or other storage or hung up away from direct sunlight.
♥To clean your goodies I suggest a slightly damp cloth (water only) or slightly damp cotton buds.
We do take on certain wholesale orders. Please message me or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If the standard measurements of a beanie, pair of leg warmers etc are not suitable for you, please do not hesitate to message me as we can custom make everything to your measurements :).
Likewise if you would like a shorter or longer chain length for a necklace, this can be done (longer chains are at a small extra cost) too!
"I love this item ____ but I'd rather it be a necklace/hair clip/brooch etc, is that possible?"
Most likely :). A large amount of VV items are available in multiple product options, even when they are not listed on the site - please feel free to ask!
(This also includes items like wall hangings and decorations :) )
"Can I request an existing jewellery piece in a custom colour combination?"
Yes! Most items are available in custom colours unless stated (please check the item details in the shop). Our current crystal, aurora borealis crystal and faux pearl colours are as follows -
'Standard' Rhinestone Colours
Black, Clear, Grey, Hot Pink, Neon Pink, Baby Pink, Light Blue, Aqua, Turquoise, Royal Blue, Lilac, Violet, Light Green, Neon Green, Emerald, Red, Burgundy, Golden Yellow, Aqua, Orange, Chocolate Brown, Champagne Gold.
'Aurora Borealis' (Rainbow Effect) Standard and Pointed Rhinestone Colours
Black, Clear, Hot Pink, Baby Pink, Turquoise, Royal Blue, Lilac, Violet, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Orange.
Black, Grey, Red, White, Light Gold, Hot Pink, Baby Pink, Turquoise AB and Candy Pink AB.
"Can I request a crochet-wear item in a custom colour combination?"
Absolutely! Most listings will have the option for this, but as everything is made from scratch we can customise everything to your desires ^_^.
Our current standard (100% acrylic and vegan friendly) yarn colours are as follows -
White, Royal Blue, Neon Green, Red, Orange, Emerald, Candy Pink, Aubergine, Teal, Black, Violet, Turquoise, Cerise, Lilac, Brown, Yellow, Grey, Lavender.
We also stock a few 'special' shades too that you will see throughout our 'Crochet-Wear' range. If you would like to see one of those colours or a particular shade/colour not mentioned here, please ask and I'll see what I can do :)
Our current chain colours are as follows, please ask for examples -
Aqua, Turquoise, Neon Emerald, Leaf Green, Lavender, Dark Pink, Lilac, Baby Pink, Violet, Silver Plated, Black.