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MODERN HAIR AND ASH KEEPSAKES IN THE VICTORIAN FASHION

Olympia, Washington

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Announcement    Wisp is Modern Hair and Ash Keepsakes in the Victorian Fashion. Custom jewelry pieces created for people who want them. Baby keepsakes, Reliquary jewelry.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

The most commonly asked question is "How long is the wait time?"
Good work takes time, and I like to make sure that each piece is carefully put together. I have multiple clients and work on each order in turn. Wait time is around 8-12 weeks. This allows time for supplies to be ordered, for me to remake a piece if the first pass isn't up to snuff, and to answer the many questions of incoming clients that I'm helping. I do not allow people to pay extra to jump ahead in line, and please notice that if you send regular emails and messages asking over and over again when your piece will be ready, it actually makes the process slower, as I have to leave the bench where I'm working to go to my computer and send you a reply. I haven't forgotten about a client yet, and I promise that when I get to making your piece, I will give it my full attention.

Do I have to send the ash or hair when I have jewelry made, or can I put it in myself?
Most of the designs that incorporate cremains allow for you to insert the ash and set the gemstone over them. I can send the setting and gems with instructions, and you would have to buy a bezel roller and a burnisher (fairly inexpensive, around $5 each) but it is possible to complete the last step yourself or with the help of your funeral director if they feel that they can assist you.
Hair pieces are a lot more complicated, but I'd be willing to let someone try to set simple designs on their own as well.


What if there is leftover hair or ash that doesn't fit in the jewelry setting?
It is sent back to you with the finished jewelry.

How do I get the hair/fur/ashes to you? Once a design is settled upon, and you purchase a jewelry piece, I will send instructions on how to mail things to me.

Can I wash my hands while wearing a memorial ring?
Yes. Hand washing or short exposure to water will not affect the jewelry. Do not ever use liquid jewelry cleaner. I provide polishing pads and you can easily purchase them on your own.

Can I shower while wearing my jewelry?
No. Exposure to soaps and shampoos could damage the ring over time. Also avoid swimming pools, the ocean, and remove your ring(s) before doing the dishes.

Please contact me to begin work on a piece for you. Prices are dependent on the amount of work and vary, as well as the availability and price of gold and silver supplies( gold designs are roughly 5x more expensive than silver). I do my best to offer affordable options and will update my customers with pictures of the piece I am creating as I make progress.
Shipping prices are reflective of United States postal regulations stating that cremated remains must be shipping Priority Express and be labeled as such.
Modifications for designs originally intended to hold hair may mildly alter the appearance of the designs, but this is necessary to ensure that the ash will not escape.
No returns or exchanges for custom work.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 13, 2019

Wisp is Modern Hair and Ash Keepsakes in the Victorian Fashion. Custom jewelry pieces created for people who want them. Baby keepsakes, Reliquary jewelry.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

The most commonly asked question is "How long is the wait time?"
Good work takes time, and I like to make sure that each piece is carefully put together. I have multiple clients and work on each order in turn. Wait time is around 8-12 weeks. This allows time for supplies to be ordered, for me to remake a piece if the first pass isn't up to snuff, and to answer the many questions of incoming clients that I'm helping. I do not allow people to pay extra to jump ahead in line, and please notice that if you send regular emails and messages asking over and over again when your piece will be ready, it actually makes the process slower, as I have to leave the bench where I'm working to go to my computer and send you a reply. I haven't forgotten about a client yet, and I promise that when I get to making your piece, I will give it my full attention.

Do I have to send the ash or hair when I have jewelry made, or can I put it in myself?
Most of the designs that incorporate cremains allow for you to insert the ash and set the gemstone over them. I can send the setting and gems with instructions, and you would have to buy a bezel roller and a burnisher (fairly inexpensive, around $5 each) but it is possible to complete the last step yourself or with the help of your funeral director if they feel that they can assist you.
Hair pieces are a lot more complicated, but I'd be willing to let someone try to set simple designs on their own as well.


What if there is leftover hair or ash that doesn't fit in the jewelry setting?
It is sent back to you with the finished jewelry.

How do I get the hair/fur/ashes to you? Once a design is settled upon, and you purchase a jewelry piece, I will send instructions on how to mail things to me.

Can I wash my hands while wearing a memorial ring?
Yes. Hand washing or short exposure to water will not affect the jewelry. Do not ever use liquid jewelry cleaner. I provide polishing pads and you can easily purchase them on your own.

Can I shower while wearing my jewelry?
No. Exposure to soaps and shampoos could damage the ring over time. Also avoid swimming pools, the ocean, and remove your ring(s) before doing the dishes.

Please contact me to begin work on a piece for you. Prices are dependent on the amount of work and vary, as well as the availability and price of gold and silver supplies( gold designs are roughly 5x more expensive than silver). I do my best to offer affordable options and will update my customers with pictures of the piece I am creating as I make progress.
Shipping prices are reflective of United States postal regulations stating that cremated remains must be shipping Priority Express and be labeled as such.
Modifications for designs originally intended to hold hair may mildly alter the appearance of the designs, but this is necessary to ensure that the ash will not escape.
No returns or exchanges for custom work.

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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ellie on Aug 6, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I’m blown away with the amount of effort and respect and thoughtfulness put into Angela’s work. I’ve followed her posts and creations for a long time, and knew that when it was my boy’s time, that I would want her to help me remember him with a piece of her work. She took what ideas I had and turned out a ring that I couldn’t be happier with. I felt like I could completely trust her to take care of what I had left of Justin’s fur, and not only was she able to use it in my ring, but she made sure to return what was unused. Losing a pet is more difficult than I ever thought it would be, but having a stranger put in the care toward something that means so much to you, speaks volumes.
    Thank you, Angela. So so much.

  • 1guanaquita on Jul 31, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I like my ring very much. It's very well done and it looks feminine and macabre all at once. LOVE IT!

  • Teri on Jul 30, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    My request for my necklace from my Daisy’s passing was perfect. We talked about what I was after and she made it happen. Give her time. It’ll be perfect. 🐾

  • Emily on Jul 19, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    My ring turned out gorgeous! It is such a perfect keepsake in honor of an amazing dog. The entire process was easy and I cannot be happier with how it turned out.

  • Leah on Jun 21, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing craftsmanship! After my dad passed I found a crown that he kept for whatever reason and the artist was able to make me a custom ring with it. I wanted a simple band, which they did, and the prongs to hold the tooth in place are just stunning. What a work of art!

  • Donna on Jun 19, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    My ring is beyond what I expected. Angela did a wonderful job. Even got my whole inscription inside the band.

  • Jo Armour on Jun 14, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    The ring turned out exactly as I was hoping. It is beautiful and a lovely way to keep my dogs with me. Thank you.

  • Raven on Mar 30, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    This ring is perfect. It's a well crafted, high quality piece of jewelry & it fits me perfectly. Angela is a talented artist. She was thoughtful & intentional in her crafting, designing this piece not to overwhelm my small hands and fingers. It has my late dogs name and meaningful dates engraved on the inside & having a piece of my late pup with me everywhere is a great comfort.

  • Erin on Mar 22, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is so perfect and amazing!!!!! I am so thankful for this ring that holds the presence of my pet cat Bindy Lou. Words cannot describe how this wonderful artist captured my cats personality in this ring! The craftsmanship is so perfect and really well made! Thank you!

  • erinfdemaio on Mar 1, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I purchased two rings in memory of my two dogs who passed within days of each other. I am so happy to have their sweet fur back close to me. The ring is gorgeous and exactly what I wanted.

About WispAdornments

Sales 1,088
On Etsy since 2013

My shop started after I met my neighbor who offered to teach me how to make some silver bracelets. This paired with an obsession with Victorian mourning jewelry led me to begin making modern memento mori work. I contacted Caitlin Doughty, of Ask a Mortician, whom I designed a ring for and have received a lot of encouragement from. I was made a member of the Order of the Good Death in February of 2014, which is a group of death professionals and artists that are interested in having a more open dialogue about death, giving people more room to grieve, and reviving or exploring new ways to grieve our losses and accept the inevitable. I enjoy the opportunity to bring a little solace to those who are mourning. It feels like what I am meant to do.

Shop members

  • Angela Kirkpatrick

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    My name is Angela and I'm a post-mortem jewelry designer. All the work you see in my shop is fabricated in my home studio in the Pacific Northwest, where I live with my two sons.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 9, 2019

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
No refunds for custom work.
I am not responsible for customs fees.
I am not responsible for packages lost in the mail, though I will do my best to work with the post office and locate lost packages
Payment
Buyers pay when the order is made, though I do have payment plans for those who ask. Jewelry will not be made before a payment is received. Jewelry is made 4-6 weeks from the time a payment is made, not from the time of request for custom work.
The first payment is non refundable and the second payment may be made within the following 90 days.
No refunds for custom work.
Shipping
I do ship internationally.