XercesArt

Steampunk, terrarium, glass vial and geek accessories

1191 Sales

XercesArt

Steampunk, terrarium, glass vial and geek accessories

1191 Sales On Etsy since 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Kitty

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Announcement   Looking for unique jewellery, terrariums, magnetic spice racks, wedding favours and accessories? Hunting for a quirky air plant terrarium or zen garden to brighten up your wedding table or desk? Looks like you've come to the right place!
I create a wide range of steampunk, geek and glass vial jewellery. I also create magnetic spice and storage racks, zen garden air plant terrariums and a range of wedding favours and accessories to share with the world after creating my own.
Whether you're treating yourself or buying gifts, this is the perfect place to find something special with items giftwrapped and ready to give. Many items are available to customise and I'm always open to custom orders. Got a special request? I'm just a convo away!
Thank you for visiting my store.

Announcement

Looking for unique jewellery, terrariums, magnetic spice racks, wedding favours and accessories? Hunting for a quirky air plant terrarium or zen garden to brighten up your wedding table or desk? Looks like you've come to the right place!
I create a wide range of steampunk, geek and glass vial jewellery. I also create magnetic spice and storage racks, zen garden air plant terrariums and a range of wedding favours and accessories to share with the world after creating my own.
Whether you're treating yourself or buying gifts, this is the perfect place to find something special with items giftwrapped and ready to give. Many items are available to customise and I'm always open to custom orders. Got a special request? I'm just a convo away!
Thank you for visiting my store.

Kitty

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Kitty

About

I got bored of shopping for samey jewellery, so I decided to start making my own..

All through my life, I've been scientifically minded, but I've always loved creating things. Science has always been a large part of my family life, and since I was academically interested in it, I progressed through school until finally, I gained a degree in geology in 2008.
I got a job soon after University and for the first time in my life, I had a salary and some money to spend. I saved lots of the money I earned, but decided to treat myself in a miniature celebration by means of a shopping spree.
However, on getting to the shops, I was disappointed to find there was little of interest. I bought some clothing, but looked through loads of shops to find some nice jewellery to buy and ended up empty handed after realising that all of the shops had cheap carbon-copy jewellery that I had no desire for at all.
Instead, I decided to buy myself some jewellery-making tools and materials, and I've never looked back.
I began making my own jewellery and later decided to share it with the rest of the world.
All of my pieces of jewellery are still so personal to me, and are all pieces I would happily wear myself, so to send them to the far reaches of our planet makes me very happy.
In 2011 and 2012, in light of organising my own wedding, terrariums and wedding favours came into my shop in a similar way.
After working for almost 5 years in the oil and gas sector, I made sure that my environmental conscience stayed clean by utilising a lot of recycled parts in my jewellery and gifts. I love giving old bits and pieces a second chance!

Xerces Art is now a very extensive hobby and small business that fits in around our social and full-time working life, although if my desk gets any bigger, we may have to start fitting our house around our hobby too!

Xerces Art has also begun to expand into craft fairs and gallery showings around the UK. You can currently find a number of items from Xerces Art at the Paperboat Gallery in Ellesmere Port, England, UK.

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  • Kitty

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping

    Hello, My name is Kitty, and Xerces Art is my shop! I live in North Wales with my husband and while I have a full time job in pharmaceuticals, I enjoy nothing more than using my spare time to design and create jewellery, terrariums and accessories

  • Robert

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Distribution

    I'm Robert and I live in North Wales with Kitty, my wife. I'm a very hands-on kind of person, and I help design and make special pieces for Xerces Art using my engineering and metalworking skills. I love working with metal and machines.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 30, 2014
--- Welcome to Xerces Art ---
I am passionate about creating jewellery, accessories, wedding favours and terrariums. I began making my own jewellery years ago when I began to dislike the samey feel of all of the cheap jewellery in mainstream shops. I wanted something more, so I began making my own jewellery. I had a lot of failures on the way, but I learned quickly from my mistakes. After receiving compliments from friends about the jewellery I had made for myself, I began selling it online to share my creations with other people.

This has also been the case with wedding favours and terrariums, as through creating my own wedding favours for my wedding, I've begun to share my designs for other happy couples around the world.

When I began, I swore I would never make anything I wouldn't wear or use myself. Although this may be a hindrance when other people do not share my tastes, I can be happy in the knowledge that my work is my own unique style, and that I'm not changing it to suit what other people are selling or what fashion says I should do.

--- My Good Business Policy ---
I pride myself on excellent customer service and quality, gained over a number of years experience in different industries.

My objectives, besides creating jewellery that I love, are:
- Treat all customers and potential customers with respect and patience
- Complete all orders as quickly as possible, while not sacrificing quality
- Ensure each product is made to the highest possible quality, checking each piece before it is sent to a customer
- Treat all customers equally and fairly, ensuring that all customers will be given the same service and the same deals as others
- Ensure orders are completed to the specifications of the customer, and where any orders cannot be made to specification, the customer is immediately notified

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
--- How to pay ---
My shop accepts paypal payment, as well as direct card payment through the Etsy direct checkout.
Buyers in the UK also have the option of a personal cheque, but this will mean that the cheque has to clear before the item is dispatched. If you would like to pay with a personal cheque, please let me know.

--- When to pay ---
When you have bought an item, payment is required at the time of checkout. Items will not be sent out until payment is received. If you are unable to purchase something, but would like something reserved, please contact me to request the reservation. This will be subject to availability, and items will be reserved from a period of 1 month.

--- International sales ---
When selling internationally, I am as reasonable as possible with shipping costs. The mail handler I use is the Royal Mail, and although their prices are reasonable for some services, services that have tracking are often a lot more expensive, so please be aware of this when purchasing high value or high priority items. Standard shipping costs apply to most listings in my shop, except where noted otherwise.

Internationally shipped items are sometimes liable to tax fees, duty fees and administration charges in some countries for items over a certain value. These fees and charges are not included within the shipping costs noted on each listing and are the responsibility of the customer to pay. I try to be as accurate as possible when filling in customs forms, but should any tax charges, duty charges or administration charges associated with such charges be requested from your local authorities, these are the responsibility of the customer only, and Xerces Art cannot be held responsible for these charges or their payment. Always check local customs laws and policies before purchasing items from abroad.

--- Customer Fairness Policy ---
While I always welcome messages regarding my work, my business aim is to give fairness to all customers by not discounting some customers purely because they have requested a discount. I wish to treat all customers equally, and I must note that I am uncomfortable with offering discounts to some and not to others.
I find it upsetting and frustrating as a buyer when I hear someone got a discount because they asked for one, and I believe that a business ethic should seek fairness for all, and not reward those who ask above those who do not.
Please note that I will only offer shipping discounts to orders containing 5 items or less. Thank you for your understanding.
If this is a policy you dislike after requesting a discount, please put yourself in the shoes of someone that has found out they have paid full price for an item when someone else has gotten a discount because they asked for one.
Shipping
--- Shipping ---
All items are shipped as soon as possible, but all listings will note their own dispatch time. This is usually next day dispatch, but some orders will take longer to pack and dispatch, such as custom/made-to-order designs or terrarium kits. I am able to ship 6 days a week in most cases, excluding Sundays and bank holidays when it is not possible to send mail.
I am in the UK, so Royal Mail are used to send out all packages.
All items can be shipped anywhere around the world, but please note that if you live in Australia and purchase a vial necklace containing soil or plants (or other items that are screened by border control) that you will be responsible for any fees incurred.

--- Standard shipping fees ---
Most listings will have standard shipping fees, however, listings will note if the item has priority or tracked shipping. If you wish to upgrade your shipping to a priority service, please let me know so that I can amend the shipping charges. This can be done before sale on etsy or after sale by sending an additional paypal invoice for a shipping upgrade.
Etsy has recently changed their policies to also allow shipping upgrades as a separate listing, so this can be done for you to add tracked shipping to your order.

--- Shipping address ---
If you would like an item to be shipped to an address other than your own, please ensure this address is the one added to your etsy order. If this differs to your paypal address, I will contact you to confirm the address you would like it sent to. Please note this address must match your paypal address, as otherwise, seller protection is not valid, and your item will not be sent and your item can either be re-ordered or refunded.

--- Sending gifts to their recipient ---
All items are available to ship straight to a gift recipient, so if you wish to use this service, please ask for the receipt/invoice can be left out of the package.

--- Shipping and packaging prices ---
Shipping costs incorporate the cost to send the item as well as the packaging. All items come with a padded giftbox which is wrapped in tissue paper and sent inside a padded envelope. This packaging method has not failed me yet!
Refunds and Exchanges
--- Late and lost items ---
If you receive your item and it is in bad condition, or if your item does not arrive, please contact me for details, as a replacement can usually be sent out.
Shipping usually takes 1-3 days in the UK and 10-15 days to get to the US or Australia. If your item has not reached you within 10 days in the UK or 25 days if you have bought internationally, send me a message and another item will be sent right out. If this is not possible, an immediate refund will be issued.

All attempts are made so that your item arrives safe and in one piece. If your item does not arrive in one piece, please send a photo as proof of the damage so that another item can be sent, and so that a complaint can be lodged with the appropriate mail handling services.

--- Returns ---
If you wish to return an item you have bought because you do not like it, please let me know so that you can return the item unworn with its original packaging. As soon as it is received, a full refund will be given. Make sure I know before hand so that I can be ready to do so! Please note items should be returned in their original gift box and without signs of wear. All packages will have a return address on the envelope which can be used, but be aware that you will be responsible for the return shipping fees using a shipping service comparable to the service used to send the item to you. This will mean a high value item with insurance and postal tracking will be required to be sent using a service with insurance and postal tracking.

--- Exchanges ---
If you want to exchange the item for something else in my shop, let me know so that any differences can be settled with price and so that you can send the original item back.

--- Custom order returns ---
Any custom orders will not be available for return. All custom requests will be described and agreed before the item is sent out. Feel free to ask for more photos or prototypes when ordering to avoid and disappointment. If you are not happy with an item, then I will always strive to improve it before dispatch

--- International shipping notes ---
When selling internationally, I am as reasonable as possible with shipping costs. The mail handler I use is the Royal Mail, and although their prices are reasonable for some services, services that have tracking are often a lot more expensive, so please be aware of this when purchasing high value or high priority items.

Internationally shipped items are sometimes liable to tax fees, duty fees and administration charges in some countries for items over a certain value. These fees and charges are not included within the shipping costs noted on each listing and are the responsibility of the customer to pay. I try to be as accurate as possible when filling in customs forms, but should any tax charges, duty charges or administration charges associated with such charges be requested from your local authorities, these are the responsibility of the customer only, and Xerces Art cannot be held responsible for these charges or their payment. Always check local customs laws and policies before purchasing items from abroad. If you decide to return an item, Xerces Art will not be responsible for refunding any customs, tax or duty fees incurred in accepting the item.
Additional policies and FAQs
--- Custom item lead times ---
If you have ordered a custom order, please check how long it will be before the item is made and shipped. If you have ordered something that requires clay firing, or paint/adhesive drying, it is unlikely that the item can be sent out quickly. To avoid disappointment, order in advance and ask for a date when the item will be dispatched. If you need an item within a short time-scale, please mention a deadline when ordering, as this can then be incorporated into the price of the item.

--- Additional charges for customised items ---
Please note that some custom orders may incur an extra £7 charge to cover extra time spent on the design and photography to check the item is. This is not applicable for items such as the customised message in a bottle (as the cost of customisation has already been applied), and is only applicable for detailed orders not already available in my shop in some form.
For large custom orders, a deposit of at least 20% of the total cost may be requested, or full payment may be required before work on the order can begin. These requests will be disclosed immediately wherever they may be applicable.

--- Custom item policy ---
Custom or reserved listings will be added to Etsy when required. Listings on Etsy expire after 4 months, and if they are not purchased during this time, they will not be re-listed. If you've requested a custom item and decide you do not want it, it will be added to Etsy for general sale. This will also be the case with any custom items that are not purchased within 4 months of listing. Custom items are listed through Etsy's new custom product system.

--- Wholesale Policy ---
Wholesale prices begin when orders over 10 units are purchased together. Further reductions will come into effect when over 50 and over 100 units are purchased at one time. Shipping reductions are also available when purchasing wholesale lots, as shipping costs will be reduced. Please ask for wholesale costs and shipping costs before requesting a wholesale custom listing.