ZephyrinesDream

Eclectic French brass handmade jewelry & supplies

Brisbane, Australia · 1240 Sales

ZephyrinesDream

Eclectic French brass handmade jewelry & supplies

Brisbane, Australia 1240 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(296)

Announcement   Please take a few moments to read my shop policies and in particular the shipping information. I wish for you to have an enjoyable shopping experience and have realistic expectations about when items are packed, shipped and possible transit times. Click here for more information, especially 'Shipping - when will I get my order?': https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ZephyrinesDream#policies

Welcome to Zephyrine's Dream - your home of uncommonly beautiful and intriguing handmade brass jewelry and genuine French brass stampings.

I strive to find you the most unusual and intriguing stampings to inspire your creativity. I focus on quality and uniqueness, not volume - but you will see my collection grow as I discover worthy additions to my collection. Many of the pieces I offer are limited edition and may sell out.

Whether you are inspired to make your own jewelry, or if you collect these lovely stampings, I hope you will find something to enjoy in my store.

My sections explained:

* Brass Stampings - genuine French brass stampings, made in Paris from old dies and moulds

* Pret a Porter - ready to wear hand made jewelry, most of which is one of a kind.

* Handmade Supplies - elements I have made by hand for you to use in your own creations.

* Reserved - if a customer has requested a custom order or that I reserve an item for them, it is here.

Make sure you follow me to keep up with these limited supply items. I am on Instagram as @empiredetalaru or you can sign up to my newsletter to see new products first: http://eepurl.com/bYfJwP

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 30, 2018

Please take a few moments to read my shop policies and in particular the shipping information. I wish for you to have an enjoyable shopping experience and have realistic expectations about when items are packed, shipped and possible transit times. Click here for more information, especially 'Shipping - when will I get my order?': https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ZephyrinesDream#policies

Welcome to Zephyrine's Dream - your home of uncommonly beautiful and intriguing handmade brass jewelry and genuine French brass stampings.

I strive to find you the most unusual and intriguing stampings to inspire your creativity. I focus on quality and uniqueness, not volume - but you will see my collection grow as I discover worthy additions to my collection. Many of the pieces I offer are limited edition and may sell out.

Whether you are inspired to make your own jewelry, or if you collect these lovely stampings, I hope you will find something to enjoy in my store.

My sections explained:

* Brass Stampings - genuine French brass stampings, made in Paris from old dies and moulds

* Pret a Porter - ready to wear hand made jewelry, most of which is one of a kind.

* Handmade Supplies - elements I have made by hand for you to use in your own creations.

* Reserved - if a customer has requested a custom order or that I reserve an item for them, it is here.

Make sure you follow me to keep up with these limited supply items. I am on Instagram as @empiredetalaru or you can sign up to my newsletter to see new products first: http://eepurl.com/bYfJwP

Melanie Dooley

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Melanie Dooley

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(296)
Catherine Pappalardo

Catherine Pappalardo on Apr 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulously evil earrings. Great image of face and beautifully designed. Sturdy wires and long so they do not come out of ears. Shipped quickly. Thanks

Catherine Pappalardo

Catherine Pappalardo on Apr 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Just the most delicate design. Not at all heavy for a long earring. Great purchase and shipped on time. Thanks

Catherine Pappalardo

Catherine Pappalardo on Apr 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely piece. I bought it for my daughter. I took her to Florence to see the original. I am going to make a necklace for her. Shipped quickly. Will visit site again. Thank you

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Updates

Do you love insect jewelry like I do? This stag beetle features amazing detail. Offered in three ways: raw brass, antique patina or patina with soldered bail.
Dramatic claw stamping now in store. So many wonderful uses...offered in raw brass, with antique patina or with both soldered bail and antique patina.
I've used my dramatic talon stampings to create these statement earrings. Buy the earrings or buy the talons to make your own!
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About

Shop members

  • Melanie Dooley

    Owner, Curator, Maker

    I live with one foot in the present and one foot in the past. Since I can remember I have been fascinated with 'old things'.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Mar 30, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Will the color of my item vary from what is seen in your shop?

Most likely there will be color variation between what is shown on your computer screen and what I see when I photograph the items for sale.

There are many reasons for this variation, such as light conditions when photos are taken, settings of your screen and even how you see color.

If a color match is critical to you please get in touch and I can give you more information. Otherwise please expect some variation caused by the above reasons, as well as the various finishing methods and patinas I use to treat the items in this shop.

In general, any items with a patina will look coppery bronze in natural light. Any variations that appear on the screen are due to light conditions when photos were taken, or colour settings.

Can I copy the pieces I buy from you?

No you can't.

The brass stampings I sell are copyright to the manufacturer. They own the designs and do not allow unauthorised replication. Please respect their artistic rights and not copy the items you buy via any means.

Any handmade supply or components I make for finished designs are copyright to me. I do not allow unauthorised reproduction, though I hope my designs will inspire your own creativity.

You may of course re-sell any items as-is, or make your own creations to sell to your customers.

Do you offer bulk quantities and wholesale discounts?

Yes, I can offer wholesale prices for bulk orders. Please get in touch via Etsy convo with your requirements and I will let you know the prices and minimum order quantity.

Will the patina vary over time?

Yes, most likely the patina on your brass pieces will continue to darken over time. Some people like this, but for those who do not, you can brush it back with ultra fine steel wool. You can also seal the patina with renaissance wax or spray sealants.

Any pieces I add a patina to will also be sealed with an environmentally friendly spray sealant. This sealant can retard the progress of further patination, though it probably will not stop it entirely.

The best way to avoid disappointment due to item colours not meeting your expectations is to buy the raw brass version of any of my stampings. You are then free to make your own colourings and patinas to achieve your desired result.

Shipping - how long until I get my order?

All orders are shipped from Brisbane, Australia.

I generally require up to one week to make and/or pack up your order.

I try to ship twice a week if demand warrants it, otherwise I will ship once a week.

So it could be a week from the time you place your order until your package is shipped.


Then when it is posted the transit times around the globe will vary according to destination and shipping method.

As of April 2018 parcel transit times seem to be:

USA - 3-4 weeks
Canada - 3-5 weeks
UK/Europe - 3-4 weeks
Australia - 1-2 weeks
New Zealand - 1-2 weeks
Asia - 2-3 weeks

Most orders are sent by regular post within Australia or economy airmail overseas. There is no tracking offered on these services. Tracking is an upgrade option.

Why do you charge for adding a patina and soldered bails?

Adding a patina to a piece takes time, expertise and materials. I need to buy the patina, apply it, buff back the piece then repeat if I am not happy with the result.

When I solder on a bail, I also use materials, and time. This includes the handmade bail, solder, use of torch and gas, then adding the patina. I have invested nearly $1000 into a proper soldering set up, so this ensures you get the best result.

I prefer to solder a bail so that you don't have to punch holes in the pieces. It seems such a pity to damage the design with holes. I choose the most logical location for the bail.

You often have an option to buy a piece in raw brass if you prefer not to pay for the added touches. Please check individual listings for more details.

Shipping Calculation

My shipping fees start from a low US$3.00 to most parts of the world.

Shipping costs vary depending on how heavy an item is and how bulky it is. Where possible I will always try to offer the cheapest shipping option, but sometimes in order to protect the items you purchase, an upgraded shipping option must be taken.

Additional items cost an extra US$0.15 to ship. If shipping fees are overpaid I will issue a refund. Shipping fees include the supply of new, quality boxes or bubble envelopes and protective wrap.

In some cases where the shipping calculated is well below the actual cost to ship, I will contact you and ask for an additional payment.

For shipments of $100 value or higher I reserve the right to charge for tracking.

Why do you show the patina-treated item in the first photo?

When adding a patina to a raw brass stamping it allows me to fully highlight all of the detail in the design. Some pieces, depending on the natural patina and metal content, may not show their full beauty in the raw state. I process the piece with my own antique patina and then do further treatments in order to show you all the amazing detail in these high quality stampings.

Read each listing carefully to understand what the buying options offer you - raw brass, patina or with a soldered bail.

Are your stampings nickel and lead free? YES!

- All stampings sold in this store are Nickel and Lead free.
- Production of brass stampings is in accordance with ISO14001 (eco-friendly production).
- All pieces are made in brass, though depending on the copper content
in the metal, some look more 'coppery' than others.
- All production is 100% made in France using original, antique tooling some of which dates back to 1840.

What is a soldered bail

A soldered bail is a brass ring (usually a few millimetres diameter) that is soldered onto the brass stamping to offer a permanent ring from which you can hang the item. By soldering the ring on it is a strong and secure connector that is fused into the brass stamping. This is useful when making earrings and pendants.

You would need to have a soldered bail in cases where you need to hang the brass stamping but do not wish to damage it by drilling holes into it.

Soldered bails do not come off unless you snip them with wire cutters or bend them back and forth enough times to break the join. In regular normal use they will never come off.

My personal view is that a soldered bail or ring makes your design look more professional.