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Lori Paximadis

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About alchemary

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On Etsy since 2013

Beauty out of the Ordinary

Creating has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. In my baby book is a stick-figure drawing I made when I was three years old; my mom noted that I chose to sit at the kitchen table and draw instead of eating my dinner. And it's been like that pretty much ever since: I get lost in my art.

I always loved art class in school, and I still love taking classes and workshops today. I've been extremely lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers around. When it comes to experimenting in new mediums or learning something new, I'm an omnivore. I've spent a lot of time with photography and ceramics, and have dabbled in dozens of other techniques.

I discovered beadwork and metalworking in 2003, and over the past decade I've worked on honing my skills and combining different techniques from all of my different artistic interests to create a style that is my own. While some of my pieces are simple, I most enjoy working with layers, collections, and textures, taking everyday objects and materials and making them into treasures.

I've recently started making books in addition to jewelry, and I've been incorporating jewelry and metalworking techniques into the books I've been experimenting with. I hope they will find their way to my shop sometime soon.

In spring 2013, I was invited to join Dovecote Work/Display at the Screw Factory in Lakewood, Ohio, an old factory partially converted to artists' studio spaces.

Why the name Alchemary for my creative business? I've always been interested in the idea of transforming ordinary things into something precious, which is the idea behind alchemy. I wanted to combine this word with a sense of my home studio overlooking the woods — an aerie, if you will, which also has a connotation of nesting, and, if you really reach, an association with magpies and their collections, which is a fair assessment of all the overflowing little drawers in my studio. However, asking anyone to try to spell and remember "alchemaerie" is a bit much — I flubbed it a bunch of times myself when I was first thinking about this, and I'm a person who works with words for the majority of her day — so I simplified it to alchemary. The suffix -ary means "of," so that works, too.

For my “day” job, I’m a freelance book editor, and I love it. My schedule is flexible, so I can usually take advantage of the creative Muse when she strikes. I’m also a co-founder and co-leader of Cleveland Handmade, a local artist group in Northeast Ohio that started out as an Etsy team, and teach classes. In my spare time, I like to putter in my gardens, read, and spend time with my husband and family.

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  • Lori Paximadis

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Multi-passionate explorer of many materials.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 4, 2014
Thanks for visiting Alchemary!

I take great joy in turning ordinary materials into little works of art for you to enjoy. Please read and understand my shop policies before purchasing.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If there is a problem with your order, please let me know within seven days of receipt. I'm happy to work with you toward an equitable resolution of any problems.

I'm sorry, but custom orders are not returnable unless there was an error on my part (for example, a name spelled differently than you gave it to me on a custom pendant).

Unfortunately, I am unable to refund shipping costs.
Upon payment, you will receive an automated email from Paypal/Etsy that confirms your order. Please be sure your Etsy and Paypal addresses match; if not, please indicate which address you'd like your order shipped to.

Please pay when you place your order. If you want to add insurance or upgrade your shipping, or if the total needs to be adjusted, I will send an additional invoice or issue a refund.

If your order is not paid for after 24 hours, I will contact you to remind you about payment. Orders not paid for after three days will be cancelled and the items will be relisted.
I am happy to ship anywhere in the world. If your country is not listed, please convo me for the cost. Please note that any customs or import duties, taxes, fees, etc. are the responsibility of the buyer. (I will not put a reduced price or mark "gift" on the customs form; I have an aversion to large fines and jail.) Also, please note that it is illegal to ship certain metals, material, and/or jewelry into some countries. If it is impossible for me to ship to your country, I will let you know and cancel the sale.

I will combine shipping costs for multiple items to the same address; each listing gives the charge.

Items are carefully packed and sent via USPS First Class Mail. If you need faster delivery or would like to add insurance to a small order, please convo me for the cost before paying. For orders over $100, insurance is included at no extra cost.

Time crunch? Upgrade to USPS Priority Mail shipping within the United States for only $5 more. Just convo me and let me know you want USPS Priority Mail, and I will send an invoice for the additional cost.

Likewise, if you have a UPS or FedEx account you would prefer me to use, just let me know.

In-stock items will almost always ship the next business day. Custom orders can take up to a week to get out, depending on the nature of the order and my schedule. If I need to order special supplies, it could take a bit longer. If it will be more than a day or two before I can get your order out, I'll let you know. If I will be out of town or otherwise temporarily unable to fill orders right away, I will post a message in my shop announcement.

I will always let you know when your package has shipped, and it's always nice to receive a note when it arrives. :-)
Additional policies and FAQs
~~~ Sizing ~~~

I do my best to give all measurements and dimensions in my descriptions. Sometimes it is possible to easily adjust the length of an item; sometimes it is not. If you would like a different length, please convo me to see if it can be done.

~~~ Custom Orders ~~~

I'm happy to work with you on a custom order. Please convo me with an idea of what you want, and I'll work with you to design something you love.

Custom orders may require a nonrefundable deposit before work begins, and they are nonreturnable.

~~~ Repairs ~~~

I stand by my workmanship. I will cheerfully repair any of my work that breaks under normal use, but please understand that some materials — especially wirework and fine chains — are delicate and not meant to withstand abuse. If an item requires special care, please follow the care instructions sent along with the order. If care instructions are not followed, I cannot be responsible for damage.

~~~ Materials Info ~~~

I like to use a lot of different metals and materials in my work, and I describe them to the best of my ability. "Base metal" is a catch-all term for any of a number of nonprecious metals, and rarely do suppliers describe what these are. Some of my components come from vintage or nontraditional sources, and it's impossible to know what they are made of. If I know that a base metal component is nickel-free or lead-free, I'll note it in the product description, but otherwise assume that it may contain either or both.