Alum and Ink

| Orlando, Florida
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Announcement    Inspired by personal experiences, space, nature, mythology and dream imagery, Alum and Ink specializes in original art enamel pins and other accessories.


Last updated on Dec 28, 2020

Inspired by personal experiences, space, nature, mythology and dream imagery, Alum and Ink specializes in original art enamel pins and other accessories.


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Khanh Mai

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Khanh Mai


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About alumandink

Sales 48,784
On Etsy since 2017

Alum and Ink specializes in original nature, space, mythology and animal artwork.

Alum and Ink is my little online creative store where I sell my original artwork in the form of accessories and stationery. Every piece is personal to me and I love to share my experiences, humor and life through fun mediums. My artwork takes inspiration from nature, personal experiences, my dreams, symbolism, outer space and mythology.

My shop name is an homage to childhood dogs, particularly my two childhood dogs with the same names. Alum and Ink were both were well-loved mutts who lived as free-spirits doing goodly dog things.

Shop members

  • Khanh

    Owner, Designer

    Khanh designs and illustrates all the items. She also packs, organizes, inspects and runs the shop. She loves baby animals, sparkles and shiny gold things.

  • Harrow


    Harrow helps out by smell testing each item to ensure it meets his exacting standards. He enjoys naps, treats and singing the songs of his people from 1am to 7am.

Production partners

  • A plush toy manufacturer


    Help me produce plush toys and plush charms based upon my exact specifications.

  • A magnet and paper goods manufacturer


    They help bring my original designs to life as flexible magnets and paper goods based upon my specifications.

  • A custom pin manufacturer


    Produces my pins according to my specifications and based on my original illustrations and designs.

  • A print shop

    Huntsville, NC

    They help print my notepads, business cards and backing cards based on my artwork and specifications.

  • A print shop

    New York, NY

    They help bring my original illustrations to life as vinyl stickers.

  • Stationary Manufacturer


    Produces tape and stationary items based on my guidance and designs.

  • A professional textiles manufacturer


    They help bring my artwork to life as patches using my specifications and direction.

  • A custom pin manufacturer


    Produces pins according to my specifications, original illustrations and designs.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 12, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

I pack all orders personally, with care and by hand. Depending upon your order, I will package your items in different ways to ensure that it reaches you safe and sound.

Your order items are all personally inspected before they are packaged. Your pins will be hand-polished then attached to a backing card made of sturdy material and sealed in a bag. Depending on how many items are in your order and how far it has to go, I may wrap your order in some bubble wrap for additional protection.

At this time, I do not offer gift wrapping, but I do print gift messages.

Custom and personalized orders

Unfortunately, I do not take custom orders or commissions at this time.

Care instructions

Hard enamel pins are generally very sturdy and durable, but all plated jewelry will tarnish over time as they are exposed to air and moisture. You can use jewelry polish paste to remove tarnish and polish your pins, but be careful as some pastes can be too harsh and strip the plating. When cleaning your pins, do so gently.

Take care not to expose your pins to cleaning chemicals or soak them in water, this can harm the enamel or metal. To store your pins, you can place them back on the backing card and inside of the pouch that your pins arrived in. You can also mount them on a cork board or pin banner for long term storage and display.

Avoid letting your pins touch each other during storage as this may cause them to scratch one another.

How to use the locking back clutches

To remove a locking back clutch from a pin post:
Grasp the outer lip of the clutch and push the body of the clutch down slightly. You should not need a lot of force to separate the lip and the body. When these components have been separated, gently lift the clutch off of the post, you may need to wiggle the clutch slightly. Do not yank or bend the clutch because this may rip the post off the pin face!

To place a locking back clutch onto a pin post:
Insert the pin post into the hole of the clutch. Hold the body of the clutch between your fingers and gently press the body down on the pin post. The post and clutch will lock together when you hear a small "click" sound.

Please contact me if you need additional instructions. I'm happy to help!

Printed Receipts

In the interest of saving paper, I do not include a printed receipt in most orders. UK customers will always have a printed receipt included in their package. This is required by your country's law to comply with VAT regulations. Your account history typically contains your order's details. If you'd like a receipt printed included with your order, please let me know!

Pin grading

I grade my pins by holding them at arm's length under a bright light to ensure the design is accurately reflected on the pin and to sort out noticeable flaws.

I sell standard (A) grade pins that may have minor or not noticeable flaws. I also sell seconds (B) grade pins that have some noticeable flaws. I do not sell collectors/perfect grade pins or junk (C) grade pins.

The sides of the pins are scrutinized to a lower degree than the front of the pin. The back of the pins are not graded and are only checked to ensure that my back stamp is present and the posts are firmly attached.