AthenasArmoury

Enamel, Gemstone, & Chainmail Jewelry, Herbal Products

Portland, Oregon · 217 Sales

AthenasArmoury

Enamel, Gemstone, & Chainmail Jewelry, Herbal Products

Portland, Oregon 217 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(103)

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Janine

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Announcement   Welcome to Athena's Armoury where it is my goal to equip your inner warrior. Let chain maille help bring out the strength and confidence inside you.

Nearly everything you see here is made entirely from scratch: each ring starts as wire. It is wound around a mandrel and then cut to make the jump rings that are then woven into the chain maille weaves you see here.

If you see something you like, but would prefer it in a different metal simply contact me and we'll work it out. I love custom work, so feel free to contact me with your ideas!

Please check out my Profile for information on chain maille, the tools used to make it, as well as the different metals that are featured in my shop.

Sign up for the Armoury's newsletter by convo-ing me your e-mail address.

Announcement

Welcome to Athena's Armoury where it is my goal to equip your inner warrior. Let chain maille help bring out the strength and confidence inside you.

Nearly everything you see here is made entirely from scratch: each ring starts as wire. It is wound around a mandrel and then cut to make the jump rings that are then woven into the chain maille weaves you see here.

If you see something you like, but would prefer it in a different metal simply contact me and we'll work it out. I love custom work, so feel free to contact me with your ideas!

Please check out my Profile for information on chain maille, the tools used to make it, as well as the different metals that are featured in my shop.

Sign up for the Armoury's newsletter by convo-ing me your e-mail address.

Janine

Contact shop owner

Janine

Green Freshwater Pearl Copper Hoop Earrings
$23.00
Amber Chip Copper Hoop Earrings
$23.00
Sweet Dreams Herbal Aromatherapy Temple Balm
$8.50
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(103)
scrunchysmama

scrunchysmama on Feb 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this on a whim. I work 12 hour night shift and have a toddler so my sleep schedule is out of whack and I tend to have awful dreams and wake frequently when I do get to sleep. I tried this out when I got home from work this morning, putting the sachet in my pillow and rubbing the balm on my temples. I slept better than I have in over two years. I didn't have any vivid dreams, but the bits and pieces I remember were pleasant. Definitely pleased with my purchase.

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About

Herbs and Jewelry: Protecting You Inside and Out

Hi, my name is Janine and I’m the maillesmith and herbalist of Athena’s Armoury & Apothecary. I am committed to providing tools for fiercely independent, strong women to protect themselves and their loved ones inside and out with armor and herbs. Draw on the strength and courage of warrior women from the past by wearing chain maille jewelry inspired by the armor that they wore into battle. Strengthen, protect, and heal with the wisdom of plants from the wisewomen through out history.

Armour & Metal

I’ve always had an interest in the medieval and renaissance time periods (they were always my favorite museum exhibits) and have also always enjoyed working with my hands. When I discovered a tutorial to make a Euro 4-1 bracelet, I knew I had to try it. Euro (short for European) 4-1 is the the classic chain maille weave used for armor. It took me three hours to make that first bracelet, but I was hooked. Needless to say, the same bracelet now takes me less than five minutes to weave and I pride myself on my attention to detail, ensuring perfect closures.

Athena’s Armoury was founded back in 2007 after I learned that very first chain maille weave. It wasn’t long until I decided to work on my first large scale chain maille project. I wanted to make something historically correct, so I decided on a coif (armor covering for the head, neck, shoulders, chest). Athena’s Armoury continued to grow (I’m entirely self taught) with many different weaves and projects ranging from jewelry to bags to armor.

Also back in 2007, I took a metalsmithing course at a local fine arts center and found another love for working with metal: manipulating metal with my hands and tools by soldering, fold forming, riveting, sawing, drilling, polishing…. I love working with raw materials like copper and sterling silver to create raw, organic, industrial looking artifacts that can be from another time and place.

In 2012, I added another skill to my arsenal when I learned how to torch fire powdered glass enamel onto metal from Barbara Lewis. Torch fire and metal? Sign me up! I’ve played with beading for the love of gemstones: I’m fascinated by the color, meaning, and healing properties of the stones. One day, I hope to take courses in blacksmithing and welding, too.

Herbs

I have always been fascinated by the healing properties of herbs. In 2009, I decided to really advance my learning by becoming a student of Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science and Art of Herbalism. My herbal practice isn’t just culinary and medicinal, I’ve also spent time gardening, experimenting with herbal infused liquors, making scrumptious bath/body/cosmetic formulations, household cleaners, herbal beads and other crafts, and even soap making.

Me

I am a New Yorker who has also lived as a beach bum in Florida for ten years before moving to my current home in Portland, OR. I studied theatrical directing at NYU and spent a decade touring as a stage manager for Broadway shows. When not working in theater, making jewelry, or some form of herbal goodness, I enjoy exploring my new city, spending time outside, working out, cooking fresh healthy meals and desserts, playing with my DSLR camera, reading, watching movies, enjoying craft beer, designing and building WordPress websites. Some of my heroes include Rosie the Riveter, Rosemary Gladstar, and Wonder Woman.

Athena’s Armoury: What’s in a Name?

Many people know of Athena as a goddess of war and wisdom. What many people don’t know is that she’s also the patroness of crafts; among them, metal-working: seemed like a good fit for my shop.

So far as the armoury part of the shop name goes: well, let’s face it, chain maille is armour. Whether it be combat or costume armour or jewelry made using the same weaves, it’s all still based on the armour of long ago. And adding the apothecary part was only a natural extension, when the time came.

One of the reasons that I love metal working, chain maille, and herbalism so much is because they are an immersion in art and history. To be able to make something beautiful out of somethin

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Mailler, Herbalist, Photographer, Marketing, Shipping & Packaging, Web Designer

    Originally hailing from NY, Janine now lives in the amazing city of Portland, OR. She works in many creative fields: theater, photography, web design, custom framing, writing...

Shop policies

Last updated on May 7, 2015
Thank you for visiting Athena's Armoury. For more information about me and the shop, please visit the About page.

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Payment
Athena's Armoury accepts payment via Paypal or Etsy's Direct Checkout. If you'd like to pay using a credit card, you may still do that using Paypal without having to sign up for an account.

Custom orders require a 50% non-refundable down payment before work can begin. When the item is finished, I'll take pictures and post them for your approval before listing it for the remainder of the price.
Shipping
All items will be mailed within 3 business days of receipt of payment unless it is a custom order or otherwise specified in the item's description. Items ship USPS First Class Mail (unless otherwise specified in the listing) and I will always make best efforts to use Paypal's Click and Ship so that you receive a tracking number.

International customers are responsible for any duties, taxes, or fees imposed beyond the US postage originally paid.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. If there are any problems with your item(s), please contact me first so the problem may be rectified.

If you aren't happy with your order, you must contact me within 48 hours of having received your item if you wish to return it. The item (in it's original condition and packaging) must be received by me within 14 days after having been delivered to you for a full refund, less shipping.

Custom orders are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Shipping costs are non-refundable.

For safety reasons, earrings may not be returned.
Additional policies and FAQs
In general, it is a good rule of thumb not wear your jewelry in the pool, at the beach, or in the shower. Also, do not expose it to any harsh chemicals. It is only natural for oxidation to occur in all metals. A soft polish cloth can buff the surface back to a lovely shine or a simple wash in soapy hot water works well for some pieces. When not being worn, it is best to store jewelry in an airtight container to preserve it's finish.

Some of the jewelry in the shop has been treating with a liver of sulfur patina and covered with a wax finish to seal it in. Over time, the wax will wear off and the patina may change. Exposed copper will darken and oxidize naturally to a beautiful warm chocolate brown. A polishing cloth will return a shine.

There is a pretty extensive care and maintenance instruction list available at my website. It also includes information on skin greening from copper. If you are concerned about copper greening your skin, you can apply jeweler's Skin Guard (available in brush on form from Amazon) to the inside of ring bands or ear wires.
http://www.athenasarmoury.com/about/how-to-care-for-your-chain-maille/

All of my chain maille comes with a lifetime guarantee. If with normal wear, your chain maille is damaged, I will repair it for only the cost of shipping. Please note: I will know if it is not normal wear. A friend of mine had a customer return a chain maille shirt for repair saying it wasn't bulletproof (yes, they shot it with a gun - luckily not when being worn!).