BradMartin

Brad Martin Jewelry

Brooklyn, New York On Etsy since 2008

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BradMartin

Brad Martin Jewelry

Brooklyn, New York | 131 Sales

Announcement    Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Keychains. Seed Beads, Chainmaille, Beads.
Unique pieces of jewelry handmade by me alone, at home in Brooklyn, New York.

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Last updated on Dec 28, 2019

Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Keychains. Seed Beads, Chainmaille, Beads.
Unique pieces of jewelry handmade by me alone, at home in Brooklyn, New York.

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About BradMartin

Sales 131
On Etsy since 2008

My journey as a jewelry maker.

I started making jewelry at Christmas time 2006; one of my sons was shopping for painting supplies and I ended up passing the time in the bead aisle. Before I knew it, I started creating stretch bracelets from beads.

I have always liked jewelry, and have studied, seen and bought a lot of Southwestern and Indian jewelry over the years. Beading and making bracelets became a way to continue that interest and make something of my own. It was also a way to make bracelets that are more unique and colorful than most run of the mill jewelry, especially jewelry made for men.

Jewelry making has also proved to be a great escape from the pressures and stress of my day job. Professionally, I am a lawyer representing children with cases in New York City Family Court, many of whom are in foster care. After many years I could write volumes about what I have seen, but it is enough to say that after an emotionally and physically draining day, it is a relief to sit down to make a piece of jewelry. It is a complicated, yet predicable task, requiring a focus and precision that gets rid of all the other stuff in my head. And, the best part is that when I am finished, I have a thing of beauty that I created.

After starting with bead stretch bracelets, I began to think of other types of jewelry I could make. First came seed bead necklaces with one or several focal beads. I also experimented with bead weaving, bead knotting, Kumihimo and other techniques.

Somewhere along the way I discovered chainmaille, and fell in love with the intricate designs, the work needed to make them and the jewelry that resulted. Chainmaille also appeals to me because of its puzzle like nature, each new weave is a challenge to be mastered; and the increasingly intricate designs appeal to my architectural sensibility.

Finally, there is the math of chainmaille, mastering the gauge sizes, the ring sizes, the aspect ratios, the conversions from Imperial to metric; figuring out what I need for each piece brings back some of that lost math from high school.

Most of my learning in chainmaille has been self taught. I have taken a few classes, but my main method of learning weaves is to get instructions and figure out both the instructions and then the weave on my own. Mastering the weave is then a double accomplishment.

Over the years my work in chainmaille has included a wide variety of metal types, I have tried colored or anodized metals, I have included beads of all sorts in chainmaille pieces, and I even made one piece with steel washers I bought at the hardware store.

Recently my imagination has been going in two directions. On the one hand I am working with "pure" chainmaille, metal in classic versions of the weaves. I try to learn new weaves as often as possible. On the other hand I am envisioning pieces that have pure chainmaille elements, with stones or glass thrown in for color and focus. Ideas come from everywhere, museum exhibitions, jewelry shops and shows, advertisements; I even have a bracelet project that will mimic the patterns of a Gila Monster in a photo from a magazine.

My creative philosophy is that jewelry should be for everyone and wearable all the time. Thus, much of what I make is designed for both women and men, especially the stretch bracelets and the chainmaille, though perhaps not many of the necklaces and earrings. That being said, my mind is open, if you like it, and want to wear it, that's great.

I strive to create jewelry that is affordable and that can be worn every day to all occasions. I try to keep the designs and the structure of the jewelry, what I call the "architecture", simple and clean so that it can be worn while working, playing, relaxing, and celebrating.

My goal is to create jewelry that is useful and attractive; that the owner loves to wear and loves to look at, and most important, makes the wearer feel better by wearing it.

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Shop policies

Last updated on December 28, 2019
Welcome. Thanks for taking a look at my jewelry.

I make all items by myself, buying the chainmaille rings and beads, selecting the designs, materials and color combinations, making the piece, photographing it for this site, creating all listings and social media and shipping items to you.

All jewelry is one of a kind. Each item is made individually, from your order or my inspiration. I do not make items in batches. Inadvertent duplication is possible, given the limits of materials and weaves, but each item is made uniquely. You'll have the only one out there.

All chainmaille is hand constructed by me, by hand, ring by ring, from the highest quality components. I do cut some rings myself from quality wire stock. The listing will describe the exact materials use for each item as well as the particular weave used.

All the stretch bead bracelets are strung on clear jewelers elastic and tied by hand. They will stretch to fit over your hand. When on your wrist they will form a continuous band of color, shape and texture.

Necklaces are strung on coated wire, jewelers thread or silk, or are made with hand made chains. The listing will describe the exact construction of each necklace.

The listing for each item will give the size as made. Do not feel limited to that size; in very little time I can make each item smaller, and usually larger, to fit you perfectly.

All items come boxed, in an individual box with the name of the piece written inside.

I hope you like what you see, I enjoy making the jewelry and hope that you can share that pleasure when you wear it.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not happy with the jewelry for any reason, return it; I will fix the problem or refund the purchase price when I get it back. No questions. No exceptions. End of story.
Payment
Prices listed are for size given in the listing, anything larger may cost slightly more depending on the type of beads and their prices. Let me know and I'll get you a quote.

I prefer payment by Etsy direct or Paypal; it's the easiest for both of us. If they are a problem, let me know, there may be some other payment method we can work out.

Sales tax will be added for all items shipped to addresses in New York State.

When payment is confirmed by Paypal; I will ship the item out right away.
Shipping
There is no additional charge for shipping within the United States.

Your purchase will be mailed in 2 days, Shipping within the United States will be by USPS Priority Mail, with delivery in 2-3 days. I will need an address for delivery.

Shipping to other countries will be by USPS First Class International Package Service. The cost is $3.00 to Canada, $6.75 to Europe (except Germany), and $6.75 to Australia. Delivery times are flexible.

I am sorry but I do not ship to Germany, the packaging bureaucracy is too onerous.

If you wish faster international shipping, I can offer an upgrade to USPS Priority Mail International with delivery in 6-10 days. That upgrade costs $17.00 to Canada, $23.00 to Europe (except Germany), and $24.00 to Australia. Please send me a convo to set up a special listing for that additional charge.

When shipment is made I will let you know when USPS says to expect delivery and give you the tracking number so you can follow the package yourself.
Additional policies and FAQs
All jewelry is available in any size you wish. Especially with the stretch bracelets, size is important or they won't be wearable. So If you see something you like, all I need is the size needed and you'll get a custom fitted, one of a kind bracelet. Let me know what you want and I will see what I can do.
Privacy
The only personal information I use from the Etsy order form is your name and address so I can ship your purchase.
I do save hard copies of the United States Postal Service delivery confirmation; it contains your address, but not your name.
Otherwise, I do not save any personal information myself, electronically or otherwise.
I have not, do not and will not sell or give any information on buyers to anyone.