Beautiful and interesting things to wear and use

Melbourne, Australia

EssenceOfEclectic is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello, you beautiful people. This shop is on hiatus for the moment. I've decided to concentrate on my other shop - - pop over there if you want gorgeous things for your home and body. See ya!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello, you beautiful people. This shop is on hiatus for the moment. I've decided to concentrate on my other shop - - pop over there if you want gorgeous things for your home and body. See ya!

Kathryn Andersen

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Eclectic \Ec*lec"tic\, adjective: Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher.

When I make something, I want it to be beautiful: to adorn the wearer, to ornament your walls, or to do something useful (while still looking fabulous). These works are not limited to one technique or material; I choose whatever craft I know (and I know many) which suits the design of what I am making. Hence, "Essence of Eclectic". I delight in making things which are elegant and functional, fun and useful. From the simple and practical, to the heights of wearable art, you will find it here.

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    My parents gave me a bead loom when I was ten. I never looked back. Leatherwork, stamping, embossing, macramé, beading, crochet, chainmaille, Kumihimo, loom knitting, Lucet cords, metal stamping, wire wrapping, resin casting - and I'm still learning.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Care Instructions for Chainmaille - Tarnish

Items made of copper, bronze, or silver will tarnish unless given a protective coating. Some of the items I have made of these materials I have protected with Renaissance Wax or with clear enamel -- check the individual listing. However, most items with these materials have not been coated, because coatings tend to wear off unevenly and look unsightly.

To remove tarnish: if the item is pure chainmaille, put in a container, cover with boiling water and add a tablespoon of vinegar, or a teaspoon of citric acid. Let this steep for five minutes, and then rinse THOROUGHLY. If the item includes semi-precious stones, it can't be cleaned in acid unless you remove the stones first, or the stones will be ruined.

Care Instructions for Chainmaille - General

Items made of stainless steel, coloured/enamelled copper, or aluminium will not tarnish. To clean them, put in a container with hot water and a little dish-washing detergent, and shake; then rinse. This can also be done as a general cleaning method for other metals, but it will not remove tarnish.

Care Instructions for Textile Jewellery

Jewellery made with textiles should usually not need cleaning. If they do, try a gentle hand-wash in cold water, to ensure that the textile does not shrink.
Lay the item flat to dry. Do not tumble-dry.
Note that some items made of silk may change colour if you wash them, so be careful.

What is the difference between your Wearable Art and your other work? Why does it cost more?

The Wearable Art is just that: art. It costs more because it takes more work and more skill to create. Each piece of wearable art begins with a meaning I am trying to convey. To distill the essence of that meaning into a piece of jewellery takes much thought, and sometimes much experimentation, since the first attempt to construct what I envisage may not always work. When that happens, I have to try again. This may entail using different techniques or different materials, or even going back to the drawing-board and figuring out a completely different approach.

My other works can also have meaning, but with them, the title and its meaning comes after I have created the work, not before.

Shop Hours

My business hours are:
Monday To Friday
10am to 5pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time

Weekends are spent recuperating from the rest of the week.

The Care and Feeding of Alcohol Ink Jewellery

Alcohol ink is delicate, vivid, translucent, beautiful. It is the same ink as is used in permanent ink pens. But this beautiful ink has an Achilles heel: UV radiation. Because it is dye-based ink, rather than pigment-based, it is more vulnerable to UV radiation than paint is. That is not to say you can only wear alcohol ink jewellery at night! But strong UV radiation will cause it to fade.

So... don't wear it under tanning lamps, or stick it under your gel-nail curing lamp. Don't wear it while sunbathing, or to the all-day cricket. Don't hang it up in your window (even though it is pretty and you want to admire it!)

If you look after it, it will stay beautiful for years.