EssenceOfEclectic

Beautiful and interesting things to wear and use

Melbourne, Australia · 5 Sales

EssenceOfEclectic

Beautiful and interesting things to wear and use

Melbourne, Australia 5 Sales On Etsy since 2017

Shop owner

Kathryn A

Contact

Kathryn A

Contact shop owner

Kathryn A

Necklace: Flower of Green
Necklace: Flower of Green
$42.69
Necklace: The Door in the Hill
Necklace: The Door in the Hill
$41.05
Necklace: Over the Hills and Far Away
Necklace: Over the Hills and Far Away
$41.05
Necklace: Marmore Viridi - Green Marble
Necklace: Marmore Viridi - Green Marble
$41.05
Necklace: Heart of the Vortex
Necklace: Heart of the Vortex
$24.63
Necklace: Drowning Bones
Necklace: Drowning Bones
$32.84
Narrow Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
Narrow Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
$6.57
Hammered Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
Hammered Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
$12.31
Plain Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
Plain Aluminium Cuff Bracelet
$8.21
Trivet: Setting Ink on Fire Trivet
Trivet: Setting Ink on Fire Trivet
$27.09
Necklace: Blue Sunday
Necklace: Blue Sunday
$24.63
Necklace: Sorrow of Green Opal
Necklace: Sorrow of Green Opal
$24.63
Necklace: Dreams of Green Opal
Necklace: Dreams of Green Opal
$24.63
Necklace: Sandstorm on Mars
Necklace: Sandstorm on Mars
$32.84
Necklace: Dragon With A Broken Heart
Necklace: Dragon With A Broken Heart
$32.84
Necklace: The Blind Poet
Necklace: The Blind Poet
$32.84
Necklace: Tear of the Frost Giant
Necklace: Tear of the Frost Giant
$32.84
Necklace: Dream of the Undine
Necklace: Dream of the Undine
$32.84
Necklace: Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously
Necklace: Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously
$32.84
Necklace: The Cobbles of Heaven
Necklace: The Cobbles of Heaven
$32.84
Necklace: Glittering in Blue
Necklace: Glittering in Blue
$32.84
View all 46 items

About

Beautiful and interesting things to wear and use

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 and useful; to adorn the wearer, or to do something useful like protecting your table from hot pots (while still looking fabulous). These works are not limited to one technique or craft; 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.

Shop members

  • Kathryn A

    Owner

    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.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jul 2, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Regarding GST for Australian Buyers

The Etsy notice about GST is somewhat misleading; it says that GST is included "where applicable"... but do not provide the ability for Australian sellers to add GST for Australian buyers only. Fortunately for you and me, a small business is only required to register for GST if they make more than $75,000 a year, and I definitely don't do that! So this shop is not registered for GST, and you aren't paying GST on these goods, because you don't have to. Yay!

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.