Wanton Whimsies for Wildlings

Chaos is Free. This is my messy workspace where the shiny is born.
My stall at the Proudly in York Pop Up Mall in the Merchant Adventurers Hall on Small Business Saturday.
Curling up the tendrils on one of my Tree of Life necklaces.
Me at my stall at Eastercon, the British Science Fiction convention in Glasgow.
This strumpet's tools: wire & pliers.

Linking Magic and Mayhem. One Bead at a Time.

I haven't always made jewellery. Once upon a time I worked in an investment bank in the City in London, and then I was a therapist in a hospice, and before that I was a painter and writing teacher.

I found myself in a strange land, having moved to the UK from the US, and like any good fairy tale, I had to use my cunning to get by. That was almost seven years ago. I now work in my little Victorian house, once the domicile of chocolate factory workers, in a cobblestone street in the shadow of the medieval walls of the city of York. When you stand in the right place on the city walls, this town looks like a jewelbox, a fairy castle. Here, I'm serenaded by the hum of trains coming and going from the rail station and the howl of the Barghest prowling the snickleways of the ancient city.

I work with fire polished and pressed Czech glass, Swarovski crystal and antiqued brass findings, often combining recycled fragments of vintage jewellery and rosaries. I also use pewter elements hand-cast by Green Girl Studios. Much of the lampwork glass I use is made by Luke of Wonky Beads in Wiltshire. I also use Tierra Cast findings, because their quality is unmatched.

My Etsy shop is primarily a one woman operation. I do it all from design to making the pieces, photographing and posting them. In a pinch, Sarah will model or help me cut wire for the hand-wrapped rosary style chain that is used in many of my designs.

I pride myself on making delicate, decadent whimsies for wildlings-- imaginative handmade jewelry inspired by dark fairy tales and folklore, Hammer Horror films, gothic novels and pagan ritual.

I value every customer, and always strive to answer queries the same day, and ship out the next if possible. All items come gift wrapped as well. I'll never forget the first time I saw someone while out and about who was wearing one of my designs! I didn't know her, but I felt like I'd seen a friend. I have a bit of that feeling every time I wrap up an order; that's why I love my job.

What my customers are saying:
"Great seller, very communicative, super fast shipping, and stunning jewelry. One of the best shops on Etsy." -Aliza C.

"Fast delivery and pretty wrapping and pouch. Lost for words, this is such a lovely necklace, perfect fit. The little bat has lots of detail, really sweet. If you love bats or like something a little unusual, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this lovely necklace. The Czech amethyst crystals are exquisite." - Jacqui D., UK

"...everything is beautiful ... you have magic hands!" --Sarah, Germany
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Ally Shaw
owner, designer, Creator and Photographer
I'm a maker as well as a poet and storyteller, a belly dancer, knitter and brewer. All my various passions inform the pieces you find in my Etsy shop.
Sarah Carter
Model, Assistant
Shipping, Communication
Edith Abeyta
creator, designer

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