Anja on Jan 3, 2017
Looovvve. Thanks so much. Highly recommended seller.
"flux n.flow; continuous succession of changes; substance mixed with metal etc. to assist fusion. play v. occupy oneself in activity, operation; free"
From the moment I started an Art & Design Diploma course at Hereford College of Art in 1987, my mind has been busy incorporating interesting materials and metals into small compositions.....which inevitably became a focus on jewelley design once I'd gained a place at Central Saint Martins, London, on their Jewellery BAhons Degree, from which I graduated with a 2:1 in 1992. Then followed 3 years as a Jeweller in Residence at Oakham School in Rutland, 'busking' my jewellery at Camden Lock, early tentative approaches to galleries, operating as artist designer at events, festivals, community group gatherings and more. Post Graduate Teacher Training to a fully qualified level allowed me to operate as a teacher in schools and colleges, including Badmiton School for Girls meanwhile continuing with my own work developing and running alongside it all.
In 2007 I opened my Etsy Shop "Fluxplay Jewellery" as a means of securing more control of the selling of my re-invented tins jewellery designs, available here as the "Tins RePurposed" collection, whilst trying out the fairly new phenomenon of online market-places. Current teaching at Plymouth College of Art on a half-week basis, allowed me the opportunity to try fresh ways of thinking as a student again, on the part-time MA Design course in "Maker & Materials" at the University of Plymouth, eventually winning me a Distinction. The "With Tin" collection is the result of my recent explorations, which I'm excited to debut here. I hope you enjoy looking at my designs as much as I enjoy developing and creating them.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Teacher
I am 45 year old Maria Whetman, designer and maker of all the things you see in my shop. Produced in the beautiful West Devon landscape of the Tamar Valley, where the sea, moors and farmland blend together.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please note that you do not need to set up a PayPal account to use the service with your credit/debit card you can pay with your card when you go to PayPal.
In the event of non-payment, I will cancel the sale and re-list the item. Prices are subject to change without notice.
CUSTOMS & EXCISE DUTY: Your item may be intercepted by customs and an import duty charged to you. Any customs fees, etc. that might be incurred at the time of delivery would be at discretion of the recipient's country's tax rules. I sadly have no way of knowing what any fees might be, should they even occur, and Fluxplay is not liable for those charges. For any additional information or questions, refer to your local Post Office. The buyer is responsible for all taxes and custom fees which MAY apply. Whether your item is intercepted or not is due to luck and quite random.
I cannot accept responsibility for any item that is lost in transit, but I will assist as much as possible in tracking it down. Normally shipping to the US takes between 5 - 10 days but sometimes as much as a fortnight. Shipping to Europe normally takes 4 - 7 days.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
WILL MY ITEM RUST?
No, unless you leave it outside in the rain for days on end. It will not rust if you are caught in the rain without an umbrella.
WILL MY ITEM SCRATCH? As much as any other jewellery, but my pieces will take on a more 'vintage' appearance if they become scratched.
WHAT METALS ARE THE EARRINGS MADE FROM? The wires that thread through your ears will always be silver.
IS IT OK TO WEAR COPPER AGAINST THE SKIN? It wont hurt you. Some people wear copper bangles as an aid against rheumatism, I don't know if it works or not, but the green colour that appears on the skin of those wearers is due to the copper spending long periods of time (months) against the skin. The green is simply the copper oxidising with the natural oils and sweat of the wearer. The more acidic the levels in your sweat and oils, the more likely your skin will go green against copper, but only if you wear copper all the time. I personally wouldn't wear copper ear-wires, because the green could potentially accumulate in the pierced hole, which although not bad might be awkward to clean out.
IS PURE TIN POISONOUS OR TOXIC?
Is tin poisonous or toxic? Pure tin in its solid metal form is neither poisonous, an irritant nor toxic, it is inert and harmless. It is NOT TO BE CONFUSED with organotin compounds, which are toxic and poisonous chemicals used in industry for catalysts, polymers and other chemical uses.
I'VE HEARD PURE TIN IS SOFTER THAN PEWTER, DOES THAT MEAN MY PURE TIN JEWELLERY WILL BREAK EASILY?
"No, you'd be able to wear them in an everyday carefree way as you would with other metals. Tin is soft from a 'metal perspective'. If you dropped these on the path, nothing would happen, just a little mark the same as if you dropped them if they were made from silver. If you stood on them whilst they were on the path, you would not be able to squash them under your body weight, but you'd mark them and damage them, same as if they were silver. If you put them on a steel block and hit hard with a big hammer, you'd smoosh them down more than you would manage to if they were silver. It's because the designs are made to a density that means they are robust. If you had a sheet of silver and it was 3mm thick, you'd have a heck of a job bending it with your hands and own strength (same goes for if it was pewter which is about 97% pure tin plus other stuff). If you had a sheet of pure tin 3mm thick and tried to bend it, you'd manage to bend it somewhat, with a lot of effort. My more delicate designs (which would flex if made from pure tin) are made from Pewter, which is very hard. With the rings, that thickness is fine because it's very thick in relation to the size of circle that it's been made into. It's interesting stuff, is Tin.
MORE QUESTIONS? Feel free to ask.