GillyflowerFaire

Gifts from the Earth

Toronto, Canada · 50 Sales

GillyflowerFaire

Gifts from the Earth

Toronto, Canada 50 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(18)

Shop owner

Valerie

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Announcement   WELCOME! Gillyflower Faire offers jewelry, talismans and accessories handcrafted of wood, copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel, gemstones, glass, bone and leather. All are meticulously handcrafted with attention to fine detail, and most are one of a kind.

NEW! I’ve just introduced beaded jewelry using genuine gemstones and high quality glass seed beads, accented with sterling silver, silver-plate, gold-plate, brass, copper and stainless steel.

AND, if you’ve been here before, you’ll have noticed that Wood So Wild is now Gillyflower Faire! With a new name (and fresh new packaging), this shop, my blog and Facebook page are united by one purpose: to celebrate the natural gifts given by our glorious Earth.

FOR more information about what I love and how this shop got started, please see my About page. For links to all my sites, including my WordPress blog, Gillyflower, and Facebook, see Around the Web.

THANKS for visiting, and enjoy your ramble through Gillyflower Faire!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 10, 2017

WELCOME! Gillyflower Faire offers jewelry, talismans and accessories handcrafted of wood, copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel, gemstones, glass, bone and leather. All are meticulously handcrafted with attention to fine detail, and most are one of a kind.

NEW! I’ve just introduced beaded jewelry using genuine gemstones and high quality glass seed beads, accented with sterling silver, silver-plate, gold-plate, brass, copper and stainless steel.

AND, if you’ve been here before, you’ll have noticed that Wood So Wild is now Gillyflower Faire! With a new name (and fresh new packaging), this shop, my blog and Facebook page are united by one purpose: to celebrate the natural gifts given by our glorious Earth.

FOR more information about what I love and how this shop got started, please see my About page. For links to all my sites, including my WordPress blog, Gillyflower, and Facebook, see Around the Web.

THANKS for visiting, and enjoy your ramble through Gillyflower Faire!

Valerie

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Valerie

NEW! Custom Black Seed Bead Evil Eye Necklace
NEW! Custom Black Seed Bead Evil Eye Necklace
$27.12
True Colors: Chakra Seed Bead Rainbow Necklace
True Colors: Chakra Seed Bead Rainbow Necklace
$22.18
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5 out of 5 stars
(18)
Samantha Sasso

Samantha Sasso on May 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fast delivery, great communication and necklace is even more beautiful in person!

3geezcg1

3geezcg1 on Jan 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My aluminium pendant with stone design is very unique and rustic. Very happy with my purchase!

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Beaded baubles are the best!
A Japanese aesthetic describing something which is "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete". A wabi-sabi object exhibits rustic simplicity and may have quirks arising from the way it was made. Its asymmetry, patina and wear contribute to its unique beauty.
Need Earrings? My Elementals and chainmaille danglers use copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, silver and colorful beads!

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About

Let's go to the Faire!

There is one place on this earth that holds me firmly by the heartstrings: an enchanting (and possibly enchanted) forest perched upon a small granite island in a deep, clearwater lake – a place my family and forebears have been drawn to each summer for well over 100 years. It’s a wave-lapped paradise with towering oak and pine, where the Wee Folk have been known to visit and magic most certainly happens!

This island, along with other natural places I have known, has nurtured my love of things ancient, traditional, mysterious and mystical. History (the Dark and Middle Ages are my special interest) and myth (King Arthur, Robin Hood), literature (Lord of the Rings) and folklore (Celtic and Norse traditions, mostly) all fascinate, and so does the natural world which wends its way through them all. Wildflowers, herbs and birds are other favorite topics, as is nature and still-life photography.

Although small, the wooded isle is a rich source of raw, natural materials which feed my creative impulses. I only gather what has been cast off: driftwood and fallen branches, tiny quartz and pyrite stones, acorns, feathers … any small treasure that, in its simple, organic beauty, intrigues and inspires, and which may be repurposed into something decorative and wearable.

I also love working with materials used by humankind since antiquity: leather, copper, bronze and brass, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel and silver, as well beautiful semi-precious gemstones with their rich colors and tactile, polished surfaces. Chainmaille, once purely utilitarian, has evolved into a dizzying array of intricate and decorative patterns, all of which force the artist to slow down and create a piece patiently, link by link. I enjoy that process!

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  • Valerie

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

Shop policies

Last updated on June 25, 2017
Welcome to Gillyflower Faire! Discover wood, metal and gemstone jewelry, chainmaille, glass faerie flasks, leather pouches and accessories, all lovingly handcrafted by me in my home studio. To learn what I love and what inspires me, please see my About section. Glad you’re here, and enjoy a leisurely ramble through Gillyflower Faire!

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
Etsy Payments, including all major credit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
I ship via Canada Post. Shipping costs quoted are based on package weights of 100 grams or less; if your order exceeds this weight, I will contact you with the updated shipping cost prior to processing your order.

Shipping methods for all items except Faerie Flasks:
• Within Canada – Regular Lettermail (no tracking or insurance)
• To U.S. – Light Packet Air (no tracking or insurance)
• Everywhere else – Light Packet Air International (no tracking or insurance)

Faerie Flasks ship at a higher rate due to the item dimensions:
• Within Canada – Expedited Parcel (includes tracking and up to $100 insurance)
• Shipping to Canadian provinces other than Ontario or Quebec incurs a fuel surcharge. Please contact me BEFORE checkout for a shipping quote.
• Outside Canada – Small Packet Air U.S./International (no tracking or insurance)

I do not offer shipping upgrades.

Estimated transit times for shipped items:
Within Canada - 3 to 7 business days
To the United States - 10 to 15 business days
Everywhere else - 10 to 25 business days

Wood items shipping outside Canada are subject to customs inspection before being released by border services. To facilitate inspection and help avoid delays, I leave the gift box open with ends unfolded. The box is then carefully sealed inside a bubble mailer envelope. If the packaging or item arrives damaged, it is a result of the customs inspection or mishandling within the postal system.

The buyer is responsible for any customs fees, duties, taxes, tariffs or other incurred costs. Buyers are responsible for ensuring that their purchases meet the destination country’s import regulations. I cannot be held responsible for parcels which are unreleased, delayed or non-delivered due to border regulations, and I cannot issue refunds in these circumstances.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me immediately upon receipt of the item(s), and I’ll strive to do whatever I can to help you have a wonderful shopping experience here at Gillyflower Faire. Please do not leave an unfavorable feedback review before I've had a chance to make things right. I want my customers to be happy – and I’m not happy until you are!

Should you wish to return your purchase for a refund, please contact me immediately upon receipt of your order. I may ask you to furnish clear photographs of the item(s) in question, and refunds will be assessed by me on a case-by-case basis. "Refund" refers only to the item price that you paid and does not include the original shipping cost(s) paid. See refund exceptions (Final Sale) below. The buyer is responsible for return shipping costs. Items must be returned unworn and with the original gift packaging.

No returns/refunds will be accepted or issued after 60 days from the date of purchase.

The following items are Final Sale and cannot be returned for exchange or refund: Earrings; personalized items; certain custom orders; items damaged due to negligence or misuse by the buyer or recipient, including not following Gillyflower Faire's care instructions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Item Color/Appearance
• I photograph my products in natural light and do my best to depict the true color of each item. Please allow for slight variations on different monitors/devices.

Sizing
• Please measure for necklace/bracelet length and ring size prior to ordering to ensure a perfect fit. Total length always includes the clasp.

Care Instructions -- Wood
• Wood items are not waterproof. Do not get them wet or expose to chemicals such as perfume, hairspray or furniture polish. Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. The beeswax topcoat can be buffed gently with a soft cloth to restore sheen. You may also occasionally add a tiny dab of beeswax polish (I use Clapham’s Beeswax Polish™); rub into all surfaces with cheesecloth. Let dry for 5 minutes, then buff off the excess and allow to dry. Do not sand. Store in a separate pouch away from other jewelry.

Care Instructions -- Leather
• All leather pieces except for the bags have been given a leather finish which provides some water repellency. Wipe clean with a barely-damp cloth and let dry thoroughly.

Care Instructions -- Faerie Flasks
• Unless otherwise stated in the listing, my Faerie Flasks have been permanently sealed with strong adhesive; please do not try to open the bottle. Do not wear while bathing, exercising or sleeping.

Care Instructions -- Metal
• Items with no patina or protective wax: Aluminum should not tarnish. Copper, bronze and brass will oxidize over time. You can enjoy your piece as it weathers and darkens naturally, or you may wish to keep it bright by wiping gently with a soft cloth after each use and storing immediately in a Ziploc bag. Tarnished copper and bronze can be dipped for a few seconds in lemon juice; rinse well with dish soap and warm water and dry thoroughly. Metal-specific jewelry polishing cloths, Pro Polish pads, or solutions such as Brasso, can be used on tarnished brass, copper or bronze, but do not use Pro Polish pads on textured metal. Take off your jewelry before bathing, swimming, exercising or sleeping, and do not expose to perfume or hairspray.

• Items with plating/patina/protective coating: Wipe gently with a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean. Do not scrub or use jewelry polishing cloths, chemicals or lemon juice, as these will erode the coating and disturb the patina. I use either Canadian-made Conservator’s Wax™ (similar to Renaissance Wax) or PYM II acrylic sealant to protect patinas and help slow down further oxidization.

• Items with Gilder’s paste wax: This highlighting technique should not fade as long as you don’t scrub or polish it away. Do not wear while bathing or swimming. Clean by wiping gently with a soft cloth.

Care Instructions -- Chainmaille
• Anodized aluminum has a permanent color coating that does not tarnish. Darker colors may show a slight lighter line where the rings are joined. It's normal to see minor working marks on some rings -- a sign your piece was handmade! Stainless steel is extremely hardy and does not tarnish. Copper, brass and bronze will oxidize over time; please follow Care Instructions -- Metal (no patina or wax).

Care Instructions -- Beaded Jewelry
• While it’s okay to get these items wet occasionally (e.g. while washing hands), it is not advisable to wear while bathing, exercising or sleeping. To clean, wipe off skin oils with a soft cloth and store in an airtight pouch. Sterling silver, solid brass, bronze and copper components may be polished, but avoid the gemstones or glass beads. Do not polish plated pieces.

What is Metal Gauge?
Gauge (ga) refers to the thickness of a metal sheet or wire. The smaller the gauge number, the thicker the metal. I use the following gauges in my jewelry:

14 ga -- 1.897 to 2.0 mm
16 ga -- 1.519 to 1.59 mm
18 ga -- 1.214 mm
19 ga -- 1.0 mm
20 ga -- 0.81 to 0.912 mm