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huffalo

huffalo! hooray! fantastic enamel bling!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 265 Sales

huffalo

huffalo! hooray! fantastic enamel bling!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 265 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(108)

Announcement   HELLO! If you're landing here for the first time and you don't see something you loved at a show, send me a convo. I'll be happy to list it for you if it's available or to do a custom order for you. Most made to order items currently have an estimated fabrication time of 1 day-1 week depending on supply inventory/studio schedule.

Thanks to all the rad visitors, vendors, friends, crafters, shoppers, organizers, and volunteers who've made it a great 10 (TEN!) years for huffalo. WOW. We fluctuate between being overjoyed and exhausted and yinz guys make it all worthwhile!

xox & if you see me, say hello! -LH

CONNECT!
After years of good intentions, I finally made a huffalo FB page. Still a work in progress but please LIKE for works in progress, studio shots, wacky stories, and what not:
www.facebook.com/huffaloPGH
So many kitten photos @huffalo on Instagram

EVENTS CALENDAR!
Artsmiths Trunk Show / 1635 McFarland Road Mt. Lebanon / December 10

TEACHING CALENDAR!
2017 is the year to finally implement private instruction/open studio. Convo me!
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts classes/workshops:
Cold Forging / January 17 - March 14 (Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 pm)
Intro to Jewelrymaking / January 25 - March 15 (Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 pm)
Cloisonne / February 15 - March 15 (Wednesday 1-4 pm, 5 week mini-class)
Jewelry & Metals camps for kids 8-18 at PCA. schedule TBA... www.pfpca.org

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 7, 2016

HELLO! If you're landing here for the first time and you don't see something you loved at a show, send me a convo. I'll be happy to list it for you if it's available or to do a custom order for you. Most made to order items currently have an estimated fabrication time of 1 day-1 week depending on supply inventory/studio schedule.

Thanks to all the rad visitors, vendors, friends, crafters, shoppers, organizers, and volunteers who've made it a great 10 (TEN!) years for huffalo. WOW. We fluctuate between being overjoyed and exhausted and yinz guys make it all worthwhile!

xox & if you see me, say hello! -LH

CONNECT!
After years of good intentions, I finally made a huffalo FB page. Still a work in progress but please LIKE for works in progress, studio shots, wacky stories, and what not:
www.facebook.com/huffaloPGH
So many kitten photos @huffalo on Instagram

EVENTS CALENDAR!
Artsmiths Trunk Show / 1635 McFarland Road Mt. Lebanon / December 10

TEACHING CALENDAR!
2017 is the year to finally implement private instruction/open studio. Convo me!
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts classes/workshops:
Cold Forging / January 17 - March 14 (Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 pm)
Intro to Jewelrymaking / January 25 - March 15 (Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 pm)
Cloisonne / February 15 - March 15 (Wednesday 1-4 pm, 5 week mini-class)
Jewelry & Metals camps for kids 8-18 at PCA. schedule TBA... www.pfpca.org

Lindsay Huff

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5 out of 5 stars
(108)
Carrie Nyitrai

Carrie Nyitrai on Dec 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lindsay is a wonderful artist and a beautiful soul. I love my custom necklace charms and would highly recommend this shop for any custom order. Thank you so much Lindsay!

Steve Sprinkle

Steve Sprinkle on Jun 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My wife loved the two sets of earrings I ordered from Huffalo. They are skillfully crafted and beautifully whimsical. The items were shipped just a little later than expected, and I appreciated the unnecessary but kind gesture that the shop made in including an additional, matching pendant at no additional charge.

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About

Jewelry with joy! / Accessories for adventure!

Huffalo was born in 2006 in the midst of a daydream on a walk back home from class. Some time before, our metalsmithing class had been given a 20 minute demo on enameling by our professor and that was that. Some time after, our metalsmithing club decided to hold a jewelry sale as a fundraiser--I remembered how quick and painless enameling had seemed compared to the long processes I had been favoring (casting, electroforming, raising, fabricating), made a few dozen pairs of earrings, and was pleasantly surprised that people liked them and even wanted to buy them. It was like magic then and it still is--any time I get an order from some far-flung place across the globe, any time I watch the firing process as pieces change from dust to glass, any time I get to teach and share with a new group of students as I watch their faces as they marvel at the process.

It's been close to ten years of enameling and the magic never ceases. Enameling was one of the first jewelry techniques created by artisans as they sought to replicate the look of inlaid stones. The earliest enamels, made of silica and raw minerals, replicated the colors of gemstones--lapis, turquoise, garnet, onyx. I may not have to build a fire or mine my own minerals for enamels, but the process is essentially the same as it was all those thousands of years ago. Enamel has seen many surges of popularity--I've long been an admirer of vintage treasures, and I like that my work has a timeless aspect to it--a connection to the past, but also the heirloom quality and craftsmanship that will allow it to be worn and loved and cherished for generations.

And why jewelry, you ask? I joke that metal is in my blood literally--I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, one of our nation's great steel towns, and my parents both work in the aluminum industry, but it's more than just that. Both of my grandmothers passed away in the last few years and the act of consolidating and sorting has been both draining and illuminating. It's made me consider how we choose to live, what we save, what we communicate (both with and without words). Jewelry is a way to speak to the people around you without speaking, it's art you carry with you, that you interact with every day when you wear it. I love that in a tiny, tiny way, something that I've made can bring joy or happiness to someone else's day.

Many of my pieces are inspired from the joys and observations of real life. I think of my process as one of distillation--remembering the palette of a picnic, or a flower garden, or a shelf of book spines, or a sunset over the city, and condensing it down to a handful of colors. My pieces are inspired by my travels and happenings and I hope that they'll be accessories to your next adventures.

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  • Lindsay Huff/alo

    Owner, Maker

    Lindsay Huff is an artist and metalsmith who has been creating for as long as she can remember. Stories and poems led to songs and noise and finally to jewelry and wearable art. She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing with Honors from Syracuse University.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 5, 2012
hello there! welcome to my shop. i'm a one-woman factory operated out of half a garage. i make fantastic bling whilst flailing about to rock music and/or playing with fire.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
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Payment
METHODS
Paypal is my prefered method of payment and it's also the fastest for you. You can also pay with credit card without joining Paypal--please follow the instructions on the Paypal site to do so.

If you prefer to send a money order to pay for your item, you are welcome to do so. Please note that I will only send your item out once I have received your money order. North American customers only.

SALES TAX
6% sales tax will be charged to Pennsylvania residents, 7% sales tax will be charged to PA residents in Allegheny & Philadelphia counties. This will be automatically calculated based on your zip code and added to your total.

TERMS
With Paypal, payment is expected within 3 days, and with a money order transaction within 1 week. If there has been no communication from the buyer within 1 week, then the sale will be canceled and the item will be relisted.

If you have check out questions, please refer to etsy's guide: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

CANCELLATION
If you need to cancel an order please email me immediately. Ready to ship items leave my studio within two days! If you cancel the order after the item has been shipped, I will refund your payment, but you will be responsible for the shipping charges to send the item back to me.
Shipping
Ready-to-ship items will be mailed within 2 business days, made-to-items will ship within 2 weeks.

I ship USPS First Class. If you would like an upgrade to Priority or Overnight mail, or additional services like insurance or delivery confirmation, please let me know and I'll send you a Paypal request for money for the extra shipping cost. If your order is time sensitive, please let me know and I'll do my best to accomodate you.

I'll send you an etsy conversation message when I receive your order with my estimated ship date and then a second email the day your order goes to the post office.

International customers, you're responsible for your customs fees. I ship USPS First Class, again without insurance or delivery confirmation. If you would prefer another carrier, or would like to purchase insurance, please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Items are shipped using either bubble mailers or small boxes. Most of my packaging materials are reused/repurposed/reusable/recycled. (Lately I've been using mainly fabric scraps and magazine pages.) Regardless, your package will be colorful and suitable for gift giving.
Refunds and Exchanges
I hope that you will love my jewelry as much as I loved making it. If you are dissatisfied, please let me know if there is something that I can do. If you wish to return something, please contact me within one week of receiving the item and then make sure to return it within one week after that communication. The item cost will be refunded but not the shipping charges. Custom and Alchemy orders are not eligible for returns.
Additional policies and FAQs
ENAMEL CARE
Enamel is a powdered glass that is fused to the surface of the copper at approximately 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Attempting to bend the copper or dropping it on hard surfaces could cause it to chip or crack so please treat your bling with care and kindness. Exposed copper backs are sealed with lacquer--it protects them while still allowing them to slowly darken and patina over time. Please clean only with soap and water as harsher cleaning agents can cause the lacquer to break down. Sterling silver is not lacquered and is best polished with a jewelry cloth. You can keep jewelry tarnish-free by storing it in a small ziploc bag with an anti-tarnish strip or a small piece of chalk when not being worn.

I take great care to best represent the jewelry that I am selling. I try to make sure all the colors look accurate but please be aware that differences in computer screens and settings may effect their appearances.

For READY TO SHIP items, in most cases the item photographed is the item you will receive. However, I also use representative photos if I haven't had time to upload new photos and will send an item that is nearly identical. This is the same process I use for MADE TO ORDER items. If you have questions or would like to see a photo of your item before it ships, please let me know.

ABOUT THE METAL
Unless otherwise noted, all findings, ear wires, and chains are sterling silver. Sterling ear wires can be switched for nickel-free steel at no charge, and for 14k gold-filled for $1 extra. Chains can also be substituted for different styles and metals, or in some cases, I can just sell you a pendant if you have your own chain. Please convo me for details. In most cases, I can email you images of the chains I have on hand, calculate a new cost based on current metal prices, and make a custom listing for you in my shop.

A LIFETIME OF HUFFALOVE
Everything I make has a lifetime guarantee! You can mail me your repairs and depending on the circumstances I will do them for free (if there was a mistake or oversight on my part) or for a nominal charge (if there was an accident or misuse on your part). Chipped pieces can be generally be matched and refired and because one of the saddest things in the world is a lonely earring, I can make a new friend for your earring if one gets lost.

Custom orders, alchemy, wholesale & consignment inquiries are always welcomed. Wholesalers, please include your tax ID number with your communication.