LinderCroft

LinderCroft’s Sticks & Stuff™

California, United States · 117 Sales

LinderCroft

LinderCroft’s Sticks & Stuff™

California, United States 117 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(80)

Announcement   Nearly all my products are recycled. Most of the wood I use comes from dead trees in the forest. Bones come from animals that are used for food or antlers that are dropped naturally every year - nothing is deliberately destroyed to make my products. All my products are made in the USA, on my own small piece of earth, and all of my items are one of a kind. My goods are handcrafted, not mass produced, so you are sure to find items that can be treasured heirlooms for years to come.

Because these are handmade, small imperfections are to be expected.

~NOTE~ The name Ribbon Sticks™ is a trademark, please do not copy.

Announcement

Nearly all my products are recycled. Most of the wood I use comes from dead trees in the forest. Bones come from animals that are used for food or antlers that are dropped naturally every year - nothing is deliberately destroyed to make my products. All my products are made in the USA, on my own small piece of earth, and all of my items are one of a kind. My goods are handcrafted, not mass produced, so you are sure to find items that can be treasured heirlooms for years to come.

Because these are handmade, small imperfections are to be expected.

~NOTE~ The name Ribbon Sticks™ is a trademark, please do not copy.

Linda Foley

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Linda Foley

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(80)
annitacal

annitacal on Feb 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Light and comfortable to use, I like to use only one stick, but these are too thin to hold a bun by their own, I don't mind using both though, they are beautiful.

Kat Hines

Kat Hines on Aug 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This was a replacement for another order for which there were issues. Linda worked with me to fix the issues and to replace the stick, so I am very happy about the customer service aspect of this transaction. As far as this stick goes, it is beautiful. The craftsmanship is obvious, and I pretty much love everything about it. I really love the way these ribbon sticks work in my hair, so I'm excited to own such a beautiful one.

Debbie Barker

Debbie Barker on Aug 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These are just beautiful. I did not know how to use them but found a great video on YouTube that showed me how. My hair is only shoulder length and didn't realize it needed to be longer to use these properly but that's okay, I will wait for my hair to grow more.

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About

How I Came to Make Hairsticks

I was hanging out at the river, it was very hot and I had forgotten my hair clip. So first I French braided my hair and tried to stuff it under the braid with some success. That would probably have worked very well except my hair is cut in layers and so it doesn't braid tight. I thought about it some and decided to whittle a stick for my hair, a crude thing, but it worked. I braided it again and pulled it up and stuck the stick in to keep it there. It worked so well that I decided to do it up fine and whittle a nice one. I chose a splinter from a dead tree that was twisted slightly and started to whittle. I decided to leave the twist and whittled till it was around the size I wanted. I then scraped the wood with the edge of my knife. At first I thought I would use sand to smooth it and that did help some. Then I decided to use the stone I was using to sharpen my knife (just a small palm sized stone that I found flat and smooth enough to use). Ha! It worked wonderfully! It smoothed it nicely. If I pressed moderately hard it very finely sanded, but if I just rubbed it lightly it buffed it… Then I decided to rub the stick in my hair to oil it… worked fairly well. When I got home I rubbed olive oil on it to make it shine. Now I make and sell them...

Finishing magic today:

After the wood has been shaped with a belt sander and dremel tool, I prepare the wood for finishing. I start sanding with 100 grit paper, then use succeedingly finer sandpaper until the wood is very, very smooth. Then I use clear gloss enamel. I chose this type of finish because I personally found that sometimes I would put my hair up while wet or I would sweat while the stick was in my hair. I wanted a finished that the water or sweat wouldn't ruin my hairstick, although the finish isn't waterproof, but rather water resistant.

Enamels are interesting. They are petroleum based varnishes. Many varnishes used at the turn of the century were basically very similar to these finishes. The enamel material has a special quality as it dries. Exposure to light and heat cause the molecules to interlock, making a very tough and chemically resistant surface. The clear gloss enamel I use produces a nice clear coating that is water and oil resistant and brings out the wood color and grain nicely.

After the enamel has been applied to the wood, it is left to dry until very dry to the touch. Then I go over any serious runs with fine sandpaper. I then rub with a “0000” sized steel wool. This finishes out the smoothing so the finished wood has a nice mellow satiny gloss. It helps remove the artificial glossiness of the finish.

Please remember, because these are handmade, they have small imperfections and should be expected. This is not necessarily bad. It adds character and is part of what handmade is about.

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  • Linda Foley

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 28, 2016
Welcome to LinderCroft’s Sticks and Stuff where you will find simple, yet elegant handcrafted hair/shawl sticks, crochet hooks, and other miscellaneous items created by me, Linda Foley. Mostly my products are recycled, although some wood is purchased. Most wood I use comes from dead trees in the forest. Bones come from animals that are used for food or antlers that are dropped naturally every year - nothing is deliberately destroyed to make my products. All my products are made in the USA, on my own small piece of earth, and all of my items are one of a kind. My goods are handcrafted, not mass produced, so you are sure to find items that can be treasured heirlooms for years to come. Some customers report they still have, and use, their hairsticks and crochet hooks years after they purchased them.

I finish almost all my wood products with either a clear acrylic or clear enamel. Then I buff with very fine sandpaper and almond furniture polish. These are handmade so each is slightly different and there are small imperfections. However, I take pride in my work and all my products are nicely smooth and well made. My sticks look awesome in the hair or as scarf/shawl sticks.

The bone items are made very similar to the wood items. These too are worked much like the wood with sandpaper and almond oil and are polished to a natural glossiness. Bone polish up much easier than wood and they have a higher sheen than wood even without added oil or wax. When I use Dymondwood, they too require no extra finish and they are very shiny, although not like 'glass'.

~~Please Note: While every effort is made to ensure the photo's are as close to the actual color as possible, due to differences in monitor resolutions and color settings, colors are not guaranteed to be exact and should only be used as a reference.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
Payment Methods I Accept:

~~ PayPal you can choose to pay by credit, debit, echeck, or with your PayPal account. If paying with an echeck, your item will ship after payment clears.

~~DirectPay - credit card, debit card, or Etsy Gift Card

~~ I do not except paper checks or money orders.

~~ The 'other' option is for special orders.
Shipping
~NOTE~ I receive orders on Friday and usually ship the same day...

~~ I ship USPS first-class domestic mail for the US. Internationally, I ship packages by First-Class Package International.

~~ I will happily ship straight to a giftee and will include a personal note as requested, just leave me the info in the note to seller at checkout.

While packages generally arrive MUCH sooner than specified, I allow the post office up to 2 weeks for Domestic delivery & up to 4-5 weeks for International delivery before resending/refunding for non delivery.

Please remember that shipping around any holiday can be very unpredictable and Priority Upgrades are recommended to ensure faster delivery times!

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Refunds and Exchanges
~~All sells are final.

~~Please Note: While every effort is made to ensure the photo's are as close to the actual color as possible, due to differences in monitor resolutions and color settings, colors are not guaranteed to be exact and should only be used as a reference. I will not refund on bases of color.

~~A limited warranty. Breakage is unlikely, however, if a stick(s) breaks within one week of purchase, with clear pictures of the broken stick(s), I will cheerfully exchange it for another of like size and shape. I won't exchange the stick(s) if I determine that the stick was used in a manner inconsistent to it's intended use. I cannot guarantee the same color or type of wood. If you should need to exchange a broken stick(s), please convo me and we can discuss it.
Additional policies and FAQs
*NOTE* I no longer except custom orders.

How To Use a Hairstick

Some have told me they don't know how to use a hairstick. Here is a description of how to use a hairstick.

First off, they work best on styles in which hair is twisted gathered or rolled.

This is how I do mine and it works the best for me.

Grab the hair with your hand in a pony tail at the back of your head. Twist the hair tightly in a counter clockwise direction. Get it as tight as possible. Make a loop (not a bun) on top and make sure the loose end is under the loop, then:

Grip the stick at its blunt end.

Insert the stick so that the tip and end are pointing to the top of your head, the opposite angle of their final position. Instead of sticking the stick into the twist, barely catch the roll or coil so that it collects about a 1-inch section of hair. Push the stick until the tip protrudes at least a fingertip in length.

Lift the stick like a lever, catching some scalp hair as you rotate it 180 degrees from the insertion point. Hook a small amount of the hair that's pulled flat against the head while pushing the stick through the hair and weaving it a little in the bottom twist of the hair near the scalp. {If using a ribbon stick, twist the stick counter clockwise to insert - do not 'push' it in.}

A lot of people tell me that even pens break when they try using them on their hair. Using this method, even those with very long and/or thick hair shouldn't have problems with any sticks breaking because there is not a lot of pressure on the sticks.

That is about it; insert a second stick if desired either in the same position or cross it under the first. Adding the second stick tightens the sticks and helps them hold the hair in place.

There are many variations and styles. One favorite of mine is to French braid my hair and then put the sticks in.

It does take practice to learn your hair and what works for you - the way to learn is practice, practice, practice! It took me quite some time to learn to keep my hair up and the sticks in. However, it is worth it in the end. Now even if I forget my sticks, I know I can use almost anything to hold my hair up.