lonesomehobo

Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

Wisconsin, United States · 1880 Sales

lonesomehobo

Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

Wisconsin, United States 1880 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Aaron

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Announcement   All butterfly jewelry and terrariums are handmade by me. I use repurposed window glass and lead free solder.
Follow me on Instagram @lonesomehoboglass

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Last updated on Jun 28, 2016

All butterfly jewelry and terrariums are handmade by me. I use repurposed window glass and lead free solder.
Follow me on Instagram @lonesomehoboglass

Aaron

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Aaron

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About

The beauty of Nature framed by Man.

I worked on a large farm that grew flowers for a few years and every Spring and Summer I noticed alot of butterflies would fly in and check out the wares and then take off, only to be trapped and perish quickly in the intense heat. I would marvel at their beauty and tuck them safely away, usually after being yelled at to get back to work and to stop playing with butterflies, always thinking that there was something I could do with these precious wings that would do them justice and not let them go to waste. I started to teach myself glass cutting how to solder and over time and trials I found a way to preserve the wings and allow them to be enjoyed and handled and inspected closely with my jewelry.
After the word was out, friends and family would give me what they had found at gas stations, parking lots and porch lights and my collection really grew. I read once that during an average week in summer there are more butterflies killed by cars on American roads than the total taken by all the collectors in history. People are often appalled that I would make lasting, heirloom jewelry from butterflies without even realizing what is happening to their radiators while they are zipping here and there on a beautiful Summers day.
Usually after a mind numbing shift at my day job and after the kids are all in bed I will head down to the basement and peacefully work on jewelry. With a beer and some music softly playing I will carefully examine the wing I am working on, noting the slight fraying on the edges, will wonder in my minds eye where this particular butterfly has flown. What has it seen? Where has it been? What wild and untouched flowered meadows has it visited on it's journey to me? When I work on my butterfly and moth collages where I cut out the useable parts of an often unuseable flight-worn wing, I reflect on how wonderful it would be if we could all just cut away the bad and unwanted parts of ourselves and celebrate and marvel at the unique beauty that was right there all along. I finish up. Turn off the lights, check on my sleeping beauties and go to bed.
I hope you will enjoy the wings:)
Aaron

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  • Aaron Sandker

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    My name is Aaron and I live in the dark rolling hills of the Driftless region in Southwestern Wisconsin with my gorgeous wife and three absolutely wonderful daughters.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 23, 2016
I use only wings from naturally expired insects that I have either found or have been given to me by friends or family. So much beauty seems to go to waste or unnoticed on the roadsides where I find most of the butterflies. I like the idea of recycling these wings and having them be noticed and admired once again!
I have had requests for jewelry from non native species( Blue Morpho,Sunset Moth) feel free to send me a specimen and we can work something out.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept paypal and major credit cards. Once I receive payment your order will be promptly created and then shipped.
Shipping
All jewelry pieces are shipped in a small jewelry box cushioned with batting and are sent in a small bubble wrap envelope to keep costs down for you. If you would prefer the item to be gift wrapped or sent in a small flat rate priority box then let me know and I would be happy to do so.
Terrariums are shipped in 200 lb. test new boxes, wrapped in Kraft paper and string and then generously bubble wrapped. Terrariums are guaranteed only if broken during shipping. Please send a picture of broken terrarium in the box.
Refunds and Exchanges
-I will be happy to repair any minor damage to the solder on the jewelry or earring hooks only. Butterfly wings will be damaged if I try to replace the glass.
- Terrariums are guaranteed only if broken during shipping. Please send a picture of broken terrarium in the box.
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