MaybeMountain

Handmade jewelry and trinkets: new, recycled, upcycled.

Eureka, California · 10 Sales

MaybeMountain

Handmade jewelry and trinkets: new, recycled, upcycled.

Eureka, California 10 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars
(5)

Announcement   Oh my -- it's been forever since I've put anything in the shop! I've been distracted from my creative endeavors: first we moved, then we bought a house (more moving), got married and had a baby in May 2017! I'm just plum tuckered out. But I'm still collecting fantastic materials and ideas, mentally prepping for craft fairs, and dreaming of items being listed in the shop again. You can follow maybemountain on Instagram if you want to see what I'm up to.

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★★ Established March 2014 ★★

Hello and welcome! I'm Amanda and this is my little shop, which is still very new despite having been "opened" in 2014. I make primarily metal and beaded jewelry, although you may find other handmade gifts and trinkets in the shop on occasion.

I'm still finding my way in the world of Etsy, but I'm excited to be here sharing my creations with you. I love switching gears and trying different types of creative projects, so I hope you'll check back from time to time just to see what's new.

Have a question or comment? Maybe you're just bored and want to say hi? Convo me! Let's be neighbors! You can also find Maybe Mountain on Instagram, where I'll be posting pictures of items to be listed soon (and pictures of my cats).

Please stop by often to see what's new!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 11, 2017

Oh my -- it's been forever since I've put anything in the shop! I've been distracted from my creative endeavors: first we moved, then we bought a house (more moving), got married and had a baby in May 2017! I'm just plum tuckered out. But I'm still collecting fantastic materials and ideas, mentally prepping for craft fairs, and dreaming of items being listed in the shop again. You can follow maybemountain on Instagram if you want to see what I'm up to.

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★★ Established March 2014 ★★

Hello and welcome! I'm Amanda and this is my little shop, which is still very new despite having been "opened" in 2014. I make primarily metal and beaded jewelry, although you may find other handmade gifts and trinkets in the shop on occasion.

I'm still finding my way in the world of Etsy, but I'm excited to be here sharing my creations with you. I love switching gears and trying different types of creative projects, so I hope you'll check back from time to time just to see what's new.

Have a question or comment? Maybe you're just bored and want to say hi? Convo me! Let's be neighbors! You can also find Maybe Mountain on Instagram, where I'll be posting pictures of items to be listed soon (and pictures of my cats).

Please stop by often to see what's new!

Amanda Jones

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Amanda Jones

Reviews

No reviews in the last year
monicapetersen13

monicapetersen13 on Feb 3, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Earrings were beautiful! Seller took the time to include a personal note and a free gift. Would definitely purchase from her again!

YoSaffBridge

YoSaffBridge on Aug 26, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful necklace! You have a splendid eye for colors; everything works well on this piece. Thank you for the careful packaging. I look forward to shopping again.

D. Jones

D. Jones on Jun 10, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Another great purchase. We love the color combinations you use and the clean elegance of your designs. Thank you so much.

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About

Not just hand made.

Maybe Mountain was officially established in 2014, although I have been an Etsy-frequenter for several years. I've been creating and crafting for as long as I can remember: painting, sculpting, beading, song writing, guitar playing. Like a flower needs the sun, I need these things. Maybe Mountain is a place for me to share with all you wonderful folks the products of my creative outbursts. Like most creative types, I have infinitely more ideas than I have time to complete them.

I tend to make whatever seems fun to me in a given moment, and most of the time that's jewelry. I also have plans to add other types of items to the Maybe Mountain shop eventually: jewelry boxes, reusable gift bags, sewing room items (needle books, pin cushions and the like). We'll see!

A little about my practices and principles:

I want the pieces I make to have character; they LOOK handmade because they ARE handmade. Each piece is one of a kind. Every time. I'm ok with metal pieces that don't look machine cut and polished, because no machine was involved. I am proud to have made these things with my own two hands.

I use vintage, recycled, or salvaged materials as often as I can find them, and I enjoy mixing those findings in with newer materials to create something unique.

I want to make jewelry for people who know who they are and know what they like. These are people who prefer to invest in jewelry that they'll love as much 10 years from now as they did the day they they purchased it. Sometimes trends overlap with my style and design sensibilities, and that's always nice. But as a general rule, I would rather create pieces that have a charm or dignity that will outlast the "trendy".

I'm also a firm believer in taking it easy and keeping it real; fresh air, slow food, good friends, peace and quiet. For me, this includes buying handmade or locally made whenever possible. Within the realm of "handmade", I prefer the very small-scale businesses run by just a few craftspeople or one tremendous craftsperson. Even on Etsy it gets hard to tell who is actually a small business, truly small-scale and in the spirit of "handmade" (as a friend of mine pointed out, iPhones are technically "handmade" and so are sweatshop clothes). That's why I look not just for handmade goods, but for HOME made goods. Keep it simple, keep it small. Support the handmade way of life.

There are links below to my blog, instagram feed and pinterest boards. Please feel free to follow along.

warm wishes,
amanda

http://www.pinterest.com/maybemountain/
http://maybemountain.wordpress.com/
http://instagram.com/maybemountain

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Shop members

  • Amanda Jones

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    I come from a family of artists and craftspeople. Inspiration is found everywhere. Simple designs or complex, bright and cheerful colors or dark subtle tones - it's all wonderful.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 12, 2017
Welcome to my mountain!

It's very important to me that my customers have a positive experience. I strive to give as much product and policy information as possible, but If I've left anything out (or if I've confused you) please let me know. I am happy to answer questions!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept payment via PayPal or direct checkout with credit card. I also accept Etsy gift cards! Yay!

Payment is expected within 3 business days. If you're having trouble, if your payment won't go through for some reason, please let me know and we'll see what can be worked out. After 3 business days I will cancel any order for which I've received neither payment nor communication.

If you're paying with PayPal using an e-check, orders will be shipped after payment has cleared.
Shipping
I'm still learning a lot about shipping (especially worldwide shipping) so please bear with me! =)

I ship two to three times per week. Shipping prices include the cost of packaging materials and USPS First Class delivery (unless otherwise specified). Insurance is NOT included. If you would like insurance or any other additional shipping services, please convo me prior to placing your order.

If you purchase several items and your shipping method is changed to priority flat rate, insurance is included in shipping costs.

I offer FREE SHIPPING, with insurance and delivery confirmation, for orders of $100 or more.

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Extra info for special circumstances:

►If you are purchasing multiple items:

I can usually fit four or five jewelry items comfortably in one shipping envelope, but if you are ordering more than that (or if you've purchased a larger item and several smaller jewelry items), please send me a message before sending payment. I may need to change shipping methods to make sure you're getting the best possible deal.

► International friends:

Please be aware of any shipping restrictions your country may have. If you have questions about whether an item can be shipped to your country, contact me and hopefully we can figure it out together. You can also ask your local postal worker. Maybe Mountain is not responsible for delays or fees associated with customs checks.

► I REUSE BOXES, envelops, tissue paper, and bubble wrap when I can.

Your item was crafted with care and love and deserves the same love during shipping. For me, this means recycling packing materials to reduce unnecessary waste and to keep shipping costs down. I try to eliminate unnecessary "stuff" and just give you a really great item; all items are packed safely and securely, but I don't believe you should have to pay more for shipping just to get "whistles and bells" packaging that goes directly into the trash can.

That being said, if you would prefer I use new materials when shipping your item, please make a note of it in your order (if you are having the item shipped directly to a friend as a gift, for example).

Questions? You can convo me any time!
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your Maybe Mountain experience, and I guarantee all of my work. Carefully reading ALL of an item's description and reading all shop policies before making a purchase can go a long way towards making sure you're buying an item you will love forever.

However, if you're not satisfied with your purchase I will gladly process refunds or exchanges. Please CONTACT ME for instructions prior to returning any part of your order. Also, keep these things in mind:

►For a full refund or exchange, items must be returned in their original condition, with original packaging (ziploc bags, gift boxes, earring cards, etc) within 10 days of delivery.

► No refunds or exchanges will be processed for "surprise packages" that are shipped back without prior communication. I have no problem processing refunds for reasons as simple as "I changed my mind", but PLEASE contact me first! Any item that shows up on my doorstep with no communication indicating why it was returned will simply be considered a gift to me and no refund will be processed.

► Original shipping costs are non-refundable. With very few exceptions, the buyer is to pay return shipping costs.

►Maybe Mountain will not be held responsible for items damaged during shipping. I triple check each order prior to shipping, from the items themselves to the way they're packed; I want your items arrive safely. Should you require shipping insurance, it is available upon request starting at around $2.

► I cannot provide refunds for items broken due to misuse or accidents during normal wear (if your parrot found the earrings particularly enticing and took a bite, that's between you and your parrot). Please follow the care instructions that are in the listing or that come with your item. Be nice to your jewelry!

I am always happy to answer questions about how to clean, preserve or wear any of the jewelry that I make.
Additional policies and FAQs
Gift/jewelry boxes: Gift boxes are available upon request at no extra charge*.

I love getting super cute packages in the mail as much as the next person, but I don't include boxes and frilly packaging as standard with Maybe Mountain shipments for a number of reasons; it can increase shipping charges*, create unnecessary waste, or take extra handling time.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE your jewelry purchase to come in a gift box, just add that in the “note to seller” space when placing your order. At this time, most of my available gift boxes are used, but in like-new condition: perfectly good for gift-giving! =)

*PLEASE BE AWARE that shipping costs may increase with the addition of a gift box. I do NOT charge for the box itself, but the extra bulk of a gift box may result in a slightly higher shipping rate. Feel free to send me a convo prior to purchase if you have questions about this. Otherwise, I assume you're agreeing to this possible increase when you request a gift box.

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Custom orders are not available through Maybe Mountain at this time. If you are interested in an item but wish it had a tiny modification (french ear wires instead of kidney, a 20 inch chain instead of 18) there is a possibility I can make those adjustments; it really depends on how the piece is constructed and what supplies I have on hand. It's also nice just to get feedback like "hey I really like those earrings but I wish they were posts" or "I wish the same design was available with amethysts in copper instead of peridot in silver". Questions and input are both helpful -- free to convo me!

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A lot of the metals I used are recycled, upcycled, repurposed, salvaged, etc. Often I do not know the source of the metal or what it was in its previous life, but I try to include that info whenever I have it. Often it's just sheet metal I purchased from a local scrap store.

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What is a "patina" and how can I clean it?

Let's start with how to clean it: DO NOT use a pre-treated jewelry cleaning cloth to polish pieces with any kind of patina. Using any kind of chemical to clean a piece of jewelry with a patina can actually remove the patina altogether. Jewelry with patination can be buffed with a clean, dry cloth to keep up the shine. You can also use a clean damp cloth to carefully clean dirt and oils from the piece.

If your piece begins to darken/tarnish over time, it is possible to use a jewelry cleaning cloth (the kind with chemicals) to lighten it again, but DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK as you will likely first have to clean through any protective coating applied by the jewelry artist -- which is there to protect the patina -- and then remove some of the original patina coloring to lighten the metal. This is not recommended.

Keep your jewelry out of swimming pools and hot tubs! Chlorine and similar chemicals can significantly change the look of your jewelry (not to mention the heat and moisture are not great for jewelry either).

OK, so what's a patina?

Let's stick with metal patinas here: the patina is coloring that occurs through some chemical process, like when copper pipes get rusty or when your grandma's silverware gets that dark tarnished look and she makes you help her polish it before Thanksgiving dinner. Patina effects can also be added onto metal using commercially available paints/gels, but those don't cause what I would call a true patina (there's no chemical reaction). Patinas can be created a number of ways, including soaking the metal in simple household/kitchen chemicals such as vinegar, or using specialty patina solutions like liver of sulfur. Heat applied to metal with a jewelers torch can also give a very cool "heat patina".

Patinas change over time, just with everyday wear, and can lose their original colors. How much time this takes depends on a number of factors: your climate, how you care for the jewelry, where you wear it (like the pool or hot tub), chemical reactions with your skin, etc. How the artist sealed the patina on that piece of jewelry -- to protect it from outside chemicals and reactions that change the patina -- will also greatly affect how the piece looks in the years after you've purchased it.

Each piece of Maybe Mountain jewelry is coated with a sealant which protects and preserves the patina for as long as possible. From my experience, it takes a couple years for any significant change in patination to occur. If you have questions about how to care for your jewelry, please don't hesitate to contact me.