MergingMetals

Merging Metal with Organics

Asheville, North Carolina | 668 Sales

MergingMetals

Merging Metal with Organics

Asheville, North Carolina 668 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
(116)

Announcement   For sneak peeks, shop updates, and special discounts visit us on Instagram: @mergingmetals

Nearly all of our items posted on Instagram are also for sale! Love something you see but it's not listed on Etsy? Send us a message for more information❤️

We LOVE creating customs! Do you have an item that holds a special memory that is laying around collecting dust? Let's make it into something you can wear and treasure forever~

We also wholesale to shops and boutiques!

Who we are~

We are a wife and husband team, Holly and Steven, living in the mountains of Asheville, NC. HELLO!! We say we built MergingMetals on love, creativity, and arguments; we may not always see eye to eye but we envision the same thing ~ unconventional and captivating pieces that you will surely adore.

What we do~

MergingMetals aims to create an ethical and sustainable future by raising awareness of material sourcing issues and practices. We are a proud member of the Ethical Fashion Source Network.

We transform found and abandoned items into wearable, one-of-a-kind creations, each lovingly handcrafted and made with purpose.

DO NO HARM is more than a statement, it’s what we practice. All bones, feathers, and insects we use in our designs are foraged from found or naturally deceased animals and insects.

A few of our tree bark and branch necklaces were published in the September 2017 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. Electroforming gone nation wide!

ELECTROFORMING, THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE MAGIC!

We merge metal with organics to create unconventional and unique copper wearables through the process of ‘electroforming’.
Organic materials are now encapsulated in 100% pure copper.

Follow us and send us a message!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mergingmetals
Instagram: @mergingmetals
mergingmetals [!at] gmail.com
www.mergingmetals.com

Local to Western North Carolina or visiting?
You don't have to shop online, you can shop in town!

Where to find MergingMetals wearables:

Asheville Stockists:

Omni Grove Park Inn-Seasons
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park

Fox and Beaux
56 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
https://www.foxandbeaux.com/

Charmed Asheville
46 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
https://facebook.com/CharmedAVL/

Willows Dream
64 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
http://willowsdream.com/

MTN Merch
22 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803
https://mtnmerch.com/

**Boutiques Outside of Asheville**

Chifferobe
123 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
https://chifferobehomeandgarden.com/

The Thrifty Gifter
132 S Market St, Washington, NC 27889
https://thethriftygifter.com/

Green with Envy
1111 Central Ave #200, Charlotte, NC 28204
http://envycharlotte.com/

Olde Town Apothecary
308 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301
http://facebook.com/oldetownapothecary

Jackalope Provisions of Wear
230 W Mill St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
https://www.facebook.com/jackalopeprovisionsofwear

Golden Moon Gallery
28 E 3rd Avenue #100, San Mateo, CA 94401
https://www.goldenmoongallery.com

Broken Spoke Boutique
205 N Main St, Valentine, NE 69201
https://brokenspokeboutique.com/

Out on a Limb Boutique
1751 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
http://www.outonalimbboutique.com/

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 3, 2018

For sneak peeks, shop updates, and special discounts visit us on Instagram: @mergingmetals

Nearly all of our items posted on Instagram are also for sale! Love something you see but it's not listed on Etsy? Send us a message for more information❤️

We LOVE creating customs! Do you have an item that holds a special memory that is laying around collecting dust? Let's make it into something you can wear and treasure forever~

We also wholesale to shops and boutiques!

Who we are~

We are a wife and husband team, Holly and Steven, living in the mountains of Asheville, NC. HELLO!! We say we built MergingMetals on love, creativity, and arguments; we may not always see eye to eye but we envision the same thing ~ unconventional and captivating pieces that you will surely adore.

What we do~

MergingMetals aims to create an ethical and sustainable future by raising awareness of material sourcing issues and practices. We are a proud member of the Ethical Fashion Source Network.

We transform found and abandoned items into wearable, one-of-a-kind creations, each lovingly handcrafted and made with purpose.

DO NO HARM is more than a statement, it’s what we practice. All bones, feathers, and insects we use in our designs are foraged from found or naturally deceased animals and insects.

A few of our tree bark and branch necklaces were published in the September 2017 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. Electroforming gone nation wide!

ELECTROFORMING, THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE MAGIC!

We merge metal with organics to create unconventional and unique copper wearables through the process of ‘electroforming’.
Organic materials are now encapsulated in 100% pure copper.

Follow us and send us a message!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mergingmetals
Instagram: @mergingmetals
mergingmetals [!at] gmail.com
www.mergingmetals.com

Local to Western North Carolina or visiting?
You don't have to shop online, you can shop in town!

Where to find MergingMetals wearables:

Asheville Stockists:

Omni Grove Park Inn-Seasons
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park

Fox and Beaux
56 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
https://www.foxandbeaux.com/

Charmed Asheville
46 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
https://facebook.com/CharmedAVL/

Willows Dream
64 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
http://willowsdream.com/

MTN Merch
22 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803
https://mtnmerch.com/

**Boutiques Outside of Asheville**

Chifferobe
123 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
https://chifferobehomeandgarden.com/

The Thrifty Gifter
132 S Market St, Washington, NC 27889
https://thethriftygifter.com/

Green with Envy
1111 Central Ave #200, Charlotte, NC 28204
http://envycharlotte.com/

Olde Town Apothecary
308 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301
http://facebook.com/oldetownapothecary

Jackalope Provisions of Wear
230 W Mill St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
https://www.facebook.com/jackalopeprovisionsofwear

Golden Moon Gallery
28 E 3rd Avenue #100, San Mateo, CA 94401
https://www.goldenmoongallery.com

Broken Spoke Boutique
205 N Main St, Valentine, NE 69201
https://brokenspokeboutique.com/

Out on a Limb Boutique
1751 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
http://www.outonalimbboutique.com/

Holly and Steven

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Updates

Soft and comfortable suede choker, hand cut, sewn and handcrafted!
Iridescence best describes this unique necklace. Not painted, all hues are natural due to oxidation. Turquoise fringe with rutilated Quartz cab.
Tree bark encapsulated in copper adorned with faucetted Labradorite pendant!

About

Merging metals with organics to create unconventional copper wearables from ethically and sustainably sourced materials.

Where it all began~

Hello, I’m Holly! I grew up in rural Northern Wisconsin, frolicking in the lakes and woodland areas that surrounded my home. I’ve have always been connected to nature, coming back home head to toe covered in dirt. Pockets exploding with rocks, bones, plants, and bugs.

Animals and insects have always fascinated me, their aura like none other. To be surrounded by natural elements is truly melodic. A place of peace and serenity.

From Wisconsin I moved to Colorado to pursue my love for animals by becoming a certified veterinary technician. I worked for the second largest humane society in the nation, running a mobile spay and neuter clinic. I also started a nonprofit organization to assist people and their pets. After more than 15 years in the animal welfare field I decided to make a huge leap. I took my bachelor’s of health science and decided to change gears.

I moved into human healthcare and worked in tissue donation; recovering corneas from selfless donors for transplant, also speaking with families that recently lost their loved ones. I spent most of my time in coroner offices, funeral homes, hospice care, and morgues. Cornea transplants may not be live saving but they are life changing.

At the end of 2015, Steven and I, along with our dog (Puppa Stew) and 3 cats (Yomika, Clarice, and Tonys) packed up our lives and moved to Western North Carolina where I continue to work in healthcare, this time in Clinical Research for a large hospital system.

I knew I’d always come back to my love for nature and animals, this time creating pieces of unique, wearable art for everyone. ❤️

The Electroforming Process

First we hand paint any area we want to become copper with a conductive paint. Then the piece goes into a copper sulfate, sulfuric acid solution along with copper bars. We hook the item up to electricity and over time (24-72 hours) the copper from the bars is transferred anywhere we painted. Lastly we hand patina, polish, and apply a metal sealant to each item. From start to finish each piece takes approximately 4-6 days to complete.

Shop members

  • Holly Aubart

    Creator, Alchemist, Puppa Stew’s Mom

    Each item I create is truly original. Loving detail, thought, and attention has gone into each wearable. Cruelty free, ethical, natural and organic. I've been obsessed with nature, animals, rocks and minerals since I was a little girl.

  • Steven Jones

    Alchemist And Holly's Husband, ‘The Face’

    Since meeting and marrying Holly, I have become a cat and rock lover. By day I'm a truck driver and by night I create beautiful and nature inspired pendants. I really love working art fairs and festivals as I'm excited to tell all about our art!

  • Puppa Stew

    "The Critic"

    Mom and dads biggest fan! I travel with them to all shows outside of Asheville, I’m a great backseat (or moms lap) sleeper.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 28, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

If you would like a certain chain length other than what’s listed, please let us know. Chains can be crafted in silver, copper, bronze, gunmetal and leather.

If you’re interested in an item and it’s not your size (ie. ring) send us a convo and we’d be happy to make one in your size.

Custom and personalized orders

Do you have an item that carries special meaning or holds a memory but it's just sitting on a shelf or in a drawer? We can create a custom necklace, bracelet, earrings or ring out of your item so you can carry it with you always. It can be made from any material; plastic to organic. We have crafted rings and earrings from stone, bones and even teeth. Necklaces can be crafted from shells, flowers, stones, you name it!

Care instructions

Pure copper changes color when exposed to air, elements, moisture and oils from your skin (think Statue of Liberty). This is called oxidation. Your skin may turn a green hue if worn for an extended period or due to your own body chemistry. All copper pieces have sealed with Protectaclear to slow this process. Your item may require additional sealant if worn often to avoid oxidation (of if you love it like I do, let it go!) However most find it a favorable trait as copper has healing powers. From time to time you can use wax or nail polish to guard off oxidation. Green coloring on the skin comes off with soap and water. Polishing copper jewelry (including chain) is as easy as finding an acidic item (lemon juice, vinegar) in the kitchen.

Shipping

We will do our best to get your item out in 1-5 days. We typically attend art festivals on the weekends so if purchased late Friday-Sunday, your item will be shipped Monday. If you see your country is not listed as being shipped to, please send me a convo and I will check the pricing. Also if you buy multiples and I can send in one box to save you shipping fees, I can refund the difference paid.
If an item gets returned to us through the mail due to inadequate shipping address, wrong address, etc., purchaser will need to pay for reshipping.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Yes! Just send us a note ❤️ We would love to make someone’s special day even more special.

Wholesale availability

We wholesale many of our items to boutiques. Every item is one of a kind, most items we can come close to recreating however size, shape, and color will vary. Send us a convo for availability and for more information. Coming soon! Wholesale via mergingmetals.com

Returns

We do not offers returns unless the item was damaged or defective.