purplemountainbtq

Wholesale Photo Jewelry Craft Supplies, Glass, DIY

Bradenton, Florida On Etsy since 2011

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purplemountainbtq

Wholesale Photo Jewelry Craft Supplies, Glass, DIY

Bradenton, Florida | 131,018 Sales

%s out of 5 Stars

Announcement    Hey Friends! ****Promotions are below**** As always - Thank You so much for stopping by! If you just found us for the first time we would love to earn your business with inspiration, free knowledge, great products and innovative ideas.
*** 2020 Program ***
✔ Flat Rate Shipping of $7.95 or less (*1st item/listing in cart, just .39 each add'l)-US orders - see banner for details - (excludes shipping upgrades and samples) *a few exceptions may show in cart - convo if you have questions.
✔ FREE SHIPPING Program: U.S. orders/destinations only > $99 No Code Needed. Also, we are integrating a 'shipping included' section into our shop, which is a wonderful option for orders of just one or 2 items - If you have questions about 'shipping included' costs please convo us.
✔ Breaking News - We have enhanced our promotional program with automatic discounts shown in the cart and/or absorbing costs/fees into our cost/pricing structure - many orders ship Priority Mail even though the amount paid is less than the now higher cost of Priority Mail.
✔ We ship on Saturdays!!! When orders come in on Friday afternoon or evening and even early on Saturday, rest assured knowing your supplies are on the way to you (similarly to any other day.)
✔ Do you need expedited service? We have a listing under our banner for "Top of the pile" service and other shipping upgrades. You can choose expedited shipping options at checkout as well.
COUPON CODES ARE NOW OFFERED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS & HOLIDAYS:
No Coupon Needed for Banner Sales - see our banner for details.
For info on how to input a coupon code. Here is a link to Etsy's helpful article -
https://www.etsy.com/help/article/350

Your success is our top priority!

HOW TO SEARCH OUR SHOP:
We are often asked how to get to the home page of our shop. Here is a link for your convenience.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/purplemountainbtq
You will see that we have categories (left side bar) within the shop to help you browse.
There is also a search bar where you can use keywords to narrow down your search. Hopefully, these search tips will be helpful as you shop around Etsy:)

Please read our policies. Shop for pendant trays, craft glass that fits in our bezel trays, earring making supplies, interchangeable button jewelry, ring blanks, pendant blanks, key ring blanks, do it yourself jewelry craft kits, charms, bezels, bracelets, friendship bracelet cord, satin cord necklaces, handmade bracelets, super strong magnets, craft magnets, cord ends, lobster clasps, photo trays, glass domes, jewelers resin, doming resin and jewelry and craft supplies.

See our new Youtube video showing how I use adhesive seals adhering the seal to the paper first -

https://youtu.be/UY3K7gBitOs

For a video showing how to use our adhesive seals on youtube: http://youtu.be/BDT9Nus_1GQ

For more videos and inspiration please visit:
http://www.purplemountainbaby.com/pages/VideosTutorials.php
Thanks for visiting!
________________________________________________________________________________

Shopkeeper added information and helpful hints:

I wanted to take a moment to add some general tips, hints, explanations and comments. After many years on Etsy, we have lived and breathed helping others learn how to make glass photo craft jewelry, I recently felt compelled to make a list of random. Please note that we do not make claims of perfection and absolutes as crafting has far too many variables but we are offering our opinions from heartfelt personal experience. Your opinions and experiences may differ from ours. We learn from you. Some points here may not be relevant to the particular listing you may be considering but if you are browsing our shop then maybe you will find something that is helpful.

~Glass Craft Photo Jewelry Making Helpful Tips:

Sometime newbies may need clarification on terms - the terms - bezel, tray, link, pendant, cup style, recessed style - generally refer to a craft component that you could fill/decorate with a cabochon such as a corresponding size glass piece. Glass size (25mm) fits a bezel (25mm), for example. Some people call all glass 'domes' even when they are flat - so please keep that in mind :) Please ask if you are wondering.

• In regards to glass, domed means the top is rounded and the bottom is flat whereas flat means the top and bottom are both flat.

• In general, the material of a metal craft component for jewelry in our shop) is brass, metal alloy or iron.

• Brass is a softer metal which is punched into a shape to create the component. The tray size can vary a tiny bit on the top versus the bottom just due to the mfg process. Bails are often soldered on and are not unbreakable when adjusted through bending or straightening. Do not bend or ‘straighten’ soldered on bezels, loops, posts or bails as this weakens the bond.

• Metal alloy is melted to a molten liquid that is poured into a mold to create the component. Bails and loops are part of the mold and generally sturdy.

• Iron is most often used for chains for necklaces and bracelets. A trick to know if something is iron is by seeing if a magnet will attract to it. Silver chains can be brass as it tends not to tarnish quite as quickly compared to iron that is silver plated.

• Brass and metal alloy are not magnetic. Iron will attract a magnet.

• The color descriptions (with the exception of silver plated and gold plated) are generally the tone of the piece, not the material. For example, copper is a color not a material. If you wonder please ask us.

• The color ‘shiny silver’ or ‘silver’ is silver plated. Silver plated is a very thin layer of actual silver over a base metal. Gold has a very thin layer of gold over a base metal.

• Silver is the finish which requires care and upkeep. If the base metal is metal alloy the piece will not tarnish very quickly. Some alloy pieces can take a year or even several years to show tarnish, but it depends on other factors and can vary, of course. I don't think I have ever seen any of my alloy supplies tarnish in all of my years working with them. Brass, on the other hand, will tarnish much more quickly – as in a week or a few weeks depending on environmental conditions. Iron seems to tarnish the most rapidly, in my experience.

• There are ways to maintain the brilliance of silver plated items but it requires some due diligence. Understanding the reason for tarnish is helpful. Tarnish is caused by exposure to air/oxygen and oils from your skin, among other external factors. This starts the oxidation process. It is important that the piece is wiped off with a jeweler’s cloth each night and stored in the velvet crevices of a jewelry box, or between cotton in a box, or in a felt pouch, for example. These same principles apply to storing your jewelry supplies. Wrapping them in tissue paper and/or tightly in poly bags and stored in plastic bins is a great start.

• Silver plated brass that tarnishes is sometimes showing the brass from underneath, which is why it looks golden in tone. If you wait until the piece is at this stage and you use silver polish to try to shine the item you risk actually rubbing that thin silver coating right off the brass. This explains why regular maintenance is important. This same principle could apply to silver plated iron and other base metals, as well.

• There really is no perfect substitute for the beautiful shiny silver but tones we like, which can be considered, are platinum, which looks like a shimmery thumb tack, or stainless steel, which is a bit darker and will not tarnish. Platinum, which is also called platina, is tarnish resistant but still has some silver in the plating and is prone to tarnish but at a slower rate than shiny silver plated. Rhodium is becoming more readily available as the cost seems to be coming down on that finish. Rhodium has not been shown to tarnish.

• We are often asked how to adhere a graphic to a piece of glass. There are many ways but the 2 most common ways are by using glues or glazes or by using an acid free archival quality 2 sided dry adhesive seal that is clear and sticky on both sides. The quality of the seal is very important.

o Glaze and glues are used with matte card stock paper because the paper will allow a bit of absorption to help facilitate the adhesion of the image to the smooth glass. You will need to watch for bubbles forming and check to be sure the glass does not slide off the image.

o Dry Adhesive Seals are used with glossy paper because the seal requires a perfectly smooth surface. We do not advise using luster, matte, quick dry or commercially printed images because they are, most often, not perfectly smooth. Seals are sensitive to texture, dust or oils. (oils from your fingers, finger prints). Due to the many variables, seals can take practice but really are quite simple. I have great results using glossy laser paper or glossy photo paper. It is important to note how ink jets put ink down. Sometimes black ink will go onto paper thicker which causes a 'texture'. I have solved this by using a thinner paper such as Hammermill Glossy Laser Paper. A high quality bright white copy paper has also been shown to work well. Always check to be sure your printer settings match your paper. Many printers work best using the mfrs brand of paper - ie, Epson paper with Epson printer.

o Regardless of which method you choose, experimentation with your specific variables will probably be worth the effort. I have seen so many examples of gals who have struggled for a week or two and now years later have thriving Etsy shops and we smile when we think back to those first few days as we worked to find the perfect methodology.

• When using glazes there are some variables to consider. Will the glaze cause the ink to run? Will the glaze cause some trays to turn color (green, usually). Will the glaze adhere well enough? From my experience, glossy Mod Podge is my “low risk” choice because, in my experience, the ink will not run and the end result is fantastic. Mod Podge is a sealant which is why the ink will not be compromised. Your image will pop. My paper of choice is Epson Presentation Paper, which is a matte card stock. It is always best to experiment and test one piece of glass and let it set for a few days to fully cure before you make a mass production and adhere it into your bezel.

• Another question we are often asked is how to adhere the finished piece of glass into the bezel? The safest and fastest way is with our dry adhesive seals. They are made in the USA by a company with over 40 years in the craft adhesive industry. There is no wait time, it is non toxic, and the adhesive is so permanent you had better not misalign your glass because you may not be able to pry it back out. You can use a jeweler’s glue like E6000. Be aware that E6000 can “eat” through the back of some papers and compromise your image. You may need to seal the back of the paper first. Epson brand paper is the only paper that I know of that works with E6000 and does not need to be sealed but I still advise testing your 1st piece.

• The glass is craft glass, not optical glass. If you hold it to the light before you attach your graphic to it you may see silica, which is an ingredient in the glass. This is not visible to the naked eye once you get your image adhered. Over the years, the glass has gotten much better. My personal opinion is that flat glass is very, very clear. Domed glass is the most popular and fits the bezels, pretty much, seamlessly at the edges. If you need optic glass or high quality then our craft glass would not be right for you.

• We sell craft components. Not every piece is perfect but they are pretty darn good. We work very hard to find the best within the category. We even double silver plate many of our silver items so the silver is super shiny. We also have our glass packaged specially from the factory to minimize scuffs and damages. In bulk, the glass is often packaged in trays so each piece has its own slot. Many customers buy the glass in 500+ piece bulk boxes now and love these new trays. Our smaller packs come in 2 piece poly bags or 10-20 pieces in a poly bag for smaller sized glass pieces or even 100 is the 12mm. We often pick the pieces for your order from the tray packs, We find the glass to be very, very good quality, based on the available glass offered in the craft industry. We also use this glass in our own crafting business. Our 12mm often comes 100 in a pack.

• If you are looking for jewelry components or art supplies we may not be the shop for you as we are a craft supply shop. Please ask if you have questions or pick a sampler listing as a low risk test. We will not be responsible for overbuying and requests for exceptions to our policy. Sample and test and read our reviews.

• I wanted to discuss the topic of nickel (the ingredient often responsible for allergic reactions), lead and cadmium. Back about 10 years ago laws were enacted to provide for products worldwide. Seller are required to prove safety for products sold to anyone under 14. The way to provide a certificate of safety is by contracting a lab to melt down each product from each batch and analyze the ingredients to see if they fall within the legal limits. It is very expensive and would need to be done continually for every item ordered and reordered costing more money per year than our estimated sales. If you think about that, it is pretty much an impossible task. Even if we did tests, how could we possibly know if each little piece in each bag is from the same batch made in China? And remember, the item tested is melted/ruined and unsaleable. How can I stamp everything as 'safe' and guarantee that everything is safe when the safe pieces were ruined/melted? If you have the answer I would love to hear it. The fines of $100,000 per offense and jail are more than I would think anyone would want to risk. I have not reviewed whether the laws were amended since 2009 when many of us children's mfrs consulted lawyers and made a mass exodus from the baby and children's industry. Also, I am not a lawyer and make no claims to what I believe to be true from a legal sense. That being said, I know I am allergic to nickel. I know I used to hear from customers asking about their allergic reactions. I have not heard of allergic reactions in many years... maybe 7 years now. When the lead laws were first passed, lead could be tested using an XRF machine. We sent in many of our components for testing. The majority of our components tested within the limits and that was back in 2010, before the factories made many of their adjustments. The factories we buy from sell worldwide, of course. They produce products that should be legal worldwide. We do not have any reason to believe the products are not safe but for our own protection we only sell to adults for adult use. I have been told that the government provides testing kits and many parents of autistic children test their household items. We encourage our buyers to reach out to the agencies in those industries and do their own testing. Or we advise playing it safe and purchase from the jewelry industry (more expensive) rather than the craft industry (cheapie/less expensive).

HOW TO USE THE DROP-DOWN MENU FOR PURCHASES:
I realize this seems sort of nonsensical but we must state it :)
Etsy has a wonderful feature which allows the buyer to select items/options to purchase by using a drop down feature. Due to the many crafting processes (explained above) we offer various supply options in many of our listings as a convenience using the function of the drop down menus. It is important to understand that if you select a supply, like glass or seals but no bezels or no chain (components with colors/finishes) on one drop down menu of choices but you select a color in a second drop down selection we will only send the item you paid for. For example, if you select and pay for glass only in one drop down but select a color/finish in the second drop down you will only receive the glass (no trays/bezels). Please ask if you have a question.

In conclusion, we are here to help you. I hope you found some value from my not so random list of helpful hints, tips and explanations. Please don't hold me liable for each word I say here and attack me with misspeak as I am trying to help people who want to be helped. (It is a sad day that I even have to say that last remark.) I truly wish you great success and happiness through crafting! It really is rewarding making your own unique piece and presenting it to someone who will smile and think of you when they see it each day.
************************************************
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MUST READ!! IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL BUYERS TO READ:
~Crafting takes practice.
~There are many variables which can play a role in the outcome of every diy craft kit.
~We strongly encourage a first purchase to be a small sampling and will not be responsible for any loss due to testing your methodology. We have tutorials and videos here: http://www.purplemountaingifts.com/pages/TutorialsVideosDIY.htm
~We promise to help you but can not guarantee that you will be successful because we do not know your particular variables. (printer, ink, paper, glue, finger dexterity, climate temperature, etc)
~We do promise to help you with more tips from our many years of experience.
~This list is only written due to a tiny handful of 'blamers', unfortunately.
~INSURANCE/DAMAGES POLICY: And finally, we ship via USPS. We have an optional listing under our banner for insurance. We only file claims via third party insurance. When you purchase insurance you are purchasing 3rd party insurance and we will handle any claims for you when notified within 72 hours of delivery. If you do not purchase third party insurance but ship Priority Mail with insurance included via the USPS you can file a claim with the post office and we can supply you with any information you may need to do so. If something arrives to you damaged a claim will need to be filed in order to receive compensation. Each case is specific and we work with the 3rd party insurer here on Etsy to provide the best outcome they can offer.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 15, 2020

Hey Friends! ****Promotions are below**** As always - Thank You so much for stopping by! If you just found us for the first time we would love to earn your business with inspiration, free knowledge, great products and innovative ideas.
*** 2020 Program ***
✔ Flat Rate Shipping of $7.95 or less (*1st item/listing in cart, just .39 each add'l)-US orders - see banner for details - (excludes shipping upgrades and samples) *a few exceptions may show in cart - convo if you have questions.
✔ FREE SHIPPING Program: U.S. orders/destinations only > $99 No Code Needed. Also, we are integrating a 'shipping included' section into our shop, which is a wonderful option for orders of just one or 2 items - If you have questions about 'shipping included' costs please convo us.
✔ Breaking News - We have enhanced our promotional program with automatic discounts shown in the cart and/or absorbing costs/fees into our cost/pricing structure - many orders ship Priority Mail even though the amount paid is less than the now higher cost of Priority Mail.
✔ We ship on Saturdays!!! When orders come in on Friday afternoon or evening and even early on Saturday, rest assured knowing your supplies are on the way to you (similarly to any other day.)
✔ Do you need expedited service? We have a listing under our banner for "Top of the pile" service and other shipping upgrades. You can choose expedited shipping options at checkout as well.
COUPON CODES ARE NOW OFFERED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS & HOLIDAYS:
No Coupon Needed for Banner Sales - see our banner for details.
For info on how to input a coupon code. Here is a link to Etsy's helpful article -
https://www.etsy.com/help/article/350

Your success is our top priority!

HOW TO SEARCH OUR SHOP:
We are often asked how to get to the home page of our shop. Here is a link for your convenience.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/purplemountainbtq
You will see that we have categories (left side bar) within the shop to help you browse.
There is also a search bar where you can use keywords to narrow down your search. Hopefully, these search tips will be helpful as you shop around Etsy:)

Please read our policies. Shop for pendant trays, craft glass that fits in our bezel trays, earring making supplies, interchangeable button jewelry, ring blanks, pendant blanks, key ring blanks, do it yourself jewelry craft kits, charms, bezels, bracelets, friendship bracelet cord, satin cord necklaces, handmade bracelets, super strong magnets, craft magnets, cord ends, lobster clasps, photo trays, glass domes, jewelers resin, doming resin and jewelry and craft supplies.

See our new Youtube video showing how I use adhesive seals adhering the seal to the paper first -

https://youtu.be/UY3K7gBitOs

For a video showing how to use our adhesive seals on youtube: http://youtu.be/BDT9Nus_1GQ

For more videos and inspiration please visit:
http://www.purplemountainbaby.com/pages/VideosTutorials.php
Thanks for visiting!
________________________________________________________________________________

Shopkeeper added information and helpful hints:

I wanted to take a moment to add some general tips, hints, explanations and comments. After many years on Etsy, we have lived and breathed helping others learn how to make glass photo craft jewelry, I recently felt compelled to make a list of random. Please note that we do not make claims of perfection and absolutes as crafting has far too many variables but we are offering our opinions from heartfelt personal experience. Your opinions and experiences may differ from ours. We learn from you. Some points here may not be relevant to the particular listing you may be considering but if you are browsing our shop then maybe you will find something that is helpful.

~Glass Craft Photo Jewelry Making Helpful Tips:

Sometime newbies may need clarification on terms - the terms - bezel, tray, link, pendant, cup style, recessed style - generally refer to a craft component that you could fill/decorate with a cabochon such as a corresponding size glass piece. Glass size (25mm) fits a bezel (25mm), for example. Some people call all glass 'domes' even when they are flat - so please keep that in mind :) Please ask if you are wondering.

• In regards to glass, domed means the top is rounded and the bottom is flat whereas flat means the top and bottom are both flat.

• In general, the material of a metal craft component for jewelry in our shop) is brass, metal alloy or iron.

• Brass is a softer metal which is punched into a shape to create the component. The tray size can vary a tiny bit on the top versus the bottom just due to the mfg process. Bails are often soldered on and are not unbreakable when adjusted through bending or straightening. Do not bend or ‘straighten’ soldered on bezels, loops, posts or bails as this weakens the bond.

• Metal alloy is melted to a molten liquid that is poured into a mold to create the component. Bails and loops are part of the mold and generally sturdy.

• Iron is most often used for chains for necklaces and bracelets. A trick to know if something is iron is by seeing if a magnet will attract to it. Silver chains can be brass as it tends not to tarnish quite as quickly compared to iron that is silver plated.

• Brass and metal alloy are not magnetic. Iron will attract a magnet.

• The color descriptions (with the exception of silver plated and gold plated) are generally the tone of the piece, not the material. For example, copper is a color not a material. If you wonder please ask us.

• The color ‘shiny silver’ or ‘silver’ is silver plated. Silver plated is a very thin layer of actual silver over a base metal. Gold has a very thin layer of gold over a base metal.

• Silver is the finish which requires care and upkeep. If the base metal is metal alloy the piece will not tarnish very quickly. Some alloy pieces can take a year or even several years to show tarnish, but it depends on other factors and can vary, of course. I don't think I have ever seen any of my alloy supplies tarnish in all of my years working with them. Brass, on the other hand, will tarnish much more quickly – as in a week or a few weeks depending on environmental conditions. Iron seems to tarnish the most rapidly, in my experience.

• There are ways to maintain the brilliance of silver plated items but it requires some due diligence. Understanding the reason for tarnish is helpful. Tarnish is caused by exposure to air/oxygen and oils from your skin, among other external factors. This starts the oxidation process. It is important that the piece is wiped off with a jeweler’s cloth each night and stored in the velvet crevices of a jewelry box, or between cotton in a box, or in a felt pouch, for example. These same principles apply to storing your jewelry supplies. Wrapping them in tissue paper and/or tightly in poly bags and stored in plastic bins is a great start.

• Silver plated brass that tarnishes is sometimes showing the brass from underneath, which is why it looks golden in tone. If you wait until the piece is at this stage and you use silver polish to try to shine the item you risk actually rubbing that thin silver coating right off the brass. This explains why regular maintenance is important. This same principle could apply to silver plated iron and other base metals, as well.

• There really is no perfect substitute for the beautiful shiny silver but tones we like, which can be considered, are platinum, which looks like a shimmery thumb tack, or stainless steel, which is a bit darker and will not tarnish. Platinum, which is also called platina, is tarnish resistant but still has some silver in the plating and is prone to tarnish but at a slower rate than shiny silver plated. Rhodium is becoming more readily available as the cost seems to be coming down on that finish. Rhodium has not been shown to tarnish.

• We are often asked how to adhere a graphic to a piece of glass. There are many ways but the 2 most common ways are by using glues or glazes or by using an acid free archival quality 2 sided dry adhesive seal that is clear and sticky on both sides. The quality of the seal is very important.

o Glaze and glues are used with matte card stock paper because the paper will allow a bit of absorption to help facilitate the adhesion of the image to the smooth glass. You will need to watch for bubbles forming and check to be sure the glass does not slide off the image.

o Dry Adhesive Seals are used with glossy paper because the seal requires a perfectly smooth surface. We do not advise using luster, matte, quick dry or commercially printed images because they are, most often, not perfectly smooth. Seals are sensitive to texture, dust or oils. (oils from your fingers, finger prints). Due to the many variables, seals can take practice but really are quite simple. I have great results using glossy laser paper or glossy photo paper. It is important to note how ink jets put ink down. Sometimes black ink will go onto paper thicker which causes a 'texture'. I have solved this by using a thinner paper such as Hammermill Glossy Laser Paper. A high quality bright white copy paper has also been shown to work well. Always check to be sure your printer settings match your paper. Many printers work best using the mfrs brand of paper - ie, Epson paper with Epson printer.

o Regardless of which method you choose, experimentation with your specific variables will probably be worth the effort. I have seen so many examples of gals who have struggled for a week or two and now years later have thriving Etsy shops and we smile when we think back to those first few days as we worked to find the perfect methodology.

• When using glazes there are some variables to consider. Will the glaze cause the ink to run? Will the glaze cause some trays to turn color (green, usually). Will the glaze adhere well enough? From my experience, glossy Mod Podge is my “low risk” choice because, in my experience, the ink will not run and the end result is fantastic. Mod Podge is a sealant which is why the ink will not be compromised. Your image will pop. My paper of choice is Epson Presentation Paper, which is a matte card stock. It is always best to experiment and test one piece of glass and let it set for a few days to fully cure before you make a mass production and adhere it into your bezel.

• Another question we are often asked is how to adhere the finished piece of glass into the bezel? The safest and fastest way is with our dry adhesive seals. They are made in the USA by a company with over 40 years in the craft adhesive industry. There is no wait time, it is non toxic, and the adhesive is so permanent you had better not misalign your glass because you may not be able to pry it back out. You can use a jeweler’s glue like E6000. Be aware that E6000 can “eat” through the back of some papers and compromise your image. You may need to seal the back of the paper first. Epson brand paper is the only paper that I know of that works with E6000 and does not need to be sealed but I still advise testing your 1st piece.

• The glass is craft glass, not optical glass. If you hold it to the light before you attach your graphic to it you may see silica, which is an ingredient in the glass. This is not visible to the naked eye once you get your image adhered. Over the years, the glass has gotten much better. My personal opinion is that flat glass is very, very clear. Domed glass is the most popular and fits the bezels, pretty much, seamlessly at the edges. If you need optic glass or high quality then our craft glass would not be right for you.

• We sell craft components. Not every piece is perfect but they are pretty darn good. We work very hard to find the best within the category. We even double silver plate many of our silver items so the silver is super shiny. We also have our glass packaged specially from the factory to minimize scuffs and damages. In bulk, the glass is often packaged in trays so each piece has its own slot. Many customers buy the glass in 500+ piece bulk boxes now and love these new trays. Our smaller packs come in 2 piece poly bags or 10-20 pieces in a poly bag for smaller sized glass pieces or even 100 is the 12mm. We often pick the pieces for your order from the tray packs, We find the glass to be very, very good quality, based on the available glass offered in the craft industry. We also use this glass in our own crafting business. Our 12mm often comes 100 in a pack.

• If you are looking for jewelry components or art supplies we may not be the shop for you as we are a craft supply shop. Please ask if you have questions or pick a sampler listing as a low risk test. We will not be responsible for overbuying and requests for exceptions to our policy. Sample and test and read our reviews.

• I wanted to discuss the topic of nickel (the ingredient often responsible for allergic reactions), lead and cadmium. Back about 10 years ago laws were enacted to provide for products worldwide. Seller are required to prove safety for products sold to anyone under 14. The way to provide a certificate of safety is by contracting a lab to melt down each product from each batch and analyze the ingredients to see if they fall within the legal limits. It is very expensive and would need to be done continually for every item ordered and reordered costing more money per year than our estimated sales. If you think about that, it is pretty much an impossible task. Even if we did tests, how could we possibly know if each little piece in each bag is from the same batch made in China? And remember, the item tested is melted/ruined and unsaleable. How can I stamp everything as 'safe' and guarantee that everything is safe when the safe pieces were ruined/melted? If you have the answer I would love to hear it. The fines of $100,000 per offense and jail are more than I would think anyone would want to risk. I have not reviewed whether the laws were amended since 2009 when many of us children's mfrs consulted lawyers and made a mass exodus from the baby and children's industry. Also, I am not a lawyer and make no claims to what I believe to be true from a legal sense. That being said, I know I am allergic to nickel. I know I used to hear from customers asking about their allergic reactions. I have not heard of allergic reactions in many years... maybe 7 years now. When the lead laws were first passed, lead could be tested using an XRF machine. We sent in many of our components for testing. The majority of our components tested within the limits and that was back in 2010, before the factories made many of their adjustments. The factories we buy from sell worldwide, of course. They produce products that should be legal worldwide. We do not have any reason to believe the products are not safe but for our own protection we only sell to adults for adult use. I have been told that the government provides testing kits and many parents of autistic children test their household items. We encourage our buyers to reach out to the agencies in those industries and do their own testing. Or we advise playing it safe and purchase from the jewelry industry (more expensive) rather than the craft industry (cheapie/less expensive).

HOW TO USE THE DROP-DOWN MENU FOR PURCHASES:
I realize this seems sort of nonsensical but we must state it :)
Etsy has a wonderful feature which allows the buyer to select items/options to purchase by using a drop down feature. Due to the many crafting processes (explained above) we offer various supply options in many of our listings as a convenience using the function of the drop down menus. It is important to understand that if you select a supply, like glass or seals but no bezels or no chain (components with colors/finishes) on one drop down menu of choices but you select a color in a second drop down selection we will only send the item you paid for. For example, if you select and pay for glass only in one drop down but select a color/finish in the second drop down you will only receive the glass (no trays/bezels). Please ask if you have a question.

In conclusion, we are here to help you. I hope you found some value from my not so random list of helpful hints, tips and explanations. Please don't hold me liable for each word I say here and attack me with misspeak as I am trying to help people who want to be helped. (It is a sad day that I even have to say that last remark.) I truly wish you great success and happiness through crafting! It really is rewarding making your own unique piece and presenting it to someone who will smile and think of you when they see it each day.
************************************************
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MUST READ!! IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL BUYERS TO READ:
~Crafting takes practice.
~There are many variables which can play a role in the outcome of every diy craft kit.
~We strongly encourage a first purchase to be a small sampling and will not be responsible for any loss due to testing your methodology. We have tutorials and videos here: http://www.purplemountaingifts.com/pages/TutorialsVideosDIY.htm
~We promise to help you but can not guarantee that you will be successful because we do not know your particular variables. (printer, ink, paper, glue, finger dexterity, climate temperature, etc)
~We do promise to help you with more tips from our many years of experience.
~This list is only written due to a tiny handful of 'blamers', unfortunately.
~INSURANCE/DAMAGES POLICY: And finally, we ship via USPS. We have an optional listing under our banner for insurance. We only file claims via third party insurance. When you purchase insurance you are purchasing 3rd party insurance and we will handle any claims for you when notified within 72 hours of delivery. If you do not purchase third party insurance but ship Priority Mail with insurance included via the USPS you can file a claim with the post office and we can supply you with any information you may need to do so. If something arrives to you damaged a claim will need to be filed in order to receive compensation. Each case is specific and we work with the 3rd party insurer here on Etsy to provide the best outcome they can offer.

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About purplemountainbtq

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On Etsy since 2011

We Aspire to Inspire - Creative Craft Jewelry Ideas that just make you feel good :)

Wholesaling supplies on Etsy happened by accident, but it turned out to be one of the most rewarding things we've ever taken on.

Thank you, to all of our Etsy customers & Etsy - we love you!

Our MISSION STATEMENT:

To openly and honestly share our creative knowledge.

We believe:
Always do the best you can.

~Our Story~
We have been self employed since 1994. Artisan products have always been our focus. It was only natural that we would find Etsy at some point. We began designing and selling unique hand knits. .

As things shifted in the trade, we moved into making crafty trinkets ourselves for the gift industry. I wanted to teach others how to make the items we were selling and here I am:)

There is nothing more powerful than hearing from a customer on Etsy who tells me that I changed her/his life with the ideas and know-how that I freely shared or the inspiration I provided. This is why I do what I do. For me, it used to be all about the feeling of happiness when someone loved a knit they wore or had their child photographed in. Now it is so much bigger than that. When you can play a part in inspiring someone or help someone start a successful business it really doesn't get much better than that.

Thanks so much for reading our story and thanks for stopping by to see us.
~Carol

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HOW TO SEARCH OUR SHOP:
We are often asked how to get to the home page of our shop. Here is a link for your convenience.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/purplemountainbtq
You will see that we have categories within the shop to help you browse.
There is also a search bar where you can use keywords to narrow down your search. Hopefully, these search tips will be helpful as you shop around Etsy:)

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  • Carol

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

    Idea person, sharer of knowledge.

  • Gampster

    Security, Supervisor

    Yes, this guy is the most loyal member here at Purple Mountain. He never oversleeps or comes in late. He is obedient (trained) and listens to all directions, even though he thinks he is the Boss. He alerts us to all deliveries with enthusiasm.

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Last updated on Dec 2, 2019
Frequently asked questions
When will my order ship?

We process orders as they come in and ship daily by USPS. Our pick up is generally around midday but varies EST. If your order comes in we try our best to get it out immediately, as we stay caught up 24 hours a day :) Please check our banner and announcements for updates.

Can I have my order ship FedEx instead of USPS?

By all means. Please add a note in the box at checkout. Our turnaround time may increase by 1 (or 2) days because we will have to drop the parcel off at a FedEx drop off.

Do you ship on Saturdays?

YES!! We ship nearly every Saturday, We try to post an announcement on our banner on our home page if we can't ship due to vacation or illness. Please check to be sure - but 99.9% of the time we do ship on Saturdays.

What countries do you sell to?

We ship to the US, Canada, Australia, and Non-EU European countries only. If you are having trouble ordering please reach out to us. If you are trying to place an order but are having trouble please send us a convo and we will research the situation to see if we can ship to you. If you are in the EU then you must agree to our no refund/ exchanges only policy. You will be responsible for the return shipping if you decide you would like to exchange any merchandise. Customs and duty will be your responsibility. Sorry to be so harsh, but the law has encouraged scamming which hurts everyone.

What is your policy regarding Safety and Legal?

Our items are intended for adult purchases and to be used by adults only. Small pieces can be a choking hazard to young children. We sell only to adults over 18 years of age. By purchasing you agree to keep items away from children and indemnify seller of any and all liability. Buyer agrees to release Seller from any liability when making the decision to purchase. By making the decision to purchase our items you agree to be responsible for all laws in your state and country applicable to the safety and handling of the products and all other legal issues that may arise. Please ask questions if specific issues are not stated in my listing. We recommend that you request a sample to test. Thank you.

Can you explain the measurements of your craft supplies?

MEASUREMENTS - Craft pieces have descriptive measurements which can vary due to the handmade nature. Some people refer to items in inches and others talk in millimeters. Often times, for example, 1 inch and 25 mm are used interchangeably even though they are not the same exact measurement. We try very hard to offer items that work together and we can not be responsible for slight variations in size descriptions. 16mm trays work with 16mm glass, for example, We welcome your questions and will not be responsible for dissatisfaction resulting from artisan characteristics perceived by the buyer as flaws. Please request a sample to test. Handmade lengths can vary by 5-10%.

Why do you refer to your craft supplies as 'artisan'?

Many of our items are made in China. Items are made in small batches and many are handmade. Craft pieces can have artisan characteristics out of our control. Keep in mind that our craft supplies are inexpensive for what they can create. Most people are thankful and appreciative. Each batch can vary slightly in color and other features. As artisan crafters ourselves - for over 25 years - we inspect each batch of inventory as it arrives and we try to add comments and updates to the listings. It is hard for us to know which batch each customer has had previously. Please, please ask us if you have any questions. We will try our best to work with you to get what you are searching for :)

Do you offer discounts and coupons?

Absolutely!!! We do set our pricing as everyday low pricing because we understand that many buyers like to order in small quantities. We do have a bulk section for listings 100+ which do often times have better rates so please check out that category and see if those items may work for you. Feel free to shoot over a convo and I can check inventory and see if I can offer a discount on something you may not see in the bulk section. Our goal really is not to run out of things :) without sacrificing on offering great quality craft components at reasonable pricing.
Coupon codes are on our Banner and/or in our announcements under the banner. One coupon per order. Coupons must be inputted by the buyer.
Throughout the year we offer Freebie listing.

Do you offer tracking, Insurance, Shipping Upgrades and Sampler listings?

Yes - you can find tracking located on your receipt in Etsy. There is a link for updates right on your receipt (upper right corner) for your convenience. Your receipt is found under "YOU" "PURCHASES".
We also have a listing on our featured area under the banner for upgrades.

Care instructions

In general, our supplies need no real care with the exception of silver plated items. Silver always tarnishes when exposed to air. It will oxidize over time. In some cases it takes a year if the item is alloy or a few weeks if the item is brass or iron. With care and attention, you can easily offer shiny silver items without worry. First, keep your supplies wrapped up in plastic/tissue paper. If an item does tarnish use a silver polish to shine them up. If you are selling silver items to the public you may want to provide care instructions for silver items. Antique finishes really do not require much care at all :)
Glazes, Glues & Resins should probably be uses in a reasonable time frame once opened. If you have questions please ask.

What is your return policy?Exchanges only. We ship immediately as most buyers need their supplies do fill orders already received. For this reason we have a no cancel policy. Please reach out to us with questions. We reserve the right to charge a restocking fee.

Explained above. Thanks. If we do agree to a refund we have a restocking fee which is determined on a case to case basis.