Handflowers, Slave Bracelets, Chainmaille

Fort Worth, Texas

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About ShadowCutterJewelry

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On Etsy since 2008

Armor of Light

I've been making and wearing handflowers and chainmaille jewelry for about 10+ years. I started out just making a couple handflowers that I wanted to wear, first one with silver chains and glass prisms from an old suncatcher, and then a black chainmaille one with a simple inlay of a spot of silver and strip of rainbow, representing a prism and its "bright shadow". I started wearing them all the time and when people saw them they said I should make more and start selling them. A friend told me about Etsy so I joined and started a shop. I still wear my two original handflowers all the time; they're pictured in my avatar.

The ceramic hand I use as a model is 5-6 inches around the wrist, 3x3 in. across the back of the hand, finger circumference 2 inches.

I try to make unique and interesting designs that are different from others' work and even different from my previous work when possible, while also taking requests and suggestions for new variations of my items.

"Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light."
<>< Romans 13:12 ><>

*Note: my chainmaille can't be used as physical armor. Wear it for LARPing but not for sword fights or other battles.

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  • Laura

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I live in a small little-known sub-city of Fort Worth. I've lived in Texas my whole life but both my parents are originally from Ohio. I am married and live with my husband and our three cats, Aria, Charlie, and Grey.

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Last updated on Aug 27, 2016
Frequently asked questions
What is a "handflower"?

Handflowers are bracelet-ring combinations worn over the back of your hand; they are also called slave bracelets because the ring is attached to the bracelet in a way that makes it all one piece, having two parts that are inseparable and dependent on each other. They're also called ring bracelets or harem bracelets, or they can be called hath panja which means "hand claw" in Hindi.

What is "chainmaille"? Are you going to spam my email with chain letters?

Chainmaille (also spelled chainmail or chain mail) is originally a medieval under-armor made of lots of chain links or rings woven together in a pattern. Most chainmaille pieces take several hours to a few days to make. Protective chainmail was almost always made of steel; chainmaille jewelry is often made of copper, aluminum, silver, or gold, and should not be used as armor. Even most modern-day steel chainmail (as used in cosplay or reenactment) is not meant as real armor against real weapons, although sometimes chainmail is used for protection, such as in butchers gloves.
The name is not related to chain letters or spam and I only send messages related to orders or responding to your message.

Where does the name ShadowCutter Jewelry come from?

"ShadowCutter" is a screen name that my sister came up with, inspired by my personal "prism in the dark" and "pierce the darkness" theme, which is inspired by a sticker I found that says "the dark is afraid of me". I've been collecting things that fit this theme, especially pictures of glowing or shining things, and Scripture verses such as John 1:4-5:
"Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."

Chainmaille is armor right? Will it protect me from bullets/ knife stabs/ animal attacks/ etc?

No. The original use of chainmaille as we know it from Medieval times and other parts of history was under-armor protection, but most people nowadays don't use chainmaille for actual protection. My chainmaille specifically is only jewelry and is not protective against pointy things or especially bullets. Some steel chainmaille can deflect slash-type attacks but is not so effective against stab-type. Animals' teeth and claws can also catch on chainmaille and pull it apart. Please do NOT try to use my jewelry for protection.

This chainmaille looks like it would hurt if you slapped someone with it, can I use it as a weapon?

It probably would hurt, but would probably also break it if you hit hard enough or catch it on anything, and would probably make the person mad and not unable to hit back. I do not condone gratuitous violence using my jewelry, and do not accept returns or repairs after clear abuse/ misuse of the items. It is not in any way intended to be a weapon. Refer to police tips or self-defense training for actual advice concerning defending yourself in the event of an attack.

Should I be concerned about metal detectors/ security when wearing this jewelry?

Generally you should follow the "better safe than sorry" rule on this one, some will set off metal detectors and some won't, it shouldn't be seen as suspicious or weaponry but don't try to wear a lot of it through airport security.

Will you make this item I saw on this other company's website?

I do not copy the work or other artists or companies. I will sometimes be able to make a custom item that is a variation on my other work (if you want basically what I have in my shop with a different size or color for instance), but those are the only requests I can take. An exception can be made if the request is for a basic weave of chainmaille that you happened to see online, I just cannot directly copy someone else's specific design.

What if I have metal allergies?

Please contact me about what metals you can and cannot wear; if you'd like an item in my shop which might have something you're allergic to I can custom-make a new one in metals you can wear. Please note that an upgrade in materials such as sterling silver or gold will increase the price from the original item, and stainless steel may also cost a little more than other materials. I plan to add more stainless steel items here and on my website in the near future.

Do you make your own jump rings/ where do you get your jump rings?

I started out making my own rings for chainmaille by coiling and cutting 20gauge wire or 16gauge wire by hand, but to save time and for better quality I now buy my rings from online chainmaille supply vendors.