You are what you make - Handmade Jewelry and Decor

Salt Lake, Utah
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Last updated on May 10, 2020

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Fred Wilhelmsen

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About thecopperphoenix

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On Etsy since 2010

I found my creative medium by accident or design, not sure which.

One day in the summer of 2009 I re-landscaped my front yard and needed something for a little mound on one side. Enter my quest for a windmill and I ended up making one from copper. Never did any metal work before but I just fell in love with that metal. I started making more and more and more stuff until one day my daughters told me about Etsy. What the heck, I'll see what happens with some jewelry ( Hey - there just isn't a market for $7,000 copper windmills and locomotives - that stuff I made for myself anyway ). I've never worn jewelry and had no idea what to make so maybe this was an advantage because I was free to do what I wanted and create what I liked.

It's an evolving process as I learn new techniques, explore new materials and read, look, learn and experiment. My roots are with copper but now I love pure silver too. The two metals work very much the same and they compliment each other so well. After I opened my first Etsy shop I started selling at Farmers markets, craft fairs, Christmas show and the like. I love them! Talking with people and being a vendor is something I look forward to every summer. I'm so honored when a total stranger buys one of my pieces or compliments my art. That makes all the work, frustration and hard hours spent on non creative efforts worth it.

Etsy is my year around shop. A couple years ago I'd never heard of it and now I have sales in Europe, Australia, Singapore, Canada and it just blows my mind that my stuff got picked from the millions of choices available in the online world. I recently got placement in the Natural History Museum of Utah ( gift shop. Wow, just wow.

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  • Fred Wilhelmsen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Got a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 74 and worked as a systems programmer, consultant until my twin daughters were born in 1993. Exit career, enter stay at home dad / soccer coach / school volunteer, etc, etc, etc. - now I R a metal smith :-)

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
I hope you enjoy my works as much as I enjoyed making them. I want to keep the creative process fun and interesting and hope that that spirit shows in what I do.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I offer a no-questions-asked return policy for 14 days after delivery as long as the item returned is in original condition. Full refund of purchase price excluding shipping costs. Buyer pays return shipping costs.

Return/Refund time is extended to Jan. 10 if your purchase was made between Nov 25 and Dec 24 of the prior year.

Custom orders excluded. I don't consider a ring or cuff made to size as a custom order. Stamped names, personalized or the like, yeah, that's custom and I can't offer a refund for those but will remake them if the fit is not right. Customer pays return postage.

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I recommend using USPS 1st class with delivery confirmation ( tracking ). It's quick, inexpensive and reliable. I have rarely had a package lost but it can happen. You may want to buy insurance to protect yourself from a lost shipment. Send the return item to:

Fred Wilhelmsen
6325 So. Vinecrest Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

If you have a PayPal account you can print a shipping label with free delivery confirmation on plain paper or adhesive label and securely tape the label to a mailer. Do not cover the bar code area with any tape. Deposit the package in any collection box, post office or with your mail carrier.
PayPal, Direct Checkout with any major credit card.

Utah residents add 6.85% sales tax. ( Totally Unfair!!!!!! )

International customers are solely responsible for paying any fees or taxes their government sets on imported goods. Please check with your governing agency to determine what import fees or taxes may be imposed on your purchase.
Default shipping is USPS 1st class or 1st class international. Typical shipping times are 3 - 5 business days to U.S. destinations, 7-14 calendar days to EU, Canada and 10-20 days to Australia and Asia. All orders are shipped with tracking where available.

Shipping Upgrades ( available at checkout )

USPS Flat rate Priority is not a time guaranteed service but usual shipping time is 2-3 days to U.S. destinations.

USPS Priority Express is a money back guaranteed service of 1-2 business days with Saturday delivery to U.S. destinations. I often see next day deliveries to major metro destinations.

Lost or delayed mail is very frustrating for everyone. In the event that a package is not received in the expected time frame, I will send a replacement or refund the order when 14 calendar days have elapsed since the last tracking activity for U.S. shipments or 28 calendar days for international shipments. Some international shipments can be stalled in customs clearing for extended periods.

Please understand that there is little I can do after a package is mailed. You will have the same tracking information available that I have or that USPS can tell you. Email tracking updates are available to alert you of tracking activity at the USPS tracking site.

International customers are solely responsible for paying any customs fees or taxes their government sets on imported goods. Please check with your governing agency to determine what import fees or taxes may be imposed on your purchase. This site may be helpful to estimate potential costs for imported items.
Additional policies and FAQs
Getting a good fit on rings or cuffs is super important to you and me. If something
doesn't fit I'll do all I can to get it right. We just have to split the shipping costs. You pay postage to send it back, I'll pay postage to return a different size.

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