WoodSoWild

Wood & Metal Jewelry | Pyrography | Leatherwork

Toronto, Canada · 46 Sales

WoodSoWild

Wood & Metal Jewelry | Pyrography | Leatherwork

Toronto, Canada 46 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(16)

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Valerie

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Announcement   WELCOME! Wood So Wild offers jewelry, talismans & accessories handcrafted of wood, copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel, glass, bone & leather • Rustic, primitive & elemental • Unique & affordable • Celtic, Norse & nature-themed gifts from the Earth!

NEW! I've started a blog, Gillyflower, on Wordpress! That's the place I share my love of writing, reading, photography, old things, herbs and aromatherapy, handcrafting and painting -- anything that inspires. I would love to see you there! Please see my About page for more about what I love, how this shop got started, and links for all my sites, including my blog and Facebook.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your ramble through the Wood So Wild!

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Last updated on Sep 10, 2016

WELCOME! Wood So Wild offers jewelry, talismans & accessories handcrafted of wood, copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel, glass, bone & leather • Rustic, primitive & elemental • Unique & affordable • Celtic, Norse & nature-themed gifts from the Earth!

NEW! I've started a blog, Gillyflower, on Wordpress! That's the place I share my love of writing, reading, photography, old things, herbs and aromatherapy, handcrafting and painting -- anything that inspires. I would love to see you there! Please see my About page for more about what I love, how this shop got started, and links for all my sites, including my blog and Facebook.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your ramble through the Wood So Wild!

Valerie

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Valerie

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5 out of 5 stars
(16)
3geezcg1

3geezcg1 on Jan 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My aluminium pendant with stone design is very unique and rustic. Very happy with my purchase!

Danielle32

Danielle32 on Dec 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely the best item I could've bought for my best friend for her birthday. Easy conversations with Valerie, beautiful packaging, and a smooth process from start to finish.

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A Japanese aesthetic describing something which is "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete". A wabi-sabi object exhibits rustic simplicity and may have quirks arising from the way it was made. Its asymmetry, patina and wear contribute to its unique beauty.
Need Earrings? My Elementals and chainmaille danglers use copper, bronze, brass, aluminum, silver and colorful beads!

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herb Beautiful bracelets in brass, copper, aluminum and bronze! Chainmaille weaves include Jens Pind, Sweetpea, 3 in 3, Byzantine, and 2 in 2. herb
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About

Walking the Wood So Wild

“Shall I go walk the wood so wild,
Wandr’ing, wand’ring here and there…”

This refrain from a 16th century traditional English folksong “Will You Walk the Wood So Wild” perfectly describes one of the things I love to do most: roam the ferny footpaths of a quiet and untamed, shade-dappled forest. When one takes to the woods in this way, its sylvan secrets are gradually revealed … if time is taken to stand, look and listen. That perfect crimson leaf, a tiny mushroom that wasn’t there this morning, a silently-moving snail, the sudden wingbeats of a startled thrush!

All of these and more are what I seek when I go to the greenwood. There is one such place in particular that holds me firmly by the heartstrings: an enchanting (and possibly enchanted) little forest perched upon a granite island in a deep, clearwater lake. It’s a place my family and forebears have been drawn to each summer for well over 100 years. It’s a wave-lapped paradise with towering oak and pine, maple, cedar and birch, where the Wee Folk have been known to visit and magic most certainly happens!

This island, along with other natural places I have known, has nurtured my love of things ancient, traditional, mysterious and mystical, too. History (the Dark and Middle Ages are my special interest) and myth (King Arthur, Robin Hood), literature (Lord of the Rings) and folklore (Celtic and Norse traditions, mostly) all fascinate, and so does the natural world which wends its way through them all. Wildflowers, herbs and birds are other favorite topics, as is photography. Up at the Island, you’ll often see me heading down an acorn-strewn path with camera in hand, stopping every few paces or so to capture yet another miraculous little wood-scape. It’s all there for us if we know where to look!

Although small, the wooded isle is a rich source of raw, natural materials which feed my creative impulses. I only gather what has been cast off: driftwood and fallen branches, tiny quartz and pyrite stones, acorns, feathers … any small treasure that, in its simple, organic beauty, intrigues and inspires. As I work in my little studio at home, turning these finds into another rustic piece, they remind me of the beautiful place from whence they came. They’re like little bittersweet memories fashioned into something new!

I also love working with leather as well as metals including copper and bronze. There’s something very primal about these materials: leather's usefulness as clothing and protection, its aroma and supple smoothness; the ancient, burnished glow and patina of weathered metal. These are yet more ties to our roots when life was, perhaps, a little simpler, a bit slower-paced, more connected to the land than it is now.

I hope you enjoy the little offerings I've created here at Wood So Wild. I add new items often, so please keep checking in to stay updated. You can also follow on Facebook for more musings, photography, new projects, folklore and other whimsies.

Enjoy roaming the Wood So Wild!

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 28, 2016
Welcome to Wood So Wild! Discover wood and metal jewelry, chainmaille, glass faerie flasks, leather pouches and accessories, all lovingly handcrafted by me in my little home studio. To learn what I love and what inspires me, please see my About section. Glad you’re here, and enjoy a leisurely ramble through the Wood So Wild!

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Payment
Etsy Direct Checkout, which includes PayPal, all major credit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
I ship via Canada Post. Shipping costs quoted are based on package weights of 100 grams or less; if your order exceeds this weight, I will contact you with the updated shipping cost prior to processing your order.

Shipping methods for all items except Faerie Flasks:
• Within Canada – Regular Lettermail (no tracking or insurance)
• To U.S. – Light Packet Air (no tracking or insurance)
• Everywhere else – Light Packet Air International (no tracking or insurance)

Faerie Flasks ship at a higher rate due to the item dimensions:
• Within Canada – Expedited Parcel (includes tracking and up to $100 insurance)
• Shipping to Canadian provinces other than Ontario or Quebec incurs a fuel surcharge. Please contact me BEFORE checkout for a shipping quote.
• Outside Canada – Small Packet Air U.S./International (no tracking or insurance)

I do not offer shipping upgrades.

Estimated transit times for shipped items:
Within Canada - 3 to 7 business days
To the United States - 10 to 15 business days
Everywhere else - 10 to 25 business days

Wood items shipping outside Canada are subject to customs inspection before being released by border services. To facilitate inspection and help avoid delays, I leave the gift box open with ends unfolded. The box is then sealed inside a bubble mailer envelope. If the packaging arrives damaged, it is likely a result of the customs inspection.

The buyer is responsible for any customs fees, duties, taxes, tariffs or other incurred costs. Buyers are responsible for ensuring that their purchases meet the destination country’s import regulations. I cannot be held responsible for parcels which are unreleased, delayed or non-delivered due to border regulations, and I cannot issue refunds in these circumstances.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are at all unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me immediately, and I’ll strive to do whatever I can to help you have a wonderful shopping experience here at Wood So Wild. Please do not leave an unfavorable feedback review before I've had a chance to make things right. I want my customers to be happy – and I’m not happy until you are!

Should you wish to return your purchase for a refund, please contact me within 7 days of receipt of your order. I may ask you to furnish photographs of the item(s) in question, and refunds will be assessed by me on a case-by-case basis. "Refund" refers only to the item price that you paid and does not include the original shipping cost(s) paid. See refund exceptions below. The buyer is responsible for return shipping costs. Items must be returned unworn and with the original gift packaging.

The following items are Final Sale and cannot be returned for exchange or refund: Earrings; personalized items; certain custom orders; items damaged due to negligence or misuse by the buyer or recipient, including not following Wood So Wild's care instructions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Item Color/Appearance
• I photograph my products in natural light and do my best to depict the true color of each item. Please allow for slight variations on different monitors/devices.

Sizing
• Please measure for necklace/bracelet length and ring size prior to ordering to ensure a perfect fit.

Care Instructions -- Wood
• Wood items are not waterproof. Do not get them wet or expose to chemicals such as perfume, hairspray or furniture polish. Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. The beeswax topcoat can be buffed gently with a soft cloth to restore sheen. You may also occasionally add a tiny dab of beeswax polish (I use Clapham’s Beeswax Polish™); rub into all surfaces with cheesecloth. Let dry for 5 minutes, then buff off the excess and allow to dry. Do not sand. Store in a separate pouch away from other jewelry.

Care Instructions -- Leather
• All leather pieces except for the bags have been given a leather finish which provides some water repellency. Wipe clean with a barely-damp cloth and let dry thoroughly.

Care Instructions -- Faerie Flasks
• Unless otherwise stated in the listing, my Faerie Flasks have been permanently sealed with strong adhesive. Please do not try to open the bottle.

Care Instructions -- Metal:
• Items with no patina or protective wax: Aluminum should not tarnish. Copper, bronze and brass will oxidize over time. You can enjoy your piece as it weathers and darkens naturally, or you may wish to keep it bright by wiping gently with a soft cloth after each use and storing immediately in a Ziploc bag. Tarnished copper can be dipped for a few seconds in lemon juice; rinse well in warm water and let dry. Metal-specific jewelry polishing cloths, Pro Polish pads, or solutions such as Brasso, can be used on tarnished brass, copper or bronze. Take off your jewelry before bathing, swimming, exercising or sleeping, and do not expose to perfume or hairspray.

• Items with plating/patina/protective wax coating: Wipe gently with a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean. Do not scrub or use jewelry polishing cloths, chemicals or lemon juice, as these will erode the coating and disturb the patina. I use Canadian-made Conservator’s Wax™ to protect patinas and help slow down further oxidization. (It is very similar to Renaissance Wax.)

• Items with Gilder’s paste wax: This highlighting technique should not fade as long as you don’t scrub or polish it away. Best not to wear while bathing or swimming. Clean by wiping gently with a soft cloth.

Care Instructions -- Chainmaille:
• Anodized aluminum has a permanent color coating that does not tarnish. Darker colors may show a slight lighter line where the rings are joined. It's normal to see minor working marks on some rings -- a sign your piece was handmade! Stainless steel is extremely hardy and does not tarnish. Copper, brass and bronze will oxidize over time; please follow Care Instructions -- Metal (no patina or wax).

What is Metal Gauge?
Gauge (ga) refers to the thickness of a metal sheet or wire. The smaller the gauge number, the thicker the metal. I use the following gauges in my jewelry:

14 ga -- 1.897 to 2.0 mm
16 ga -- 1.519 to 1.59 mm
18 ga -- 1.214 mm
19 ga -- 1.0 mm
20 ga -- 0.81 to 0.912 mm