EarthBalanceCraft

Copper Wire Art, Home Decor, Gifts, Jewellery

Ryde, England | 1657 Sales

EarthBalanceCraft

Copper Wire Art, Home Decor, Gifts, Jewellery

Ryde, England 1657 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (356)

Announcement   Copper wire art hand-made on the Isle of Wight, UK. Designer Nicola creates suncatchers, hanging mobiles, decorations, wire work jewellery, bookmarks and craft tutorials. Working with copper, semi-precious gemstone and glass.

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Last updated on 15 Apr, 2018

Copper wire art hand-made on the Isle of Wight, UK. Designer Nicola creates suncatchers, hanging mobiles, decorations, wire work jewellery, bookmarks and craft tutorials. Working with copper, semi-precious gemstone and glass.

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Micro garnet pendant with teeny wire wrapping on beautiful 9ct rose gold.
I've been working with more weather inspired designs, new rain drops work in progress.
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About

Earth Balance Craft

Hello and welcome! I am Nicola, owner, designer and artist at Earth Balance Craft. My metalworking studio and home is on the beautiful Isle of Wight in the UK.

My designs reflect the beauty of the natural world, using natural materials with organic forms and contrasting textures. My ethos is to make simplistic designs that are aesthetically captivating. My wire work technique is without complication, where the design takes centre stage.

I enjoy exploring light play using semi-precious gemstones, crystals and glass. I use stones that absorb and reflect day light with palettes that would be at home in the great outdoors. All of my copper metal designs use a deep oxidised finish, with a polish to reveal the warm coppery highlights once again.  This gives  an added dimension to my 2D designs, playing with metallic depth and textures.

My designs whether for the home, garden or to be worn, are all made as pieces of art, with a wealth of love and passion going into them. I have an eye for unusual detailing and enjoy creating designs that are beautifully unique. My heart belongs to the natural world, which comes across in my designs. My inspiration is drawn from my home on the beautiful Isle of Wight, from the rolling hills to the beaches, rivers and wildlife. With each piece I aim to capture the essence and spirit of the natural world, to bring nature to life through wire art.

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Shop members

  • Nicola

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Owner, designer and creator at Earth Balance Craft

  • Studio Dog

    Photographer

    Meet our studio dog, post production pooch and all round dogsbody.

Shop policies

Last updated on 13 April, 2019
Please read over the terms and conditions of sale prior to purchase. Thank you.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 3 days of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We want everyone to be a happy customer, so we aim to be as clear and simple as possible with our returns policy.

1. CONTACT us via email within 14 days, counting from the day you received the package.
2. POST the item back to us using a tracked or signed for service within 30 days, counting from the day you received the package.
3. REFUND will be arranged once the item has been received and inspected (see notes below).
We want everyone to be a happy customer, so we aim to be as clear and simple as possible with our returns policy.

1. CONTACT us via email within 14 days, counting from the day you received the package.
2. POST the item back to us using a tracked or signed for service within 30 days, counting from the day you received the package.
3. REFUND will be arranged once the item has been received and inspected (see notes below).

Please post the item back in the original condition/packaging. The returned item must be in the same condition as it was sent out, unused, intact and clean. Any items received that have been used/damaged will not be refunded/exchanged.

Exchanges are only valid when changing size of a bracelet/bangle purchase.

Postage and packaging costs are the responsibility of the buyer and are not refunded. Once the item has been received, a refund of the item cost alone will be made. For exchanges in jewellery sizes, the return postage will be invoiced to the buyer on receipt of the return.

Please ensure your return package is sent via recorded/signed for delivery as we cannot give refunds when a return package has gone missing in the post.

For exchanges in jewellery sizes if the design is not currently in stock, please allow 2-3 weeks for a new piece to be made.

Once received please allow 5 working days for a refund to be made. Thank you.

We do not accept returns on the basis of metal allergies, all materials will be clearly stated in the description. Please take care to read the full details before purchase. Please note that some items are exempt from the returns policy, it is not possible to return/refund the following items:

- Earrings for reasons of hygiene.
- Personalised pieces.
- Pieces made with a non-standard size or length.
- Commission/custom pieces.

Returns/refunds/exchanges will not be permitted outside of these terms.
Payment
Earth Balance Craft accepts payments via PayPal, bank transfer and Etsy giftcard. If you wish to pay via debit or credit card, It is possible to use Paypal without a Paypal account.

If paying by Paypal, please take a moment to double check that your Paypal shipping address details are up to date. We are obliged to ship to the address that is stored within Paypal as per the Paypal customer protection policy. If you need to amend an address after a transaction has taken place, the order will be cancelled and refunded.
Earth Balance Craft accepts payments via PayPal, bank transfer and Etsy giftcard. If you wish to pay via debit or credit card, It is possible to use Paypal without a Paypal account.

If paying by Paypal, please take a moment to double check that your Paypal shipping address details are up to date. We are obliged to ship to the address that is stored within Paypal as per the Paypal customer protection policy. If you need to amend an address after a transaction has taken place, the order will be cancelled and refunded.
Shipping
Please read over our delivery policy before you purchase an item. By purchasing an item you are in agreement with our terms and conditions.


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Please read over our delivery policy before you purchase an item. By purchasing an item you are in agreement with our terms and conditions.


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PRODUCT LEAD TIMES - PROCESSING BEFORE SHIPPING

- We are based in and ship from the UK.
- Ready made items will be shipped within 2-4 business days of payment being received.
- Made to order items will be shipped within 3 weeks of payment being received.

MULTIPLE ORDERS

- When ordering more than two or more items, please contact us before your make your purchase so that we can re-calculate the correct postage for you and provide a quotation.

UK POSTAGE

- Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class. Proof of delivery including a signature from the receiver. Not tracked. Estimated between 2-6 working days for delivery.
- Royal Mail Special Delivery. For products over £80. Proof of delivery including a signature. Estimated next working day before 1pm.
- You must be present at the address to accept delivery of the package.

INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE

- Royal Mail International Standard. For products £24 and under. Not signed or tracked.
- Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed. For products over £24. Tracked in the UK and overseas with online confirmation of delivery provided. You must be present at the address to accept delivery of the package.
- International airmail posted from the UK in our experience can take more time to arrive than what is stated by the Royal Mail postal service.
- As a rough guide, the USA and rest of the world can expect an order to arrive within 1-6 weeks, and Europe can expect a delivery in 1-3 weeks.

DELAYED POST TERMS

- We cannot be held responsible for any delays encountered with the Royal Mail.
- Our shipping terms advise the expected timings with the Royal Mail for delivery, however these are to be used as a guide only and are not guaranteed.
- Packages on occasion take much longer than the timings Royal Mail state.
- We do not offer compensation or refunds based on postal service delays.
- Please plan in advance when purchasing through our online store.

LOST POST TERMS

- We cannot guarantee the shipping times as this is the responsibility of Royal Mail and can take longer than they advise.
- UK lost packages are only seen as lost by the Royal Mail once 10 working days have passed after the due date.
- International lost packages are only seen as lost by the Royal Mail once 20 working days (for items posted to Europe) or 25 working days (for items to the rest of the world) have passed from the due delivery date.
- We cannot refund or replace a lost package until after these time frames have passed.

RETURNED POST TERMS

- If we receive your package back to us as 'delivery refused', 'undelivered' or 'return to sender', you are responsible to cover any P&P costs to resend the item out to you.
- Alternatively we can arrange for a refund of the product cost alone on receipt of the returned package.
- Any customs charges incurred on returned goods sent back to the UK will be deducted from your refund.

INTERNATIONAL CHARGES/FEES/TAXES

- For countries outside of the UK, please note that additional customs charges, fees and taxes may be due when importing our pieces into the country you reside in.
- It is your responsibility as the buyer to pay any additional fees due.
Additional policies and FAQs
** BUSINESS HOURS **

If you have any questions please contact Nicola via the Etsy convo system. Business hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, UK timezone. Messages will be responded to within 1 working day. Any messages received after 5pm on Friday evening will be responded to on Monday.

** DIGITAL DOWNLOAD TERMS **
** BUSINESS HOURS **

If you have any questions please contact Nicola via the Etsy convo system. Business hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, UK timezone. Messages will be responded to within 1 working day. Any messages received after 5pm on Friday evening will be responded to on Monday.

** DIGITAL DOWNLOAD TERMS **

Once payment has been received, you will receive an email with a link to the downloadable file. Our tutorials are in a .PDF format. You will need a .PDF reader to enable viewing of the file. Please check prior to purchase that your computer or device can open/read .pdf files.

Our downloadable tutorials do not include any printed paper, craft materials or tools, nor a finished product.

Copyright: All Ebook content is copyright of “www.earthbalance-craft.co.uk and Earth Balance Craft”. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. This tutorials are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced for any educational or commercial purposes. © 2010-2018 www.earthbalance-craft.co.uk All Rights Reserved.

Our tutorials are written in English, for English readers only. Our tutorials use the UK metric system of measurement. All purchases of tutorials from Earth Balance Craft are final.

** PLEASE NOTE **

All items are unsuitable for children.

** INCORRECT SIZING **

We cannot be held responsible for incorrect bangle/ bracelet/ necklace / pendant sizes provided by you. Please note that re-sizing and alterations may be possible but will incur an extra charge.

** COLOUR VARIATION **

The colours are represented as naturally as possible in the images, but please be aware of the limitations of digital imagery and colour. Different computer screens can display the same image in a very different way.

There can be a difference between the monitor screens the product photographs are being viewed on. Everyone's monitor is set up differently i.e. contrast, brightness, saturation unless you are using a professionally calibrated screen. Our computer has been calibrated for professional photographic use. Using a calibrated work flow means whatever is on the monitor is calibrated to be true to life. In our Etsy store, this applies to the product photographs.

In most home scenarios the brightness is too high and the colours are overly colourful (saturated). This is where colour miss match can occur, because the viewer is seeing something that wasn't true in the first place. Please bear in mind that even two identical monitor models out of the factory will never look the same until calibrated.

** COPPER AFTER CARE GUIDE **

Product TLC: Please take care of your wire work product, each piece has been hand-made with simple construction using natural materials that have as little plastic and chemicals as possible. Each piece will stand up to normal everyday use as the soft copper metal has been work-hardened, however if you handle it roughly it will get squashed. I use the highest quality liquid metal varnish that has a durable glossy finish.
All metal varnishes are semi-permanent, the finish will degrade over time through oxidisation developing a dark patina. For longevity please avoid contact with water, oil based products, solvents, hairspray, alcohol and perfume which will prematurely degrade the varnish. To dust my wire work designs, please do not spray with any type of furniture or cleaning polish. Dust with a clean cloth or duster. If in time the copper becomes dull, you can restore the glossy shine with a jewellers polishing cloth or with extra fine grade wire wool. The copper can then be resealed with a metal varnish, you are welcome to contact designer Nicola who offers a 'copper re-sealing service'.

Out in the Garden: My suncatchers, hanging decorations and plant pot ornaments unless stated in the description can be placed indoors or outdoors in good weather. With a caveat to please be aware that when my designs are used outdoors, the metal varnish used will degrade quicker when exposed to the external environment e.g. water/humidity. The more moisture and salt content in the air, the quicker this process happens. Any metal alloy components will rust over time and may fail e.g. crimp beads. When copper is exposed to the elements, the raw copper metal reacts with the air causing patina to form over the surface of the piece, this can be dark brown, black and green colours, even forming rust in some cases. The longevity of the varnish out in the elements depends on the moisture/salt content in the air where you live. Copper as a metal that reacts in the air is always in a state of flux. The varnish I use is the highest quality liquid metal varnish available on the market used in yachting applications sealing metal masts which are exposed to all weathers. My designs can be polished to a high shine finish once again with a jeweller's polishing cloth, or by rubbing over with a very fine grade of wire wool, then to be resealed with a liquid metal gloss varnish from any hardware store. All metal varnishes used on copper will only ever be semi-permanent and will degrade in time over the years due to the oxidisation in the external environment. I do not recommend placing my designs out in the winter time or in bad weather like wind/hail/snow and when the temperature drops below freezing as some glass/gemstone beads will crack under extreme temperatures. Take care of your designs and they will last a very long time.

Hanging Mobiles: Please note my hanging mobiles are only suitable for hanging inside the home due to the delicate nature of the droplets. They are not suitable for garden / exterior use. When using as a baby mobile or in a child’s room, please remember that this product is not a toy or suitable for handling by babies/children. Please ensure the mobile is hung from the ceiling or high on the wall out of reach.

Oxidised Copper Jewellery: All of my copper jewellery designs (necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings) are hand-painted with a gloss varnish that is safe to wear on the skin. Even with a varnish coating, copper jewellery can cause your skin to discolour with a green or blue colour. This is a natural harmless reaction called ‘oxidisation’ when oxygen and your body’s natural oils combine to create a layer of copper carbonate on top of your skin. Most likely found when wearing rings and bracelets that fit snugly against your body causing you to sweat between the copper and skin. This is not a copper allergy, as it is rare to be allergic to copper due to its anti-microbial properties. A tip to avoid the discolouration is to keep your jewellery piece clean and to remove the piece when asleep. The double varnish layer I apply reduces down the likelihood of this reaction. Any coating used for copper metal is only semi-permanent and will degrade over time. With regular perfume or solvent use e.g. hairspray, whilst wearing my jewellery designs, this will degrade the varnish which will cause the piece to begin the natural darkening process (patina). A jewellers polishing cloth can be used to restore the shine.

Copper Plated Jewellery: Please note that all of my jewellery chains and findings such as clasps, jump rings and extension chains are copper plated (unless stated). Any metal alloy is lead and nickel free compliant with EU regulations. Please be aware that any copper plated components will tarnish over time with wear. There are ways you can extend the lifetime of your piece. Avoid contact with perfume, soap, cleanser, moisturiser, make-up, cream, nail polish, hair spray, moisture, oil, water and chlorine. Avoid wearing when exercising or swimming. The sweat and natural oils in your skin will also react with the copper plating over time, degrading the finish and tarnishing the piece to a dull dark colour. Do not use a jewellers polishing cloth on any copper plated components to restore the finish as this will rub away the plating. To buff use a lint free cloth or a soft jewellers cloth. Store your piece in a container where only copper plated jewellery has been kept as other metal alloys will cause tarnishing / metal reactions.

Hand Stamped Copper Bookmarks: A variety of my designs use the traditional method of hand-stamping onto copper sheet, often seen in my bookmarks and decorations. Each letter is hand-stamped with a wonky rustic appearance, to be imperfect and whimsical. There will be differences in each creation with the text alignment, spacing and position. It is also important to note that hand stamping onto copper sheet causes the rear side to buckle slightly from the metal being ‘chased’ on the front side, without any copper being removed. The indentation on the front is darkened to ‘pop’ the lettering and numbers. As with all of my designs, the copper sheet is sealed with a gloss varnish to retain the highlights.

Raw Copper Bangles: These bracelets are not treated with a varnish or lacquer. This means the copper will tarnish and patina over time and will be prone to fingermarks. Mix a solution with warm water and a few drops of fresh lemon or lime juice, with one teaspoon of salt, mixing it thoroughly together. Place the copper cuff into the solution and leave for about five minutes. When the time is done, rinse in water and if needed you can repeat the process. Alternatively use a jewellers polishing cloth to restore the sheen.

Raw Copper Necklace: As the pure copper metal of the feature and the chain is untreated, it will form a natural dark/dull patina over time and will also be prone to fingermarks. Please avoid contact with moisture, oil, solvents, chemicals. The necklace/chain can be polished / cleaned if the patina becomes too dark for you. Use a jeweller's polishing cloth to restore the sheen. Do not use lemon juice, ketchup or any other acidic solution as this will damage the rose gold plated clasp and rings.

Raw Copper and Green Skin: Depending on the acidic levels in your body, some people experience discolouration of the skin with a green/blue tinge when wearing raw copper jewellery. This is a natural harmless reaction called ‘oxidisation’ when oxygen and your body’s natural oils combine to create a layer of copper carbonate on top of your skin. Most likely found when wearing rings and bracelets that fit snugly against your body causing you to sweat between the copper and skin. This is not a copper allergy, as it is rare to be allergic to copper due to its anti-microbial properties. Read more about why copper turns skin green here: https://www.earthbalance-craft.co.uk/why-does-copper-turn-skin-green/

** COPYRIGHT **

All of the designs in the store are hand-made by designer Nicola © Earth Balance Craft 2010-2019
Privacy
** DATA PROTECTION **

Our full privacy policy can be read here https://www.earthbalance-craft.co.uk/disclaimer/ Earth Balance Craft follows the guidelines set out in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016. The latest update to our privacy policy is dated 1 April 2018.

Etsy have their own privacy policy which can be located here https://www.etsy.com/uk/legal/terms-of-use/
** DATA PROTECTION **

Our full privacy policy can be read here https://www.earthbalance-craft.co.uk/disclaimer/ Earth Balance Craft follows the guidelines set out in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016. The latest update to our privacy policy is dated 1 April 2018.

Etsy have their own privacy policy which can be located here https://www.etsy.com/uk/legal/terms-of-use/

Data Retention
We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with our services. Once information is processed, it is discarded or stored in our files. Please note we are also required to retain this information to comply with legal and regulatory obligations. We keep customer data for 7 years as required by HMRC. Personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.

Information Sharing
“earthbalance-craft.co.uk and Earth Balance Craft” do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information to outside parties. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Trusted Third Parties: We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to our shop, who also operate their own separate and independent privacy policies. We will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services. Example: postal service, website domain hosts.

Compliance with Law: We may collect, use, retain, and share your information if we have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce our agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Contact Us
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Nicola Jones, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at info [!at] earthbalance-craft.co.uk Alternatively, you may write to me at: Nicola Jones, 83 Ducie Street, Machester, M1 2JQ.

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Last updated on 13 Apr, 2019
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Earth Balance
83 Ducie Street
MANCHESTER, M1 2JQ
United Kingdom