Taitaya

Hand Forged Silver & Iron Jewellery

Freshwater, England
| 4,503 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    November sees a swathe on industrial action with Royal Mail affecting deliveries every week. Please allow an extra few days for transit. I am offering a reduction in the cost to upgrade for alternative courier post. If you have ordered more than 1 item then the upgrade is free. If you choose it as an option on checkout, I can refund you the cost. I will also need your phone number for the courier.

Treasure hunt taking place. Your fist clue is "The Sounding of gold, the glow red wealth". It points to one of the listings in this shop and the next clue. Collect the letters and message me the word for £20 off any order above £70.

Now taking suggestions for the last silver batch before Yule this year. If there is something you want to see in silver or the silver item is sold out and you want one for gifting this Yule, let me know.

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Last updated on 26 Oct, 2022

November sees a swathe on industrial action with Royal Mail affecting deliveries every week. Please allow an extra few days for transit. I am offering a reduction in the cost to upgrade for alternative courier post. If you have ordered more than 1 item then the upgrade is free. If you choose it as an option on checkout, I can refund you the cost. I will also need your phone number for the courier.

Treasure hunt taking place. Your fist clue is "The Sounding of gold, the glow red wealth". It points to one of the listings in this shop and the next clue. Collect the letters and message me the word for £20 off any order above £70.

Now taking suggestions for the last silver batch before Yule this year. If there is something you want to see in silver or the silver item is sold out and you want one for gifting this Yule, let me know.

Subscribe to our newsletter for 15% off: https://mailchi.mp/7522b0c567d6/sign-up-1

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Marleena Barran

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Marleena Barran

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About Taitaya

Sales 4,503
On Etsy since 2010

Taitaya Forge

Welcome!

I am glad you have found our shop!

Here are the reasons why we are unique:

- We have designed all our products. The inspiration may be from historical artefacts and methods but each design has been created by us.

- Apart from the chains and packaging, all our work is made by the two of us, using 20 years of experience in the art and craft of metalwork.

- We use exclusively pure iron in our ironwork. Most ironwork labelled as iron is actually mild steel, which is more widely available and much less costly. Pure iron is produced in very limited quantities and mainly used in specialist restoration work.

- I hot forge a lot of our silver work, using blacksmithing techniques. Silver jewellery is usually cast or fabricated and forged cold. Hot forging silver is an old method and not widely taught, as it is quite difficult to do without destroying the work. Hot forging allows us to transform form silver to a larger degree than cold forging, but it takes more time in comparison to casting. Unlike with casting, no two forged pieces are exactly the same.

- We use silver wire inlay, a Viking method of decorating iron and steel. Made known by artefacts such as the Mammen Axe.

- Our work is guaranteed for as long as we are in business, which hopefully is for many more years. Times are at the moment challenging but it is support from you and all our return customers that makes all the difference.


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My name is Marleena. I manage this store selling blacksmithing and silversmithing work made by myself and my husband Luke. We work together full time in our forge on the Isle of Wight. We are priviledged that we have the rare opportunity to make a living from doing what we love.

I am orginally from Finland. A lot of my work is based on Scandinavian folkore and myth, as well as nature and the spirituality found within it. Like my Fenno-Ugric ancestors before me I believe that the maker not only creates a phsyical item, but also creates the spirit within it. This spirit can be found in so many of the beautiful artefacts here on Etsy. I hope you can recognise it in ours too.

“Taitaja” is a Finnish word meaning a person that is skilled or a master of a craft. We chose to call our enterprise this because it reflected our aspirations as craftsmen & artists. Our path is still one of learning and will continue to be so as long as we create by hammer and fire.

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https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MarleenaBarranDesign
Please visit my other shop to view some of the works I have done as an artist and graphic designer. This digital shop is meant to be a art resource for artisans and craftspeople like myself.

Shop members

  • Marleena Barran

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

  • Luke Barran

    Owner, Creator

Shop policies

Last updated on 26 Dec, 2019

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Cancellations

Cancellations: accepted

Request a cancellation: within 2 days of purchase

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Last updated on 19 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

Most of our pendants can be customized. If you do not see the option at checkout, please feel free to contact me.

If you choose a customization at checkout, remember to give me the details at checkout in the “note to seller” section. Once I have received your order, I will create an illustration to check I have the details correct, before proceeding.

Most customizations can be done in 3 business days, though if we are very busy it can take longer. If this is the case I will let you know.

Once the customized piece is ready, you will receive photographs of it before shipping. Our normal return/refund/cancellation policies apply, unless I let you know.

Shipping and Customs Duties

We aim to go to the post office every business day. Made to order and customized items will take longer.

All international orders are currently sent tracked with the post office. Courier delivery is available as an upgrade. UK order are sent using 1 st class signed for or special delivery next day if you choose 1 day delivery (Mon to Fri).

EU customers. If your order is under €150 Etsy remits the VAT on your behalf. Orders over this sum will incur import VAT, duty and handling fees. These depend on your country.

To some locations in the world, there may be import duty or other value added taxes. Imports of precious metals are also restricted to some locations.

Our Guarantees

I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. It can be hard to judge size and colour over a screen so we will take returns. No questions asked, though it would be extremely helpful for us to know if something went wrong.

I am confident in the quality of my work, so if it breaks in normal use, I will fix it. Provided I have a place and health to do so. I cannot extend the same guarantee to any components I have not made, such as the cords.

Non of the finishes we can provide on iron are permanent, so this is why I offer a refurbishment service for the cost of tracked shipping.

Please contact me for details first, before sending anything back… especially if you are outside of the UK.

Gift items

All our jewellery is packaged in a hand made card gift box, wrapped in a paper bag with a receipt and a couple of cards with details of who we are.

On items that are marked as gifts at checkout, I will include a gift receipt in the bag. There are no prices shown on the receipt, but please be aware that if you are outside of the UK, I will have to put the prices on top of the envelope for the customs people.

Iron, Rust and Care

All iron will rust when it is exposed to moisture. Your body will keep the iron dry when it is worn, but wearing it will also start to rub off the protective layers. With a little care you can delay this and your jewellery can last for years.

We use two different methods to protect our work from the elements: a black oxide with wax and a varnish on our coloured iron.

Detailed instructions for care are included in the boxes.

Our Materials: Iron, Silver and Gold

We source our pure iron from a UK supplier (www.pureiron.com ). The iron we use is 99.8% pure, which is about as pure as you can get it. You will be able to find a technical analysis on the 0.02% impurities on our suppliers website. There is no nickel content, so an allergic reaction is unlikely.

Pure iron is very soft in itself, so it in not at all commonly used. We have found it to be perfect to produce the fine detail for out work and I would warmly recommend it to any one making jewellery out of iron.

Our silver and gold is sourced from Cooksongold. We are registered at the London Assay Office, where we have all our silver and gold jewellery assayed and hallmarked.

Care of the Leather Cord

We take care to choose the best leather cords we can find. Even so the strength and longevity will vary from batch to batch and from cow to cow.

If your cord breaks within a year, please contact me.
I can send you a replacement cord.

Dry leather will go brittle and break easily. Salt, soap, body sprays and cosmetics will dry the leather faster.

Occasionally use leather food or polish to protect the leather. For best results use products designed for leather care.

The best oil to re-hydrate the leather is neat's foot oil, though in a pinch you can use lanolin or tallow. Avoid vegetable or mineral based oils.

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