Embers & Roses
This pendant... kind of ran away from me while I was working on it. I had in mind for it to be simple, just a frame of wire accenting the vintage chandelier crystal and the rose bead, but then it started getting ornate, and demanded some little accent beads, and, well... arguing with the wire never ends well, so I let it have its way and I can’t say as I’m unhappy with the result!
This is a BIG pendant - just a smidge shy of 4” inches long and about 1.5” wide, and it weighs over an ounce. It will be the most comfortable on a neckvine or a heavy chain - or I could build it out into a necklace, which would cost extra (how much extra would depend on what sort of necklace you want and what you want me to put in it, but probably not more than another $30 - $50 unless you REALLY want to go all out) but would be absolutely spectacular and I would not object at ALL to being asked to do that.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (Gift bags are available!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!