Turtles All The Way Down
I was specifically shopping for turtle beads recently (yes, my job is weird sometimes) and while these weren’t the right turtles for THAT project, they were very insistent on coming home with me and all being made into a necklace called “Turtles All The Way Down” and... look, I just work here, okay?
I’ll adjust this necklace to fit; it can be any length between about 13 inches and 26 inches. I can’t find my measuring tape right now, but if you’re in the 12-14 inch range I may have to make it extra swoopy to get it short enough. Let me know what length you need in a note on your order.
(Cat not included, but if he wakes me up by howling outside my bedroom door at 2am tonight that might change.)
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. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) 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!