Be The Resistance You Want To See In The World
Yesterday's accidental new technique/design idea + talking with friends about the White Rose resistance movement over dinner last night + needing to do SOMETHING other than be paralyzed with despair = these shinies.
I have enough materials on hand to make at least half a dozen of these pendants, and can get more of the beads easily enough, so I'm calling this an open edition with no quantity limit. They are $45 each, with $10 from each one going to the ACLU, and each one will be unique, but very similar to the ones you see here. Please allow an extra day or two for orders containing this item, as each one is hand-made.
(I also have several kinds of white rose beads en route, and those will be made into earrings at price points between $10 and $25, with a significantly higher percentage of the proceeds going to the ACLU; those should be available early next week.)
If you like the idea of the White Rose symbolism, allow me to also recommend my friend Kate's canvas patches, available for a mere $6 or $12: you can buy them here.
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!