Personal Collection: foldformed leaves with mauve

A year or so before I got pregnant with my daughter, I started doing foldforming with copper - a hot metalworking technique where you use a torch to soften sheets of metal and fold and hammer it into organic shapes. I loved the technique, but I had to stop doing it while I was pregnant because it was too dangerous, and then the brain tumor left me with a hand tremor and I ultimately decided I couldn’t go back to it. These are, I believe, the very last of the many leaves I made in 2008-2009; I might have one or two more floating around somewhere, but definitely not any pairs.

$ 30.00

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Item # 1916-815

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!