Personal Collection: The Time-Traveler’s Wristwatch
This is from... hm, maybe 2008 or 2009? I was experimenting a lot with mixed-media pieces and non-traditional materials, and I came up with this steampunk-inspired leather cuff ornamented with all sorts of things that I thought might be useful to the average time traveler. I know there’s a bus token, a postage stamp, a tiny map fragment, and a few bits of dictionary pages stuffed in between various layers of leather and under other things; there’s also a key and a stopped watch (I’m guessing at some point it just couldn’t keep up with all the jumping around the space-time continuum) and quite possibly a few other things I don’t remember.
It’s 7” long, and NOT adjustable. The bits and bobs wedged into it aren’t glued in, so they might fall out (that’s intentional) unless you decide you want to glue them in. It’s highly impractical, definitely not suitable for daily wear, and should be considered a costuming/art piece rather than a regular piece of jewelry.
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!