These are my Fractal Leaf Earrings.
View the entire Fractal collection in our shop here:
We hand forge each pair of fractal earrings from scratch in our studio based in Emmaus, PA
Ear Wire - 1/2 inch long.
Marquise leaf: 1/3 inch wide x 3/4 inch tall
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a little about my new Fractal collection:
In 2022, My friend Kathryn and I went on several thrifting adventures and began noticing flatware at local flea markets and antique shops. What fun it was to treasure hunt with her, and soon we enlisted Steve, Kathryn's husband.
I purchased an assortment of plated flatware, and after a few months, I invited them to play in the studio. We had a great workout that day trying to achieve what we wanted with the tools that I had (very sore and some blistering the day after). I learned what type of flatware, materials, and tools we would need to execute the designs and once I obtained the necessary elements and tools, I played with bending techniques and different silhouettes that could be made from these treasures.
These materials, however, frustrate me. If I don't know what metals precisely my treasures are made from, I can't guarantee that the pieces I create will hold their color or not turn a finger green. And I feel if I am creating something it should last. To solve this problem, I started to look at vintage sterling flatware. This is material I understand.
I purchased and quickly sold through my first sterling spoon rings and then had an epiphany. As a metalsmith, I am not limited to just spoons. I can take inspiration from the different silhouettes and textures that come along with flatware and apply my own textures and silhouettes.
I used my favorite go-to material - Sterling Silver. I melted a bunch of scraps, made some ingots, rolled them out and then applied a few different textures to the metal, and then hand-drew and sawed different elements. One texture pattern really stood out - It appeared as a fractal (a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole). The pattern is stunning as is but when a patina is added to it, it becomes an entirely different look.
The Fractal Collection was born from a love of friends, thrifting, sterling silver, and recycling.
I can share this collection with you by enlisting my husband, Peter, an amazing photographer. Sterling Silver is a tough medium to photograph, and he makes it look so easy. Check him out: https://peteritalianophotography.com
a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation
DELIVERY & TURNAROUND TIMES
We Hand Make Each Piece
We consistently update our Production time on our website to keep you in the loop: https://houseofmetalworks.com/pages/production-timing
The production days are in addition to the shipping speed you choose. If you are looking to receive your piece in a specific timeframe, contact us for help selecting a shipping service.
We also update our Etsy turnaround time, and the estimated delivery date is listed in each listing.
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Please note that delivery speeds via USPS have been slow.
Any timeframe that Etsy has provided is only an estimate. We can't guarantee the transit times once we hand it over to the carrier. It is in their hands and can be unpredictable sometimes.
We highly recommend that if you need to receive this order for a specific date, contact us for our recommendation of carrier/service.
WE SHIP VIA:
First Class Mail = Snail Mail ~ this is our most economical option, but it is slow and takes some time for delivery.
Priority Mail ~ Usually 2-3 days but not always.
UPS - contact us if you would prefer this method, and we can get a shipping estimate to you ASAP ~> UPS Ground, 2-Day, Overnight
International, Global mail
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Custom or personalized orders
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.
If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Questions about your order?
Please get in touch with us through a conversation on Etsy if you have any problems or questions about your order.
All of our pieces are forged from natural metals, and the chains and cording have been selected and tested to be worn and stand up to the test of an active lifestyle.
I wear my pieces every day, all day. I never take them off. I go from the studio to running, biking, yoga, swimming to shower.
This line was designed to be comfortable to wear every day and to last.
We also now offer excellent polishing cloths for sale in our Etsy shop:
GIFT WRAPPING & PACKAGING
To reduce our carbon footprint, we package our orders in minimalistic plastic-free, biodegradable, or recycled packaging.
If you want your order gift-wrapped, please choose "gift wrap" when checking out.
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Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Please note we hand-make each piece to order.
Our current production time is approximately 2 weeks after the time of purchase.
Our 2-week production does not include delivery time, and the delivery speed varies depending on the shipping method you chose during checkout.
You can view our symbols in our symbol gallery.
We can stamp symbols on the flip side but are limited by the size of the charm for text. Contact us with any text requests to make sure they can be done.
To add a flip side stamping to your order go to our extras section and add the extra engraving charge to your shopping cart. Note what you would like on the flip side in the comments section of your order when checking out.
We ship via:
First Class Mail (default, inexpensive, slow)
UPS Second Day
If your order is time sensitive we highly recommend USPS Priority or UPS shipping to ensure prompt delivery. We can't make any delivery guarantees on behalf of the shipping services. Once we hand the package to the carriers it is out of our hands.
If you would like to upgrade the shipping method you purchased contact us.
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint we package our orders in minimalistic plastic free, biodegradable or recycled packaging.
If you want your order gift wrapped please choose "gift wrap" when checking out.
There is a lot of inconsistency
and precious little standardization in the jewelry industry.
Much like clothing and shoes, sizes can vary
depending on what tools a manufacturer uses for measurements.
We use a Durston PrecisionFit™ Steel Tapered Ring Mandrel
purchased from the professional jewelry supply company, Rio Grande.
If you are unsure of your ring size, we recommend getting sized by a jeweler or you can purchase one of our sizers in our shop.
If the fit of your order isn't perfect, we offer exchanges on non-custom pieces. Customers are responsible for shipping costs both ways.
Gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film and unlike plated material, the gold layer will not wear or chip off. It has a tarnish-resistant surface but should be cleaned periodically with a polishing cloth to maintain shine.
Sterling silver is a durable lovely metal that can tarnish. It reacts with chemicals found in the air and the body. If you consistently wear your sterling pieces they will for the most part stay shiny. If you notice dulling just use a polishing cloth to brighten it back up. For more aggressive tarnish we recommend a silver polish paste.
Bronze, Brass, and Copper are durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades with proper care. They are great options for beautiful and affordable jewelry. One thing to keep in mind, the copper content of these metals can patina but wearing the pieces consistently during daily activities like washing hands and showering will help keep the pieces clean. They can easily be polished back up to a nice luster with a polishing cloth.
Aluminum is an affordable option to sterling silver. It is super light, hypoallergenic and it doesn’t rust or tarnish. It is easy to clean (a quick wash in soap and light use of a polishing cloth will do). Most aluminum is eco-friendly (recycled).