FAQ

Here is a list of my most frequently asked questions!

Q: Are you taking custom orders?

A: I am only able to take on one commissioned piece a month at this time. My sincere apologies. You can contact me about a Custom Order here

Q: When will my order ship?

A: All items are available to ship in one weeks’ time after purchase. Give or take a couple days.

Q: Where can I purchase your work?

A: You can shop all of my work here!

I also attend a few Art Shows throughout the year. Dates and locations can be found here!

Q: Do you offer layaway or reserve pieces?

A: Yes, absolutely! Many of my customers choose this option and it's very easy to set up a 90 day payment plan directly with me. The link to the deposit listing and step by step instructions can be found here

Also, I have partnered with PayPal and they offer 90 days same as cash to approved customers at checkout. 

Q: What is reclaimed metal? Do you always use it?

A: The term "reclaimed" means items or materials used in making of my pieces are re-purposed, and recycled. 

All of the items are handmade and hand finished, from ethically sourced natural and reclaimed precious materials. Because of this, no two items are exactly alike or are they perfect. You can expect slight variations or inclusions, thus adding to the organic and unique feel of each piece. It is these slight imperfections that give handcrafted items their innate soulful character and appeal.  Nearly every piece I create is made from at least 30% or more reclaimed metal. You can read more about it here!

Q: Why haven't you responded to my email?

A: YIKES! I'm sorry! I hope you don’t need to ask this… I do my best to keep up... but I simply can't always stay on top of everything!  Through gmail, Instagram, Etsy, website and Facebook... I receive hundreds of messages and as a one woman operation, I simply can't get to them all.   I'd spend all my time behind the screen of a computer, and little to no time creating, or doing much of anything else.  I find that with creating, I need to find balance, with creating, time outdoors, gardening, and time with my family.  Because without time spent enjoying the places, people and things that bring me inspiration, I don't have much inspiration to draw from.  It's something that I really struggle with...so thank you for your patience and understanding.  It is truly appreciated. 

Q: When do you update your shop?

A: I do a standard update, which I usually announce a few days prior on social media either on Instagram then on Facebook.  If you’ve signed up for my email list you will be the 1st to know when my next collections will hit the shop! I also do random updates from time to time, so you can shop at your leisure. So, grab that cup of coffee and join me in the Gallery 😉

Q: How can I improve the odds of snagging a piece of yours on the website?

A: Sometimes this can be tricky, and as a person living in the woods with terrible internet service, I can relate to the struggle… it’s REAL!  

It's a good idea to come to the website a few minutes before a scheduled update, and log into your account or create one. Get your payment info ready to go beforehand. To avoid any hang ups with shipping please make sure your shipping address is correct.  

***When the update time comes, be sure to hit the refresh button to see all the new pieces.

If you have your heart set on something in particular, it is best to complete the transaction first, before adding additional items to your cart.  Adding multiple items at one time can run the risk of losing all of them. Don’t worry if I see that you’ve purchased multiple items, I will correct your shipping charges to reflect it.

Q: How did you get into metalsmithing? How did you learn?

A: I'm a self taught metalsmith, and to this day I still have never taken a class...although I'd like to!  It's on my bucket list.  There have been a lot of mistakes made, a lot of metal burnt to a crisp, and a lot of trial and error.  I tend to learn by doing...so that's what I did.  When I started out there weren't any classes available locally, and I was pretty broke.  So...I read books and watched You Tube when I could.

Q: Do you teach classes or lessons?

A: It's in the works, but at this time I'm sort of maxed out.  And honestly...I'm pretty unorthodox in the studio...

Q: What advice can you give someone new to metalsmithing?

Find your own voice… put your time in, and create every day! Make the mistakes and then make more mistakes. Don’t put it off… I wasted 20+ years afraid of failing so I did nothing!  Honestly...that's the best advice I can give.  When you are able to draw from your own unique perspective, your heart and soul… That’s when you create art!

 

Peace, Love & Creativity

Cheryl