Bark Dog Rescue Handmade Earrings, Purple Lampwork Artisan Jewelry
The BARK! handmade earrings are perfect for the woman who adores her rescue / adopted dog(s). They are one of a kind (OOAK) and were created for a good cause. Since I believe strongly in dog and cat adoption, 1/2 of the purchase price of these earrings will be donated to the local Humane Society. All of the Shadow Dogs, past and present, have been shelter rescues (or strays that came to stay) and they have been/are devoted four footed companions. The meaningful earrings were created with artisan handmade copper bark charms. To complement the charms, shiny violet purple artisan created lampwork beads, copper Czech rondelles with sparkling crystals and violet opal Swarovski crystals were used. Sterling silver earwires finish the earrings. Jewelry that is created for the woman who adores unique designs and loves dogs, the BARK! earrings are a perfect gift for a special person - or a perfect gift to yourself! They were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.
+ Copper bark charms: app. 22 mm x 11 mm x 1 mm
+ Purple lampwork glass beads: app. 12 mm x 8 mm
+ Copper Czech rondelles: app. 6 mm x 3 mm; inset with clear Czech crystals
+ Swarovski crystals: 6 mm "violet opal" faceted bicones
+ Metal: copper and sterling silver
+ Earwires: sterling silver with copper accents
+ Length: app. 2.5" / 6.4 cm from the top curve of the earwire
The stars of the BARK! earrings are the oh-so-fun copper bark rectangle charms. The bark charms were individually handmade by long time artist friend, Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign from copper precious metal clay, an artisan clay that is packed with small copper particles, an organic binder and water. The design is her own: a single word, "bark", impressed onto each rectangle. Each rectangle was molded, shaped and carved by Kristi and then placed in a kiln and fired at high heat to burn away the binder and water. Pure copper charms were left!
After the charms cooled, they were heated again with a butane torch to bring out the rich patina of the copper. You never know what colors are going to show up - there is a pinkish cast to these with a darker area in the corner of one charm. The charms were then sealed to protect the color. Since the pieces are handmade, you can tell from the photos that the bark charms are similar but not exactly the same - something I love about handmade items! The charms have wonderful texture to them, the "bark" being recessed in the copper. The charms were carefully wire wrapped onto copper wire to attach to the upper part of the earrings.
Since I love the color combination of purple with copper, I decided to use a pair of shiny violet purple lampwork beads. The beads were individually handmade by the talented Charlotte of Covergirlbeads from lush opaque violet glass with a high gloss finish. Such beautiful beads to highlight the bark charms!
The earrings needed more than a bit of sparkle so I topped each violet purple lampwork bead with copper Czech rondelles set with sparkling clear crystals. Nestled into each rondelle, 6 mm faceted Swarovski crystal bicones in a "violet opal" color were used. You want sparkle? You got it with the BARK! earrings!
A long piece of copper wire was used to pull all the elements together. The bark rectangle charms were wire wrapped to the bottom of the wire. The lampwork beads, rondelles and crystals were then strung on the wire. A loop was carefully wire wrapped to the top of the wire, above the lampwork beads. The main body of the earrings were then connected to sterling silver French hook earwires. I added a copper bicone to each earwire for lovely accents.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the BARK! copper charm and lampwork earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
Dogs are a symbol of loyalty, friendship and unconditional love. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. Even though man made, glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
The BARK earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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Quality items and customer satisfaction are very important to me. If you have questions or would like additional information on any item, please email me and I will do my best to answer any question.
I ship out next day - sometimes even same day!
My preferred way of payment is through PayPal or ProPay.
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I accept checks and money orders, but the item will not be shipped until the payment has cleared.
In the event of non-payment with no return communication, the transaction will be canceled and I will relist the jewelry.
REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES
I guarantee my work - my good name rests on quality workmanship. I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If you are not, please email me within 14 days of receiving your jewels to discuss a refund or exchange. If you decide to return the item for whatever reason, it must be returned with delivery confirmation. Once the item is received in its original condition, the full cost of the item will be refunded to you, via your Paypal account or through other means as discussed, minus the cost of shipping. Customer pays return shipping. If your piece is being lengthened, shortened, repaired, or exchanged, I will pay shipping back to you.
I love working with people to create that perfect one-of-a-kind piece that speaks to them. Please email me and I'll be glad to start the process. If you are interested in a piece of jewelry that has sold, I will do my best to make something similar (but not exactly since all of my designs are one-of-a-kind). I require a 50% non-refundable deposit of the agreed upon final price (excluding shipping) for custom orders. I will not begin a piece until the deposit is made.
All jewelry is carefully packaged in an organza drawstring pouch, making the purchase perfect for gift giving. If you would prefer a jewelry box, please let me know - I will be glad to use a box at no extra charge. The jewels are then wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a padded envelope or a cardboard box, depending on the size.
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All Domestic orders will be shipped USPS First Class mail within 24 hours of receiving payment, although I often ship same day, depending on when the order is received. Shipping also includes delivery confirmation at no extra charge. If the total amount is over $60.00, I will self-insure the package at no extra charge to you for peace of mind. When your jewels are shipped, I will email you to let you know they are on the way.
I will be happy to ship by USPS Priority Mail if you would like your purchase mailed that way. Please let me know in the notes to the seller at checkout. A new invoice for the difference in shipping will be sent to you.
***If you live within 15 miles of me, I will be glad to deliver your order. You will receive a refund of the shipping cost. Please email me and we can work out the specifics :)
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Please note that I declare the actual value for customs. Please do not ask me to declare your purchase as a gift as I could be held criminally liable for falsifying customs forms.
Excellent customer!! The best of the best. Thanks so much!!
Absolutely wonderful ArtFire member. fantastic artist and a pleasure to work with!! Highly recommend.
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Fantastic buyer, swift payment, Thanks Catherine!
Always a pleasure with each transaction! Thanks again! :)
Thanks so much ShadowDogDesigns for your support!I'm so glad you like my earrings :)
Fantastic working with you. Smooth transaction and lightning fast payment. Thank you and enjoy!
one of my favorite Artfire artisans, thank you
Great customer service! I love my earrings, thanks so much!
One of the very nicest people on ArtFire! Thanks so much for shopping with me, I hope you love your jewelry as much as I loved making it.
An excellent artisan with stellar service - great communication, fast shipping, solid packaging. The Rudraksha seed earrings that I selected are absolutely stunning - more beautiful than the photos were able to capture. Their presentation was lovely too! A nice ribbon-wrapped box held a pretty little gift bag, in which were the earrings carefully wrapped in gorgeous tissue. So impressive! All in all, Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns exemplifies the best of handmade artisans, and everything about this purchase is a testament to the superiority of handmade as a buying choice! Thank you, Catherine - these truly are earrings to cherish for a lifetime!
It is a always a true pleasure to do business with you.Thank you so very much.
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Fantastic! Thank you so much for your purchases. Blu appreciates the extra bones and belly rubs. :)
The earrings arrived today. They are perfect! They look wonderful on me and I am very happy with my purchase. Thanks a million. Garden Gate Designs
Hi Catherine---The necklace and earrings are stunning. I love them so much and I know she will love them too. They are one of those gifts to enjoy for a life time. Thank you for everything. Sue