ABOUT ERIN MICHAEL -- The Things


Erin Michael is a one-chick operation dedicated to making cool things completely by my own hands. Starting primarily with copper chainmaille in 2004, Erin Michael has grown to include a variety of silversmithed settings and elements with gemstones, crystals, and whatever else finds its way to the work bench. I also spend a lot of time outdoors, and use the things I find to create completely unique pieces. With attention paid to the smallest details, Erin Michael jewelry is always made with quality materials. That means no glues, epoxies, plated metals or other undesirable funkiness. For each creation, all the materials are listed, so you know exactly what you're getting. 

What is Chainmaille? 
Chainmaille (also chainmail or chain mail) is the ancient art of linking small metal rings in a pattern. "Maille" in French translates to "net" or "mesh" and was originally used in creating armour. Many different chainmaille patterns have emerged over time, and I use these same patterns in my creations. I cut each jump ring myself and then open, link, and close each ring individually using a pair of pliers in each hand. Since each ring is free to move in the linked pattern, the result is a strong piece of jewelry with a nice, fluid movement.
 
WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE
You'll receive your Erin Michael jewelry gift packaged with an Adoption Kit to take care of your new shiny thing. Adoption Kits include
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Bag completely handmade by me down to the clay Erin Michael logo charm

  • Storage Bag with Tarnish-Resistant Insert to protect your jewelry against scratches, tarnish (silver), and bad vibes.

  • Shine Cloth

  • Jewelry Care and Cleaning Tips

  
MATERIALS AND FINISHES

Some pieces are available in more than one material and/or finish. Shown here is what they look like.

From left to right:

  • rose gold

  • silver-shiny

  • yellow gold

  • silver-blackened

Materials In-Depth
sterling silver an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of copper
fine silver pure silver; 99.9%
14K gold solid gold; the purity of the gold has 14 parts out of 24 pure old or about 58.5% pure gold; yellow gold is alloyed with silver, copper, & zinc; rose gold is alloyed with copper & silver
14/20 gold-fill 14K gold composes 1/20th of the total weight of the material with brass in the base; This is an extremely durable and cost-effective alternative to solid gold.
gold-plate
(NOTE: I don't use this)
Gold-plating applies a very thin layer of gold over a base metal using an electro-chemical process. There is no industry standard to govern the quantity or quality of gold, and over-vigorous cleaning can remove the layer of gold-plate. Because of this, I never use gold-plated materials but am noting the definition for reference purposes.
 
ITEM AVAILABILITY
Items marked Ready to Ship are complete, polished, and will be gift wrapped and shipped to you immediately when your order is received. If you have a specific deadline, please contact me, and I will work with you on expedited shipping options.
Items marked Made to Order will be scheduled for production when your order is received. Typically, this is the case on reoccurring designs or chainmaille items that are especially labor intensive. Your item will be completed as soon as possible with a usual turnaround time of 2-3 weeks depending on time of year, current work load, etc. If you need an item for a certain occasion, please contact me, and I'll do my best to meet your deadline.
 
SHIPPING
Items will be shipped via insured USPS Priority.
Domestic Shipping
Order Total Shipping
$0-50 $8
$50.01-100 $10
$100.01-500 $15
$500.01 and up $20
International Shipping
$0-500 $35
$500.01 and up $70
 
GIVING BACK
A portion of sales from my shop goes to support charitable organizations such as
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • Wildlife S.O.S.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
 

ABOUT ERIN MICHAEL -- The Person


When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a superhero. Or a supervillain. I hadn’t decided. All I knew was I wanted a cool outfit with all the clever accessories and have a comic book, er, graphic novel about me and all the badass crap I was doing.

This is me in my Wonder Woman Underoos around the age of 6. Whilst saving the world, I was always down with anything crafty and spent around 5 minutes on the usual assortment--cross stitch, crochet, rug latch, sewing, clay, painting... I enjoyed constantly learning new stuff and using tools. When I found metalworking, the heavens opened and angels started singing. I had found my love. It was the perfect union of so many things I loved--science, artistry, brute force, and danger.

Some things never change.

As it turns out, melting metal with torches and hammering with a heavy mallet on an anvil to make things makes me feel like a superhero. Or a supervillain. I haven’t decided. 
 

 

 

 
 

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