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Shipping Note: If your complete order is 3 lbs or over, your shipping fee will not be included in the initial charge. We want to make your shipping expense is the most economical to you. We will contact you to discuss your preferred shipping choice and rate. Once you decide on shipping, the shipping fee will be charged to your credit card once your product has shipped.

Return and Exchanges:  Special orders are non-returnable.
Regular orders can be returned within 7 days of receipt in their original packaging and in the case of jewelry, in unworn condition. Please notify the Lupine Cottage by phone or email before the return. The client is responsible for returning the item(s) pre-paid and insured to the Lupine Cottage. Credit issued will not include original shipping and insurance charges. We reserve the right to not accept a return and may require a re-stocking or repair fee if the item has been at all damaged or worn. While our policies are firm for obvious reasons, we will do everything we can to work with you and make sure your experience with us is positive.

Meet Tonya Patten of The Moon's Cache

Updated: Dec 15, 2018

I want to share a bit about my metal working process. The jewelry that I create is made up of different kinds of metals, copper, brass or sterling silver. The metals are in sheet or wire form when I receive them. I cut them with special shears or a jeweler's saw.

The pieces are then filed, textured or stamped, with steel stamps or various hammers.

I also have a grinder that helps with smoothing out any rough spots. Metals can be fused with a torch, I use a propane one. You have to make sure your pieces to fuse are clean, apply flux to help the solder flow, cut the desired solder, and apply heat with the torch. When the metal is evenly heated, the solder will flow where the flux has been applied to form a joint.

The hot metal items must be quenched in water to cool them and then placed in a pickle solution to clean them. Solder comes in extra easy, easy, medium and hard. When you are soldering multiple joints on a single piece you must use hard solder first so that successive joints do not come unsoldered as you repeat the heating process.

They can also be connected with cold connections such as rivets. This is done with a small brad and a special hammer that turns the smaller end of the rivet into a circular plate that is formed tight against the metal. Before a piece is finished, I often run it in a tumbler that is loaded with steel shot and water along with a few drops of dish detergent.

This will often be the final polish and it work hardens the metal so it will not bend out of the intended shape. Polishing is done by hand as well with varying grits of sandpaper and steel wool.

Here are some of my pieces available online and at The Lupine Cottage

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