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About


About About About
My jewelry designs are inspired by nature and its landscape specific to Alberta, Canada.  Using age old techniques in hand paper making, I create my hand made papers from various recycled materials as well as from flora, plants, fruit, vegetable, herbs and spices I have either grown and harvested or sourced locally in Cochrane, AB.  

Where possible, environmentally friendly materials are used through up-cycling & re-cycling with the majority of my pendants being strung on up-cycled t-shirts that have been washed, dried by mother nature, hand cut and stretched by me into t-shirt cord.

Pendant backs, beads and jewelry components are individually made by me from modern polymers and are incorporated into the bulk of my designs. Each have been finished with various textures, inclusions and/or surface treatments. The majority of my necklaces have no metal contacting the skin.

From time to time, new materials may include metals such as stainless steel and/or base metals as well as leather, hemp, cotton, silicone and will be listed within each items description.

My hand made papers, pendants and beads form the focal of my designs. All items are locally made in Cochrane, Alberta with some limited production items.

Jewelry Care


Where do you source the materials from for your paper beads?

The majority of my paper beads are created from my hand made papers and/or pulp. My hand made papers are created with recycled materials as well as various plants, vegetables, fruit, spices & herbs to name a few.

My Artist paper beads are created from sheets of Artist quality paper that I hand paint designs onto and then create into my Artist Paper beads.

Are your beads water resistant and/or water proof?

All paper beads receive several coats of durable gloss glaze making them water-resistant. From time-to-time, paper beads may be coated in resin making them water-proof.

As with all my beads, with the proper handling and care they will last many many years. Do not immerse paper beads in water or wear swimming, or, in the shower, sauna, hot tub, pool, torrential rain to name a few.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry.
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils / water sources. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the paper layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment.
What is Polymer Clay?

Aside from this material being an exceptional versatile medium, essentially Polymer
Clay consists of tiny polyvinyl chloride particles suspended in plasticizers and mixed with various pigments. As its name suggests, polymer clay behaves a lot like natural clay – namely, it is pliable in its raw form and hardens when cured.

What brand of Polymer Clay do you use?

I exclusively use Premo branded Polymer Clay for creating beads and pendants. It's a wonderful material with practically endless possibilities. It’s lightweight, fade resistant, and waterproof!

Polymer clay pieces can last many years with the proper care and handling. However, polymer clay can be very fragile when mistreated. Once cured, there is some flexibility to the clay itself.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the polymer clay layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To clean polymer clay pieces, simply wipe with a bath of warm water and a lint free cloth. To restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
I use Art Resin on all of my mixed media pieces due in part to its friendly low VOC nature while I am pouring and while it's curing and its crystal clear finish once cured.

Resin finishes will last many years with the proper care and handling.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.
 
  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight. 
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines as they may separate the resin layer from the polymer clay layer. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
Why choose Stainless Steel?

I chose stainless steel for its appeal as well as its properties. It’s an excellent alternative for wearers with allergies and/or sensitivities to base metals such as copper or brass and won’t fade or chip over time.

Stainless steel has excellent strength properties in that it retains its shape and wear longer than those created out of carbon steel and softer base metals. It’s also resistant to rust, oxidation and discoloration and comes in an attractive muted grey color (much akin to a vintage pewter) with either a shiny or matte finish – a perfect compliment to my hand made papers and polymer clay.

Stainless steel jewelry is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The chromium creates a very thin chromium-oxide layer on the surface of the metal which prevents it from rusting.

Other metals are added to the alloy to give the steel other properties, such as strength and malleability. Nickel is added to strengthen the protective oxide layer, however in smaller quantities than 316L.

304 stainless steel is the most popular grade of stainless steel. It is 18-20% chromium, 8-10.5% nickel, 0.08% carbon, plus iron and the trace elements listed above and is a popular choice for Jewelry.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:
 
As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • Pour some warm water in a small bowl and add some mild dish washing soap. 
  • Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in the soapy water then gently wipe the stainless steel jewelry with the damp cloth until the piece is clean. 
  • When cleaning it, rub the item along its polish lines. 
  • Rinse the remaining soap off your stainless steel jewelry. 
  • Dry the jewelry well with a clean towel and then leave your pieces to air dry.
From time to time, although very limited, I may use base metals in the creation of my jewelry designs and as such they will be lead and nickel free.  To clean designs consisting of base metals, simply rub with a soft cloth to remove any tarnishing. Factors such as weather (humidity) and skin type will play a large part in how your skin/environment reacts with these metals.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.
 
  • Put on beauty products (deodorant, hairspray, perfume etc) first, once they have ‘dried’ then proceed to put on your jewelry. 
  • Avoid situations which can scratch or damage the finish. 
  • Do not subject your jewelry to excessive heat or strong sunlight.
  • Don’t expose your jewelry to acids such as vinegar or cleaning agents or chemicals containing bleaching agents, inks, ammonia or chlorine, salt or humid conditions. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to going to bed. 
  • Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, showering, swimming or activities where they may be exposed to excessive perspiration and/or body oils. 
  • Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaning machines. 
  • When not in use, store jewelry in its original jewelry pouch or box with a separate compartment. 
  • To remove any tarnish / darkening of the metal or, to restore sheen, buff gently with a soft cotton cloth or fleece.
(Leather / Hemp / T-shirt stringing materials)

For non-metal stringing care, they are fairly easy to care for while still taking into consideration guidelines with caring for your Jewelry.

Jewelry Care Guidelines:

As a rule of thumb... your jewelry should be the last thing to put on and the first thing to take off.

  • If leather becomes wet, air dry flat on a towel in a shady area. 
  • It is not recommended to wash leather stringing materials. 
  • Hemp and T-shirt cord, if become soiled/scented... can be gently spot cleaned with mild soapy water and left to dry flat on a towel in a shady area.   
  • If the design consists of paper beads, please ensure that you do not submerge the entire jewelry design. Please refer to caring for Paper beads.
  • If your design consists of ALL polymer clay beads (no paper beads), and is strung on up-cycled t-shirt cord, you can submerge briefly, or, spot clean the area.
  • Do not scrub or rub vigorously stringing material together as doing so may distort or stretch the stringing material.

Store Policies


We are Canadian based, therefore our store currency is in Canadian dollars.
PayPal
All payments are processed through PayPal. PayPal accepts most major credit cards. You do not need to sign up for a PayPal account in order to complete your purchase.
Papyrus Jewelry does not store your credit card information as this is all processed through PayPal.

Interac e-Transfer (Canadian Customers ONLY)
Please use the contact form to make contact with us in order to utilize this payment method.
For customers in Canada, we accept payments via Interac e-Transfer, there are no fees associated in your transaction with us utilizing this payment method. Please check with your financial institution if there are any fees they may charge you.

To take advantage of this service, please make contact with us via the contact form.
Shipping fees include postage costs, payment processing fees as well as insurance.
As we utilize PayPal to process your payment, there are PayPal fees that are associated with your transaction. Instead of factoring these fees into our item price, we decided to make these fees transparent to our customers on where a small portion of their money is going.

The fee structure below is derived from information on the PayPal website and has no bearing what-so-ever with Papyrus Jewelry, other than us collecting this fee in order to pay for fees that we are charged using PayPal as our payment processor.

PayPal (current as of June 2018) Fees added:

In Canada
A fee of 2.9% of the transaction amount + $0.30 CAD.

3rd Party Insurer
               
Xpresspost Domestic
Free Carrier Coverage: $100
Coverage Limit: $1000
Rate (USA$): $1.30
Fees are shown at checkout, at the time of selecting your shipping option.

PayPal

PayPal fees (%) are displayed within the “tax” line. Whilst they are NOT a tax, at this point in time, this is the only way for fees to be accurately reflected as PayPal fees.
PayPal also charge a transaction fee of 0.30c.

3rd Party Insurer

Fees associated with insurance are shown within the “Handling” line along with the PayPal fee (lesser $ / .c amount).  
We have no control over PayPal or our third party insurer changing their fees. If there are any increases to fees, they will be reflected in the question titled "Fees - What fees do you charge" as well as within their respective line at the point of checkout when selecting your shipping option.

All packages sent within Canada are shipped utilizing Canada Post.
At this stage, Canada.
Within Canada:
  • Xpresspost

Delivery standards are for items sent between most major urban centers and depend on origin, destination and other factors. Actual delivery times may vary, other terms and conditions apply. Please refer to the Canada Post website.

XpressPost

Shipping speed
  • Local (business days)  - next day
  • Regional (business days) - Next day
  • National - (business days)  - 2 days

Tracking and delivery
  • On-time delivery guarantee - Yes
  • Tracking and delivery confirmation - Yes
  • Delivery updates - Yes
  • Reference number tracking - Yes

  • All orders shipped within Canada are sent Xpresspost and include tracking.
Within Canada

  • Most orders are shipped out within 2 - 3 business days. 
  • Shipping times exclude holidays and weekends. 
  • Orders placed over the weekend will be shipped the following business day. 
  • Shipping times are based on Canada Posts delivery schedule and the distance to your destination. 
  • Papyrus Jewelry will not be held liable or responsible for shipping delays once it is lodged within the Canada Post Network.
For special days such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mothers Day & Fathers Day etc we require 10 business days prior to the holiday for shipments.
Shipping is calculated by weight and is based on a weight range as defined by Canada Post.
Shipping charges depend on the weight of the item/s and the volume size of the parcel being sent.

A great deal has been spent in calculating weight bands and related pricing which is based on the Canada Post website.




Unfortunately at this stage, no.
Yes, all orders shipped are insured to the total value of your order (incl shipping) with our third party insurer.
Every effort has been made for safe and secure shipping. Before signing, please check your shipment thoroughly upon receipt.

If in the unfortunate event your order arrives damaged, any damage or breakage observed must be noted on the delivery receipt as "Damaged Packages". Please notify us within 48 HOURS of receipt. Please e-mail ‘clear’ photographs (not blurred) specifically showing ‘up close’ the exact area of damage as well as damage sustained to any packaging.
If your order has not arrived within the time frame stated within Canada Posts Delivery Guide and provided that your parcel has tracking, please advise so we can request a tracer, that is, ask Canada Post to try and locate where the parcel is within the Canada Post Network. Please note that this process could take up-to 60 days.
  • Please ensure that you keep all original packaging (boxes, pouches, bubble wrap, foam, foam shells, foam sheets, mailers etc) as the claim team may ask for this. 
  • Please ensure that all your contact details are up-to date with us as your details will be provided when we initiate the request on your behalf. 
  • Once we have initiated the request they will then be in contact. 

Please Note:

All insurance claims are managed by Canada Post and our Third party insurer and are granted at their discretion.

Prior to your order being shipped, photographs are taken of how the item was packaged.
All items are packaged with protective bubble wrap and sent in a bubble mailer to your destination.  This is in addition to your selected jewelry packaging type.

Yes, we offer three types of packaging options that you can select within the product you are interested in.  This packaging is in addition to other protective packaging that we use and is currently offered for free.

The options are:

1. No Frills:

Your item/s are protectively packaged in bubble wrap and placed inside a bubble wrap mailer then mailed to you  via your chosen shipping method.

2. Fabric Pouch:

Your items are inserted into a fabric pouch and protectively wrapped in bubble wrap then placed inside a bubble wrap mailer and mailed to you via your chosen shipping method.

3. Gift Box:

Your items is packaged in a white gift box which is wrapped in either bubble wrap or protective foam sheeting and inserted into a bubble mailer then mailed to you via your chosen shipping method.
Great care is taken to craft each and every piece. As your chosen jewelry is hand made there will be variances between colors, size, shape, texture & finish.

  • Warranty is valid for 30 days from either: date of purchase (in person), date of receipt utilizing Xpresspost / Tracked Packet USA, or, 10 days commencing after the item has been shipped via USA Small Packet.
  • No warranty, repairs, and/or returns are accepted with items shipped VIA the “No Frills” method.
  • Warranty Excludes excessive wear & tear, theft, damage attributed to improper care (as defined within our Jewelry Care section), loss, or change of mind.
  • If your merchandise is damaged due to a manufacturer defect, Papyrus Jewelry will attempt to repair the item, or, offer you a replacement item from stock available or a store credit to use at a later time.
  • If in the event your item received is damaged as a result of shipping, please notify Papyrus Jewelry within 48 hours. Please refer to Insurance Claims section.
  • For all warranty repairs & insurance claims, customers are responsible for shipping BOTH ways and it is highly recommended that you obtain tracking references and insurance as Papyrus Jewelry will not be held liable for missing / damaged items in transit.
  • For warranty / insurance claims, please use the contact form and e-mail us prior to shipping your item back.
  • No item will be accepted unless there is an accompanying RA# (return authorization number).

Contact


  • Monday: 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm Friday: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm Sunday: Closed Statutory holidays in Canada - Closed

Events


Up-coming events

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
Banff Christmas Market (Thurs - Sun) 22 Nov 2018 100 Sundance Road, Banff, Alberta, Canada
2018 Cochrane Christmas Farmers Market 08 Dec 2018 800 Griffin Rd E, Cochrane, AB T4C 2B8, Canada

Past Events

Title Date Location
2018 Fort Calgary Artisan Fair 11 Nov 2018 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5E1, Canada
Mountain Made Christmas Market - Canmore 04 Nov 2018 700 Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P4, Canada
Artist Opportunity - Cochrane Visitor Information Center 13 Oct 2018 521 1 St W, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A4, Canada
CIAS Kickstart Party (Cochrane Integrated Arts Society) 29 Sep 2018 5GWC+R9 Cochrane, Rocky View No. 44, AB