All ceramics are fired twice to a high temperature and use food-safe glazes. They are all dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.
Embroidered Ceramics can be placed in the dishwasher, oven or microwave by removing the thread beforehand. Cleaning with a damp sponge is recommended if wanting to retain the existing embroidery.
The Embroidered Ceramics range of jewellery and homewares can be re-threaded in a multitude of ways. Interaction with the design is encouraged to discover how different embroidery stitches alter the nature of the piece. Note that Kristen uses silk thread or coton perle to embroider the ceramics.
Porcelain is fired twice up to 1280C, and is a beautiful material that with care - like all ceramics and glass - will last a very long time. Keep in mind that putting ceramic jewellery on (or taking it off) while standing over tiles or concrete can tempt fate! For this reason, Kristen recommends standing over a bed/carpet/clothing when putting on or taking off any piece of ceramic jewellery.
Occasionally unglazed porcelain can pick up traces of dirt or makeup. Luckily cleaning porcelain is as easy as cleaning a dish! A dash of detergent + a bit of a scrub = porcelain back to it's sparkling white surface.
Wherever possible, Kristen uses Stirling Silver for the findings (crimps, studs, hoops etc). Due to allergy concerns Nickle findings are not used, however some earring studs may have Stainless Steel backings to offer to those with a preference. This will always be listed in the product listing, please check before ordering.
Kristen prints with archival inks on quality paper. With proper care (i.e framed behind glass and kept away from direct sunlight) works should not fade for well over a hundred years!
Eco-prints and Natural Dyes:
Ecoprinting uses natural resources (leaves, flowers, eggs, milk) to create dyes and prints on fabric and paper. These pieces have been created using non-toxic, environmentally sound practices. Being a natural dye, colours will fade over time – more so if exposed to direct sunlight.
A cold hand-wash is recommended for the least disturbance to dyes.
When fading occurs, owners are encouraged to re-dye the piece with natural dyeing methods. Trace elements from the original dyeing process will interact with any future re-dyeing to create unique effects on the material. Kristen recommends the book Eco Colour by India Flint for inspiration, along with the blogs of LouM, and Folk Fibers.
Printed on to 100% cotton material, please wash in cold water with like colours before first use. The print has been heat-sealed and is not toxic.