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littlest fish designs

vineyard haven, martha's vineyard, ma

02568

Care Instructions & FAQ
 
Care Instructions

To reduce the risk of tarnish and/or breakage, please do not wear your Littlest Fish Designs piece in the shower, ocean, or to bed. Store alone or with like jewelry in a dry place. These pieces are hand-made and fragile and are prone to breakage if you are rough with them. If your piece incorporates sterling silver please polish with a sterling silver polishing cloth. To keep your wampum from drying out and getting dull, condition your wampum piece will olive or mineral oil once a month. Simply rub a drop of oil all over the wampum and wipe it off with a paper towel.

FAQ
 
"How long have you been making wampum jewelry?"
Since 2014. You can read my full story here.
 
"I have a collection of wampum pieces from the beach, can you make me something out of that?"

Unfortunately, I cannot use "found" beach wampum. The wampum I use comes from freshly shucked quahog shell. Found beach wampum has been weathered and tossed in the water for an unknown amount of time. This natural tumbling process calcifies the wampum over time, making it hard as a rock and therefore unusable in the designs that I offer.

 

"I go clamming can you make me something out of my freshly shucked shell?"

If your quahog shell is fresh out of the ocean, then I absolutely can. However, if the shell has been heat-treated in any way (baked, steamed, boiled, grilled, etc.) I can not use it. The shell becomes too brittle when exposed to heat, and I won't be able to carve or shape the wampum without it breaking. with

 

"Do you offer men's jewelry?"

Sure! I can modify my designs to fit any style preference. More "masculine" materials I provide are genuine leather cord and oxidized silver chain. Contact me for more information.