Who is Studio Ides?
Hi there! My name is Kirsty and I live just outside of Glasgow in the UK with my Husband, baby and dog. I have a degree in Interior Design and pre-baby worked in the Film & Television industry. After giving birth to our Son and losing my Dad within 3 weeks of each other, I decided to take the leap of faith to work for myself doing something I was passionate about - life is too short!
I make all the jewellery in my home studio, by hand in small batches. Lots of pieces are one off and due to the nature of the process, every pair is individual. No two pieces are the same.
If you would like to read more about me, click the About Me
link at the bottom of the page.
What materials are used?
Primarily my designs are made from Polymer Clay with a resin coating to give it a high-gloss protection. The resin coating protects any design accents on the clay such as glitter, metal foil, or mica powder as well as giving it a super shine.
The earring posts I use are made from Surgical Steel so are fully hypoallergenic. Sometimes people confuse Surgical Steel with Stainless Steel which a small number of people can take a reaction to. Rest assured, Surgical Steel is very hypoallergenic and safe for the huge majority of people - it's genuinely what they make surgical equipment from.
The earring posts are fixed with a top layer of resin meaning they not only are really secure, the backs look as pretty as the front. Some pieces are made purely from resin. In these instances, the earring backs are embedded into the resin meaning they definitely won't budge! Silver-plated and cushioned clip-on backs are now available in certain designs.
Are the pieces sustainable?
I won't deny that polymer clay is a type of plastic. In saying that, I make sure that all my pieces are well made and as sturdy as possible to allow them to be loved for a long time. Bakelite jewellery, also made from plastic, was once all the rage in the 1940s and 50s. These pieces are still around today as vintage collector items and have even been passed down through generations of families. If taken care of correctly, polymer clay jewellery will have the same longevity and ability to last for years to come - buy once, buy well!
I avoid the use of single-use plastic in my process as well. To read more about my eco paper-based packaging, click here
I also make sure to use up all 'scraps' of clay from my designs by remixing and using them in other designs so only a minuscule amount of polymer clay ever goes in the bin. Shop the Save The Clay! zero waste collection here.
How long will my order take?
Depending on the time of year and volume of orders, processing times may vary. Items in stock will be posted within 3 -5 days of ordering. Made To Order items will be posted within 5-7 days of ordering. I always try to post orders out sooner than this where I can. I cannot guarantee items will arrive for a specific date at short notice but I will do everything I can for you to have your items as soon as possible.
How is my item shipped?
Each item is lovingly boxed, wrapped in tissue and posted in cardboard. All packaging is paper based, including the tape! Please re-use or recycle what you can, we only have one planet.
Each package also includes a how to care for your pieces guide as well as a returning customer discount code to say a big THANK YOU for your custom.
Do you ship to my country; Australia/USA/Canada/Germany etc?
Yes! I provide world-wide shipping and always use the Royal Mail postal service where I can. Please see the Shipping & Packaging
page for more info.