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You have questions? I have answers!

  • How do you make those laser art wall hangings?
    Time. Patience. Lots of glue. Did I mention patience? Eacn piece of wall art is a one-of-a-kind endeavor. I first design the 4 to 11 layers on Corel Draw using vector graphics. Once I'm happy with the design, I can preview the color scheme on the monitor. I take my 5'x5' 1/8" Baltic birch wood sheets and cut them down to 18" or 12" squares depending on the size of the final piece. I then paint or stain each panel using the predetermined color schemes chose on the computer. Once the panels are all painted, I cut them out one layer at a time using a 60-watt CO2 laser with an 18"x24" bed. Each layer takes 15 to 45 minutes to cut out. Once they are all cut out and I'm satisfied with the layers, I carefully line up and meticulously glue each layer using Titebond II. I let the glue set inside a jig I designed myself using three four-way pressure clamps. Once the glue is set, I pull the piece out, use dental tools to remove the "glue boogers" from where they don't belong, and repeat the process until it's complete. Once all the layers are glued down, I spray each unique piece with polyurethane. Each one includes a sawtooth hanger, bumpers on the back, and my signature.
  • How long does it take?
    Each piece can take up to 30 hours to complete (not including the computer design work, which can take weeks all by itself).
  • How do I clean these?
    I have found that a light feather dusting or a can of keyboard cleaner (canned air) can be a great tool to keep your artwork clean.
  • What inspires your designs?
    I love mideival architecture, Moroccan tilework, ancient handwriting, Celtic illuminations, Masonic adornments, ancient runes, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Pagan symbolism, you name it! I've done henna tattoos for many years and that inspires me, too. I was addicted to spirograph as a kid and perhaps some of that seeps through, as well.
  • Are your trivets durable and food safe?
    Yes! Each trivet is made using 2 layers of 1/4" Baltic birch wood cut as mirror images and glued together to make a 1/2" finished piece. They are treated with Danish oil, which helps harden and protect the wood and is food safe.
  • How big are your trivets and cutting boards?
    My trivets are approximately 8" in diameter and 1/2" thick. My cutting boards are made of beechwood and measure 17 3/4" x 11".
  • Can I really cut on my cutting board?
    I suggest you cut on the back and serve on the front of your cutting board to preserve the wonderful etched design on it. All my cutting boards are treated with food grade butcher block oil before they are shipped out.
  • Can I request a custom cutting board, trivet, or keychain design?"
    Sure! Just ask. I'll let you know if what you're looking for is possible and get you a quote asap.
  • How do I wash my Hawaiian shirt? Will it shrink?
    Before my shirts are constructed, the fabric is pre-washed in hot water in dye and perfume free detergent and dried in the dryer on high to shrink the fabric so it should no longer shrink when washed. You can wash your shirt in cold water with a non-bleach detergent in a normal cycle with like colors. Tumble dry on low and remove promptly from the dryer to avoid the need to iron. Iron with steam on a cotton setting, if necessary.
  • How do I know what size Hawaiian shirt to order?
    My shirts tend to run on the big side. You can see my size chart here. Please measure your chest, waist, and shoulders before you order. If you like a slimmer fit, I suggest ordering a size down.
  • What the heck is a teacup holster?
    A holster for the protection and portation of one teacup, suacer, teaspoon and possibly tea bag in the back pocket. Most useful in case of the inevitable tea drinking duel or for when you are in the middle of nowhere and you are craving a cup of tea. These unusual accessories are wildly popular in the sub-genra Steampunk. They may have been inventied around 2016 and have become a staple at steampunk conventions and Renaisance faires alike.
  • Why aren't your corsets on this website?
    I find that there is nothing more disappointing than to order a corset (cheaper fashion or hard core cincher) online and receive it only to find it is ill fitting. I believe you really need to try on a corset before you know it's going to fit correctly. It is almost impossible to predict a person's "squish factor", so long distance fitting is very difficult to do. If you're in the St. Louis area and want to stop by for a personal fitting, I'd be delighted to help out.
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