Q: How do I care for my Soutache Jewelry?
A: While my work is extremely sturdy, it is essentially a textile, and should not be handled the same way as all-metal or metal-and-gem stone jewelry. To preserve the life and beauty of your newly acquired Art Work, please observe the following recommendations:

  • All of my Soutache Jewelry work can be hand-washed. I use a permanent, washable fabric-glue. While I cannot guarantee that the stain will always come out, hand-washing in warm water with mild detergent will not hurt it. If the back of the piece gets dirty (make-up, body oils), it can be gently scrubbed with a terrycloth washcloth. The front of the work should never be scrubbed but warm or cool water can be run over and through it continuously with no ill effect. After washing a piece of my work, the most important thing to do is "block" it afterwards; lay the piece flat on layers of paper towels and firmly blot to remove excess moisture. Let it air-dry in the desired shape. Work should never be put in the dryer.
  • Do not store your Art-Jewelry in direct sunlight – your Art-Jewelry is a form of fiber art and UV rays can weaken the fibers over time.
  • Bead-embroidery; There are no more than 1 to 4 beads in a single stitch and the back of the embroidery is thoroughly coated in glue before being adhered and stitched to the Ultrasuede backer. If a row of beads should be caught or broken, subsequent rows will not unravel and the broken stitch can be repaired.
  • Polymer clay components; These are light fast and waterproof but can crack or snap if dropped from a height. “Whiskers” or other wire details will never be completely straight – a certain amount of “squiggle” is part of their charm. Elements that have been mashed down while being worn can be gently reshaped with your fingertips.
  • Beads; A wide variety of beads is used in every piece and may include Swarovski crystal, fresh-water pearls, glass, wood, coral, stone and plastic. For this reason, there is no universal “cleaner” than can be used safely over the face of the piece. A damp cloth can be used to wipe dust from the face of the piece. Large, individual crystals or glass beads can be polished with Windex.

Q: What makes Amee Runs with Scissors jewelry special?

A: While Soutache Jewelry is relatively new in the world of Fine Art/Craft, there are already many artists working in the medium, each with his/her own vision, style and technique.

Amee Runs with Scissors pieces are made from a wide variety of materials. Soutache, beads, thread & findings come from all over the world and many of my supplies are either antique, vintage or remaindered items. Some components are repurposed from old pieces of jewelry too damaged to be repaired. Look for "story elements" such as the buttons collected by my grandmother or the 17th century trade beads I purchased at an antique shop in Venice.

Another unique feature of my work is the way in which it is finished; it is common practice for Soutache Jewelry Artists to glue a leather or Ultrasuede backing onto their work. This is a fine way to finish the work but I feel that it detracts from the life-span of the item. While I also back my work with Ultra-Suede (I use a washable fabric glue), the edges are then completely finished with edge-beading. This bead-embroidery technique is time-consuming since each bead is hand-stitched one-at-a-time with two stitches. The end-result, however, is superior strength and durability.

Due to the wide variety of materials used, my dragon's hoarde of supplies is constantly changing. In the event that a professional repair is required, every effort will be made to duplicate the original components. If, however, elements were antique, vintage or otherwise unique, the artist may substitute an aesthetically acceptable replacement.

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