Lucy Clay Machine for polymer clay jewelry making in the gras' roots URBAN studio

Slow Made with Intention

Inspired by all things modern with influences from bold design and simple minimalism, our jewelry is the unique, handcrafted statement that we hope will become well loved favourites.  We keep simplicity and how the pieces will be worn in mind when designing in hopes to create every day staples.  We believe whole heartedly in sustainability, clean living and quality made products and use only pure brass, sterling silver and 14k gold filled metals and we never, ever treat our products with any kind of chemicals (most pieces are left nude without finish).  Acetate is made from wood or cotton  pulp, is biodegradable and polymer clay, while a plastic product, is very durable so each lovely pieces will last.

An Inotvative Workspace

 

The gras' roots URBAN studio is nestled at the front of our small, modern homestead in Royston, British Columbia.  Here, we've built our non toxic home that uses solar gain for the majority of our heating and cross winds for all of our cooling.  The same principles have been used in the design of the studio using all of the same non toxic materials and south facing glass doors to collect the sun for heat and cross ventilation for cooling.  This creates a lovely little (only 100 square foot) work space full of light and warmth to make all of the beautiful pieces of jewelry.  All of our tools (even the automated ones) require hands to operate so our jewelry is truly handmade.  Every design is created in small batches with close inspection and often made to order with the customer in mind.

Hand crafted jewelry making process by gras 'roots URBAN
People buying handmade jewelry by gras' roots URBAN

The Village

 

All of the income generated from our jewelry supports our little family of three plus the pets.  We cannot thank you enough for choosing to buy our pieces! 

 

The saying it takes a village is so true in our case as there are so many people behind the scenes that make everything work.  From Nana + Papa (who tirelessly provide childcare), to Dad (who endlessly builds displays and constructs all kinds of tool jigs and structures to make the work process smooth), to Mom (who constantly listens to new concepts and the future dreams), to Jordan (who supported every crazy idea, quit his stable job and now works daily in the studio), to Isaac (who is so well behaved at events and always willing to give an opinion and learn the craft), to Friends (who are willing to give feed back and encourage us on this journey).  We cannot do what we do without all of you...THE VILLAGE.

Taking Care

 

Your handmade jewelry is made to be worn regularly without concern but things can happen and natural metals will oxidize over time.  These are the best ways to keep your pieces looking lovely:

 

Polymer clay can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or gently washed with warm soapy water.  It is meant to be flexible in it's finished state but please don't bend your beautiful pieces unless they are designed to do so for wearing.

Acetate is an impervious material and will not stain easily.  It can be cleaned with a damp cloth or with warm soapy water.

Metal jewelry can be wiped clean with the polishing pad provided.  Do not polish intentionally oxidized pieces as the unique patina will be removed.

Mixed medium jewelry needs extra care when cleaning so that they tarnish from the metal doesn't transfer to the polymer clay.  Gently wipe the metal pieces with the polishing pad that comes with your hand crafted pieces.

It is best to put jewelry on after hair and skin products and after perfume to avoid staining.