How's it made?

It all starts with upcycled copper sheets, copper pipe, and vintage pennies that are hand-shaped and filed down to the right size. A mix of twelve vibrant colors of glass enamel powder are sifted over the copper, then etched and layered as desired. From there, I take a hand-held blow torch to the underside of the piece and watch as the enamel melts and cycles through a range of colors, then solidifies. The product is a unique, colorful, handmade glass piece!

Environmental Impact 

One of my priorities is to work toward making my products, packaging, and shipping as eco-friendly as possible. Online shops create a large amount of waste through shipping (especially during the pandemic) — with that in mind, I’ve tried to minimize my impact in other areas of production. If you have any suggestions for eco-friendly alternatives, please let me know!

For now, I’ve done my best to make sure that:
* Most pieces are made from upcycled copper or from copper sheeting and pipes that were headed for the trash or from repurposed vintage pennies
* Jewelry is packaged in renewable and recyclable glassine bags, which are fully compostable — an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to plastics
* Orders are shipped in a 100% recycled, FSC-certified kraft bubble mailer (an FSC certification is considered the “gold standard designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, and environmentally conscious”)
* Jewelry/business cards from MOO, a company that has committed to using 100% sustainably sourced paper for their products
* As the shop grows, we are working to switch to more expensive but even more environmentally-conscious materials

How heavy are the pieces?

Copper is generally pretty lightweight – most pieces are so light you’ll forget you’re wearing them! Earrings made with pennies are a bit heavier so if you or the person you’re shopping for has sensitive ears, I’d learn toward non-penny jewelry.

How sturdy are they?

Pieces are made with 18 or 20-gauge pure copper or vintage pennies and have hand-sifted layers of glass enamel melted over the top. While the pieces are generally quite sturdy, enamel is still glass – so just as with all other jewelry, wear your pieces with care! 

More questions? Feel free to reach out to me at longtrailenamels@gmail.com, fill out our contact page, or send a direct message to @longtrailenamels on instagram. 

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