All of our feathers are cruelty-free! Phat feathers make durable feather jewellery and accessories, but please remember that feathers are a natural material and should be handled with care. By nature no two feathers are the same, which makes all of our feather items completely unique. Special attention is taken to ensure that feathers match, but customers should be aware that there may be slight differences. If you feathers become bent out of shape, you can easily fix this by using a pair of hair straighteners on a low heat and gently pass through the feathers through the tongs. All of our feathers undergo a 3week cleaning and sterlisation process so that they are completely safe to be worn by humans. Some of our emu (naturally grey) feathers are dyed using RIT fabric dye or tumeric (yellow). We have experimented with natural dyes and found that tumeric is the only one that really holds it's colour well. All other feathers used at Phat Feathers are undyed and naturally vibrant.
Sterling silver will naturally tarnish gradually over time depending on how it is stored and when exposed to humidity and chemicals. For this reason we recommend you save putting on your jewellery until after you have applied any beauty or hair products. You should not swim, shower, bathe or exercise either when wearing your jewellery as this will only increase the oxidisation process and risk damaging them. Wonderfully, wearing your silver jewellery often will help it stay bright and shiny by exposing it to the light. When you need to store it however, it is best practice to keep your silver items in a cool, dark, dry place separate from one another so that they dont become tangled or scratched and remember to fasten any chains. To clean your silver jewellery, use a silver polishing cloth (avoiding any contact with the stones or crystals) and gently buff the silver to remove any build up of dirt. Our wirewrapped jewellery is especially delicate so please take care when doing this so as not to unravel any of the wrapping. Silver jewellery that does not include any gemstones can be cleaned in warm soapy water and then dried with a soft cloth so as to not scratch the surfaces of the jewellery
Overtime your brass jewellery may start to lose its shine and become tarnished, but this can be easily recified by cleaning with a soft cloth or soft toothbrush dipped in lemon juice. The acidic lemon juice can remove dirt and return the shine to your brass jeweller.
Our macrame jewellery and accessories are made using strong, waxed threads that are entirely waterproof. The jewellery is securely knotted together without any use of glue.
Alpaca silver is a combination of metals formed to create a faux silver metal. This metal is also known as German silver or nickel silver and is made up of nickel, copper, tin and zinc. Due to the copper content (60%), the metal may develop a green tint, known as patina. Polish your Alpaca silver with a metal polishing cloth to remove any tarnish buildup. Normal day-to-day wear keeps the metal from becoming dull, however, exposure to soaps and other cleansers may create a film on the surface. Take care to avoid any gemstones when cleaning and do not submerge in water.
Please get in touch via the contact page if you require any further guidance or have any questions.