Product & Care

How to look after your Shape Cutters:

  • Do not leave in direct sunlight or expose to temperatures over 60 degrees (not oven or dishwasher safe!)
  • Wash with warm soapy water. Wipe between uses to avoid colour transfer.
  • While durable, do not stress beyond intended use or apply horizontal pressure.
  • Not suitable for children due to small parts.

 

How to look after your Earrings:

We make our jewellery with polymer clay. Our hooks are sterling silver & our stud backs are surgical stainless steel unless otherwise stated on the listing.

  • Please store your earrings out of direct sunlight
  • Minimize exposure to excessive heat, water and perfumes
  • While pieces are strong, please avoid bending or dropping as breakages can still occur
  • Hooks are handmade and may dull overtime, a gentle buff with a cotton cloth will restore their shine
  • Clay components can be wiped with a damp cloth and then buffed with a microfibre cloth to return luster also

 

What exactly is T-Shirt Yarn and what does that mean for me?

T-Shirt yarn is made from the fabric off-cuts that result when clothing is factory mass produced, it's a by-product of the fashion industry. We like to consider using t-shirt yarn as up-cycling and doing just a little bit in stemming unnecessary waste! 

Due to this, often the yarn can vary in width and contain wee knots. We do our best to work with this and mesh them into a tidy product but sometimes you'll spot these variances... we like to think they add to the charm of it all! 

As fashion is seasonal, so are the fabric types and colours available. This means more often than not we will only have a few skeins of any particular yarn. While frustrating (we still pine for the dark mustard of last May...), all these little facts add up to mean you're getting a One Of A Kind product. 

Every Blackbird & Violet product is lovingly handmade, just that little bit different and full of its own charm.

  

How to look after your T-Shirt Yarn or Cotton product:

Because t-shirt yarn is predominantly cotton (some have a percentage of polyester and/or spandex), it is durable and easy to clean. Spot cleaning can be performed with a clean, damp cloth or when a deeper clean is required, a gentle hand-wash will make your item come up a treat. Handy things to remember:

  • Cold hand-wash only (<30 degrees)
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight
  • In the case of baskets & bowls, always re-shape before putting out to dry
  • In the case of toys, gently press between a clean towel to help get water from the middle
  • Rugs may be ironed after washing, however we recommend using the lowest setting & if concerned, through a clean sheet (especially if your rug has any stretch or shimmer)

 

Do you use any leather and/or animal products?

Nope, our nifty black branded tags, while leather looking, are 100% faux. The only animals you'll see near our work are our pesky pets that seem to turn up whenever we're trying to take product shots...

 

Help, I've got a different question!

Please, ask us over here and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Story

B&V are Sarah & Cody, two women based in Regional Victoria, Australia. Creating colourful & cheerful things has always bought a smile to our faces & it's a daily delight to be able to help others create those things too!

Shaking up the Shape Cutter scene in 2019, offering modern shapes in fresh colours but most importantly: sold individually. Most cutters back then were sourced from internationally based, traditionally focused printers & had to be bought in large sets of sizes that weren't always right for slab earring making.

In early 2020 we made the exciting decision to grow into
your one-stop-shop for Earring Supplies, focused on contemporary polymer clay making. 

Now in 2021 we're working super hard behind the scenes to continue to grow that range & bring some exciting new things to the table (helloooo resin!). 

To keep up to date on new products, check out our instagram.

Since June 2020 Blackbird and Violet donates $1000 of our sales each month, split evenly across the four groups below.

We would like to thank you for
making this possible & would like to encourage you to click the links below to find out more about these initiatives & charities. 

Pay The Rent  is a grassroots to grassroots collective in Victoria to Pay Our Rent to the First Nations people whose land we live on & part of a process of restitution to move towards justice & liberation for First Nations people.

Minus18 are champions for LGBTQIA+ youth, leading change, building social inclusion & advocating for an Australia
where all young people are safe.

Berry Street is an independent family service org., providing safe homes for children through fostering, kinship & residential care, works towards healing Childhood Trauma & speaks out for Childhood.

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre is a statewide (VIC) service for women, young people & children experiencing family violence, working towards ending family violence through a respond-recover-prevent framework.