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Son of a Sailor items are handmade with care and great detail. Please keep in mind that no two handmade items will be exactly alike. There will be slight differences, as much as we try to remain consistent.


We offer a broad assortment of items, and care instructions will vary from one item to another. Below is information about many different materials we use, that we hope will help in aiding in the long life of your product. If you have any questions about your Son of a Sailor item, or aren't sure exactly which materials your item is made of, don't hesitate to contact us -- we are happy to help!



Our jewelry is made of hand-forged brass, cast bronze, sterling silver, and gold-filled chain, and various ceramic beads and gemstones. The chain used in our pieces is either sterling silver or 14k gold-filled, which should last for a lifetime of wear. If it becomes dirty, just wipe with a dry cloth. The pendants in this collection are made of hand-forged silver, brass, or cast bronze, all of which can be cleaned using a polishing cloth and should be kept in a clean dry place to prevent patina. You can use a jewelry polishing compound if you desire, but care should be taken to avoid getting the compound on other elements such as gemstones and beads.


We recommend that all jewelry be removed before swimming or showering to ensure lasting quality of the piece.


Brass & Bronze

Brass and bronze are metal alloys that antique, or oxidize, over time. With exposure to the elements (moisture, salt in the air, etc.) the metal will tarnish and will grow to a dark golden brown finish. Brass and bronze may be polished to restore their shine, if desired, similarly to sterling silver. 



Leather items should be kept in a clean, dry place and leather jewelry should not worn while showering or swimming.


Leather will become more brittle and less conditioned with repeated exposure to water, so it is best to avoid getting leather items wet.


Natural veg-tan leather will tan with use and exposure to sunlight, moisture, and oxygen. Over time, veg-tan leather should be expected to grow darker, more brown, and show lovely history of use. 





Raw wood items like our Sertodo shot boards are finished with conditioning oils to maintain the finish of the wood. Boards should not be put in the dishwasher, but rather should be washed by hand and dried immediately after wash. Regularly adding oil (like cutting board oil or olive oil) will keep wood conditioned. 



Wash and dry copper pieces immediately to prevent spotting, though some spotting will occur over time from reactions with tap water. Copper will patina with time, which many find appealing, but can be polished to it's original shine. We recommend using Wright's Copper Creme to brighten it up, use with their instructions. 



In order to achieve our signature steel appearance, our steel has earned a specific oxidized patina and has been coated with a varnish.  For best results, do not put in the dishwasher or soak in water for long periods of time. In the words of our fearless leader, Billy, "It's tough as nails, don't worry about it."



Felt items should be kept in a clean, dry place and not worn while showering or swimming. If necessary, felt may be spot cleaned with a cold, damp cloth.



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