Mildly unnerving, some of it nerdy, and all of it are odd…
will dip her toes in just about any creative endeavor: the current focus are funky and sassy soy candles…
The newest member of the creative team, who brings to life vibrant garden gnomes , who brings to life vibrant garden gnomes and delightful fibre crafted critters.
Do you have an idea in mind, or want to see if we have something specific you’re not seeing online??
Do you have any questions about purchasing?
Are you an artisan interested in selling your creations on our site?
Just wanna say hi?
Use the contact info to the right, or the FB messenger chat widget on the bottom right corner of the page to reach out! 🙂
Generally speaking, we don’t take comissions. They can be tricky to manage and often way more expensive than usual items. We are however a very suggestable bunch! So if you’ve got an idea for something you’d love to see, please let us know! If we do make the object you’ll get first dibs on the finished piece.
But is it *SAFE* ?
We get the question “Is this **** Safe?” often so here we shall answer it.. but TLDR: Yes
We use a variety of clays, so the answer depends on the object in question. If it’s a white, cream, buff speckle clay then you are fine, but if it’s a dark clay we recommend caution. They can get pretty hot in the microwave. So generally the answer is yes they are fine and won’t explode or anything, but handles might get pretty hot! Herman’s stuff doesn’t use this, but Bera’s does sometimes.
We also sometimes cover white clays with black underglaze on things like cauldrons so those are also fine. If your chosen pottery is a deep chocolatey brown then it’s the dark clay.
Yes, even Herman’s stuff can go through the dishwasher. We one of his mini-franks to live in the dishwasher for a couple of months and was totally fine!
We do recommend caution if you’ve got something with little pokey bits.. Dishwashers can bang stuff around sometimes so you do run the risk of knocking off little horns and things like that. Also, prolonged use can sometimes dull glossy glazes, so for best results and longevity we do recommend handwashing.
This question mostly applies to the candles 😀 but short answer is yes they are pet safe, assuming we are talking about burning the candles around pets, not that they are eating them. Nobody should be eating these candles!
The candles are soy wax and use fragrance oils specifically formulated for candles from reputable sources. We do not use essential oils, many of which are dangerous for small critters.
If you do have small beasties please make sure your candles are out of their reach especially when lit!
To read more about Candle Safety click here
Returns accepted within 30 days of sale for refund or exchange for most products. Items broken during transit are subject to a 100% return exchange on the purchase price and taxes (if applicable).
You will be required to pay for shipping on a return/exchange item, unless item was broken in transit.
On Wearable products such as masks returns are not an option unless there is a major production fail, subject to approval. If you need to return an item please contact us at
These products will be printed and shipped directly to you from their manufacturer. This means that the shipping for these products will be separate from the Handmade items in our store. If you wish to purchase both a printed item and handmade item at the same time you may, you will just see separate shipping charges for each product type.
Currency & Exchange
We are Canadian and it bums us out that Canadian stores feel the need to price their products in US prices so we decided F*** That! All prices on the site are in Canadian, but we do want to make it as easy as possible for our American neighbours (neighbors?) to figure out their costs. We’ve added a very basic currency conversion to the site which give an estimate of the US dollar amount for each item. It’s manually updated (with the last updated date visible) so please be aware that it will be close but not exactly accurate. One day we’ll purchase a subscription to do this stuff for us, but today is not that day 😀
If you are local (Niagara Region, Ontario Canada) and can arrange to pick up your items instead of shipping. When checking out please choose “local pickup” as your shipping option. Then on the next page please add a note regarding your pickup plans. We will contact you to confirm.
Delivery within Niagara Region is a possibility, depending on availabilty and circumstances, but will be subject to a small fee. Message us for details!
Local Pickup is not available on Printed Products.
Items ordered for shipping will be sent out within 2 business days of purchase. Depending on where you are getting them shipped to it usually takes about a week or so for the item to arrive. If you need to have your order shipping expedited please contact us at to get a shipping quote.
Shipping prices are calculated off of the weight and size total of the items you purchase. If you order within North America then your cost for shipping will be shown at checkout. We ship through Canada Post (anything else is just obscene pricing… We like obscene usually but not for this!) Tracking Numbers will be provided.
Multiple Items / Combined Shipping
Our shipping prices are based off of shipping single items. Our products are too varied to effectively come up with pricing if you combine items, especially different size/weight items. So we have done our best to calculate rates but more items makes for a higher margin of error. If you would like to purchase multiple items and would like to get a quote for combined shipping please feel free to contact us at
Customs & Duty
When shipping internationally the package may be subject to extra fees, customs duties, and/or taxes. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to prevent this or predict ahead of time what they will be or if they will happen at all. The buyer is responsible for paying those fees. Handmade Curiosities is not responsible for the payment of those costs or the consequences of failure to do so.
After you make your purchase we will provide a quote & Invoice for shipping to your location. If due to the shipping cost you change your mind afterwards we will cancel and refund your order.
It’s what inside that counts!
Some of the packages that we ship out here at handmade curiosities are well… ugly. But we think that ugly can be beautiful because the environment.
Whenever we can we customize old packaging to build our shipping boxes. Unlike some online retailers unnecessarily huge boxes we want ours to fit just right, reducing waste and shipping costs while providing a safe cozy temporary home for your stuff.
We’re proud of our ugly boxes because while it’s what’s inside that counts it would make a difference if we all thought a little about what’s outside too.
Breakage During Shipping
We engineer some very ugly, very strong packaging, but unfortunately we can’t prevent breakage 100%. If your package arrive and there is damage please let us know right away so we can fix it for you. We will either replace or refund your order.