Frequently Asked Questions
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If you have a question that is not addressed in this FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
+ Brass Polishing Tips
The color of the brass has started to change, what can I do?
All of my himmeli are handmade with 100% raw brass. What that means is that there aren't any chemicals coating it to prevent the natural color change of brass. Brass is a beautiful metal that naturally patinas over time, from the initial soft gold coloration, to the rich deep gold color that you can find in antique brass. While some love that organic color change, some prefer the color to stay bright and shiny.
Brass is one of the few metals that is non-corrosive and will not rust, even when it comes in contact with water. Water and moisture does quicken the color change though.
If you would like to bring back the initial bright, soft gold color you have a few options.
- Brasso Metal Polish
- Weiman Instant Tarnish Remover
- Blitz Brass Shine Polishing Liquid
- 1/2 a lemon + 1 tsp. baking soda
- Mix into a paste and apply it to the brass with a soft cloth.
- Rinse off and dry thoroughly.
To prevent tarnishing, you can apply a thin coat of mineral or linseed oil to the surface.
+ How do you use the Air Plant Fertilizer?
Adding a fertilizer to your Air Plant Care program is an excellent way to encourage growth, color change, and pupping.
The best way to use the fertilizer is to dilute 1/4 tsp of the fertilizer into 1 gallon of water and to soak your air plants in the water as you normally would.
For smaller Tillandsia varieties like the Tillandsia Juncifolia, Ionantha, Bulbosa, and Caput Medusae that you would typically only mist, you can also soak them which is when you would apply fertilizer. The only thing to be aware of is that the smaller, xeric varieties tend to rot easier, especially if they have overlapping leaves like with the Bulbosa and Caput Medusae. Simply invert the plant post soaking, give it a good shake to release any trapped water, and let your plant dry upside down for a few hours.
I recommend fertilizing only once a month in the summer to avoid stressing out your Tillandsia.
There are some Tillandsia Fertilizers on the market that are applied through a spray bottle. I do not recommend them for a variety of reason. If you do decide to go that route I would do so with extreme caution.
+ What form of currency do you take?
All items are listed in USD. I am happy to accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal.
+ Counterfeit Reporting
I believe I have found a counterfeit HEMLEVA product for sale, how can I let you know? First of all, Thank You! And second, please fill out this very simple form so I can have the product and listing removed.
+ Gift Note: Can I include one with my order?
Absolutely! I am more than happy to enclose a note with any order. When you go to checkout, there is a comment box where you can add your note. Please limit the note to 300 characters or less. Gifting Hemleva items is very popular, and as a result I never include an invoice, just in case the items are shipping directly to the final recipient.
+ Gift Card Purchase FAQs
Gift card limitations
- Gift cards are sold as unique digital codes. We do not create or ship physical gift cards.
- At checkout, a gift card’s value will be subtracted from the order total. This includes tax and shipping.
- Gift cards never expire.
- Gift cards can not be refunded.
- When purchasing a gift card, you will go directly to checkout after clicking Purchase. Gift card checkout doesn’t include custom forms or fields.
Can I receive a physical/plastic gift cards? Gift cards are currently only available through my store as an email or printable .pdf.
Do gift cards cover tax and shipping? Yes.
Can customers split an order between a gift card and a credit card? Yes. If their order total exceeds the value remaining on their gift card, they can pay the balance using standard payment methods. Can I use less than the full value of my gift card?
When using a gift card, the full value of the gift card is always applied. It isn’t possible to partially redeem a gift card unless the order total is less than the gift card balance.
Do sale pricing and discounts apply to purchasing gift cards? No. Sales pricing and discount codes can’t be applied to purchasing a gift card. However, these discounts will apply to orders made using a gift card.
Can I refund a gift card? It isn’t possible to refund a gift card at this time.
Can I refund purchases made with a gift card? Yes. Refunding a purchase made with a gift card adds the refunded amount to the gift card's balance.
Can I buy multiple gift cards in one order? Or purchase a gift card with other products? No. When purchasing a gift card, customers will go directly to checkout after clicking Purchase.
How does the recipient check their balance? The recipient will receive an initial email with the gift card balance. After entering the gift card code at checkout, they'll see the remaining balance if there is any.
What do I do if a customer loses their gift card code? I can resend the gift email notification.
Can anyone add value to a gift card? No.
Can customers set a specific time to send the email to the recipient? No. Customers who want to send the email to the recipient at a later date should select the Email to You delivery option at checkout. They can then forward the email or .pdf at the desired time.
+ How do I redeem my Gift Card?
Once you receive your gift card, you can redeem it by purchasing products and entering the gift card code at checkout. Gift cards apply to the order total, including tax and shipping.
If the order total exceeds the gift card value, you will pay the remaining amount using any of the supported payment methods.
If your order total is less than the gift card value, you can complete checkout without another payment method. The amount applied and remaining value displays in the grey box that will appear and in the order receipt.
+ How are the Wall Sconces attached to the wall?
Click on fig. 1 to the left. Each Wall Sconce comes with a Brass Plated Nail to easily affix the sconce to your wall. The himmeli are extremely lightweight, since they are made with 100% brass, and you will not need to have an anchor or a dry wall screw to accompany the piece.
Simply tap the nail into the wall and hang your beautiful new wall sconce from the nail.
If you live in an apartment and are not allowed to make hols in your walls, or have brick or plaster walls and you would like to purchase a Mark Less Clip instead of a nail, you can do so here: Mark Less Clips.
+ What is the difference between a Tie Tack Back and a Rubber Clutch pin back?
Click on fig. 2 to the left. The Rubber Clutch Back is made out of 100% rubber. It is a great option if you plan on wearing the pin on a T-shirt, or a hat. It is pretty secure, easy to use, and an excellent option for children.
The Tie Tack Back is brass plated. It is an incredibly secure option, and perfect if you want to wear your pin on your Jacket or a bag. They essentially "lock" into place and a mechanism has to be moved in order to release it from the pin post. It is a high-end option that is great if you are concerned about losing your pin as you wear it.
TIPS ON REMOVING THE TIE TACK BACK: First follow the instructions on the back of the card that your pin arrived on. This will work 99% of the time. It does occasionally stick, and may still be difficult to remove, and needs to be reset before you try to lift the flat part away. You can "reset" it by compressing the Tie Tack back onto the pin until it is as compact as possible. And when you're lifting by the flat brim, try to twist your hand as well, like you're removing a cork from a bottle.
+ How do you open the brass plant mister to refill it?
Click on fig. 3 to the left. While it does appear to be pretty seamless, the brass plant mister is quite easy to open. Please use this handy guide to to learn how.
+ Pin Seconds
> What makes it a seconds pin?
A seconds pin is a pin that has minor cosmetic defects. They simply did not pass my very thorough scrutiny. If you don't tell anyone that it's a seconds pin, they may not even notice. The cosmetic flaws may include:
- Small scratches on the gold/brass finish
- Color bleed
- Missing or under-filled color/enamel
- Pin Post in the wrong spot
- Smudges or ink specks
- Enamel is lifting
- and for some of them, absolutely nothing is wrong with them (the Terrarium pins are a first draft design in perfect condition) l be the same?
I will do my best to ensure that you receive as few duplicates as possible. All limitations are dependent on inventory. e.g. if I only have 5 Monstera pins left and you purchase 5 pins, they will all be Monstera pins.
> Will I get to choose between a Tie Tack back or a Rubber Clutch?
No, unfortunately Rubber Clutches are the only option. In order to ensure that the majority of proceeds from each sale will go to charity. If you would like to add a Tie Tack back onto your order, you can do so by adding [this listing] to your order.
> Are the illustrated card backs, the ones that you use with your "firsts" pins included?
No, in an effort to reduce material costs to ensure that as much money as possible will be donated to charity - all pins will be shipped on either a business card if you order one pin or a mini postcard if you order multiple pins.
+ Shipping, Handling & Turnaround Times
Hemleva can currently ship anywhere within the United States as well as to several countries internationally. If your country is not included on my current shipping list, please let me know and I might be able to add your country as well!
⌂ SHIPPING & TURNAROUND TIMES All himmeli are handmade to order and will be shipped within 7 business days after payment clears. Pins and plants typically ship within 3 business days. Orders that contain plants are strategically sent out at the beginning of the week to minimize the amount of time the plants are exposed to the cold or hot weather in a mailbox, post office or postal truck.
All orders may be delayed due to volume and capacity.
All packages will be shipped through the USPS Priority Mail or First Class which will include both insurance as well as delivery tracking. Shipping to countries outside of the US also includes insurance and delivery confirmation. Domestic orders $10 USD and under may be shipped via USPS First Class Mail without a tracking number.
FASTER SHIPPING / If you would like to have your order shipped via USPS Priority Mail or Priority Mail International for faster shipping, please let me know. I am more than happy to accommodate your request and can make a custom listing for the additional shipping costs. The upgraded shipping charge can vary between ~ $5-70 depending on the weight, size and final destination. As a result it is only available by request to assure that there aren't any overage or shortages charged.
⌂ INTERNATIONAL ORDERS & TURNAROUND TIMES The buyer will assume all responsibility of customs duties, taxes, and fees. I am unable to alter the price of the good or to relabel the item as a "gift". Please allow up to 45 days for your order to arrive.
If you are from a country that uses characters, please use the Latin Alphabet when entering your shipping address to ensure that the package will arrive to the correct place.
⌂ WHOLESALE ORDERS & TURNAROUND TIMES Turnaround times for wholesale orders are listed within my Wholesale Portal and are updated frequently. Please reference the Portal for up-to-date information.
⌂ SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION / for neighborhoods where packages are commonly stolen If you are aware of package thefts in your neighborhood or in the past, then I would recommend adding on signature confirmation to your order for the added security. Otherwise, if you do not select it, you are assuming responsibility for the package as outlined below.
⌂ LOST OR STOLEN PACKAGES We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages; however, a claim will be filed with the USPS. If a package is returned to us due to a customer error (e.g. incorrect name, address or package refusal), the customer will then be responsible for any re-shipment charges.
If a package is lost or stolen, there will be a claim made for it as soon as possible, which is 30 days for USPS (if it was sent through Priority Mail). Which is also why I ask for you to please allow 1-3 weeks to receive your delivery & a little longer during peak holiday periods.
If you would like a reshipment of a new order of goods due to it being lost along the way, you will be responsible for shipping charges once more. Otherwise we are more than happy to cancel your order, and to follow through with attempting to file a lost package claim, with the initial shipping cost being assumed by the purchaser.
⌂ ORDER REFUSAL We reserve the right to refuse an order at any time.
⌂ ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? If you have any other questions in regards to shipping policy, please feel send me a message and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
+ Return Policy
I am so sorry to hear that you need to return your order. All returns must be declared within 14 days of delivery. You are responsible for shipping your returns at your own shipping cost using a carrier of your choice. Since you will be liable for any lost or damaged packages, I recommend using a carrier that provides a tracking number.
Your return must be authorized prior to proceeding with the return process. The order must by postmarked within 5 days of the return being authorized. All merchandise must be returned unopened, unused, and in its original packaging. If the item is returned and is not in saleable condition your return will be denied.
⌂ DAMAGED IN TRANSIT / Was your item damaged in transit? Not a problem! All orders are insured with my shipping insurance company. In order to file a claim, any items that are damaged in transit must be reported within 24 hours of delivery. Please e-mail photos of the damaged packaging and products to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can assure you that we will work together to resolve the issue in a timely manner.
⌂ AIR PLANTS & CUSTOM ORDERS / All sales are final on Air Plants and custom orders.
+ Returned Shipments
If your order is returned to me due to an incorrect address, customs, VAT, or due to package refusal, I will contact you within 48 hours of my receiving it. If the returned order was due to an incorrect address then you will be responsible to pay for the reshipment. If after I contact you, I do not hear from you for 3 months, your case will be closed and product will be forfeited.
You may not resell HEMLEVA items without express written permission, or unless you have entered a retail agreement with HEMLEVA.
+ Any other questions?
If you have any other questions, please feel free to send me a message through my Contact Me form and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.