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An over simplified answer is as follows. Hand Crafted means that items are built assembled or created by a human hand. In the case of a pen, we locate the metal pieces, mechanisms and materials such as wood, acrylics or antler. The material is then cut, drilled, and a hollow brass core is inserted into the material and trimmed once the adhesive cures. These “blanks” are then turned on a lathe with varying chisels to achieve the finished diameter. They are then sanded and finished with different finishes depending on the material. Once completed, the pen parts are “pressed” into the blanks to create a finished pen.
Short answer: No
Fossil Bluff does not recommend that you put any of our magnetic products on your vehicle for two reasons. First, most of our magnetic emblems are flat and cars aren’t flat. This could result in a poor marrying of the magnet to the vehicle and the magnet would fall off. Automatic car-wash services may also cause the emblem to release from your vehicle. And lastly, they are too pretty and may ‘walk-off’ on their own.
** If you absolutely MUST have this on your car, we recommend using 3M VHB Double Sided Foam Tape as an adhesive backing.
For most of our masonic gifts we use rare earth neodymium magnets that are strategically placed within the product at the time of casting. Occasionally these magnets may become visible at the time of sanding.
Other products may have flat sheet style magnets affixed to the back of the product using 3M Marine Grade Silicone which is a high quality silicone designed for harsh environments.
Our bonded marble is a mixture of stone aggregate (92%), which is a byproduct of the cutting process in quarries, and a resin-polymer (8%) as casting material, which allows the marble to take the form of molds to produce items in great detail that are very affordable.
Marble is marble. Our Ashlar is rock hard and is composed of over 92% marble. The remaining 8% is UV resistant resin. Despite advances in chemistry, resin has one drawback – when exposed to UV (ultraviolet) radiation, such as full sun, it may discolor. The Ashlar is cold to the touch, feels, and looks like rock no matter it’s age.
Nope. Allegorically, the stones used to erect KST were made of the finest marble, and they were white and so are our Ashlars. As far as a product variation with no Square and Compasses on it, perhaps in the distant future we may attempt it – but it is not on the road-map. An Ashlar with a raised Square and Compasses wouldn’t be stack-able as allegorically alluded to your preparation for the Lodge above.
Currently we don’t have an effective or attractive way to customize our Ashlars. Engraving, or customization will need to be sourced in your own area.
Great question. There are a couple of simple answers.
- You want to place the sticker on the inside of a clear surface to protect it from the outside elements. Some people use ‘Ice Scrapers’ in colder climates that may scratch off the frozen sticker! Sometimes very aggressive automated car wash systems can actually cause the vinyl decal to begin to peel off too.
- You want to let your light shine! And why shouldn’t you? Perhaps place it on the inside of your car window right next to your VIN number.
We’ve included an application guide to demonstrate how to apply your car sticker.
While patina development is typically a natural process that happens of many years, Fossil Bluff makes every effort to provide products that have the maximum desired patina already applied. You may try adding extra simulated aging processes to your product however this will void any return or warranty policies.
The patina on Fossil bluff products are applied by hand and are a representation of the natural aging process. The patina does not affect the quality, longevity or sturdiness of our products. However any application of chemicals or heavy scrubbing on the surface of some of our products may result in the removal of the patina.
The time required to make the high quality products for sale at Fossil Bluff from start to finish depends on many factors including model, material and finish. In most cases a pen will have from 1 to 1 ½ hours of total “hands on” production. Some finishes can take up to 72 hours for multiple layers to be applied.
All gavels, maul’s, squares, compasses, pens, pencils and other handcrafted items are in stock unless the shopping cart tells you otherwise. In some cases, an item may need to be altered to meet your request.
All in stock items will ship within 24 business hours in most cases. Custom orders, engravings and other one of a kind items can take up to 10 days to ship to you depending upon the order.
Yes. We accept all major credit cards through PayPal and Square. A PayPal or Square account IS NOT required. Follow the checkout instructions.
Many of our writing instruments come with a lifetime guarantee on the finish provided by Fossil Bluff (does not include plating) or the item’s individual vendor. If your pen has a mechanical flaw, we will gladly repair it at no cost to you up to 2 years from the purchase date. Some wood materials can show stress cracks and splits from prolonged sun and heat exposure.
We recommend that they not be left in the sun.
In the event a stress crack appears from normal use, we will repair or replace material at no cost to you for 1 year from purchase date. Note that it’s sometimes impossible to repair some splits and cracks. We will do our best to match the quality and color of the original should it need replaced but due to the uniqueness of the product it will not be identical.
No. Online store only for now. If you’re ever in the Cedar Park Texas area, give us a call for a quick tour of the workshop. We’ll share a story or two and send you off with a free gift!
We’re always looking for unique artisans and craftsman that make authentic items that reflect the Fossil Bluff experience. Fill out our Contact form and tell us what ya got!
Absolutely YES! We utilize the industry leading encryption, security tools and methods.
I have one on my Ford F-150 that is 4 years old and still looks great. It’s hard to know how long it will last given some of the following variables:
- Carwash bristle scrubbers
- Wiper blades
- Rain, hail, crazy weather.
- Laser beams and death rays – etc.