Handmade Feature and Giveaway – Polarity | Uncorked

October 7, 2009 separator giveaway

No – you’re not seeing double. This week’s feature is just twice as much absurdly creative goodness as usual. Cat, the mad genius behind Polarity and Uncorked and creator of all things utterly fantastic, has been kind enough to grace us with a little glimpse into her life today. Cat amazes me because every single thing she creates is completely green; the darling little magnetic locket sets in the Polarity shop are made out of a little car part! Another thing I loooove about Cat’s shops is the artist’s series. She has gotten together with several Etsy artists to feature their work on her jewelry – be sure to check it out!!!

Q. What’s the story behind Polarity/Uncorked?
A. Both came through my love of reinventing things and using things outside of their original purpose- both lines use of industrial hardware comes from this hardware’s reduced carbon footprint (and my own nimble fingers’ inability to wrap wire and work with traditional jewelry making tools!). I love seeing things in unexpected places and using materials in unexpected ways.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your art?
A. Soldering- it is very centering and forces my scatterbrained psyche to FOCUS – you have to be totally in the moment when soldering (or disaster).

Q. … least favorite?
A. The transfer process for my cork can be sometimes as unpredictable as the cork itself.

Q. Tell us a joke.
A. What did one magnet say to the other magnet? I find you very attractive.

Q. Finish these thoughts:
A. What goes up … takes me with it until I lose my grip and plummet to the ground in a heap
The opposite of yellow is … gray
The rare pink elephant … gets all the attention and always cuts ahead in elephant supermarket lines
In India … all things are possible except privacy
All good things … end with me laughing … or crying… or laughing until I cry… or crying until I laugh

Q. What makes you smile?
A. My family- daughter, hubby, dog!

Q. You’ve recently been showcased as an Etsy featured seller
(Congratulations!), so you’re obviously pretty good at this whole handmade
shop thing. What sage advice can you pass down to the rest of us?
A. Ooh sage advice- I would say – be original, use the best camera you can get your hands on, think outside of your usual categories (I don’t sell a lot of housewares, but list some to get into less crowded categories and draw in buyers), join a team, collaborate with other artists in different ways- use each other’s items in photos, etc, do shows- don’t depend on Etsy for everything, plan on devoting ALOT of time to all of this

Q. You just got one of those e-mails from the Prince of Nigeria about how
you’ve won $500,000,000, only this time, it’s real!!! What’s the first thing
you’re going to buy?
A. Tickets- I would travel, then travel, then travel some more!

Q. If you could change your name to anything else, what would you go by?
A. Well, Cat (Catherine) is actually my middle name- my real first name is quite old fashioned and everyone has an aunt with this name who pinches their cheeks and gives them sticky quarters- but my pretend name is Julie- I discovered it at Panerra Bread when the guy who works there said it SO sexy to someone else- so I use it when I go in there and sometimes other places- it sounds very strong and organized to me …

Q. What color, song, and scent best describe you, and why?
A. Well, my favorite color today is kind of a plum (just bought a GREAT sweater in this color), my favorite song today is Brandi Carlile’s Turpentine which I played about 10 times in a row, and my favorite scent today is pumpkin- not sure what any of these things say about me!

Q. What are you most passionate about in life, besides your art?
A. Being as green as I can be (except for my thumbs- they are hopeless).

Q. What’s your favorite Etsy shop and blog?
A. I have SO many favorite Etsy shops- I will pick Xenotees – because Noelle will probably give me a nice discount for mentioning her! I have SO many favorite Etsy blogs, too- I will choose KindOverMatter because there is daily inspiration there…

Polarity/Uncorked Elsewhere:
Polarity Shop
Uncorked Shop


The Giveaway

Cat is going to let one of you guys pick any necklace you want from either Polarity or Uncorked!!! There are literally hundreds of options, so this will be no small feat for the winner! The giveaway will end at midnight on October 18, and the winner will be announced the following day.
  • To enter, you must visit Polarity or Uncorked and choose a favorite item. You can also suggest something you’d like to see in the shop. Leave one comment here with your answer. This step is mandatory before earning additional entries. Feel free to heart the shop as well! Make sure that you leave your e-mail address in at least your first entry.

Additional Entries

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  • Blog about this giveaway and include a link and the photo of the giveaway item from above for three extra entries. Leave three separate comments with a link to the post.
  • Purchase something from Polarity or Uncorked for five extra entries. Leave five separate comments telling me what you bought. You could end up with something great for you and a friend or stock up on those tools and supplies you’ve been missing out on!



  1. I have been a fan of Polarity and Uncorked for a long time. I have a few favorites. :)

    SPRING Explosion of Color Magnetic LOCKET RING SET By Polarity: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32427330

    TorbusCo REACH For It Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31575964

    YOUR CAT Personalized Recycled Magnetic LOCKET SET By Polarity: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30819323

    Purple Explosion Recycled WINE CORK Keychain by Uncorked: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=30805494

    Jenna H.

    ArtisticEdition {at} yahoo.com

  2. It was difficult to choose only one! I decided that my favorite is: “Move SHONNIEGRL Recycled Magnetic Locket Set By Polarity”
    My email is: glcaleirbag(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I absolutely love the Mad Scientist #7 necklace from Uncorked. And I’m thinking about the Autism necklace for a friend. Definitely added this seller to my favorites. Thanks :)

  4. My favorite is the “I Shoot People” necklace from Uncorked. I’m a photographer, and it just makes me giggle! :)

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

  5. I love her work!!! I choose FLAUNT IT BABY Magnetic Recycled LOCKET BRACELET SET by Polarity and Hanging Jewelry Box Cabinet from OLD RETRO CEDAR RECORD FRAMES With Glass UNCORKED !


    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

  6. I have two favorite items. The lucky lady bug bracelet and the Foxy mama bracelet (this is #1 for me) . For the necklace.. since its a necklace giveaway.. I would choose the Foxy Mama necklace for sure!!!!


  7. Holy cow. I just spent a long time looking at your creative shops only to see everyone’s commenting on pieces I don’t remember looking at! Aah!

    I am definitely purchasing my sister’s Christmas gift from your shop (unless I win, of course!). I think she would love the 3 in 1 Faded Blue Denim CORK Recycled Magnet Locket Set. I just couldn’t decide if she would rather a cork or locket necklace – I’m so glad you offer a combo!

    [email protected]

  8. Cute stuff! So many lockets to choose from. I also love the In It With All My HEART Recycled Cedar Record Frame Corkboard UNCORKED. I would love that hanging on my wall!

    missylovsjesus at yahoo dot com

  9. I do not know how I will choose if I win, but I do love the TheNebulousKingdom MYSTERIOUS Magnetic Recycled LOCKET SET. It reminds me of the movie “Mirrormask”, which is amazing. You should watch it. Cat too. I bet you will both love it.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  10. I love LOVE love the retro tattoo heart cork necklace that you can personalize. I have a bunch of flash-y retro-y tattoos, and this would be perfect. I’m superstitious and haven’t gotten DH’s name on my tattoos, so I could get it on this necklace ;) ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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