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Updated Dec 9, 2020


Please print or save the final shopping cart page as your receipt. We will include a copy of your order /receipt in your package. PayPal sends a confirmation that we have recieved your order to the email address that you provided upon payment. Once we ship, a shipping notification with a tracking number will be sent to the same email address upon shipment. Please check your SPAM FOLDER for this email. Many email providers redirect unfamiliar messages there. You can click on the tracking number or visit USPS.com to follow your package. If you don't recieve a tracking number please contact us at service@whimsie.com and we will reply with the number.


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WE SHIP FAST: Most orders ship the next business day. ORDERS SHIP EITHER PRIORITY MAIL OR 1St CLASS MAIL Parcel depending on total shipping charge. $4 or more goes by priority mail.

Priority mail delivery is 1-3 days after shipping!
First Class mail Parcel delivery is 1-4 days after shipping!
Allow extra delivery time for postal holidays and bad weather as well as during the summer craft show & holiday season.  
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  • Sorry, overnight, 1 day, UPS & FEDEX shipping is not offered.
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 We do not ship by overnight, next day air, Fedex, UPS, etc. 
 Sorry we are not set up to export. We only ship in the US. 
The method of shipping is shown also next to each item listed. (see below for mixed order upgrades)
SHIPPING UPGRADES: Total shipping of $4.00 or more will ship Priority Mail
CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE SHIPPING (if the shipping charge is less than $4.00)
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Shipping & handling is calculated per item. The cost of shipping is next to each item along with its price. It also shows in the shopping cart. The method of shipping is shown also next to each item, such as "Ships Priority Mail". Most items ship priority mail.

Please contact us by email if WE have made an error on your order at:


so we can correct the mistake as soon as possible.
OTHERWISE: Please contact us for return authorization. Returned materials must arrive here with in  30 days in as-sold condition. Shipping is not refundable unless WE have made and error on your order.
>Please avoid returns by First ordering a sample & reading descriptions carefully. Also see our how-to Articles We make every effort to describe items and list all the properties but no words can match hands on experience with a sample. The line drawings of the gauge thicknesses are only relative and do not appear the same on all screens ..please use the measurements shown and refer to a ruler.
>Please be sure the address in the order is for US Postal Delivery. Use your real name for best delivery- and no made up or screen names as packages may not be delivered by the post office. If using a business name -please include your name also.
>Returns due to address: We only are given the address shown on the order. We are only allowed to ship to the address provided in the order for security reasons. We cannot change ship-to address, but will refund if we are contacted before shipping. If your order is returned to us, shipping and handling is not recoverable. See restocking fee as below.
> Return shipping is non refundable;
>Returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee. Restocking fee may be higher if item is not in the same condition as sent. Refunds will be based on original purchase price of the metal no matter if price went down or up.
>E-MAIL US FOR RETURN AUTHORIZATION within 3 days of delivery of order- return requests will not be considered after this date. Return authorization is necessary before returning.
>If it is not in "New" condition we cannot refund.
 Items kept beyond 30 days will can not be returned  Items that have been cut, manipulated, damaged in return, or excessively handled cannot be returned.  Example: excessive finger prints on sheet metal. We handle our metal with white gloves to ensure the best metal is delivered.
>Samples,Closeout, clearance sale items and vintage/recycled/reclaimed metal items are non returnable- Please read descriptions carefully- and order a sample if in doubt.
IF A RETURN IS AUTHORIZED you will receive a authorization e-mail and address for the return.Then:
>Pack as well as it was sent, because we cannot refund on items damaged in return shipping.Metal must arrive back in the same size & condition as shipped to you or no refund can be given.Insure the package. unless you are willing to take the risk of it being lost or damaged in which case we cannot refund.  Include a copy of the invoice for proper credit.

Incorrect or missing items shipped due to our error
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  • We will respond with replacement instructions.

DAMAGED IN SHIPPING: If an order is received damaged notify delivery person and note any damage to package.
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  • We will respond with replacement instructions.
CAUTION: Raw metal may have sharp edges. Handle with care. Rolls of metal may be springy and caution should be used when unfastening a roll or coil as they may spring open. Our raw metals are not for children or pets. Our craft metals are not tested nor approved for ingestion, electronic or electrical use nor for support structural use or construction.


Thank you!
We hope you enjoy crafting with these metals as much as we have!
Ron Bodoh & Larry Henke

BULK METAL:   Save with our bulk metal prices for the crafts person. Metals offered by the running foot or yard are shipped in one length whenever possible.
GAUGE: Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal. See below for gauge charts.
HARDNESS: Basically how easy it is to bend or work. Hardness has more to do with temper than thickness.   A very hard foil can be stiffer than a very soft sheet metal twice the thickness.
             Medium Soft is pliable yet holds up for folding and hammering.
             Medium Hard is stiff, bends less easily and holds is shape better in larger pieces
               Commercial grade: New metal as it comes from mill with a rolled satin finish. It has some very light manufacturing ripples, scratches & color variations .   
               Reclaimed -Recycled: This unused older commercial metal often develops character from being in storage for up to 75 years. It has color variations (patina) and may have  scratches, finger prints, ripples and/or dents, but no holes. It is very usable at a good price. We find this metal too useful to scrap.
PATINA: The color that metal acquires with age and oxidation. All the metals we offer are raw with no wax or varnish and will gain patina over time.
Our metals can be buffed up to shiny satin finish with metal cleaners and a buffing pad. We recommend a powdered cleaner called "Barkeepers Friend" available in most grocery stores. A paste wax or clear varnish can be used to keep metal bright.  
Patina solutions (available at most hardware stores) can be used to speed the aging process. More about Patina
CRAFT ADVICE: More information on METAL CRAFT HOW-TO : Cleaning, cutting, forming, soldering & finishing

GAUGE Charts of thickness

for copper sheet & wire:

Gauge Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal.


*This chart shows approximate gauge thickness for wire to give a relative idea of different gauges.
The Gauge chart picture may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
Adjust your screen or estimate If this does not appear as one inch
We urge ordering a sample to see exact thickness and to get a feel of a wire. Nothing beats hands on experience.We do not accept returns unless a sample has been ordered first.
Order samples of copper sheet to see what works best. See our Copper Sheet Sample set
The lines may appear to be thin but the 18 gauge is considered metal plate. It difficult to bend and can not be cut with tin snips. A cutting torch or saw is used to cut this. The 18 gauge copper sheet is our heaviest and although it is soft metal it is our stiffest copper. It is shipped flat.
The 23-24 gauge sheet metal is heavy - traditionally used for roofs and range hoods, also known as: architectural sheet metal. It will last hundreds of years.
We carry only the sheet metals shown.

The thickness of our craft metals is approximate to these charts : as close as possible for sculpture and craft work where price is more of a consideration than scientific precision from length to length.
The 30 gauge copper sheets are a great hobby & crafts metal. It cuts with a scissors and can be folded easily by hand. And we are one of the few copper suppliers to carry this thickness for metal craft . It is great for garden copper markers.
These charts shows approximate standard gauge thickness and weight for wire and sheet and may not appear correctly on all screens.


GAUGE Charts for copper sheet & wire:
To see what we offer in these gauges click to see our pages:   SHEET METAL       TOOLING FOIL     CRAFT WIRE    RECYCLED METAL
 Gauge  Dimension (inches)  Pounds per Sq. Foot in copper sheet approximately*
 8  .128  5.12 ( heavy copper plating over 1/4 inch thick)
 12  .080  3.20
 14  .064  2.56
 16   .051  2.04
 18  .040  1.60 ( thick copper sheet called "plate" as in "plate steel")
 20  .032  1.28
 22 . 025  1.18
 23  .023

  1.00 pound per square foot approximately

standard heavy weight sheet copper for larger craft work, roofing and range hoods etc.

 24  .020   medium-heavy weight
 26   .016   .64
 30 .010  .40 medium weight sheet twice as thick as 36 gauge
 36  .005   .234 (heavy foil/ tooling foil)
 38 .004   .09



thin foil household foil- called heavy household foil
very thin foil - standard aluminum kitchen foil "tin foil"
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals have sharp edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open. It is best to wear gloves when handling raw metal. The craft metals and hand crafted metal creations are not made for use by children.
Our metals are sold only for craft work; and they are not tested nor certified safe for electrical or electronic uses, home construction, food service, nor internal consumption. (Yes folks some actually ask if they can eat this craft metal!)

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