Silhouettes By Hand offers a range of products based around its signature offering: handmade silhouette portraits. Click on the above images to learn more about the products and to order easily through the secure e-commerce cart system. Read below the video about making your order.
Watch this video! See to see how easy it is for you to make your order - and this how your silhouette is cut from your photos:
All orders are received, reviewed, created, mounted, prepared for shipping, and shipped by the artist herself. Please ensure that your order is detailed (when necessary) and accurate —- so you experience the best service even during busy times.
(A note from your artist)
Your silhouettes are made in the method as shown in the video above. Your order is reviewed and created by the me, your artist… this is a personal service, with nothing done by any employee or service. In a world of discount stores or employees or mail order, your service is being performed by hand, by the artist.
Every effort has been taken to scrutinize your photos to represent the facial features and the beauty of your loved one. I make an effort to reproduce those facial shapes as seen in the photographs, while also being a trained, professional artist knowing human anatomy. Your resulting silhouettes are the style of the artist in the best representation of our classic silhouettes of the era 1700-1900.
Please encourage your loved one to pose calmly, without making faces or smiling. I know it’s hard with young children or even pets! There are so many reason to wriggle. Try to get them to look forward while watching something in front of them, perhaps a toy or a movie.
So my request to you is to make sure you send several photos exactly as described in “What to Send”. I will try my best to translate your three-dimensional loved one into two-dimensions: the paper.
Thank you - and enjoy your silhouettes!
To make an order, click on the product-photos at the top of the page - you will be able to order Silhouettes, extra copies of the Silhouettes, and Frame or Mat. All elements are completely described. It's very easy to add items to your cart, pay securely, and send your photo - often all from your smartphone or tablet device.
Each order (of 2 silhouettes) will have a RIGHT- and a LEFT-facing silhouette. If you want all silhouettes facing a certain direction, please make additional orders.
The last day to order for holiday delivery has passed. Thank you to the customers who ordered for holiday delivery!
Wednesday, December 12 was the last day to order to arrive safely at their destinations before the holidays. If the Post Office is on schedule, your order will arrive at its Shipping destination in the Continental USA before the holidays.
Last Day to order for Holidays:
The last day to accept Holiday Delivery orders was Wednesday, Dec 12 - Any order made on (or after) Thursday, Dec 13 may not arrive at its destination for holiday delivery. No promises -or guarantees- are made regarding holiday delivery on orders made on or after Dec 13.
NO RUSH ORDERS:
Rush orders are not available for holiday delivery due to your artist’s schedule. However you are welcome to make an order without holiday delivery: the turnaround will be on the artist’s schedule, between 4-10 days before shipping out, then transit in the postal system.
Between your order and shipping:
Please be patient after making an order. Your artist is receiving many orders at the same time. All orders received in a certain time-frame are cut, and then mounted, and then prepared for shipping, and then shipped out. If you have made an order in time for holiday delivery, then it will be shipped out from the artist in time for holiday mailing.
You will receive an email notification with the tracking information when the silhouettes are shipping, to track the estimated arrival as per the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Please DOUBLE-CHECK your own shipping information. Your artist is not responsible for shipping delays due to customer mistakes in shipping address.
Frames may be out of stock (or back-ordered at the framer) during the holiday season. Please be patient if this happens. You will be informed if there is a backorder, which may delay holiday delivery. (NOTE: as of 12/13, the oval frames are out of stock. They will be restocked after New Year’s). You can also purchase a frame in your local stores.
Read this whole webpage:
Please read this entire page of information, as well as the “Terms” at the bottom of the page.
New: You can give a Gift Certificate to a family member, friend, co-worker, or other lucky person. You can choose all elements of your gift - silhouette portraits, frame, and/or mat. You make the payment and choose the person, she/he receives the gift.
Details: "Gift Certificates" mean that you will supply the name, address, and email address of your lucky "giftee" - If it is your preference, Silhouettes By Hand will send an email requesting profile photos, and she/he will receive the order that you paid for, but without any fee or indication of price. You will give all this Giftee information at the end of the checkout process.
During the ordering process, you will be asked to email a profile (side-facing) photo, as seen here. Please READ BELOW and look at this image of a profile photo to show you what your photo should look like.
Please send several photos just in case one photo doesn't show all the details needed.
Your artist does not know what your person actually looks like in-person; your artist only sees this photo. The better your photos, the better your silhouettes:
Exact Profile: exact side view
Good contrast between subject and background
Straight face (no smiles, or talking, or tongues, or grimaces)
Include the WHOLE head in the profile photo, down to mid-chest
Send several profile photos if possible. (Do not need to send photos of the back of the head. These are not needed)
The Turnaround (the time between receiving an order and shipping it out to you) varies depending on the season and the artist's schedule to receive, cut, and send out your order. The average turnaround is 4-10 days. Holiday turnaround is approximately 4-14 days.
The shipping is currently United States Post Office (USPS), Priority Mail, insured. Every effort is taken to pack your package well for the fewest accidents by USPS service.
However, USPS doesn't work for every customer. If you want a different shipper (UPS or FedEx), please email Silhouettes By Hand for a custom order - we will send via the shipper of your choice, at the going rates for that shipping service.
The order form allows shipping to a Shipping address other than the Customer (orderer's) address. For best service, please mention in your "Sending photos"-email that you want your order shipped to a different address so your order will speed to the chosen location.
If you are planning to send your second (or third) copies to another address outside of the Shipping address, this will incur another fee. The fee depends on what you are sending; you will receive an email with any new shipping fees. Your order will be cut after all fees are paid.
This page takes Credit Card, Paypal, and Apple Pay. If you have any difficulty ordering on this page, OR would like to order BY CHECK, please email Silhouettes By Hand for a custom order experience. Please ask directly for your favorite payment form.
NOTE: Click on the pictures of the products to learn about them before ordering.
International shipping information was difficult to create on this order page. If you are based outside of the United States and are interested in making a silhouette order, please email Silhouettes By Hand with your order request.
Sadly, shipping to countries outside of the USA will require customs forms and higher shipping fees.
All care and effort possible has gone into hand-making your custom order, hand-packaging your order, and shipping. All sales are considered final unless severe breakage has been experienced by a shipping service. If a breakage or severe damage has been found on your order due to a shipping service, your artist has the right to inspect the damage and decide any exchanges. She will talk with you about the possibilities.
Please remember that while you are making an online order with the ease of ordering from a store or a distributor; however your order is custom handmade by a trained and experienced artist and craftsperson. Every effort has been made to develop this ordering service, but creating silhouettes freehand with only scissors is not easy.
Your silhouettes will look like the photos, but this will be handmade; not a photographic exact replica of your loved one. There is no use of scanning, photography, Photoshop, lasers, or cutting machines to create your order. There will be slight differences between the photo and your silhouette. This is normal for a handmade piece. There are no refunds if the silhouette does not look “exactly like a photograph” of your loved one.
Your silhouette artist has been working for over 10 years in freehand-cut silhouettes. She is self-taught from studying the historical artists. However, silhouette artists vary in style. Her work may not look like another silhouette artist’s work, and is constantly improving. Please see your artist’s style by seeing the Examples Page and her Instagram page to see her style. There are no refunds or recuts if your silhouettes do not match another artist’s style, whether from past silhouettes, or other artists you have seen live - or on the Internet.
The better your photos, the better your silhouettes. Your artist does not know what your loved one looks like unless you send the best photos. If your photo is 3/4 view, or blurry, or with mouth open, or smiling, or teeth showing, or “making a face”, your silhouettes will not look good, nor will the silhouettes look the best for your collection or for gifts. There are no refunds or recuts if your photos do not show your loved one’s facial features well.
Your order will be sent out on schedule to reach your shipping address as per United States Post Office schedule. You will be sent tracking information. You are responsible for providing an accurate shipping address. If there is any issue with the address, the USPS delivery, or delivery schedule from USPS, your artist is NOT responsible after shipping and tracking is recorded.
Your artist does not usually copy old silhouettes from your family, and definitely does not make copies of modern silhouette masters. Silhouette artists have their own style and flair, whether an artist from the past era or of the modern era. Copies of old family silhouettes are difficult, and will not be exact, and may be refused. Copying modern living artists is against your artist’s ethical values.
Thank you for your interest in handmade silhouettes..