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About Us

I’m Mads and I’ve been running Bad Times Designs since 2020. BTD was a lockdown hobby that turned into a business because I'm neurodivergent can’t sit still!


We started off as Lil Leafy Shop and had a small collection of polymer clay earrings. I’ll be the first to admit they weren’t great, but they helped to get my creativity flowing. I tried (and failed) many styles and techniques over the years and eventually curated the gothic and alternative collections we have today. I've been running this shop full time since July 2022 which has been a struggle at times (especially with the current state of the economy) but I've loved every second.

BTD is a safe space for LGBTQI+ individuals. I myself am a queer woman and have always believed that fashion shouldn’t be gendered. We don’t cater to a specific demographic, instead we encourage people of all ages, genders and walks of life to wear what they want to wear. If that happens to be our accessories then we’re super happy!

3 random facts about me: I still play the Sims 3, I love escape rooms and I can name every country in the world. I also have a gaming youtube channel for Cities: Skylines content!

  • How soon will my order get shipped?
    In general, please allow up to 4 working days processing time before your order will be shipped. Parcels are generally dispatched on Tuesdays and Fridays, however additional dispatches may be made during busy periods. Depending on what you’ve ordered and what time you place the order, your parcel may be shipped the same day! Some of our products are made to order (e.g. chainmail) so please allow a few extra days of processing time for these. Larger orders may also take longer to process. Any potential delays to processing time will be publicised. Find out more on our Shipping & Returns page.
  • How much does shipping cost?
    All orders are sent with tracked shipping. Standard delivery (48 Hour tracked) costs £2.50 on orders up to £50 and is free on orders over £50. Upgrades are available for 24 Hour Tracked shipping for £5 on orders up to £50 and £2 on orders over £50. Please note that we will try our best to ship your order as soon as possible but processing time remains 5 working working days (on average). See the FAQ above and our Shipping & Returns page for more information.
  • Do you ship internationally?
    We currently ship to the US via Etsy but unfortunately not on here. Each country and state (and in some cases counties) have their own import laws and taxes and they’re constantly changing. If we got something wrong on here there could be consequences for us and for you and we want to avoid that at all costs! Luckily sales taxes are built in on Etsy, hence why we have shipping open to the US.
  • What do I do if I'm not happy with my order?
    If this is the case, we’re so sorry! We want everyone to have a great experience with us and are committed to fixing any problems you may have. Please get in contact with us if your order is damaged or something is missing on arrival, or if it doesn’t arrive at all. We will do everything we can to make sure you receive what you paid for. Pieces which are marbled or from a slab (i.e. marble homewares, CRYPT snake print studs) look different each time they’re made so the item you receive may not look exactly like the one pictured on the listing. We try to ensure the photos on our website and social media sites are representative of our products. This may involve editing the photos to combat unflattering lighting or to balance the colouring. Chainmail pieces are measured hanging at their maximum length for consistency. Each chainmail weave has a different amount of stretch so measuring flat will not yield accurate measurements. If you believe you have received a piece which is not the correct length, please measure hanging against a solid ruler or tape measure before contacting us. If your piece is the correct length but doesn't fit comfortably, contact us via email to discuss an adjustment. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to our products through shipping or negligence. Our products are durable and are stress tested to ensure a long life, however there are limits to what they can withstand in regards to pressure, impact, heat and oils. Check our care page for more info on how to look after your Bad Times products.
  • Can I return my order?
    We cannot accept returns for pierced jewellery or clips-ons due to hygiene reasons. All other items can be returned within 30 days of purchase. Refunds will be processed once the item has returned to our HQ. It is the buyer’s responsibility to pay for the shipping for the item to be returned. Items must be returned in their original condition, i.e. no damage caused by the buyer, and in original packaging where possible. If original packaging is not available, please ensure the new packaging provides adequate protection for the item. If the item is damaged in transit and it has not been adequately packaged, the refund may not be approved. Find out more on our Shipping and Returns page.
  • My made-to-order jewellery doesn't fit, can I get it adjusted?
    Please contact us via email if your made-to-order bracelet or necklace does not fit. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure the correct measurement is supplied to us when ordering, however we understand bodies may change shape and size over time. Adjustments will be considered on a case by case basis, taking into account the item in question, the date of purchase and the size of the adjustment needed. Some requests may be denied, i.e. adjustments which turn a bracelet into a necklace. Chainmail pieces are measured hanging at their maximum length for consistency. Each chainmail weave has a different amount of stretch so measuring flat will not yield accurate measurements. Thicker chains need to be longer than the circumference of your neck/wrist to be able to close; a measuring guide is provided on each listing for reference. If you believe you have received a piece which is not the correct length, please measure hanging against a solid ruler or tape measure before contacting us. If your piece is the correct length but doesn't fit comfortably, contact us via email to discuss an adjustment. It is the customer’s responsibility to pay for postage for both directions if requesting an adjustment. Please note that necklaces on a chain (i.e. NORTH, ARIES etc) may incur additional charges for adjustments as the chain cannot be made longer without recutting from the spool. Find out more on our Shipping & Returns page.
  • Can I collect my order if I live local to Chelmsford?
    Yes! Drop us a message before you checkout if you live local to Chelmsford or if you happen to be passing through in the near future and we will send you a custom code to remove shipping fees from your order. We don’t have a physical shop so we can arrange a date/time and location, i.e. somewhere in the town, for the handover. If you live local to Chelmsford and would like to have your order hand delivered, select the local delivery option at the checkout. This option is cheaper than regular shipping but still incurs a cost to cover petrol and time spent away from my desk.
  • Can I customise my order?
    Of course! Leave us a message on your order if you’d like different colour findings or to swap out hooks for hoops. We may need to follow up with an email if we need to clarify anything or can’t provide what you’re asking for. If requests are made after the order is placed we can’t guarantee we will be able to carry out your requests but we will try our hardest! Please note requests for real gold or silver findings will need to be made as a separate order as these will be slightly more expensive.
  • Can I order custom jewellery?
    Absolutely! Drop us an email or DM us on Instagram and we can have a chat about your ideas! It’s a very fluid process and we’ll keep you informed of everything along the way. Custom orders will require communication from the customer as we will be unable to proceed without confirmation on design, cost and timeframes.
  • Do you have any markets coming up?
    We have a few things in the pipeline for 2024 but nothing confirmed as of yet. Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates and announcements!
  • Are you stocked in any shops?
    Yes! We are currently stocked Twisted Treats in Colchester! Twisted Treats make the most amazing cakes, brownies, milkshakes, pastries and more, and they've recently opened their new shop in Colchester. We have also previously stocked at Love Local in Colchester, and the Pop-Up Club in Chelmsford and Westfield London. If you run a store and are interested in stocking us, please feel free to drop us an email. We would request that you provide some form of verification of your place of work as we unfortunately get a lot of spam emails!
  • Can I rent a piece of jewellery?
    Yes, we offer jewellery for rent for stylist pulls, photoshoots and events (based in the UK only). We require the full value of the item(s) to be paid upfront to cover the renting cost and deposit: Renting cost - 10% or 25% of the item value Deposit - 90% of the item value for ready to wear pieces; 75% of the item value for made-to-order pieces The deposit will be refunded upon the safe return of the item(s), providing there is no damage to the item(s). Any item(s) which are lost or damaged will void the rental agreement and result in the deposit being forfeited. Items can be rented for a maximum of 30 days and must be returned to us via tracked shipping by the 30th day. Each extra day where the item(s) have not been returned will result in an additional 5% of the item value being withheld from the deposit. Exceptions can be made in special circumstances; this will be discussed and decided on a case by case basis. If you would like to rent any of our jewellery, please see further information on our Rentals page and fill out the form below. Renting can only go ahead after we have confirmed your request.

Our values

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Since I was a very young child, my moral compass has guided much of what I do. Bad Times Designs is an extension of myself so my morals and ethics apply just as much in my shop as they do in my personal life. I am a self employed autistic LGBTQ+ woman so many aspects of my life are politicised, but my values do not end with things that affect me personally. I have a platform and I feel it is my duty to use this platform to share education about real life issues, spread awareness about harmful political movements and raise funds for various charities. In 2021 I donated over £400 to Victim Support following the murder of Sarah Everard and subsequent violence from police at the Clapham Common vigil, and over £150 to Stonewall Housing for pride month. I am currently donating 10% of the proceeds from orders each month to Medical Aid for Palestinians each month. There is always more I could be doing as learning and activism never stops, but I try my hardest with the resources I have.


If you don't agree with these values, you do not need to shop with us. I would much rather have a small audience of morally aligned people than compromise on my beliefs and appeal to the masses. As a small cog in the capitalism machine, I believe this is the most ethical way to conduct my business. If you have any questions about my values, feel free to drop us an email or DM!

This has been written in the first person as I (Mads) am the founder and only employee of Bad Times Designs. While it is Bad Times is a brand, it is a a raw expression of my soul and my creativity.



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