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* About Shirley - Maker, Teacher, Mentor
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"Go To Your Studio And Make Stuff". This is what my canvas tote bag proclaims - thanks, Fred Babb! - and I took his advice long before I even knew what a studio was. As a child, I often brought home leaves, plants, rocks, and shells that I found on various outdoor "treasure hunts". I would turn them into posters, jewelry, or whatever else caught my fancy. I was always the happiest when I was busy "making stuff".

Over the next several years I became involved with clothing construction, embroidery, needlepoint, and cross-stitch - then I landed squarely in the world of quilting. It was during my many years of obsessing over fabric that I developed my sense…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 28
  • Joined November 7, 2007

Favorite materials

glass, yarn, fiber, metal, wood, stones, gemstones, silver, copper, bronze, brass, ribbon, beads

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About

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* About Shirley - Maker, Teacher, Mentor
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"Go To Your Studio And Make Stuff". This is what my canvas tote bag proclaims - thanks, Fred Babb! - and I took his advice long before I even knew what a studio was. As a child, I often brought home leaves, plants, rocks, and shells that I found on various outdoor "treasure hunts". I would turn them into posters, jewelry, or whatever else caught my fancy. I was always the happiest when I was busy "making stuff".

Over the next several years I became involved with clothing construction, embroidery, needlepoint, and cross-stitch - then I landed squarely in the world of quilting. It was during my many years of obsessing over fabric that I developed my sense of color. Although my love of quilts has never faded, I no longer make them.

I began creating jewelry in 1996 when I was taught how to make earrings with beads by a co-worker. Jewelry making became my passion, and soon there was a demand for my pieces. At the beginning of 2000 I took my first lampwork class, which significantly changed the direction of my artistic endeavors. Since then, I have studied with many well-known glass professionals, and in February of 2006 I spent 9 days on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy studying glass sculptural techniques with Lucio Bubacco and Vittorio Costantini.

Most of my jewelry includes the glass beads that I make, and my inspiration comes from the products of nature. Though jewelry is my main focus, I do enjoy exploring other means of artistic expression. So you just never know what might show up in my shop!

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* PRODUCT NOTES
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~~~ Lampwork Glass Beads ~~~

I make my glass beads on an oxygen/propane torch using a 3/32" mandrel unless otherwise noted. I don't use a leaf press for my leaf beads. They're all one of a kind.
I anneal all my lampwork beads in a properly programmed digitally controlled kiln. The beads go directly from the flame into the kiln - I do not batch anneal.
Unless otherwise noted, I use soft glass (COE 104) from Italy, Germany, the USA and China. And they're all made with love! :-)

~~~ Braided Jewelry ~~~

I make all of the braided cords in my jewelry using a 23-inch-high maple marudai. I incorporate a combination of wool, bamboo, silk, rayon, nylon, acrylic, and whatever else catches my fancy into these cords. Cones are wired onto the ends using sterling silver wire.

~~~ Time and Again Series ~~~

In 2005 I took a trip back to my original home in Connecticut to clean out my mom's house of 41 years. During that process, I gathered up several pieces of vintage jewelry that could no longer be worn. What to do with them? While on the plane coming back home, I spent several hours brainstorming and soon my "Time and Again" series was born. I incorporate pieces of the past as well as new components in these collage pieces - and in some of them you might even find my lampwork. The components are assembled using fine brass wire and minimal glue. Each piece is unique - you won't find duplicates anywhere, not even in my own collection! And yes, I do collect them.

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* Store Policy
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~~ Payments:
Payment is required within 3 days of purchase. You can make a credit card payment through PayPal even if you don't have an account with them. If you're having difficulty with PayPal, just let me know what's happening within the 3-day period and I'll work with you.

I also accept money orders. Please let me know if you're paying by money order, and have the money order made out to Shirley Cook.

~~ Shipments - Domestic:
I ship via USPS Priority Mail, and I will include delivery confirmation with these shipments. Items usually leave my shop no later than 2 business days after receiving payment.

~~ Shipments - International:
I charge flat rates based on geographic location. The buyer is responsible for any and all applicable customs fees.

~~ Returns:
I try to include pictures and descriptions of my work that accurately depict the items. Please keep in mind that computer monitors display colors differently from one another. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me within 7 days of receiving the item and we will discuss your concerns. If a return is warranted, you are responsible for the cost of returning the item. I will refund the base price of the item (not including shipping costs) when I receive the item in new condition.

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