AstridRiedel

Astrid's Handmade Glass Beads

Pretoria, South Africa · 2956 Sales

AstridRiedel

Astrid's Handmade Glass Beads

Pretoria, South Africa 2956 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(910)

Announcement   A bead is not just a bead, The bead is a canvas for my expression, I see each one as a piece of wearable art, much thought, time, experience and love goes into making my beads. I mostly love to make focal beads, they need not much more to dress them up, as each one makes a strong statement and are fabulous when hung on a beautiful silver necklace.

About my hollow beads.... Each bead is blown off mandrel on a blow pipe, each pattern , color and detail you see is layered onto the base bead. It is quite a challenge to blow glass with different colors and designs as each of these expand and contract at different rates, even though the COE is all 104 each colour has has a different viscosity
(resistance of flow) This is what in part makes these beads special and unique.
Much time is spent on preparing elements for the the design of the bead, and once annealed and cooled ( which takes a day ) the beads are cold worked , which means grinding, etching or sandblasting is done to them. I hope that this will help in the understanding of the value of the beads, they are one of a kind handmade ART beads, something which in itself is becoming more rare as mass production is rampant!

I also want to thank all of you who leave me such wonderful feedback on my beads, it makes me really happy to know that you are happy with your purchase!

Of course quality is my priority, both in the bead and the service to you. I want you to know all the beads are all annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for durability. The holes are properly cleaned, and each bead is checked.
Please do allow for slight variations of brightness or color as each screen might portray them differently. The beads are mostly photographed in a light box for optimum quality.
I am a self representing artist (SRA 86)

Your feedback is much appreciated!

NB!
All parcels are sent per OCS global mail or SAPO at $6.
Please read through the shop policies before committing to a purchase!


PAYMENTS: PayPal

http://wwwastridriedel.blogspot.com/

Thanks for visiting my shop, pop in again!
Astrid

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 21, 2016

A bead is not just a bead, The bead is a canvas for my expression, I see each one as a piece of wearable art, much thought, time, experience and love goes into making my beads. I mostly love to make focal beads, they need not much more to dress them up, as each one makes a strong statement and are fabulous when hung on a beautiful silver necklace.

About my hollow beads.... Each bead is blown off mandrel on a blow pipe, each pattern , color and detail you see is layered onto the base bead. It is quite a challenge to blow glass with different colors and designs as each of these expand and contract at different rates, even though the COE is all 104 each colour has has a different viscosity
(resistance of flow) This is what in part makes these beads special and unique.
Much time is spent on preparing elements for the the design of the bead, and once annealed and cooled ( which takes a day ) the beads are cold worked , which means grinding, etching or sandblasting is done to them. I hope that this will help in the understanding of the value of the beads, they are one of a kind handmade ART beads, something which in itself is becoming more rare as mass production is rampant!

I also want to thank all of you who leave me such wonderful feedback on my beads, it makes me really happy to know that you are happy with your purchase!

Of course quality is my priority, both in the bead and the service to you. I want you to know all the beads are all annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for durability. The holes are properly cleaned, and each bead is checked.
Please do allow for slight variations of brightness or color as each screen might portray them differently. The beads are mostly photographed in a light box for optimum quality.
I am a self representing artist (SRA 86)

Your feedback is much appreciated!

NB!
All parcels are sent per OCS global mail or SAPO at $6.
Please read through the shop policies before committing to a purchase!


PAYMENTS: PayPal

http://wwwastridriedel.blogspot.com/

Thanks for visiting my shop, pop in again!
Astrid

Astrid Riedel

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Astrid Riedel

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(910)
Karen Sherwood

Karen Sherwood on Aug 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and helpful tutorial, thanks!

Kathleen Hosterman

Kathleen Hosterman on Aug 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Cannot wait to try this tuto, I loved your enamel murrini instructional and see this one is just as detailed and informative as your other tutorials...you are such a great teacher, thank you for taking the time to make these awesome lessons

SerendipityArtGlass

SerendipityArtGlass on Aug 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful tutorial. It answered some questions I've had. "How'd they do that?"

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 21, 2014
My philosophy is that I would like my beads to bring some joy in your life, and therefore I would like you to read through the policies I have put in place to avoid unpleasant situations.
All the beads are handmade, check the photos carefully and allow for the fact that the photos are enlarged and that some screens will alter the color representation, I don't hide imperfections in the beads, so please make sure you like what you see to avoid disappointment!

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I accept Pay-Pal
Shipping
All parcels are shipped in a bubblewrap envelope, either wrapped in lots of bubble wrap and finished off with tissue paper.
Parcels are shipped with OCS Global mail, a UK company.

Please inform yourself before making a purchase about custom fees related to glass beads.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will refund item(s) at my discretion within 30 days of sale.
Fees for postage will not be refunded and the client is to post the parcel at own cost.
Once I have received the item in good condition, I will refund the money.
I can't be held responsible for loss or damage incurred during transport. Report any missing parcel within 40 days of purchase to Paypal for a possible refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
With all said and done PLEASE avoid unnessary returns by rather asking me any questions before you make a purchase or by making an over hasty decision. If you have chosen to buy a bead or reserve a bead, please take the responsibility to pay me timeously.
Enjoy your purchases,
Astrid Riedel.