TheEdgeOfElsewhere

An otherworldly immersion in fantasy & sci-fi beadwork

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Announcement    Welcome to The Edge of Elsewhere. Inspired by a lifelong love of fantasy and sci-fi, I bring strange forms to life using an eclectic set of techniques including bead embroidery, bead weaving, and wire crochet. All of the artwork and jewelry you see are designed and handmade at my kitchen-table studio in the Pacific Northwest. Commissions and gallery inquiries are always considered with gratitude. Thank you for visiting my little beaded world - I hope you find something that inspires your imagination and transports you from the ordinary to the Edge Of Elsewhere...

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Last updated on Jan 22, 2021

Welcome to The Edge of Elsewhere. Inspired by a lifelong love of fantasy and sci-fi, I bring strange forms to life using an eclectic set of techniques including bead embroidery, bead weaving, and wire crochet. All of the artwork and jewelry you see are designed and handmade at my kitchen-table studio in the Pacific Northwest. Commissions and gallery inquiries are always considered with gratitude. Thank you for visiting my little beaded world - I hope you find something that inspires your imagination and transports you from the ordinary to the Edge Of Elsewhere...

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About TheEdgeOfElsewhere

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A lifelong passion for beading

I can get a little obsessive. I have been doing beadwork since I was 5 years old and discovered my local bead shop. It was like being whisked away to a magical land of sparkle and creativity where time lost all meaning. I am mostly self-taught through trial and error, and all my designs come from my own mind.
In my late teens, I got a job working in that same bead store I had visited since early childhood. I got to play with beads all day and teach others about the joy of crafting with them. By that point, I was spending any leftover cent from my paycheck on beads and making so many beaded jewelry pieces that I didn't know what to do with them. They were literally popping out of every nook and cranny of my home! My friends and relatives were also draped in my creations...clearly something had to be done. So I started selling my work at the bead shop. One day, I was approached by the owner of an art gallery who had noticed my work and offered me representation.

I eventually moved to a larger gallery and art center where I had a working studio. I began branching out and selling my jewelry in boutiques, galleries, and bead stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I have been a finalist in Swarovski Elements Jewelry Making Contest as well as Bead Dreams, which is the contest at the largest consumer bead show in the world. My work has also been featured in Beadwork magazine, one of the top publications in the world of bead artwork and beaded jewelry.

When I’m not voyaging to The Edge Of Elsewhere, my main focus is motherhood & family. I have a very sweet and busy little toddler boy and a rock-solid partner. After family comes work: I’m a full time registered nurse at a small rural hospital. My main role is charge nurse of the MedSurg floor (which includes my community’s local covid isolation unit). Other non-bead related work I have done includes teaching in Athletics at a university, working as a certified personal trainer, managing a gym, managing a café, and ghostwriting for web publications. I have also worked a myriad of positions in retail, coffee, food service, as a caregiver, housekeeper, and hotel maid. I aim to use all my life experiences to inform who I am and my shape my approach to others with compassion and clarity.
But back to beads! This is a labor of love for me. I don’t create for money but simply for the love of it. I’m drawn back to beads again and again no matter how far I venture afield. I welcome custom orders and really enjoy commissions big or small. I hope you find something you love in my shop, and I’d welcome the chance to answer any questions you have.

Shop members

  • Mae Barraclough

    Creator, Maker

    I love to immerse myself in a sparkling world of the small and super-detailed. My passion is creating unique bead-centric artwork and art jewelry.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 22, 2021
I want you to be 100% delighted from start to finish. All orders are handmade, packaged, and shipped by myself. If you have any special questions or concerns either before or after ordering, please let me know.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to love your piece as much as I loved making it. If your order is not to your satisfaction, I offer a return or exchange within 14 days of purchase.

Please let me know right away if you would like to make a return or exchange, and we will work together to find a solution.

Please note that I am not responsible for any additional shipping costs, unless the item is defective. In that case, I will of course pay return shipping and do whatever I can to make it right with you.
Payment
Paypal & direct checkout are accepted with gratitude.

If you would like to pay a deposit to hold a larger piece, please contact me, as it is possible we could make an arrangement.
Shipping
Please see the bottom line of each item's description for shipping times. Some pieces are ready to ship within 2-3 days, while some are made to order and will take longer. I will always note when an individual piece will ship at the bottom of each item's description.

Your time is important to me; rush ordering may be available depending on the piece. If you need a piece sooner than the shipping timeline put forth, contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Privacy
I will never sell your information or use it for anything other than completing your order with me.

More information

Last updated on Jan 22, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping available by request; please let me know via convo if you would like something gift wrapped. Otherwise, all orders will come simply packaged in bubble wrap or the like for safe & secure shipping.

Care instructions

I take pride in making jewelry and artwork that can stand up to normal wear. Unless otherwise specified, all jewelry can be safely washed with warm water and a mild dish soap, or rubbing alcohol pads can be used to restore the shine of stones and crystals; metals can be gently polished with a polishing cloth to restore luster. Wall art should generally be dusted with a soft cloth dampened with water only. Alcohol pads gam be used to de-grease larger beads and stones. I do not recommend any kind of metal dip cleaners, as they will remove the hand-oxidation I apply to many of my pieces.