Gillianbeads

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads and Artisan Jewelry

London, Canada · 4677 Sales

Gillianbeads

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads and Artisan Jewelry

London, Canada 4677 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy shop!! Please utilize the "Search This Shop" feature for "Ready Made", "Made To Order", and "Boro" beads that are available. I take great pride in providing great customer service.

A dentist by day...a lampwork glass bead maker and jewelry artist by night, and evenings, and weekends, and well yes, very early in the mornings too! I love glass beads!

If you want to be kept "up to date" with new beads and jewelry listings don't forget to "Like" my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/BrilliantBeads

I always post my newest listings there as soon as they are available on Etsy.

I will do everything I can to make your experience here as pleasant as mine has been.

Please note that I have combined shipping rates for multiple purchases. Convo me with any questions you might have.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Gillian

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 5, 2016

Welcome to my Etsy shop!! Please utilize the "Search This Shop" feature for "Ready Made", "Made To Order", and "Boro" beads that are available. I take great pride in providing great customer service.

A dentist by day...a lampwork glass bead maker and jewelry artist by night, and evenings, and weekends, and well yes, very early in the mornings too! I love glass beads!

If you want to be kept "up to date" with new beads and jewelry listings don't forget to "Like" my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/BrilliantBeads

I always post my newest listings there as soon as they are available on Etsy.

I will do everything I can to make your experience here as pleasant as mine has been.

Please note that I have combined shipping rates for multiple purchases. Convo me with any questions you might have.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Gillian

Gillian Soskin

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Gillian Soskin

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About

A Love of Bright, Shiny Things

I have always loved bright, shiny things and as a child collected all sorts of pretty stones, shells, and beach glass. I still have many of those cherished objects.

Beads have fascinated me for years and I have been embellishing clothing with them for a long time. I made my own wedding dress and beaded the bodice and sleeves in a vine and leaf pattern.

In my professional career as a dentist, I work with my hands every day but found that I needed a creative outlet. Jewelry making was a natural extension of this, requiring a degree of fine motor control and skill. My hobby has happily turned into a small business for me.

I discovered lampworking, also known as flameworking, two years ago, and was hooked after I took my first course. My husband recognized this newfound passion in me and very kindly agreed to build a glass studio for me in our home.

Lampworking involves melting rods of different colored glass in the flame of a very hot (2000 degree) propane/oxygen torch, and winding the molten glass around a stainless steel rod (mandrel) which has been coated in a releasing agent...otherwise the glass will melt to the rod forever. When this happens it is known as a "pot sticker". Glass rods get their color from various metal oxides, much like paint, but the colors don't mix the way paint does...the reaction of the different metals within the glass can give rise to completely different effects at the edges where the colors meet. This can also be affected by the proportion of oxygen in relation to propane...an oxidizing flame or a reducing flame.

Proper ventilation is crucial when working with glass; both the metal oxides and the fine particulate matter can be harmful. Special glasses are required to protect the eyes from the flare of the glass as it melts. Other safety equipment includes proper regulator valves for the controlled flow of propane and oxygen, high volume ventilation hood, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector.

After the bead is made, a process which can take from a few minutes to over an hour for a single bead, the mandrel and bead are placed in a hot kiln (approximately 1000 degrees) to "soak" for a period of time, then very slowly cooled over a period of many hours, to relieve the stress in the glass. This process is called annealing, and is a critical part of lampworking. Without being annealed the glass will be prone to cracking, shortly after being made or many months in the future. When buying lampwork beads, be sure to ask if the beads have been properly kiln-annealed. Inexpensive, commercial, or mass produced beads often are not, and will be prone to cracking.

Lampworking has given me more freedom and flexibility in my jewelry designing than I ever thought possible....colors, patterns, and shapes can be created for custom designs, as focal pieces, or accents.

As much as I love designing jewelry with my own lampwork beads, I also love to see what other jewelry designers create with the beads I sell as components.

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  • Gillian Soskin

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator, Photography, Chief Cook And Bottle Washer

    Gillian Soskin is a dentist by day...and a lampwork glass bead maker and jewelry artist by night, evenings, weekends, and well yes, very early in the mornings too!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 5, 2014
All my beads go directly from the torch to kiln for controlled annealing. All beads are inspected for flaws and thoroughly cleaned for you. Any white spots are only from the camera and lights.

I am a self-representing glass artist (SRA # S107) which means that my beads are individually made, by me, and not mass produced. I am also a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal, credit cards, debit cards, and Etsy gift cards as payment for purchases and custom orders. Payment is due at time of purchase. Unfortunately I have had several orders not completed in the past because of insufficient funds in Paypal accounts, so no echecks will be accepted.
Shipping
Please Note: Canada just had a large postal increase and although for my (almost) 7 years on Etsy I haven't had to raise my shipping prices I must at this time.

Shipping is via CanadaPost in a secure bubble envelope. I do combine shipping for multiple purchases paid for at the same time. The basic shipping rate does not have a tracking option (but I've never had a package lost in the mail). If you want insurance please let me know as I can not be responsible for packages lost in the mail.

Please note that shipping from Canada to the U.S. does usually take 10-14 business days to arrive.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be pleased with your purchase. I will accept returns, less shipping and Paypal charges, within 14 days of receipt.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcome.
If you have any questions, please email me at brilliantbeads [!at] rogers.com