LaughingShadows

Laughing Shadows Bead & Design

Virginia, United States · 80 Sales

LaughingShadows

Laughing Shadows Bead & Design

Virginia, United States 80 Sales On Etsy since 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars
(47)

Announcement   Welcome to Laughing Shadows Bead & Design. As always, standard shipping is free, worldwide.

My jewelry is organized by “theme” based on common inspiration, design, or materials. I currently have nine themes: Aquatica (sea life and ocean-derived materials) Business Beads (conservative pieces suitable for the office); Elemental (raw minerals and pieces inspired by natural forces); Flora (plants); Fauna (non-aquatic animals); Jewelry Fantastic (inspired by science fiction and fantasy); Not at the Dinner Table (politics, religion and mature); Urban and Abstract (modern, funky and fashion forward); and World Beads (tribal and multicultural). My store policies include further descriptions of the themes. Enjoy your visit!

I am a proud member of the Freethinkers Street Team (www.shopFreethinkers.com), the Indie Free Spirits Team (http://indiefreespirits.blogspot.com/) and the Capitol Region Etsy Street Team “CREST” (http://etsycrest.blogspot.com/).

Check out my Facebook page and become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/LaughingShadowsBead, or follow me on twitter @lsbead.

Announcement

Welcome to Laughing Shadows Bead & Design. As always, standard shipping is free, worldwide.

My jewelry is organized by “theme” based on common inspiration, design, or materials. I currently have nine themes: Aquatica (sea life and ocean-derived materials) Business Beads (conservative pieces suitable for the office); Elemental (raw minerals and pieces inspired by natural forces); Flora (plants); Fauna (non-aquatic animals); Jewelry Fantastic (inspired by science fiction and fantasy); Not at the Dinner Table (politics, religion and mature); Urban and Abstract (modern, funky and fashion forward); and World Beads (tribal and multicultural). My store policies include further descriptions of the themes. Enjoy your visit!

I am a proud member of the Freethinkers Street Team (www.shopFreethinkers.com), the Indie Free Spirits Team (http://indiefreespirits.blogspot.com/) and the Capitol Region Etsy Street Team “CREST” (http://etsycrest.blogspot.com/).

Check out my Facebook page and become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/LaughingShadowsBead, or follow me on twitter @lsbead.

Porter Wiseman

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Porter Wiseman

Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(47)
Marsha White

Marsha White on Jul 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I've bought from this artist before and her work is always a wonderful quality. I couldn't be happier with this piece. She also gave me a discount for pointing out that that the pendant resembled the Silence of the Lambs movie poster (Jodie Foster with the moth over her mouth).

jeni evans

jeni evans on Nov 2, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

Beautifully carved raven,despatched promptly. Wasn't so sure about the beadwork, maybe a bit glitzy for me,so I may customise that. But am loving my raven.

Lany

Lany on Jul 9, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

As advertised. Beautiful piece. Love it! Fast shipping. Thank you! :)

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Shop policies

Last updated on February 4, 2011
I create one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry, specializing in natural semiprecious stone beads traditionally hand-knotted on silk cord. I also use an array of other materials, including organics such as bone and horn; metals, such as silver, copper and gold vermeil; hemp, beading wire, glass and enhanced stone. Fossils, trade beads, tektites and other unusual materials often find their way into my work as well.

My design philosophy is material-centered; I build each piece around the stones or focal pieces used, rather than trying to force the materials in to a pre-conceived design. As a result my jewelry encompasses a range of styles, from tribal to ultra modern.

THEMES:

My jewelry is organized by “theme” based on common inspiration, design, or materials. Some pieces could fit in more than more theme; I try to put them where they fit best. I currently have nine themes:

Aquatica: I spent some time working in a boutique aquarium store, and, for what it’s worth, I’m a Pisces. Regardless, I have always had a deep love for aquatic life. Because I have so many ocean and water themed pieces, I have broken sea and water life into its own category. This is where you will find fish, shrimp, octopuses, and necklaces made primarily of components drawn from the sea, like pearls and coral. You will also find pieces that are centered on oceanic or aquatic fossils (or mock fossils) in this category; I grew up in an area where every steam bed held the stone remnants of a long vanished sea. These echoes are, to me, as enchanting as the living water.

Business Beads: Simple, elegant and professional, these pieces are designed to go with everything from business attire to blue jeans. Jewelry based on this theme uses relatively small beads and a conservative and limited palette of colors and shapes.

Elemental: These pieces use raw materials such as nuggets, crystals, and tektites. These pieces have an earthy, wild feel, but also provide a fascinating display of the variety of nature.

Flora: Flowers, leaves, fruit, and trees; the Plant Kingdom is showcased under this theme.

Fauna: Animals of all kinds, unless they spend most of the time in the water. Mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, you’ll find the whole ark here. Ocean life is found in Aquatica.

Jewelry Fantastic: Inspired by mythology, science fiction and fantasy, these pieces feature pendants with mythical creatures, unusual materials, and imaginative designs. This theme includes gothic and steampunk -styled jewelry.

Not at the Dinner Table: When I was growing up, there were three things that were never to be discussed at the dinner table: politics, religion, and sex. This theme contains crosses and pentacles, crescents and stars. Here you'll find your red elephants and blue donkeys, as well as the occasional "racy" pendant.

Urban and Abstract: Fashion forward, modern, daring, and sometimes just plain funky, these pieces are dramatic and unique expressions of personal style.

World Beads: Whether tribal or based on highly elaborate Asian designs, these pieces evoke other cultures.

There is also a Destatsh section for materials and supplies that I have decided to pass on to another crafter.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I prefer payment via PayPal at time of purchase. If you fail to make a PayPal payment within 3 days of purchase, the sale will be canceled and I will relist the item.

I will also accept domestic money orders and checks from major U.S. banks. I do not accept foreign checks or money orders. If you pay with a check, your purchase will ship after the check has cleared. If payment by check or money order is not received within 10 days from the time of purchase, the sale will be canceled and the item(s) relisted.
Shipping
SHIPPING METHOD: I ship for free worldwide, using US Postal Service first class mail. If you require a different method of shipment, please convo me before making your purchase and we can work something out.

INTERNATIONAL SALES: Customers are responsible for knowing and abiding by any import restrictions to their country from the US. Buyers are responsible for all customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred. I do not accept returns on international sales. I do not insure or track international packages.

GIFTS: If your item is a gift, please let me know in the Notes to Seller - I can ship your gift item directly to your recipient at no charge.
Refunds and Exchanges
LOST/STOLEN ORDERS: I cannot be responsible for lost or stolen packages. Insurance is complementary on purchases over $50, or I can add insurance to your order upon request for an extra flat rate charge of $2.00, which will be invoiced separately.

RETURN POLICY: Returns are accepted within 10 days of receipt of purchase for a full refund. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. You must notify me by convo or email of your intent to return an item and I will give you the return address. Your refund will be credited to your account upon receipt of the item(s).
Additional policies and FAQs
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR SILK KNOTTED NECKLACE:

Just kidding. You don’t have to feed it. However, silk is a natural material; it was not developed by NASA to go to the moon. Silk necklaces, especially if worn frequently, will gradually stretch and lose strength, and should be restrung every 1-3 years. Do not allow silk knotted necklaces to get wet, and store them lying flat in a drawer rather than hanging. I do provide restringing services on my own necklaces at cost (a few dollars depending on the necklace) + shipping.

F.A.Q.

Why do you knot your necklaces on silk if silk necklaces are fragile? Why not use beading wire?

I do use beading wire when the extra strength is required. However, it is often said that the difference between a “cheap” string of beads and a “fine” string of beads is knotting, which protects the beads from rubbing against each other and gives the necklace a much more elegant and finished look. It also protects the beads should the necklace break; with a knotted necklace, you stand to lose perhaps one or two beads, rather than the entire strand. In end, however, I knot my necklaces on silk because it is traditional and I prefer the look of a knotted necklace.

What metals do you use? Are your findings lead and nickel free?

I certainly hope so, and I make an effort to avoid “questionable” findings that may contain these or other metals that are toxic or likely to cause allergic reactions. However, some of my findings are imported or vintage, and I cannot guarantee their metal content. If you are concerned, please purchase pieces with beads and findings that are labeled as sterling silver, vermeil, gold-filled, or fine silver. These findings have a better “pedigree” than base metal findings. I try to buy pure copper findings: however, these are occasionally mislabeled.

What is vermeil?

Vermeil is sterling silver heavily plated with karat gold. Often, the plate of vermeil is 18k gold or better. I prefer to use vermeil rather than other sorts of layered gold because of its greater inherent value, brighter “gold” color, and better wear.

What is gold-filled?

When I can’t use vermeil, I used gold-filled findings. Gold- filled (or rolled gold) findings are made using a hollow gold form into which base metal is inserted. There is a great deal more gold in gold-filled findings than in gold plate and gold-filled findings and beads, because they have a much thicker layer of gold, wear much better than gold plate.

Are your materials natural?

I try to use natural materials for my jewelry; my interest in semiprecious beads comes from the natural beauty and patterning of the stones. Simply put, I find unnatural materials to be less interesting and attractive. However, I do occasionally use enhanced materials, and I will always label such materials as enhanced if I know or believe this to be the case. If I simply suspect a material has been enhanced I will make note of my suspicions.

Under what circumstances do you use enhanced materials?

Generally, I use enhanced materials under four scenarios:

I. For aesthetic reasons I have selected a material that is by definition artificial, such as glass. Although I love the natural beauty of semiprecious stones, some human made materials are also beautiful and interesting.

II. The material is a "stock" material that is routinely enhanced, such as black agate or black onyx. The vast majority of these materials on the market are dyed, just as the vast majority of carnelian and smoky quartz are heated. It is both difficult and expensive to reliably acquire the natural versions of these materials, and often very hard to distinguish the natural and artificial versions. I assume these materials are enhanced and label them as such, but use them because they are readily available and of high quality.

III. Enhancement is necessary to make the material usable, such as in the case of stabilized turquoise. Most turquoise is too soft to make good beads, and is therefore injected with resin to protect the stone. The stabilization process doesn’t change the color of the turquoise, but it makes the turquoise much sturdier and less prone to discolor.

IV. The enhancement has created something altogether new and interesting in its own right. For example, ice flake quartz is heated to create a beautiful crackle effect and red tiger eye is created by heating ordinary tiger eye. Neither of these stones attempt to impersonate anything else, and neither appears flagrantly unnatural; they are just interesting stones created by the collaboration of nature and human ingenuity.

Is it an agate or a jasper?

Good question. Agates and jaspers (and chalcedonies) are all microcrystalline silicon dioxide, otherwise known as quartz. The same stone may be sold as agate or jasper, depending on where it came from and who is selling it. Moreover, many stones that are not agate or jasper, or any sort of quartz, are sold as agate or jasper, apparently on the logic that if you don’t know what it is, it must be one or the other. I generally label stones as what they were sold to me as, unless I am certain of their actual identity or believe that their trade name is misleading.