MercuryGlass

Mercury's Glass

361 Sales

MercuryGlass

Mercury's Glass

361 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(193)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop! I sell lampworked glass beads made by me in my home in beautiful Wisconsin, and jewelry I've made with those beads. I have created jewelry for celebrities including Mila Kunis, Amy Poehler and Jordin Sparks. All my beads are made with high quality glass from Italy, Germany, China, and the United States. They are then fully annealed in my kiln for maximum strength and durability, and the holes thoroughly cleaned of toxic and messy bead release. I also welcome custom orders...if you like a particular style of bead chances are I can make it in different colors to suit your needs. If you would like to purchase any loose beads just let me know what you need and I'll quote you a price. I pride myself on the highest quality workmanship, excellent customer service, and super fast shipping. Enjoy browsing through my work, and if you have any questions feel free to convo me :)

Announcement

Welcome to my shop! I sell lampworked glass beads made by me in my home in beautiful Wisconsin, and jewelry I've made with those beads. I have created jewelry for celebrities including Mila Kunis, Amy Poehler and Jordin Sparks. All my beads are made with high quality glass from Italy, Germany, China, and the United States. They are then fully annealed in my kiln for maximum strength and durability, and the holes thoroughly cleaned of toxic and messy bead release. I also welcome custom orders...if you like a particular style of bead chances are I can make it in different colors to suit your needs. If you would like to purchase any loose beads just let me know what you need and I'll quote you a price. I pride myself on the highest quality workmanship, excellent customer service, and super fast shipping. Enjoy browsing through my work, and if you have any questions feel free to convo me :)

Tracy Quigley

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Tracy Quigley

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(193)
cadirmeikis

cadirmeikis on May 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just adorable! Terrific shop, high quality craftsmanship! Thank you!

Renee Baird

Renee Baird on Sep 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Too cute for words!! <3 Excellent seller, beautifully packaged, shipped quickly ~ I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH THE SELLER AND THE BEADS!! Thank you! :)

Renee Baird

Renee Baird on Sep 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Simply adorable!!! I LOVE the two turtle beads I got from you! I will be a returning customer ~ thank you! :)

tambeemckell

tambeemckell on Dec 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Cute and the artist added her own personal touch to make sure everything was just right. :)

tambeemckell

tambeemckell on Dec 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Cute and the artist added her own personal touch to make sure everything was just right. :) Everyone needs a guardian fairy turtle.

tambeemckell

tambeemckell on Dec 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

The gold accent stripe is a nice addition to the turtles personality.

tambeemckell

tambeemckell on Dec 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Cute and the artist added her own personal touch to make sure everything was just right. :)

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 17, 2011
Welcome to my shop! I sell lampworked beads made by me in my home in beautiful Wisconsin, and jewelry I've made with those beads. All my beads are made with high quality glass from Italy, Germany, and the United States. They are then fully annealed in my kiln for lasting durability, and the holes thouroughly cleaned of bead release. Enjoy browsing through my work, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I accept PayPal payments and money orders. If the item is not a special order, I will ship within 48 hours of receipt of payment.
Shipping
I ship through USPS First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation in the US. If you need your item more quickly, I will upgrade the shipping method for cost. For international orders, I ship through USPS International First Class Mail.Delivery in 6-10 days. Keep in mind that though it may take 6-10 days to reach your country it may be held up in customs for several more days.
Note:
International buyers are responsible for all customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred. Buyers are responsible for knowing and abiding by any import restrictions to their country from the US.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase, I will gladly give you a refund, minus actual shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
What is the difference between original artisan made lampworked glass beads and mass produced knock-offs?

Well, let me put in in a different terms. What is the difference between Saks and Kmart? Or the difference between Jimmy Choo's and Payless? Or the difference between a diamond and rhinestone? Basically, you get what you pay for.

Artisan Beads vs. Cheap Imports:

THE BEADS:

Artisan beads are unique and one-of-a-kind creations that originate in the mind of an artist. Cheap imported beads are mass-produced, and are very often poor copies of artisan beads. The factories have representatives that attend bead shows and actually purchase artist beads for the purpose of shipping off to the factory and having rip-offs made.

Aesthetically speaking, artisan beads are cleaned and examined to make sure they are free of defects and cleaned of all bead release so they are immediately ready for the designer to use. The factory beads are not. They are sold with bead release powder residue still in the holes (which is extremely toxic to your lungs when you breathe it in), and are often cracked or have little bits broken off.

THE GLASS:

The glass rods used by bead artists is clean and clear of inclusions and the colors have depth and beauty. It is tested by the glass manufacturers to ensure it is not only high quality, but compatible with like-glass and consistent. This premium quality glass has a much higher price tag for the artist.

The glass used in foreign factories is made with low quality glass that looks dirty upon close inspection. No care is taken to test the glass for compatibility, resulting in breakage. Also, bead factories do not anneal their beads - for them, kilns are an unneeded expense and waste of time. This lack of annealing can lead to pieces cracking and breaking at any time.

THE BEAD MAKERS:

Artisan bead artists have invested a lot of time and money into learning their craft and acquiring the proper materials and equipment so they can use their imaginations. It is because of this investment that bead prices are higher, particularly for the more experienced bead artists.

Factory bead makers are paid very little, and many factories (such as those in China and India) utilize child labor. They work in sweatshop conditions. Because a bead factory is selling to the masses, the bead makers aren't concerned with using their imagination or "creative vision" and the beads have no life to them. Their concern is simply to produce as many beads as possible, as fast as possible.