MiyaBeads

Earthy Handmade Jewelry-Lampwork Beads-Components

Knoxville, Tennessee · 927 Sales

MiyaBeads

Earthy Handmade Jewelry-Lampwork Beads-Components

Knoxville, Tennessee 927 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(363)

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

Believe it or not, I cannot remember why I began stringing beads after work 22 years ago but I am so glad I did. It has evolved over time with me learning many art mediums so that now I do more than just string beads. I make my own components for my designs. Metal working, copper etching, pmc, lampworking (making glass beads), wire working, seed bead work.
Each glass lampwork bead is individually handcrafted one at a time. They take patience and skill. This is why handcrafted glass beads are more costly than mass produced. A lampwork artist puts thought, craft, skill, love and pride in their work. The beads are kiln annealed to ensure against cracking.

To make glass beads I melt a 6mm glass rod in my torch flame to a molten stage. Then different techniques are used to form and decorate each bead with care to maintaining proper heat throughout the bead during the whole process so it doesn't crack as you work on it. The finished piece rests in a kiln over several hours until it slowly cools down and is properly annealed.
And check out my blog: https://pattimillerbeads.blogspot.com/ for photos about what's new. Thanks for stopping by.

Announcement

Last updated on May 7, 2018

I am currently offering free domestic shipping. Click on this link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiyaBeads?coupon=MIYAFREE
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

Believe it or not, I cannot remember why I began stringing beads after work 22 years ago but I am so glad I did. It has evolved over time with me learning many art mediums so that now I do more than just string beads. I make my own components for my designs. Metal working, copper etching, pmc, lampworking (making glass beads), wire working, seed bead work.
Each glass lampwork bead is individually handcrafted one at a time. They take patience and skill. This is why handcrafted glass beads are more costly than mass produced. A lampwork artist puts thought, craft, skill, love and pride in their work. The beads are kiln annealed to ensure against cracking.

To make glass beads I melt a 6mm glass rod in my torch flame to a molten stage. Then different techniques are used to form and decorate each bead with care to maintaining proper heat throughout the bead during the whole process so it doesn't crack as you work on it. The finished piece rests in a kiln over several hours until it slowly cools down and is properly annealed.
And check out my blog: https://pattimillerbeads.blogspot.com/ for photos about what's new. Thanks for stopping by.

Patti Miller

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Patti Miller

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About

The Joy of My Life

My name is Patricia. I'm the owner/artist of MiyaBeads.
I am a lampwork bead maker, jewelry designer, metalworker, gardener, dog lover. Inspired by nature, charmed by things earthen, rustic, old. I love working with my hands.
I have enjoyed multiple art mediums as life has led me down various paths (creative writing, ceramics, metal working, fiber arts, landscaping) and eventually into jewelry design 20ish years ago. Then, about 14 years ago a friend introduced me to lampworking (making glass beads on a torch) and it has been true love ever since.

I love glass and metals together so I work to incorporate my glasswork with my etched metal pieces in my jewelry designs as well as wire working, metal working and precious metal clay focals. I walk my dogs and garden in my spare time!
I love to offer my metal work and lampwork beads to jewelry designers for their designs as well as using them in my own pieces.

My beads are handcrafted one-by-one in my home studio, are carefully cleaned and always kiln annealed to ensure you enjoy your beads for years to come. Unless otherwise noted in my item description, my beads are all created on 3/32" mandrels.

I am honored to have a seedbead bracelet published in the special issue on peyote stitch by Bead and Button Magazine in 2016.
I am a current member of The Smoky Mountain firecrackers.
You can find me blogging at http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com

My beads are handcrafted one-by-one in my home studio, are kiln annealed and always carefully cleaned to ensure you enjoy your purchase for years to come.
So, come on over to my shop and see what's cookin' today!

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  • Patricia Miller

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    I am a mixed media artist living in Knoxville TN. I have designed jewelry for 20 plus years and lampworking for over 14. I have enjoyed multiple art mediums and now have found my passion. Please visit my shop to see my work.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 14, 2018

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Custom and/or personalized orders cannot be returned.
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I ship all items First Class Mail ( 2-7 days) unless you purchase the Priority Mail (1-3 days) shipping upgrade. Each of these include tracking and $50 insurance. Thanks.