N Valentine Studio Lampwork Beads Jewelry Chainmaille

1281 Sales


N Valentine Studio Lampwork Beads Jewelry Chainmaille

1281 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Due to the postal strike my shop is closed.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 1, 2016

Due to the postal strike my shop is closed.

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

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Nicole Valentine Rimmer


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

kesami on Jun 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great tutorial and very easy to follow. Everything is explained in an easy to read and understand manner. Photos are crisp and plentiful. TYSM!

Maryjane Schlotzhauer

Maryjane Schlotzhauer on Nov 10, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I love it so much that I keep going back to buy 3 more .She welds it so good. And she mail it out real fast to me. I wear it for my arthritis to keep my pain down and it works. And I feel girly wearing it. Thank u for a wonderful job making then.

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I started working in glass what seems like forever ago, and it's held my interest all this time. It's often yoga for my mind!

All the glass beads used in my pieces are made my myself. The process of making a lampwork bead involves melting rods of glass in the flame of a propane and oxygen fuled torch (called a mega minor), then wrapping the molten glass around a metal mandrel dipped in bead release, and applying decoration. The number of layers of glass/color that are applied and the 'change' processes that maybe applied (example: gold fuming) can be many and varied depending on the desired outcome. This is the artistic process.
The beads go from the flame to the kiln to be annealed. The annealing process allows the glass to cool at a even rate, thus ensuring top quality, crack free beads. Once the beads are through the kiln cycle they are removed from the mandrels, the bead release is cleaned out and they are carefully examined to ensure they are free of flaws. They are then ready to be made into jewelry.
I do my own silversmithing. The process is again done with a torch, this time a smaller propane torch. Sterling silver is hand cut, stamped, designed; and then soldered together to make a wide range of clasps, earrings, toggles and many other custom components. Each piece is sanded and buffed to ensure there are no scratches and the finish is top quality.
I also employ a technique called riveting, which involves any number of metals, sterling silver, PMC ( precious metal clay), and copper. These clasps/findings/finishing pieces are custom created to enhance the lampworked beads, combining to make unique signature pieces of wearable art. This allows me to offer a range of prices to suit most budgets.
When stringing necklaces, bracelets and earrings I use softflex as a stringing material, as it is proven, strong and durable, ensuring a lasting work of art to enjoy. Often I use sterling silver beads, pearls, swarovski crystals and stone as accent beads. Each piece of jewelry is an original, hand crafted by myself.

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  • Nicole Valentine Rimmer

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a member of the ISGB and Pacific Pyros. I am a self representing artist which means all the beads you see are handmade, one by one, by me! They all go directly from the torch to the kiln, making for consistent crack free beads.

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Last updated on March 20, 2014
Welcome to N Valentine Studio! I am a glass beadmaker from Victoria BC.

I am happy to try special orders, please convo me if you have a request.

Accepted payment methods

I accept paypal.
I use canada post small packet. Items are coming from Canada, Canada Post says small packet items take 4-6 weeks depending on customs. I find they usually arrive in 2 weeks.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will refund your payment unpon recieving your returned bead if you are not happy with your items.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please convo me for custom orders, and wholesale.