SerenaSmithLampwork

Handmade Lampwork Beads, Goddess Beads, Flower Beads, Buttons

Oregon, United States · 6197 Sales

SerenaSmithLampwork

Handmade Lampwork Beads, Goddess Beads, Flower Beads, Buttons

Oregon, United States 6197 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Serena

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Announcement   Welcome! I make lampwork glass flower beads, garden beads, Goddess beads, and glass buttons inspired by the beauty of nature. My listings are ready to ship so you will receive the actual beads pictured. If you'd like to make a special order just get in touch!

Each listing is for a different set of beads, priced per bead. If you would like a different quantity I can edit the listing or make more. Tulips and hearts are $3 each. Roses, japonica, bell flowers, and pansies are $4. Regular leaves are $1, daffodils are $5. Send me a convo if you have any questions.

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Last updated on Apr 25, 2016

Welcome! I make lampwork glass flower beads, garden beads, Goddess beads, and glass buttons inspired by the beauty of nature. My listings are ready to ship so you will receive the actual beads pictured. If you'd like to make a special order just get in touch!

Each listing is for a different set of beads, priced per bead. If you would like a different quantity I can edit the listing or make more. Tulips and hearts are $3 each. Roses, japonica, bell flowers, and pansies are $4. Regular leaves are $1, daffodils are $5. Send me a convo if you have any questions.

Want to receive notification of my new listings? Create an RSS feed! Instructions are here: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/100?ref=help_search_result

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About

Glass got me.

I had always been interested in art and took classes at university. But when I took my first glass class in lampwork bead making (1991) that was it. I bought a torch and moved out of my bedroom to turn it into a studio and started selling at local craft fairs.

I asked around and people said I had to apply to the Rhode Island School of Design, and I did, and they let me in! While getting my BFA I learned a lot about the different methods of glass work from blowing to casting and have experimented with incorporating my first love lampwork (glass melted with a torch) with just about every other glass working technique.

My beads are inspired by nature and my love of flowers and the garden, as well as the beautiful colors available in glass. From the start, I was interested in sculpting hot glass and my first designs were Goddess beads.

The beads are hand crafted one at a time, shaped with simple tweezers and marvering tools. The glass is sculpted just like clay, only at about 2000 degrees.

I use a minor bench burner (in the picture you'll see there is a minor and major in one torch, I only use the minor, the small one). The glass is melted in an oxygen and propane flame, wrapped around a metal stick (mandrels) you see sitting in the blue can, and when I am done making the bead it sits in the annealer (made from a mail box) for several hours before slowly cooling down to room temp.

Currently I make my living making and selling glass beads, and also making fine art pieces in fused and cast glass. I have another shop on Etsy called "Figurae" where I will be selling my art work.

Visit my 4GlassCabochons shop for glass cabochons :)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Figurae

http://serenasmithlampwork.weebly.com/

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    Everything you see in the Serena Smith Lampwork shop is designed, created, and shipped by me.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 14, 2016
With more than 15 years online selling experience, I can tell you that I like to keep it simple. The items you see in the pictures are the actual beads you will receive so no waiting on production times. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

I answer convos within a day or two, unless I am out of town and not able to get to a computer which I will say in the announcement. So, if you don't hear from me it might be a glitch in the system and please email me again! If the etsy convo system is down, please email me at serenasmith @ embarqmail . com.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal (Paypal account balance and credit cards) as well as Etsy's Direct checkout (credit cards and Etsy gift cards).

If you are unable to complete your purchase due to an Etsy error, please send me an email at serenasmith @ embarqmail . com.

If you would like to reserve an item for later purchase, I will hold items for 7 days.
Shipping
If you would like faster shipping or another method please email me for a quote.

I usually ship within 3 days of your payment clearance - unless I am unable to ship in a timely manner and I will state that in the announcement, and will notify you by email, and will notify you of shipment when it occurs. If you would like faster shipping than regular USPS first class please email me for a quote.

International packages will be marked "merchandise" with the actual merchandise total listed. Import fees and taxes are paid by buyer. International shipping can take from 1 week to 8 weeks or longer. If your package has not arrived within 6 weeks please notify me.
Refunds and Exchanges
I have to say that in my many years of selling online, I have had few issues in this area. Love the postal service. Please contact me first if you are concerned about your purchase and we can find the best solution.

Returns accepted for any reason. Items must be received by me in original condition. Return must be initiated within 14 days of customer's receipt of product. Refund for returned items (except damaged) will include only the original price of the beads, not the original shipping charge or the cost to return the beads.

Items damaged in shipping will be resolved through an insurance claim which may include a refund of purchase price and shipping.

Please contact me before returning beads.
Additional policies and FAQs
Bead Hole Size:
I use primarily 1/16" mandrels (measuring approximately 1.6mm) and 3/32" mandrels (measuring approximately 2.3mm). I usually shorthand this as 1mm and 2mm, but the holes are generally a fraction of an inch larger than that once the beads are finished.

Each listing is for a unique set of beads.

Please remember that all monitors show color differently. I try to describe colors but can't guarantee they will look the same in person as they do on your computer. Also, these are glass items and can be fragile. Sculpted glass in particular can have delicate parts that should be taken into consideration in your jewelry designs. In my many years of bead making I find glass beads to be tougher than you'd think but they are breakable if you try hard enough. If you are interested in a custom order please send me an email.