Hand Blown Glass Dread Beads, 6 sizes to choose from.

Bremerton, Washington | 2458 Sales


Hand Blown Glass Dread Beads, 6 sizes to choose from.

Bremerton, Washington 2458 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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ALyssa Miller

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ALyssa Miller

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Announcement    5/21/19 - I'm back for the fair. I'll be updating my etsy store thru the week.


Last updated on May 21, 2019

5/21/19 - I'm back for the fair. I'll be updating my etsy store thru the week.


I've been working on these incense bottles getting the images dialed in for this festival season. They're now ready and for sale. I also added large mushroom pendant hemp necklaces today.


I started blowing glass in 2000 when I was 18 doing off hand glass blowing in Seattle. I did that for about three years off and on but I wanted to play with glass more. Instead of going all the way to the city to rent time I started saving money for a flame working studio.

About 2 months before my 21st birthday, in 2003, I finally got my studio built and saved up for a kiln and a carsile torch. I used my knowledge of off hand glass blowing, books and some VHS tapes on making pipes to get started. I was working at a local head shop at the time and would make small items and tie hemp and sell it in the shop.

I took classes when I could around the northwest like, Pratt Fine arts center, taking sculpting classes, hollow forms, and color patterns. Eugene Glass school, I did some sandblasting, and incalmo classes.

I got an apprenticeship with, LArry Brickman, a glass bead maker that lived in my town at the time. He's know for his large Waring states beads. I was his TA at Pratt for over a year and helped in his studio leaning the ways of the glass beads.

At this time I was full going on my glass and I left the pipe shop to travel and do festivals selling my glass work and other art I made full time. I did that for about 2 years. One day I went back to see my boss at the pipe shop and he was thinking about selling the shop. We came to an arrangement and I bought that pipe shop, Pied Piper's Emporium, when I was 23 in 2005.

For a while I did my glass and ran the store but as we grew the store and moved locations from 800 sq feet to 1800 sq feet it was increasingly hard to go from managing store to being creative. Then when me move to our 3rd location at 4000 sq feet I hired a 2nd full time person so I could attempt to work on glass again. I did custom work, repair work, stocked the store with pipes I made, hemp jewelry, and other art I was inspired to make at the time.

With the larger store I found myself making things that we needed and not making things I wanted to make as much. I was doing accounting, taxes, ordering products I had orders hundreds of times at this point and just generally being stressed out all the time. And then weed was legalized in washington state and the Marijuana business started to carry glass pipes and such, our pipe sales were slowing down which added to my stress. Aug. 2016 I used the industry change to sell my "little pipe shop" I had worked at for almost 15 years and take a break for a while.

I started my dreadlocks when I was 20, they were down to my knees when I cut them off the week I sold my pipe shop. I needed a fresh start. When I had my dreads I found there was a lack of sweet dread beads in the world and started making some for me and my friends, They always sold really well. I always love making dread beads so I decided instead of attempting to get a "real job" I would start making my dread beads and selling them on-line and doing festival again. Back to my roots as a young hippy kid traveling the country side.

Shop members

  • ALyssa Miller

    Owner, Creator, Curator

    I've been Blowing glass and Flame working since 2000. I owned a pipe shop, Pied Piper's Emporium, for 15 years and recently sold it to reduce my stress and be able to make thing I love again. My Favorite things to make are dread beads.

  • Sunshine


    This is my jeep Sunshine she gets me around to all the good places to sell my beads and pick up supplies. When we're not in the studio we are playing out side.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 21, 2019
Welcome to my Etsy store! Here you will find all the things I love and want to share with the world. My glassblowing is my only job, so my turn around times are pretty quick. I check my store a few times a day, so if you have any questions you should get an answer within 24 hrs. Thanks :)

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
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
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
For broken or damaged items please send me a picture when you message me about your order. It will make the process much faster.

Returned item refunds are processed once I have received the item back. Refunds are for the cost of the item only and will be processed with in two business days. Shipping charges are not refundable. Customer is responsible for return shipping. First Class USPS is the least expensive. please get tracking on the package so we can both track it.

For Items that are returned to me by USPS "Return to sender/ unable to forward". Item cost will refunded minus the shipping cost. If you still want the item you will have to reorder it.

If you realize you have the wrong address in your account please message me ASAP if your package is not in the mail yet, it may be able to be changed before shipping.

For lost parcels, we must wait 20 days for domestic shipping to file a lost package claim.
I prefer all my orders to be paid thru Etsy, it makes returns, refunds and order adjustment a lot easier for both of us.

If you need to cancel or change an order before it has shipped let me know I can help you with that.
Packages ship out Monday thru Friday unless it's a holiday. We ship USPS with tracking.

Packages are out of my control once given to USPS. Once it's in the mail I can't change or correct an address. If a package says it's delivered but you don't have it, check with your neighbor they may have it. Once tracking says it's been delivered, I and USPS are not responsible for packages that at stolen off of your property even if it was insured. No refunds will be given on delivered packages that were lost or stolen.

No adjustment or refunds will be given on shipping costs if packages were delayed.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom and wholesale!

All prices are listed as retail/ MSRP. Unless in the wholesale section, then prices are listed at wholesale cost. Please don't use wholesale coupon code on items in the wholesale section they are already discounted and I will cancel the order.
Message me for a coupon code if you would like to start buying wholesale or for info on quantity discounts.

Sunshine Dread Beads
Bremerton, WA 98312
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