TheSpacerBeadShop

Handmade lampwork glass spacer beads

Madison, Wisconsin · 8604 Sales

TheSpacerBeadShop

Handmade lampwork glass spacer beads

Madison, Wisconsin 8604 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(4346)

Announcement   I truly thought that I was done making beads, but as it turns out, life had other plans (as it often does.) For those of you who don’t know, I have multiple sclerosis, and a couple of years ago my disease had progressed to the point where I was no longer able to pick up light objects. That seemed like the right time to close up shop while I still could. Then I got involved in an experimental drug study, and now I’ve actually gained back enough ability to make beads again!

Getting my Etsy store back up was a huge endeavor, and it took a few more days than I had anticipated, but here it is again! For now, everything will be made-to-order. My turn-around time is fairly fast, and if you ever need something quickly, just let me know; I’m always happy to make you happy.

Thanks for stopping by. It's good to be back. :-)

- Michelle

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 11, 2018

I truly thought that I was done making beads, but as it turns out, life had other plans (as it often does.) For those of you who don’t know, I have multiple sclerosis, and a couple of years ago my disease had progressed to the point where I was no longer able to pick up light objects. That seemed like the right time to close up shop while I still could. Then I got involved in an experimental drug study, and now I’ve actually gained back enough ability to make beads again!

Getting my Etsy store back up was a huge endeavor, and it took a few more days than I had anticipated, but here it is again! For now, everything will be made-to-order. My turn-around time is fairly fast, and if you ever need something quickly, just let me know; I’m always happy to make you happy.

Thanks for stopping by. It's good to be back. :-)

- Michelle

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5 out of 5 stars
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Maureen Modlish

Maureen Modlish on Apr 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I was delighted to see The Spacer Bead Shop back open with Michelle's wonderful beads. I was almost out of them. I'm reviewing just this set, but I bought lots of 7mm sets so I'm well supplied with beautiful handmade spacer beads now!

Barbara Mooney

Barbara Mooney on Apr 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great lamp work beads as always! (And thanks for the price break on the Sedona Brown ones)

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About

The Spacer Bead Shop: Where did all these beads come from?

Twenty years ago, my cousin asked me if I would like to join him in taking a beginner's stained glass course. I remember that it was during an icy winter because it was a challenge carrying your project-in-progress from the car to the studio. My first glass panel didn’t really turn out the way I'd hoped, but I was already in love with the possibilities of the medium, and a few years later I was employed at the same glass studio where I took that first class.

Then in the 1990s, the art of lampworking swept through the glass community. It was first developed in ancient Egypt, where an oil lamp flame was used to melt glass into intricately decorated beads and other small glass objects. The process was rediscovered, modernized, and introduced to stained glass studios. I was mesmerized by the flame, and I’ve been making beads ever since.

My beads are small and relatively simple, but each one is its own singular creation; from the molten glass winding into a perfectly balanced bead in the flame, to overnight annealing in the kiln, through careful cleaning and sorting, and finally to your hands. I’ve made thousands of spacer beads, and I still enjoy it. It gives me pleasure to provide you with the specific colors you need to enhance your artistic designs.

Those Egyptian beads are still on display in museums: glass can last a very long time. It used to concern me that my stained glass efforts might not be deserving of such permanence, but I just realized that I’ve never thought that way about my beads. They make me happy.

I hope that they make you happy, too.

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  • Michelle Marie Bryant

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Cat Wrangler

    Hello! My name is Michelle, and I am the founder of The Spacer Bead Shop. I make my bead creations in my home studio in the company of my furry assistants.

  • Roscoe

    Je Ne Sais Quoi

  • Sir Eddie

    Instigator

  • Hannah

    Operatic Performance

Shop policies

Last updated on December 21, 2017
Welcome to The Spacer Bead Shop! I hope that you enjoy my handmade beads. If you would like to learn more about me and what I do, please visit my profile: http://www.etsy.com/people/TheSpacerBeadShop

My newsletter includes information on new colors, advance notice of sales and special discount offers available only to subscribers. Contact me with your email address to join!



I also welcome custom orders. Please contact me with what you need, and I'll be happy to create a custom listing just for you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 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)
If you are not satisfied with your order for any reason, please contact me within 14 days of receiving your package. I will do my best to resolve the problem quickly, whether by refund or exchange.
Payment
I accept payment through Etsy and PayPal.

 Payment must be made in full before your order is shipped.

Non-U.S. countries: import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing.
Shipping
The Spacer Bead Shop ships worldwide from the U.S. via the United States Postal System. Shipping charges are for First-Class Mail with free tracking and Delivery Confirmation (does not require a signature). If you would like faster shipping or insurance, please contact me before purchasing.

Non-U.S. countries: import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing.
Additional policies and FAQs
C U S T O M - O R D E R S


I welcome custom orders. Please contact me with what you need, and I'll be happy to create a custom listing just for you.

W H O L E S A L E 


I do offer wholesale pricing. Please contact me for more information. 



F A Q
What is lampwork?

- Lampworking is the process of melting glass over a torch to create beads or other glass objects. It originated in ancient Egypt and was only recently revived.

What kind of glass do you use?

- I use Effetre (Moretti), Bullseye, Reichenbach, Lauscha, Gaffer, and Creation is Messy (CIM). I will also occasionally use stained sheet glass and recycled wine bottles.

Will I receive the beads in the photo?

- Most of my photos are stock photos that accurately represent the color of the beads. Since glass, like yarn, can vary between batches, I recommend that you purchase enough beads at one time to finish your project.

For focal beads, bead pair assortments, and single beads assortments, you will receive the exact beads in the photo.