Venbead

The Venerable Bead Handmade Borosilicate Glass Jewelry

Rhode Island, United States · 3139 Sales

Venbead

The Venerable Bead Handmade Borosilicate Glass Jewelry

Rhode Island, United States 3139 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Etsy has deactivated all of my cremation and memorial jewelry for memorializing your loved ones. My pet cremation pendants are still available here. Please visit my website www.venbeadcremationjewelry.com if you would like a piece made that contains cremains of your deceased loved one. Handmade borosilicate or boro glass pendants and lampwork beaded jewelry born in the torch of Paula McDonough. Now featuring mixed metal and enameled jewelry too.

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Last updated on May 12, 2016

Etsy has deactivated all of my cremation and memorial jewelry for memorializing your loved ones. My pet cremation pendants are still available here. Please visit my website www.venbeadcremationjewelry.com if you would like a piece made that contains cremains of your deceased loved one. Handmade borosilicate or boro glass pendants and lampwork beaded jewelry born in the torch of Paula McDonough. Now featuring mixed metal and enameled jewelry too.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Dawn Mattingly

Dawn Mattingly on May 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely stunning piece... Pictures do not do it justice. Paula was fabulous to work with, she made sure that I got exactly what I wanted to memorialize my sweet pup, Cadence. 10/10 would definitely do business with her again and recommend her to my family/friends.

lilprincessaria

lilprincessaria on May 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I don't even know where to begin, im so gratful not only did she make this such a easy process but to have made such a beautiful piece of artwork to keep my loved one with me for years to come im eternally grateful! The service is amazing, so sweet and understanding and helpful during such a hard time and i was blown away by how quick she was able to make and ship it back to me and kept me posted all the way! What you do is a godsend to help people in such difficult times and make such a unique option for our loved ones ashes, i can't thank you enough for what you've done for me and my family!

Anna Brown

Anna Brown on May 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful glass house! Wonderful packaging! Excellent customer service! Very pleased and will shop again :-)

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About

I melt borosilicate glass rods in the flame of a torch to create wearable works of art.

My name is Paula McDonough and I am The Venerable Bead. I am a newly single mother of two beautiful and smart children ages 16 and 13. I am a clinical social worker and I am also a recent breast cancer survivor. I’ve had a love affair with bead and jewelry designing since 1994. It has changed forms many times but never waned. The glass bug hit in early 2005 while I was reading a Bead and Button magazine article about a borosilicate bead artist who started glassing in her 40's. I had never seen borosilicate glass before but I felt drawn to it. After that, I started buying boro beads from self representing artists to incorporate into my jewelry. Then it occurred to me that I could probably learn how to make them myself. In the spring of 2005 I took a wonderful nine week lampworking class at the Worcester Center for Crafts taught by the very talented Jennifer Geldard and in July 2005 I set up a glass studio in my home.
I discovered Etsy in 2007 and have been happily selling my glass ever since. Over the last few years I have added metalwork and enameling to my skill set in an ever increasing effort to raise the bar for my glass work.
Growing up, most kids in my neighborhood had lemonade stands. I tried selling painted rocks and gave the lemonade away just to get people to stop and look at my creations. Things haven’t changed that much. Welcome to my Etsy shop.

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Plays With Fire

    As of April 16, 2012 I am on the other side of breast cancer. While I won't let it define my life it certainly has punctuated it! Meet the new and improved Paula. Cancer has taught me true balance. It can only get better from here.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 19, 2016
Welcome to The Venerable Bead. I have been creating wearable works of art since 1994 and melting glass since 2005. It's been an incredible journey. I hope you enjoy your shopping experience as much as I love my Etsy shop. If you like what you see, want to tell me how you found me or have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm very convo friendly!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Payment is through paypal or direct checkout.

RI residents are required to pay 7% tax on their purchases which is automatically calculated at checkout.
Shipping
US: USPS first class with delivery confirmation
$3.50 for first item
.50 each additional item

Canada:
$7.50 for first item
.50 for each additional item

Outside of US/Canada:
$10.50 for first item
.50 for each additional item

If you would like me to ship USPS priority mail, express mail or want to purchase insurance please contact me and I will adjust the listing or if you have already purchased I can send you a paypal invoice for the adjusted amount.
I print labels directly from Etsy so the address you have listed with Etsy is the address your packages with be sent to unless you let me know otherwise.
I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping.

**** A special note about customs fees: I am required by US federal law to fill out the customs form on all international packages. I am also required to check off commercial and fill in the purchase price of the item. Please understand that misprepresenting the package in any way is risking fines and jail time and I cannot and will not do that. :)
International customers are responsible for all fees associated with shipping to their respective countries. Orders that are shipped to countries outside of the United States may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country. I have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase (*GASP*) Please let me know via convo or e-mail venbead [!at] cox.net within 7 days of receipt of merchandise. I will exchange the item or refund your money less shipping once I have received it in it's original condition.
The cremation pendants are not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
Special Orders:
I am happy to do custom work for you. Please convo me your request through Convo and I will let you know if it is something I can do. Check out my sold items to see what else I have made. Please keep in mind that I may add a $5 surcharge to special order requests.

Special Note About Glass:
Glass breaks. All my pieces have been annealed in a digitally controlled kiln and should last a lifetime. Most are made of borosilicate glass which is a hard glass like pyrex so they are durable and will withstand a little tumble to the carpet. However, a trip into the sink or onto the tile floor in the bathroom will likely yield a sad fate. For this reason, please be careful in allowing children to wear glass jewelry.

Borosilicate glass is a luminous glass high in silver and other metals. It is best viewed in natural sunlight to see it's brilliance. I photograph my jewelry outdoors in the shade and indoors under a photo tent and simulated daylight bulbs because I want you to see the brilliance that is boro. Some of my boro may look darker in regular indoor lighting. I will make special note of this in my listing if I think this is the case about a particular piece. I also may provide an additional photo of indoor lighting at times if I think there is a big discrepancy.

I rarely make trades and I do not sell my work as components for other jewelry makers.

All items are made and packaged for shipment in a pet free smoke free home.