The Venerable Bead Handmade Borosilicate Glass Jewelry

Rhode Island, United States · 3147 Sales


The Venerable Bead Handmade Borosilicate Glass Jewelry

Rhode Island, United States 3147 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   My Pet Cremation Pendants are available here on Etsy. If you want to memorialize a human loved one please visit my website 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.

Last updated on Oct 14, 2016

My Pet Cremation Pendants are available here on Etsy. If you want to memorialize a human loved one please visit my website 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

Lwitham907 on Oct 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

On September 8, 2016, my husband and I lost our sweet little girl, Daffodil. She may have been just a dog to anyone on the outside, but to me and my husband, she was our child. For 15 years she never left my side. She was with me through the toughest moments of my life and the most joyous moments of my life. I will forever cherish the tearful moments she took her last labored breaths in my arms but I wouldn't have her leave this world any other way. Now her ashes are in this beautiful custom necklace and she will once again be near my heart. Thank you, Paula. In addition, the first pendant Paula made was not up her HER satisfaction even though it was still beautiful, so she sent that along for free as a Keychain for my husband and sent back the remaining cremains that she didn't use. I will be doing business with venbead again!

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Amy Rodger on Oct 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love my necklace so much. It feels so good to have my girl by my heart again all the time. Wonderful working with this seller. Recommend her to others.


willjames624 on Sep 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Really love this item! I appreciate the time and attention Paula took to memorialize our beloved dog.

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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 single mother of two beautiful and smart children ages 18 and 15. I am a clinical social worker and I am also a 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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  • Paula McDonough

    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.

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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!

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

$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] 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.