BlueBoxStudio

handmade jewellery and decorative fused glass

Bristol, United Kingdom · 1117 Sales

BlueBoxStudio

handmade jewellery and decorative fused glass

Bristol, United Kingdom 1117 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Note from shop owner Hi, Welcome to Blue Box Studio.
My shop will be closed for a few days but will open shortly. Do sign up to be emailed when my shop reopens when all my beautiful handmade work will be available for purchase.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but hope you will bear with me during this time.
Best wishes
Blue Box Studio

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 24, 2017

Hi, Welcome to Blue Box Studio.
My shop will be closed for a few days but will open shortly. Do sign up to be emailed when my shop reopens when all my beautiful handmade work will be available for purchase.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but hope you will bear with me during this time.
Best wishes
Blue Box Studio

Sue Harris

Contact shop owner

Sue Harris

Updates

A steady hand is now required......
Hand printed glass coasters, available to order
All my glass coasters begin as large sheets of glass which are then cut down to the required size

About

Making the unaffordable affordable

I've been making 'something' since I was 5, but you don't want to hear about all that! I luckily had practical parents with a ‘can do’ attitude.

What about now, how did I get to now?!

In a nutshell? I got bored at a quiet craft fair. I was running a stall for someone else, and had nothing to do. Everyone around me was making something, I didn't 'make'. So I changed that and started making simple bead jewellery. That was way back when in the last century.

If jewellery was work, then I needed a hobby. A book on Shibori dyeing allowed me to splash dye around with no one tell me I was doing it wrong – deep joy. Now I had both textiles and jewellery to make and sell. And no hobby!

Long walks along beautiful beaches, collecting sea glass, can I make jewellery from this? Yes I can – if walking along a beach, with the sun on my back and only the cry of the gulls for company constitutes a day at work, then that’s the job for me! Sea glass jewellery it would be.

Collaborative work with another artist led to rolls of velvet moving in – she had the know-how, I had the sewing machine. She moved onto other things and I camped out in the library reading anything I could on devoré and decolouring techniques on velvet. By now it was clear I could not do all this in the kitchen – if nothing else it’s too easy to stir the dye spoon in the pasta, so I decamped outside to a garden studio. And then another studio. I’ve had to stop at two – no garden left!

Knowing I would try my hand at most things arty, friends asked me to make up the numbers for a glass bead making day. Four of us sat down to see what this was all about, two of us then signed up for the short course and only one of us, me, actually settled down to make beads. There are more colours of commercial glass than sea glass. And sitting over a hot flame is warmer than a windy beach in winter. That’s my excuse.

And, with my love of keeping warm, I decided, with a heavy heart, that rising fabric costs and competition from cheap imports flooding even the 'handmade' market, I would, for now, discontinue getting dye everywhere. Now I had spare space which I needed to fill. Not for long! I had wanted to try fusing glass for a while but my little kiln limits what I can do, so when a kiln was offered for the right price (ignore size, what has that to do with it?) I bought it, then some glass and started working with glass sheets instead of rods. We named her Delilah (after the Tom Jones song), she disliked the long car journey home and died, thankfully we managed to resurrect her but she has her 'moments' of non-co-operation.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. I work with sea glass, glass rods and sheets to make jewellery, beads and home accessories. Have a look in my shop and see what takes your fancy.

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  • Sue Harris

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Glass Beads, Jewellery, Textiles

    Using the finest materials available I turn glass rods and sea glass into jewellery and beads. I seek to make the unaffordable affordable - a little luxury at a sensible price, available to all.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 2, 2016
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Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment, unless agreed otherwise, should be within 2 days and made through PayPal, Etsy Direct Checkout or by using an Etsy Gift Card. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal and all major credit or debit cards are accepted. Both PayPal and Etsy handle your credit and debit card details; these are not seen by me at any time.

Please be aware that PayPal e-cheques can take up to 14 working days to clear.
No items will be despatched before cleared payment is received.

The price of your item is shown in the relevant listing and in the checkout page. This price is inclusive of VAT but exclusive of delivery costs (unless specifically advised separately). The cost of delivery will be shown on the checkout page or invoice and includes both postage and packaging costs.

You, the buyer are responsible for any fees, taxes and charges that may be levied on importing into your country. Please check your country’s own policy regarding imports before ordering if you are unsure.
Shipping
All ordered items will (unless specifically advised and agreed with you) will be dispatched within 48 hours of payment clearing.

Delivery may be affected by postal service delays, which are unfortunately outside of my control. This includes but is not exclusively limited to delays caused by extreme weather, 'acts of God', industrial disputes and delays I have no control over. Late delivery of your order will not amount to a breach of the purchase/sale contract unless both you and I have agreed otherwise in advance in writing. Please note, at times of the year deliveries from the UK to non-EU countries can take over 4 weeks and at times to US destinations in excess of 6 weeks as I understand more parcels from the EU are being stopped and checked by US Customs. I have no control over this.

Unexpected non-delivery of item(s) should be reported to me within 30 days, allowing enough time for delivery and enquiries to be made of Royal Mail and international delivery services.

Items returned through non-delivery to an address or non-collection from a postal depot will incur a redelivery charge.

I ship worldwide. You, the buyer are responsible for any fees, taxes and charges that may be levied on importing into your country. Please check your country’s own policy regarding imports before ordering if you are unsure.

My delivery charge covers both postage and packaging costs. Tracked shipping is an optional extra on all deliveries and I recommend this if you wish for peace of mind when wanting to know where your parcel is. Without tracking there will be no way of knowing how far your parcel has moved through the delivery process.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you wish to cancel your order and return your purchase to me, please contact me using the contact details given in the ‘seller information’ box or via the ‘contact shop owner’ button on my Etsy pages. Your cancellation notice must quote your name, address, the name or a description of the goods and your order reference number.

You must contact me within fourteen (14) days of receiving your item(s) and then return the item(s) to me, unworn and unused with original packaging within fourteen (14) days of notifying me that you intend to do so. You should post your returned item to the address given in my ‘seller information’ box.

I am only obliged to refund the cost of standard shipping rates for your item. If you have chosen to pay for additional costs, such as expedited or special delivery, these costs will not be refunded if you choose to cancel.

Please note that return postage costs will not be refunded EXCEPT where the item is faulty or not as described. For your protection I recommend that you use an insured/trackable method of return and the original packaging to ensure safe delivery.

DAMAGED ITEMS – Where items arrive damaged or missing, I will need photographic evidence of the item and/or packaging within 48 hours of receipt in order to claim from the postal service involved. Refunds or replacements (where possible) will be offered when goods are damaged or lost in the post. Please retain the item and packaging until advised you may dispose of, in the event of a postal service investigation.

My items are packaged in such a way that you can easily examine them on receipt and repackage if necessary. You have a legal obligation to take reasonable care of the item(s) whilst they are in your possession. Returned items must be complete, undamaged, include supplies and all documentation and gifts that were part of the cancelled transaction. Missing parts or damaged merchandise will be deducted from the final refund. If any of the above mentioned conditions are not met, I reserve the right to refuse return or significantly lower the value of the refund due to diminished value.

RETURNING ITEMS FROM OUTSIDE THE UK – if you are returning and item from outside the UK please clearly mark the front of the parcel as ‘Returned Goods’. I am not responsible for any customs charges incurred if you fail to do so, and any charge incurred, including the Royal Mail Handling Fee, will be deducted from your refund

I will refund you on receipt of returned goods using the same method by which you paid.

A copy of my full terms and conditions and cancellation/refund policy and form will be emailed to you on completion of your order.
They can also be found here http://goo.gl/O6CEXS
Etsy has also provided a cancellation form which you may use https://etsy1.app.box.com/s/gaow2mrx67khgbqlqk9p
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are made in and shipped from England. All transactions are subject to English legislation and any dispute is subject to the jurisdiction of an English court.

My items are intended to give years of wear and use when used appropriately. If you have cause to be concerned over the item(s) you have purchased from me, please contact me.

A copy of my full terms and conditions and cancellation/refund policy and form will be emailed to you on completion of your order.
They can also be found here http://goo.gl/O6CEXS

If you have further questions about my work or my policies, please contact me.