DragonJools - Handmade Beads and Jewelry

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DragonJools - Handmade Beads and Jewelry

60 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Dwyn Tomlinson

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Dwyn Tomlinson


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Last updated on March 4, 2011
I use lampwork beads - handmade by me, and top quality beads and findings for the jewelry. I use, among other things, Swarovski crystal, Sterling findings, gem stone beads. I describe the items with each piece.

I also sell individual lampwork beads - these are usually focal pieces.

My lampwork is all properly kiln annealed and cleaned. I work in soft glass: Effetre (Moretti), Vetro, Lauscha and a liberal dose of the specialty silver glasses like Precision 104 (Rocio), Double Helix and TAG.

Oh, and I have a thing for Dragons. And dragons like treasure. And they breath fire. Hence the name - DragonJools. No one said dragons could spell.

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Returns and exchanges
I want you to be happy. If the item is not what you expected, contact me within 7 days of receiving it. I will refund your purchase price on return of item (must be in original condition). You are responsible for shipping charges.

Jewelry is that is damaged in transit should be returned to me for repair. However, soft glass beads are not repairable without ineffably changing their character.

Please contact me before returning any items.
Paypal please. Canadians pay GST, Ontario residents pay PST too.
I ship in boxes, so that your purchases arrive safely. Items are shipped usually within a day, sometimes two, not including weekends.

Shipping is $7.95 to Canada and the U.S.A. Everywhere else, I have set $22.95 as the price, but I will find out the actual cost and charge that instead.

One fee ships everything!

If you are a beadFX.com or beadfx.etsy.com customer - and want an item delivered to the store or included with an order there - just convo me and let me know. I can usually drop off within the week. In that case, I will refund the shipping fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
Making glass beads. This ancient art is called Lampworking, or torchwork or flamework.

If you are not familiar with handmade glass beads - let me explain the process a little. You start with a propane- and oxygen- fueled torch - mounted on a bench in front of you. You have a stainless steel rod - coated with a clay - called bead release - and that is what you build the bead on - and what makes the hole in the bead. You have lots of rods of glass - they are about the thickness of a pencil - but longer, and you have at least one for each colour that you are going to use - sometimes more. And lots of clear!

You light the torch - careful now - that flame is close to 2,000 degrees! You start by warming up the steel rod in the flame, and then warming up the glass. The glass starts to glow, and then it starts to droop. The hotter it gets - the faster it flows! Melt a big blob, and touch it down onto the steel rod, and then wind the molten glass off - and that is the start of your bead! Is it even? Is it round? Let it cool a little to set up, but not too much.

Now, to build up more - keep that bead turning so that it doesn't drip off! Don't let it get too cool - it will crack! Add more glass - let it cool a little - not too much. You can't stop - if you stop - you can't start again - the glass will break! Are you done? Now it goes into the kiln - while it is still hot! It has to cool down very slowly - overnight (annealing) so that it won't break!

How did it turn out? Is it fabulous? You can't go back and fix it, it's done. You don't know what it looks like until you take it out of the kiln the next morning - 'cause hot glass looks different from cold glass. Every bead is an adventure!

This method of making beads has been around since before Christianity, before the Great Wall of China. Many cultures have loved and collected handmade glass beads - traded them, collected them, worn them, been buried with them.

For more information - see my website, dragonjools.com, or my blog, dragonjools.blogger.com - where I review and discuss new colours of glass and new tools and books.