Dreams In The Sand Lampwork Glass Art by Annette Nilan

Allyn, Washington | 60 Sales


Dreams In The Sand Lampwork Glass Art by Annette Nilan

Allyn, Washington 60 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Last updated on Feb 21, 2018

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What began as a passionate art form has become a wonderful way to share, sell, meet new friends, customers, and amazing artists along the way.

My whole life I've been interested in a wide variety of arts and was especially fascinated with glass artwork as a child as I would watch glass blowers work their magic never even considering it was a feasible art I could actually pursue one day. As the years went by I dabbled in many art forms that included drawing, pottery, painting, candle making, and a hodgepodge of other arts and crafts. And for a number of years in my 20s and into my 30s I seemed to get more caught up in working, paying bills, and other demands of life not making much time for creativity. Finally in early 2001 I was at a point where I really NEEDED to fill a void or find some sort of an outlet to pour my soul into. Amazing the timing, I was introduced to a form of glass art called Lampwork! It involved using a torch to hand melt raw glass (usually in rod or sheet form) and shaping them into beads or sculptures while the glass was molten. What a wonderful hands on art form and I got to play with fire too! I immediately gravitated towards shaping beads and sculptures into whimsical animals and silly beings. Through practice and experimentation I found I was able to combine my fascination of creative arts and glass with my deep love of animals.

When I first began this journey, I just enjoyed the experience and passion of working the hot glass and losing myself in another world in my garage. I began making things and taking them to work to share as gifts with co-workers or send them to friends or family members. Requests began to escalate and finally one day a coworker threw some money at me for making a silly happy "doodlebug" for her daughter. Wow, somebody wanted to actually PAY for something I had made!!! From that point on the "Zoo Crew" from that happy remote imaginary (and sometimes not so imaginary) Island of Dreams In The Sand began to get adopted all around the world. Over the years, I have sold in a number of venues and now I am excited to set up "shop" here in Etsy and continue the quest of having my little glass dudes spread the smiles. :)

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Last updated on May 25, 2019
Thank you for shopping my etsy store, my name is Annette Nilan and I appreciate your interest in my glass art zoo crew and hope they may bring you many smiles and giggles!

I have been hand sculpturing glass animal beads and sculptures since 2001 using a torch to melt glass rods and/or sheets along with various hand-held tools to shape and sculpt while it is in a molten state. I am often told that the pictures do not do justice to how these little animals look up close and personal. You have to see these adorable miniature sculptures up close to truly appreciate, honest! The colors may vary due to the camera, lighting, and/or your monitor's settings. Many ideas for designs are initiated through media, stories, suggestions, pictures, nature, experiences in everyday life, and even yes, "dreams" in the Dreams In The Sand Lampwork studio. Unless otherwise specified, all my lampwork beads are handcrafted out of compatible varieties of COE 104 soda-lime glass (Effetre (Moretti), Vetrofond, Lauscha, CIM (Messy), Double Helix, TAG, and whatever else I can get my hot little hands on!). Each unique one-of-a-kind focal animal bead has been artist signed by me with my logo/signature mark. All beads are properly annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for highest quality durability so you can enjoy them for many years. But remember, they are glass and can break if handled carelessly. ;)

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or 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
  • Digital downloads
  • Items on sale
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Special care is taken to avoid defects such as cracks, but if one is accidentally overlooked I will be happy to fix if possible or refund your money less the shipping fees. They are carefully kiln-annealed for maximum durability, however are still glass and care should be taken to prevent breakage. Extra care is taken in packing them for shipping to give them the safest trip to you. I cannot be held responsible for items broken if dropped or mishandled. First and foremost, I want my beads to bring a smile! If this is not accomplished and you are unhappy with your purchase, I will send you a refund if you contact me within 7 days of delivery and ship back to me within 14 days of delivery (in original condition and packaging).
I accept payments through PayPal Etsy gift cards, or credit cards through Etsy. Please pay within 3 days or contact me if other arrangements need to be made. If I receive no communications from you with 3 days, it is only fair that I cancel the sale and relist the item.
Shipping and packaging/handling cost will be the responsibility of the buyer. Purchases sent within the U.S. sent via 1st class USPS with Delivery Confirmation. Larger items will be shipped via US Priority Mail. Purchases shipped out of the U.S. will be shipped First Class International. If you would like shipping insurance, please request at time of purchase and I will add the cost to the invoice. Buyer will be responsible for any tariff or fees charged by their country. All items are packaged in tough crush-proof boxes with tons of protecting packaging materials to ensure a safe trip.

I do my best to ship within one business day of sale and sometimes if sale is made early enough in the day, it will be on it's way to your doorstep the same day of your purchase.
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I welcome your suggestions and "wish list". Let me know if there is something you might like to see... you never know what will be born, hatch, or land from another planet around here! :)