glassbead

Lampwork Glass Beads, Fish, Bottle, Bead Spindles, Felt

Ithaca, New York · 1656 Sales

glassbead

Lampwork Glass Beads, Fish, Bottle, Bead Spindles, Felt

Ithaca, New York 1656 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Welcome to my world of handmade glass and felt! A great place for original one of a kind glass pendants and felted wonders. Here you'll find handmade lampwork glass beads, fish pendants, bottle necklaces, masks, historical glass bead whorls with spindles, art beads and artisan jewelry from Isinglass Design (glassbead shop on etsy). Felted purses, scarves and bowls are all handmade using the wet felting process.

Each of my lampwork glass beads is individually handcrafted over an open torch flame, using the centuries-old flameworking process. These can be purchased as ready to wear jewelry or used in your own jewelry designs. These beads are each made by me in my home studio. Lampwork glass beads from Isinglass Design are always properly kiln annealed and well cleaned.
Each piece of felt is individually made using locally grown and/or dyed wool. I strive to support my local sheep herders and fiber lovers whenever possible!

Watch me making a bead here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

Look here to find out more about me, lampwork and my passion for glass: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/glassbead/about

People have worn amulets and talismans throughout history to make their world a brighter place. It is my hope that these small pieces of wearable art glass will become some of the treasured bits of art in your daily life, and will make your days a little bit brighter.

Need something special? Just send me a message and we can talk.

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Last updated on Mar 11, 2018

Welcome to my world of handmade glass and felt! A great place for original one of a kind glass pendants and felted wonders. Here you'll find handmade lampwork glass beads, fish pendants, bottle necklaces, masks, historical glass bead whorls with spindles, art beads and artisan jewelry from Isinglass Design (glassbead shop on etsy). Felted purses, scarves and bowls are all handmade using the wet felting process.

Each of my lampwork glass beads is individually handcrafted over an open torch flame, using the centuries-old flameworking process. These can be purchased as ready to wear jewelry or used in your own jewelry designs. These beads are each made by me in my home studio. Lampwork glass beads from Isinglass Design are always properly kiln annealed and well cleaned.
Each piece of felt is individually made using locally grown and/or dyed wool. I strive to support my local sheep herders and fiber lovers whenever possible!

Watch me making a bead here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

Look here to find out more about me, lampwork and my passion for glass: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/glassbead/about

People have worn amulets and talismans throughout history to make their world a brighter place. It is my hope that these small pieces of wearable art glass will become some of the treasured bits of art in your daily life, and will make your days a little bit brighter.

Need something special? Just send me a message and we can talk.

Laurie

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Lampwork Glass Beads from Isinglass Design, Handmade one of a kind Fish, Turtles, Bottles and Pendants

Welcome to my world of glass bead making and felting~ glassbead on etsy! Each of the glass beads in my shop are individually handmade in my home studio over an open flame using ancient techniques known as lampworking. Each color of soft glass is melted and added to the bead, which is then formed and shaped using tools such as scissors, dental picks, graphite paddles and ice tongs. I have been making glass beads since the turn of the century (and a little beyond). Felt is a newer obsession; I began playing with fiber in about 2015.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master” Ernest Hemingway

Keep up with Isinglass on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glassbeadstudio
Learn more on my blog: http://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com/
See some pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/isinglassdesign

How to tell the story of Isinglass Design?

It all began in 1998 when I bought a glass beadmaking kit for my daughter. (well, that's what I told her, anyway...) We opened the book and, looking over each others' shoulders, began what would become a very long journey. Because torches are not allowed in dorm rooms (Who knows why???) I inherited the torch, the glass, the book and all the tools. And, with an empty nest, what else was I to do but make glass beads?

Copy and paste this link for a short instructional video of me at work!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

I always say I would never have learned to make glass beads without the help of my daughter, who is a natural artist and 3-d thinker. She'd take a look at the pictures, pick up the glass, and get to work. And if I was on the torch, she was sure to tell me what I was doing wrong (one of the joys of living with a teenager!)

The mesmerizing qualities of glass have pulled me in and made me want to learn more and more about it. The glass I use is nearly all made in Italy, on the island of Murano. The techniques have been around for thousands of years.

Felting was an accident result of hanging out with the local spinners guild so that I could learn how to use the spindles that use the glass whorls I make. The colors and feel of the fiber have a way of grabbing you and making you want join in their song.

My own work doesn’t have a central theme, though much of it is influenced by the colors and shapes in the natural world. One of the things I love about working with glass (not to mention fiber) is that there is an element of surprise to almost everything. Each time I light the torch there is an opportunity to learn something new or experiment with a different idea. My work has changed so much over the years, with organic and sculptural forms becoming my main focus. My regular customers know to keep their eyes open for experimental beads that are part of the evolutionary process, as they may only ever see a couple of them. I am always pursuing new ideas, and often my experiments meld together to send my beads in a different direction.

This quote from Willa Cather describes my feelings well about my own work, and that of other artisans:
'The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.'

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  • Laurie Ament

    Owner, Head (Only!) Bead Maker

    I'm a lampwork glass bead maker and felter. All of the beads in my shop are handmade by me over a small torch using glass made mostly in Italy. Glass is what I do, and at times seems to be who I am as well- it may be all you need to know about me!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 11, 2018
Welcome to my world of glass beads and felt~ Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads from Isinglass Design. All of the glass beads in my shop are handcrafted artisan lampwork, individually made by me over a small torch. Each color of glass is melted, applied and shaped using tools such as ice tongs, graphite paddles, knives, scissors and picks. Each piece is shaped without the use of molds or forms. Most of the glass rods used are made in Italy, and are the same as that used in Venice and the island of Murano.
Felt is all handmade using locally purchased wool.
All pieces are properly kiln annealed and meticulously cleaned.
If you are interested in something similar to an item in my shop, but want to see what other colors or styles are available, please contact me and I'll email you a picture of all available options. And I gladly accept special orders!

Accepted payment methods

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  • American Express
  • Discover
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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be happy with your purchase. Anything can be returned for any reason within fourteen days of receipt for a full refund, minus shipping. You must contact me before returning an item to me so that I can make sure it is shipped to the correct address. EU buyers, please see special details in the 'private receipt' information.
Although all pieces are properly kiln annealed, it is still glass, and should be treated with some amount of care.
If a piece breaks in shipping, you will receive a full refund (including shipping costs), unless you prefer to have another similar piece. If a piece breaks at a later time, a replacement will be made. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be offered the choice of a full refund or replacement piece.
Payment
Payment can be made directly through etsy or through payal- your choice.
Shipping
I ship by first class mail within three business days of your payment (usually sooner). If payment clears on a Saturday, or Sunday the order will be shipped out on the following Monday or Tuesday.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do have reduced pricing for large orders and take custom orders. Please contact me for information.
Privacy
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. For international orders shipped to a post office box, a phone number may also be required. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information, if you contact me directly.
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
As needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
When you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
If necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
As necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.
Information sharing and disclosure:
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.

Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 8 years. The information may be available to me through etsy for a longer period than the stated time.

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. This information is only shared through the USPS or other ways that the etsy corporation chooses to share this information.

Your Rights
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons, or it is stored on etsy) I will generally delete your personal information upon request. In the case of information stored by etsy, you may place a request to have your personal information removed by placing a request to Etsy.com/help
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to contact me:
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Laurie Ament, am the data controller of your personal information. Please feel free to email me at isinglassdesign [!at] yahoo.com