karibeads

Handmade glass creations by Kari Chittenden, SRA #C-67

Indiana, United States · 2948 Sales

karibeads

Handmade glass creations by Kari Chittenden, SRA #C-67

Indiana, United States 2948 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy Bead store. Many items on SALE now! I specialize in Fairy garden / dollhouse miniatures and large hole, animal beads for dreadlocks or Euro bracelets. I make my own beads and am happy to take custom orders.

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Last updated on Jul 7, 2016

Welcome to my Etsy Bead store. Many items on SALE now! I specialize in Fairy garden / dollhouse miniatures and large hole, animal beads for dreadlocks or Euro bracelets. I make my own beads and am happy to take custom orders.

Kari Chittenden

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New item, 4 leaf cover for fairy gardens. If you are a Fighting Irish fan, this may be for you!
Here is a necklace I have for sale at farmers market and on Easy. Pat Brooks was interested.

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About

Hobby Gone Wild

Lampworking started for me in 2000 as a hobby to share with my 12 year old daughter. My daughter was just starting Jr High school and spending less time at home. I thought a new hobby might be just the thing to reel her back in and get her to hang out at home a little more. My plan (for once) worked like a charm! She loved making beads with me. She said melting glass was just like toasting marsh mellows over a campfire. It is similar for sure! Soon she was inviting her friends over so we could all make beads together!

Back then, my girl just wanted to make little animal beads so, over time we developed several cute designs. I began selling my animal beads at our local Farmer’s Market in 2004 – expanding via Etsy in 2008.

My interactions with customers spawn lots of design ideas. In fact, it was a customer who suggested that I make fairy garden accessories. At that time, I had never heard of fairy gardens – I actually had to do an internet search to learn about the hobby. Now, making fairy garden accessories is one of my obsessions. Many of my first designs were derived from the animal beads I developed back in the beginning. Other design ideas come from brainstorming with customers, friends and family. Two heads (or more) are better than one!

Some of my designs are more intricate and more challenging than those I’ve done in the past. I call them “Compound Pieces” because I combine two or more items together to form one, such as a fairy holding a butterfly or my bee hive with bees. I think it’s important to offer the easy, less expensive pieces as well as the more complicated ones. I have some customers who start small and then come back each week to add to their collection.

I currently work a day job and make beads and fairy garden accessories as a second job (or Hobby-Gone-Wild). My typical day begins at 3:30 or 4 am. I wake up early to make beads for a few hours before I go to my day job. I also spend most weekends at the torch to make beads.

My designs are made by heating colored glass over a torch and then winding the molten glass into beads and other objects. All the designs are made with layering different colors and/or manipulating the glass with simple hand tools. I never use molds or presses - all my creations are free-handed in the torch.

With your help, I someday plan to turn this passion into a full-time endeavor. Thank you for supporting my artwork!

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  • Kari Chittenden

    Owner, Designer, Shipper

    Each glass creation is hand made by Kari at her home studio along the beautiful Yellow River in northern Indiana. Her designs are made by winding molten glass over a heated torch. Each is made one at a time without the use of molds or presses.

Local

Find karibeads at the following upcoming market!

  • Plymouth Farmer's Market

    River Park Square,

    Plymouth, IN

    May 28–Oct 8

    I have a handmade glass bead booth at our local Farmer's market. Please come by if you are in the area!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 26, 2013
Welcome to my Etsy bead store. My name is Kari (pronounced Car+E, not Care+E). I am a glass bead artist, member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers as well as the Self-Representing Artists Guild (SRA), membership #C-67. I am a one-woman act: I make all my own beads, take the photos, write the ads, handle shipping, and anything else. I have been making, selling and teaching beadmaking since 2000. I haven't quit my day job yet .... but maybe someday. :)

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I prefer Paypal, but e-mail me if you'd rather do something else. You can cancel any time before I ship the item. If the item has been shipped and you change your mind, please contact me.
Shipping
I typically ship my beads via USPS.
Refunds and Exchanges
Once received, if you aren't happy with your bead, convo me and you may return it for a refund of the purchase price minus shipping. Please contact me if the item was damaged in shipping.

FOR CUSTOM ORDERS: All sales are final on custom orders since your item will be uniquely your own and not part of my normal product line up
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to take custom orders. If you see a bead design you like but just want it in different colors, go ahead and purchase it and add a "note to seller" with your color change request. If there is no similar item, convo me to discuss your bead idea.