PattyLakinsmith

Nature inspired glass beads and jewelry

711 Sales

PattyLakinsmith

Nature inspired glass beads and jewelry

711 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Nature’s textures and patterns are echoed in my handmade, limited production artisan glass beads and OOAK jewelry. I offer acorn jewelry, glass beads with reptile skin patterns, and floral themes. My beads and jewelry are for art loving women and jewelry designers who love to stand out in a crowd.

Announcement

Nature’s textures and patterns are echoed in my handmade, limited production artisan glass beads and OOAK jewelry. I offer acorn jewelry, glass beads with reptile skin patterns, and floral themes. My beads and jewelry are for art loving women and jewelry designers who love to stand out in a crowd.

Patty Lakinsmith

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Patty Lakinsmith

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About

The flame of my torch is where my dreams, fears, and imagination converge to make beautiful tiny works of art.

In 2003 I happened to take an introductory bead making class without ever having seen a lampwork bead. With great stress I produced a number of horrible fried objects. I was terrified, and completely useless. But there was no turning back; my curious passion for bead making was awoken and it has not slept since.

In my wooded, mountain studio I am driven to replicate patterns from nature – normal and cancerous cellular structure, and dangerous reptiles and plants. All of these elements share a common thread of fear, replicating the uncomfortable feelings that all artists share as they come to discover their own personal identity and message, and come to make and release their art to the world. Now, I melt glass to relax, and turn my beads into jewelry that reflects my beautiful surroundings.

I run this little labor of love with my own two hands, and am soley responsible for creating the art, photography, marketing, packaging, shipping, and customer service. And I love it, or I'd be doing something else.

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  • Patty

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

    I was educated as a research psychologist, but have always lived the life of an artist. The work you see in my shop is a true labor of love, nurtured by the passion I have for glass and nature. I make the beads and jewelry with my own two hands.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 20, 2014
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My beads are made one at a time on an oxygen - propane torch, and carefully annealed in a digitally controlled kiln overnight for durability. Once they're annealed and cool, I clean the bead holes with a high speed rotary tool until they're beautiful.

When I can, I like to take my photos outdoors in natural light, so that you can be sure that what you're seeing is what you're getting. Lampwork beads are spectacular in the sunlight to the naked eye (and you should enjoy yours there), but sometimes they're tricky to photograph that way, so then I use a photo tent.

I make my bracelets to fit my average sized wrist - bracelets are about 7" long. I can easily size them to fit your own wrist if you send me your wrist measurement. The length of all my necklaces is given in the listings, so let me know if you need it changed.

Earring lengths are typically given as measured from the top of the French Hook ear wires to the bottom of the earrings. I will happily swap earring findings (e.g. lever backs for hooks) at no extra charge. Just convo me and tell me what you need.

In sum, I'm convo-friendly and eager to help you find something you'll love forever in my shop.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Payment
I take Paypal and money orders. Payment must be received within 24 hours of ordering or the sale will be canceled and the item returned to my shop. If you need longer than that please contact me and I'm sure we can work something out. Communication goes a long way with me! :-)

For customers paying with money orders your purchases will be shipped once the payment has been cleared by the bank. If you want to pay with a money order please let me know that you intend to do so, and when you have mailed it.

*NOTE* - 8.75% sales tax will be added to purchases by California residents.
Shipping
I ship first class mail, in padded jewelry boxes inside of kraft envelopes with bubble wrap, so that your beads or jewelry arrives safely. Please contact me if you want insurance for your purchase, or if you have any other questions about my work. Occasionally I ship Priority Mail, for larger items. Shipping for most items in the continental U.S. is FREE. Check individual listings to be sure.

I do ship internationally - if you are outside the US, *please convo me* if you don't see international shipping rates on any items that interest you. Buyer is responsible for all customs, duty, tariffs, or handling charges once the item arrives in their country.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to love your beads, period. If you are for any reason unhappy with them, you pay the postage and return them to me within 14 days of purchasing and I will refund your purchase price.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss a custom item.