The Painted Bead

Santa Cruz, California

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Announcement    Exceptionally Original Hand Painted Beads and Gifts from Sandra Walton.

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Last updated on Mar 27, 2021

Exceptionally Original Hand Painted Beads and Gifts from Sandra Walton.

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About SandraWaltonArt

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On Etsy since 2013

Brush to Bead

My name is Sandra and I am the artist and designer behind the brush of Painted By Hand. Thank you for taking an interest in my shop and beads. I work in a small Victorian home studio in Santa Cruz, CA where I also paint in pastel and watercolor.

My love affair with beads started when I was about five. My aunt had exquisite glass beaded doorways in her house. I was completely enchanted. I have had a paint brush in my hands since my early teens when I first started painting in oils and watercolor.

I had the idea to put brush to bead in in my twenties while working in a used book shop. I came upon a really cool book of thimble paintings. My love for beads and my love for art really came together for me then.

Each bead is painted with porcupine quills and hand cut miniature brushes using permanent acrylic paint and inks. The beads are then hand dipped into an epoxy resin creating a clear, glass like surface and making the beads versatile, tough and wearable. Grommets are applied to the holes for an attractive finish.

Each bead is an original canvas weaving together rich color, design and intention. I draw from the designs and artworks from around the world that inspire me. I like to imagine that each bead, each little painting goes out into the world on its own journey, telling its own story, bringing its energy to those who would wear or work with the beads.

Shop members

  • Sandra

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi, I'm Sandra. I am the artist behind Sandra Walton Art and The Painted Bead.

  • John


    Hello, I'm John - I'm Sandra's partner. I help with bead dips, shipping and contribute ideas for some of the gothic designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 31, 2015
Welcome! Everything I make, each bead, each piece of jewelry, every painting - I make from a place of gratefulness and love. One of the most special things about handmade objects is the intention that the maker puts in to each piece. I am very aware of that intention and each piece I make carries with it a blessing from my heart, to yours. Thank you~

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I try to accurately photograph every item and provide detailed measurements and descriptions. If for some reason you're unhappy with your purchase please contact me IMMEDIATELY. You may ship the item back to me at your expense. I will accept undamaged returns within 8 DAYS of delivery and refund the price of the item minus shipping fees. I do not however accept any returns on jewelry, craft lots or custom orders.
All payments are processed through PayPal using my store’s secure check out. I accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover which are also processed through PayPal. You are not required to have a PayPal account to use your credit card.

Money Orders are also accepted. Please email me your order and I will send you an invoice and payment instructions.

No personal checks please.

I do not ship until the method of payment clears.

I will hold a piece for 5 days at your request. Please be very detailed in your request as to what piece you are interested in and when you will be paying.
All items are generally shipped a within three days of a cleared payment.

Domestic: I ship using USPS priority mail. It does NOT include delivery confirmation or insurance. If you would like to purchase these, please contact me and I will send you an invoice to cover the charges. If you would like your order shipped in a different manner simply send me an email and we will get your item shipped your way. Express and First Class shipping options are available by request only.

International: I ship via USPS First Class. Shipping is $10.00 to Canada, $15.00 everywhere else. International orders over $200 will be required to purchase insurance and tracking via express mail, which can be $25-35. Buyer assumes all responsibility for duty tariff or VAT fees incurred by their country. Please be aware that First Class shipping can take up to 4 weeks or more to arrive. Most packages do not take that long; most get delivered in less than 10 days. If you require expedited international shipping send me email and we can come to some arrangement for you. If you would like your order shipped in a different manner simply send me an email and we will get your item shipped your way.

Gifts: Please let me know in the notes of your order if you would like your item gift wrapped and to what address the gift will be sent.
I'm always happy to make customized notes for gift purchases- just ask.

I always ship with plenty of tissue paper to make sure your items arrive to you safely. I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Care of my beads – my beads are very tough. They repel water but not waterproof. Please do not soak the beads. The coating I use does not scratch or dent easily and self-heals from most dents.

Grommets - I will remove the grommets on the beads or change the type of metal used upon request.

Custom orders - I gladly accept custom orders though be aware the painting and dipping cycle is long and is done in large batches so I cannot take custom orders at this time for less that US $150.00. Contact me through, if I am coming up to another dip I might be able to include your item; it is often a matter of timing. Please see my custom order page for more information.

All of my pieces are one of a kind and I cannot duplicate any piece. When it is sold, that is the only one there is.

If you have any questions, just let me know. I always enjoy hearing from you!
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