sweet bead studio

Reston, Virginia

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About sweetbeadstudio

Sales 155
On Etsy since 2008

Jewelry designer, author, blogger and Mom of 4

Nine years ago, I picked up a bit of wire and a pair of pliers and set out to design my first piece of jewelry. I followed a creative path to my jewelry business and I haven’t stopped journeying since.

Each piece I design leads me to new discoveries. I love learning new techniques, and teaching new skills to others. In addition to selling my jewelry designs, I enjoy helping others on their creative paths. In 2010, I co-founded ArtBLISS Jewelry and Mixed Media Workshops to bring new ideas and instructors to jewelry designers in Northern Virginia. My work has been featured in many trade publications as well as several books. My best-selling wire jewelry design book - The Missing Link - was released in the fall of 2013.

My jewelry is often built from pages of stories gone-by. I savor every chance I can to comb through antique stores and vintage shops to, uncovering forgotten treasures. I love the little stories each component tells as I weave it into a modern piece with sterling, bronze, or gold wire. Sometimes I know where we will end up, sometimes I don’t. I just follow the story to the end.

My grandmother instilled in me a love for people as they age and the stories they hold dear. Years ago, I worked with senior citizens as a social worker. I listened to many fond memories and stored them deep in my heart. As I grow my personal Victorian photo album collection and work with vintage details, I keep their stories alive and continue to tell them.

I’ve lived around the world – from Japan to Germany, California to Virginia. My trunk full of memories and experiences illuminates a lifetime of learning to discover and try new things. Whether I'm working with antiques or the latest gems, I combine quality workmanship of the past with modern design. As a wife and mom to four boys, I encourage a sense of exploration and epiphany. I want my boys to experience the joy of putting their hands to work and uncovering new creations. Along the way, we build a lifetime of memories.

Cindy xoxo

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  • Cindy Wimmer

    Owner, Designer

    I design jewelry with vintage workmanship and modern creativity. My work has been featured in national and international trade publications. Look for my best-selling wire design book - The Missing Link.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 30, 2013

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Returns and exchanges
I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. Please contact me within 10 days of receiving your jewelry to arrange a return if desired. Shipping is nonrefundable. I am more than happy to make repairs to your jewelry if needed. Please contact me if you have any questions! :-)
I appreciate your business. Please make payment at time of purchase. My preferred method of payment is Paypal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay for your order through PayPal. You may use the PayNow with PayPal link, then you will have the option to pay with your credit card without signing in.

Please make sure your Paypal address and Etsy address match, or let me know which one you would like for me to use.
Items will ship within 48 hours of payment, unless stated otherwise in my shop announcements.

Books, such as "The Missing Link" are mailed by USPS Media Mail.

All other items are shipped by First Class mail with Delivery Confirmation. International mail is shipped First Class International. Delivery times may vary. If you would like to upgrade shipping or add insurance, please convo me to make arrangements and I will send a revised invoice.

Jewelry is packaged in a pretty little gift box with ribbon.