upzndowns

french beaded flowers & unique beaded accessories

115 Sales

upzndowns

french beaded flowers & unique beaded accessories

115 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Last updated on Jul 18, 2016

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It's all about the beads.

There has never been a time when I wasn't enchanted by beads. Big ones, little ones, shiny beads, dull beads, sparkling faceted beads... there's just something about them that's addicting. One day near the turn of the millennium (I have ALWAYS wanted to say that!), I saw a picture of an antique beaded flower. "That's quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen," I told myself.
Myself agreed.
"I can't possibly kill those," I thought to myself.
"Damn skippy," myself thought back.

Thus began the hunt for MORE INFORMATION about this nearly lost art, which at the time was pretty scarce. So I did what anyone would do (sold off a bunch of the husband's stuff while he wasn't looking & bought beads) and dug in to find out what I could. It became in obsession. Little bits of info here and there about these wonderful, long lasting beaded flower sculptures were hidden among just about everything I never knew I wanted to know about beads. It turns out that many of the techniques to creating them date back centuries. There was a brief revival in popularity in the '60s, and luckily for me there was another, longer resurgence shortly after I began my search.

I make my flowers by stringing tiny glass beads onto wire and bending them into shape. My creations take time to make (The fern took nearly 4 months to complete and gave me an aversion to green that took almost a year to overcome), but the end results are worth it! I use various old techniques from around the world in addition to a few techniques I developed along the way out of necessity. Because I come from a long line of artists and craftsmen, my interests are widely varied but I always come back to my flowers. The possibilities are endless, and it's so much fun hunting down unique colors and finishes for my projects, because really what it all comes down to is... it's all about the beads.

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    I Do It All, Baby!

    Yes, the picture of me is a Lego minifgure... but she was made by my youngest & is fairly accurate-- except for the cape. I'm not a cape person. I'm also not a minifig, but you probably already knew that ;o)

Shop policies

Last updated on March 20, 2016
Welcome to the wonderful world of Upzville, where most everything is twisted either in concept (it happens) or creation (flat pun, sorry). My inner child freaks out at the thought of following directions, so unless otherwise stated, each piece is an original design.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
I cheerfully accept payment by either Direct Checkout through Etsy or Paypal.

If you would like something reserved or would like to use a lay-away plan, contact me and we'll work something out.

Items paid for with an E-check through Paypal will only ship after payment has cleared.

If you are new to Etsy and confused about how to buy something (happens to the best of us, really!), you may find step-by-step instructions by clicking the following link:
http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Did you know you can use Paypal without having an account? Instructions to do so are here:
https://www.etsy.com/help/article/361
Shipping
On some flowers/plants, stems may be bent to prevent damage during shipping. If this is undesirable to you, please let me know during checkout in "note to seller" so I can package accordingly.

All packages ship via USPS at the best possible method for the piece. Very heavy items may ship separately from lighter purchases, in which case I still honor combined shipping prices.

Whenever possible I try to reuse or recycle clean shipping supplies, which often includes styrofoam packaging peanuts for cushioning the flowers to prevent damage.

International buyers, please be aware of the customs regulations for your country and of any import fees or taxes that may be imposed on you by your postal service and/or government before placing your order.
Refunds and Exchanges
Buyers of ready made pieces may contact me within 3 days of receipt of an item to arrange for return.

Items returned within 7 days of contacting me must be in original condition.

Once I get the item back, I will promptly refund your purchase price.
Additional policies and FAQs
**Custom Work**

Custom work requires a 40% non-refundable deposit, with balance and shipping due upon completion of the piece.