Handmade beaded narrative art jewellery

Edinburgh, Scotland · 858 Sales


Handmade beaded narrative art jewellery

Edinburgh, Scotland 858 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

songbead is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am currently on maternity leave with my lovely twins who arrived in late 2017. Songbead will open up again in 2018 but right now I can't say exactly when - click the button above right to be notified by Etsy when I do.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 04 Jun, 2018

I am currently on maternity leave with my lovely twins who arrived in late 2017. Songbead will open up again in 2018 but right now I can't say exactly when - click the button above right to be notified by Etsy when I do.

Rebecca Anderson

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Rebecca Anderson


The SALE is on! I’ll be shutting my shop up at the end of the month so until then, you can take 25% off everything as I celebrate the imminent arrival of my twins :-)
A new, unique artisan bead bracelet in the shop, amongst others. A gorgeous selection of beads in Autumn sunset tones, perfect for the season. Have a peek to see what else I’ve been up to!
A new bracelet in the shop this week, amongst other items! Beautiful handmade lampwork and handwoven glass, dyed jade and pressed glass. Ooak.
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narrative, colourful, one-of-a-kind handmade jewellery

I am a jewellery designer and creator from the UK - I live Edinburgh in Scotland where I'm originally from, but have just returned to after several years away in England and Northern Ireland - the latter being somewhere where I have left a significant portion of my heart and soul! I have been making jewellery since I was a little girl and young enough to thread beads. My Grandma and Mum both passed on a great love of crafting and creating from a young age. I started bead weaving when a teenager and during the past 10 years have expanded my repertoire to include wire work, bead embroidery and a little metal work. I love to incorporate fibres and cords into my work and work with a variety of beads - gemstones, vintage, czech glass, handmade. One thing you can be sure of though is that all the beads and components I use are always of a high quality - many sourced right here on etsy! My designs tend to be one of a kind and I adore colour, birds, circles, keys, flowers, secrets, stories and magic....

My real passion lies with handmade art beads. Art beads are individually hand crafted beads, made by highly skilled artisans. When I create or select an art bead, I know that I am using either a one of a kind piece, or one that has been part of a small batch of beads. I know that the jewellery I create will, in turn, be an individual piece of art, which tells its own story with the pieces it is built from – be that a raku ceramic house from Finland, a handcast pewter bird from New York, or a hand torched glass focal from Edinburgh. I find these miniature pieces of art inspirational – I hope you do too! These handmade elements also add to the unique and individual character that my jewellery has.

I am lucky enough to have been a contributor to Art Bead Scene between 2011 and 2016 - a fabulous blog filled with post after post of beautiful inspiration. I taught classes in beading since 2007 at The Bead Shop, Manchester until 2013 when I moved to Ireland, and been published in several beading magazines since 2009. I was a regular contributor to Beads and Beyond, a beautiful jewellery design publication which sadly closed in 2015. The name Songbead came about from my two professions - as well as a beader, I am a classical singer. I feel very fortunate to live a life filled with art and music.

Shop members

  • rebecca anderson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Dreamer

    hi! welcome to my little corner of the interweb. i am a jewellery designer, creator and teacher. i am in love with colour, light and handmade beads. i have another wee corner at which will tell you more about my daily life.

Shop policies

Last updated on 28 September, 2017
Welcome to my little handmade jewellery store front! I create OOAK and limited edition narrative art jewellery, using my own and other artisan-made beads, found objects and unusual beads and gems curated from around the world. My aim is to create jewellery that connects the wearer to the surrounding world and makes you smile.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I am fortunate enough to have never encountered this situation, but if your jewellery does arrived damaged for whatever reason, please contact me immediately so that we can work together to find a timely solution - be that a replacement or a refund. I will pay for all postage costs under these circumstances.

If for any reason you are not 100% happy with your jewellery, the same applies, *apart from earrings* which are non-returnable unless damaged/faulty due to hygiene. Regardless of whether the jewellery you buy is at fault or not, you as the buyer have a 14-day (from point of receiving the goods) no questions asked cancellation and return option. If you have simply changed your mind i.e. the goods are not at fault then I will issue a full-refund minus the postage costs, including return standard postage as per my legal obligation to Distance Selling Regulations. (Postage costs will be similar to my own shipping costs, but as post offices charge by weight and size, and charges vary from country to country they may vary slightly.) If the goods are damaged/at fault, I will refund postage and cover return postage as well. This returns policy does not apply to any custom-made orders i.e. specially made jewellery made at your request. Under special circumstances, it may be possible to return these for store credit, again, minus postage costs. It DOES apply to made-to-order items already listed within the shop i.e. these may be returned for a refund. Please request a free proof of postage from the post office and send back via first class standard post within 14 days of the package reaching you. Please ensure correct postage is paid - I am not liable to pay fees to pick up from the post office for unpaid postage. Please ensure package is adequately and securely packaged. If you have a customs label to fill in, as you are returning goods, please mark value as nil.

If you do wish to cancel an order, please contact me here on etsy or via email on songbead [!at] Alternatively, you may download this cancellation form:

and use it instead.
I accept paypal and payment via direct checkout (card) but if you are local (uk) and wish to pay via bank transfer, by card over the phone or by personal cheque, then send me a message before purchasing. If other is selected as payment type, payment will be required within 24 hours. I will wait until funds have cleared in my account before posting your jewellery out to you.
I ship within 3 working days, and usually the day after your order, unless an item it made-to-order (see individual listings for shipping times in this instance). If for any reason I am unable to ship a ready-to-wear item within 3 days, I will let you know. Your jewellery will come gift boxed or in a handmade muslin bag.

Countries I am regrettably prohibited to ship to from the UK: New Zealand and Cyprus. Sincere apologies! Customs regulations currently prohibit jewellery from being shipped to your countries. If you accidentally purchase from me from one of these countries, I will process a full refund for you. Let's hope the regulations change!

International orders (I am shipping from the UK) usually take 1-3 weeks to reach their destination, but can take longer (up to 5 weeks) due to the recipient customer's country's customs and our respective postal services. I do not include international tracking unless specifically requested - please contact me if you would like this option and I will set up a custom shipping listing. Please note, this is measured (by the PO) on both value AND weight, and usually cost between £9 and £16. Rest assured that you are fully covered by myself and Etsy when purchasing with me - this is my own customer service policy, as well as EU distance-selling law.
Additional policies and FAQs
As I am a one-woman business, I do try and take my weekends. If you contact me on a Saturday or Sunday or bank holiday, I will get back to you on the following working day. Thank you for your understanding!

Coupon Codes

From time to time, I have coupon code sales in my shop. Look out for them on my blog and facebook pages!

Unfortunately, because of the way these work on etsy, I am unable to refund the difference retrospectively, so make sure you pop your coupon code in the correct box at the checkout! If you have any issues then please do contact me and I will assist you with applying codes - and keep your eyes peeled for these juicy discounts!

Coupon codes are not valid for custom or reserved orders unless clearly specified.

Restringing and Lengthening Jewellery

I make bespoke jewellery - mainly one of a kind pieces, designed for one of a kind you. When you are buying online, it is important to ensure you are buying jewellery that will fit you perfectly. I always list the length/diameter of my jewellery (and if for some reason I have managed to miss a length off, please message me and I will fix that asap!) so that you can be sure if a piece is right for you. If the length isn't the correct fit for you, I am very happy to alter this before sending your jewellery out, in most cases (sometimes, it's just not possible due to the design/components). Sometimes this will mean adding a few more beads or links, sometimes it will mean restringing the entire piece. At the moment I am happy to undertake minor re-sizing and alterations at no extra cost. But in the case of restringing (rather than simply adding extra links), I do require that the purchase is made prior to my taking the work apart. If your piece requires more drastic resizing or altering - adding more than a couple of inches to a bead necklace for example, or exchanging a clasp from base to precious metal - then there will be a cost involved. Thank you for your understanding!

My usual lead time on postage is 1-3 working days but altering a piece (or selecting a made-to-order piece) will add on an extra 1-3 working days to this.

More information

Last updated on 11 Apr, 2016
Seller details
Rebecca Anderson
Forth Street
United Kingdom