ABOUT ME I have been designing jewelry since 1995 when I started with a small box of glass beads, some inexpensive tools, and a spot to work in the sewing room that became, you guessed it, the beading room. I was still teaching high school English then, so I worked in my spare time. My first business name was "To Bead or Not to Bead" (clever, huh?) and I began doing small shows around the Portland/Vancouver area where I live. Well, things changed. I retired from teaching, converted the basement rec room into my studio, and chose a new business name ("BeadWares") which stuck till 2005 when my friend Liz Plam and I decided to form "Beads & Threads" and do shows together. We teamed up on several shows through 2013, but since then I've been solo on the show tour under that name. I still work at my home studio and make every single piece myself, design my advertising materials, and manage my websites. Please also see my sister website What Women Buy For themselves for limited collections of metals, clays, and "sister" earrings.
ABOUT THE JEWELRY Each piece is OOAK--one of a kind, handmade by me. If something you like has been sold, I can usually make you a "sister" that is similar. I pride myself on choosing only the most interesting materials to work with.
PAYMENT & SHIPPING I do payments using PayPal. Shipping is USPS Priority Flat Rate by weight. Up to two pounds (small flat-rate box) is $7.50. I ship only to the United States. If you need international shipping, contact me first. Washington residents pay 7.8% sales tax. Shipping is FREE with a purchase of $150 or more.
CUSTOM JEWELRY Custom designs are always an option, and they are yours permanently. Contact me for custom orders please.
A 50% down payment (non-refundable) on custom work is required before the project is begun. We'll do this with a PayPal payment. When it is completed, the balance will be due and the piece(s) will be sent to you.
I take pride in making every piece carefully, professionally, and with the nicest materials I can find.
Things happen, of course, and if you need to return something, contact me.
I guarantee my work for a year with normal wear (just don't sleep, bathe, exercise or swim while wearing it though please). And always use the clasp on your bracelet! Anything that is knotted with waxed linen cord should never get wet. It weakens the cord.