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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

General Information:
Answers about general information

Will it break?

All glass beads are properly annealed for strength and durability, but they are glass, so breakage can occur if they are not handled properly

Do you have store hours so I can see everything in person?

Studio hours are listed on our website and on the phone message. Other times are available by calling 607-227-3859 to make an appointment at your convenience. Hours are variable throughout the year.

Do you teach flamework?

Yes. You may schedule 4, two-hour lessons for $200.00 prepaid and that includes free use of the studio materials. You may schedule lessons close together or over a period of 1-6 weeks. You may continue to schedule additional lessons as desired. There are many safety issues involved with flame-work glass and strict adherence to the rules is required. Only appropriate for ages 14 and up. No experience necessary. If you're not certain you want to commit to a series of lessons, I would recommend that you make arrangements to "Make-A-Bead," which will give you enough of an experience to know if you want lessons.

What is your shipping and handling policy?

Most orders are shipped for the flat rate of $7.00. If you are ordering a larger quantity than can fit in the box, I will be in touch about adjusting the rate.

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Making Beads:
Answers that help you understand the process of making beads from glass

Where is the glass from?

The majority of the "soft glass" is from Italy. Some is from Germany and China.

What is the cost to set up and start making beads?

It's hard to give an exact figure about start-up costs. But I would say it's going to be a minimum of $700 - $1,000 for a safety conscious set-up and materials to start.

How many hours a day do you spend making beads?

I prefer to work no more than 4 hours on any given day, although during crunch times, that can increase up to 10 hours/day. I do, however, need to take a break every 30-40 minutes because of the repetitive micro-movements involved.

How long did it take you to learn how to make beads?

It is a process to learn how to make beads. I took lessons for one year before I felt remotely capable. I continue to take classes about bead making and glass every year so that I can continue to improve. Much of learning to make beads is about practice, and I've practiced a lot!

Do you burn yourself?

I don't burn myself that much now that I've learned a few safety tips. But glass does fly sometimes and it sticks when it is hot. I keep burn cream in the studio at all times.

How long does it take to make a necklace?

It depends totally on the piece. Each individual bead might take from 5 minutes up to a couple hours to make. Then, if there are fine silver (99.9% pure) components that I make individually, they take several steps and hours of time to create. If any of the beads are matte finish, there is a process of masking the parts that remain shiny, waiting for them to dry and then dipping them in acid before final clean-up. Putting a necklace together takes a minimum of 20 minutes to several hours depending on the components and design.

Order Information:
Answers that help you understand about orders, special orders and/or shipping your order

Can I purchase beads like I saw in a finished piece?

Just email me and I'll be happy to let you know if it's possible and the cost.

Do you accept custom work at request?

I am happy to consider a project that you might suggest, if it is a variation on something I already have designed (e.g., different colors, shapes, size variations). Custom design work is not considered at this time. If I don't feel I can meet your need, I will do my best to suggest someone else you may contact to help you.

How do I figure out what size bracelet to buy?

Measure your wrist with a soft tape measure and give me that measurement. I'll add a little "slack" for wearing.

If I order multiple items can the be sent to more than one address?

Your shipping cost will be adjusted accordingly and I will email you with the details for final approval.

Can a necklace or bracelet length be changed?

Sometimes the length of a necklace or bracelet can be changed a little. It's worth asking me.

Do you have plain necklaces available to purchase to go with the individual pendants?

Most pendants will list a necklace included. Otherwise, I don't supply just plain necklaces.

Do you have clip-on earrings?

On occasion I will have clip-on earring findings. They are more expensive and a fee will be charged to cover the cost of the replacement.

I'd like to order buttons in specific colors and sizes. How do I do that?

You may contact me by phone or email and I'll let you know how I can help you with ordering custom buttons. A deposit will be requested before sample work can begin.

Policies & Services:

Do you make donations for fundraisers?

Yes. I support local organizations and especially my local Humane Society. Although I appreciate opportunities to "advertise" through donations to groups and organizations, I choose local opportunities exclusively.

Why does Make-A-Bead take one hour minimum?

You will get a chance to make two (2) practice beads before making your final bead. I will also demonstrate how to make the bead a couple of times. Your final bead will be better after a couple of practice tries.

How many people can you accommodate at one time to watch bead making?

Six(6) people can comfortably watch at one time. We've had groups of up to 25 people at a time come and take turns in the studio watching while the others are looking around the gallery! We always have seating available. We have welcomed clubs, family groups, and home-schooled children.

What is your return policy?

If you receive something that was damaged in shipment, please call me immediately (within 3 business days) to make arrangements to return it for replacement, if possible, or for a full refund.

If you receive your purchase and it's not what you expected or you have changed your mind for any reason, please contact me and return it in its original condition and packaging, with the invoice, within 7 days of receipt, for a refund (excluding shipping).

How do I qualify for coupons?

Sign up for the on-line newsletter. Coupons are randomly mailed throughout the year to customers on this list.

Do you have Gift Certificates?

Yes, Gift Certificates are always available. Please contact me at 607-227-3859 or send me an email

Do you wholesale?

Yes. $300.00 minimum first order with Sales Tax ID. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Do you consign your work?

Rarely unless the business is local. Please contact me with details to consider your proposal if you are local.

Wine Bottle Glass Information:
Answers about wine bottle glass for beads

Why are the wine bottle beads only one color?

Using recycled wine bottle glass is creating beads with an unknown glass that has its own particular shrink rate. Adding any other glass or material to the recycled glass can lead to incompatible shrink rates and will cause potential weaknesses and breakage when the beads are cooled.

How do I prepare and send you my wine bottle?

Please thoroughly clean the bottle inside and out. Please remove all labels and stickers. If there is a painted label or design on the bottle, that area will be unusable. However, most times, there is still plenty of clean glass available to complete a project. Please wrap the bottle in bubble-wrap and let me know when you've mailed it so I can watch for its arrival.

How do I get jewelry made from my special event wine bottle?

Contact me and let's discuss your ideas. Take a look at the website and see what's already available and we can start from there.




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Joyful Adornments Glass Studio
Salem, VA
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