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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
Can a necklace or bracelet length
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.
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
Why does Make-A-Bead take one
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
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.
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
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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