Beadwork is by nature delicate.
As the artist there are many steps I take in the
construction process to ensure longevity of work, including working with the
strongest available fibers, conditioning threads, and using the highest quality
Even so, there are several things to keep in mind when
wearing beadwork . . .
Beadwork is constructed from hundreds, and sometimes
thousands of tiny glass beads. As
with any glass, these beads are delicate and can break. Finished work cannot sustain impact to
a hard surface. Please take care
when handling and wearing work as damage can compromise the integrity of the
work and in some cases cannot be repaired.
Beadwork is not intended for wear in water. Be sure to remove beaded pieces before
swimming, bathing or washing hands.
Jewelry with stone spikes should be worn with care. These spikes are stone, but still
subject to possible breakage upon impact.
Particularly in the case of rings and bracelets, be careful not to knock
the stones or beadwork up against hard surfaces.
Perfumes and hairsprays will negatively affect the finish of
the beads. Applying either when
wearing finished beadwork is strongly not recommended.
Beads will naturally patina over time, causing variation in
colors and finishes. This is
merely a response to body chemistry and part of the evolution of beadwork
through time and wear.
To clean your beadwork . . .
Items that have no textile or leather components can be
dipped in warm water and patted dry with a paper towel. While regular and extended exposure to
water is not recommended, occasional cleanings are fine as the thread used is
fishing line and compatible with water.
For items with textile or leather components, use a soft
brush or a microfiber cleaning cloth to brush away dust and fingerprints.
Be sure to store beadwork in its own box when it's not