handmade glass beads · functional knit items · sewn goods
Frequently Asked Questions
Any information you provide me withile placing an order will be kept striclty
confidential. I will not sell any of your personal information to third party vendors.
Like you, I despise junk mail, spam mail, telemarketing calls, etc.
- What is your return policy?
If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason, I will happily refund 100% of the cost (minus shipping). Simply contact me and we can work something out.I
want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase! Please note I am not responsible for uninsured items that were lost or damaged while in transit.
- Do you have a mailing list?
At this time, I do not have a mailing list since I personally found that being
on them can be annoying. If I have important information to share, I'll post
it on the main page of this site or on Twitter.
- Can I visit Studio Solana?
I operate Studio Solana from my home in St. Louis, Missouri. I don't
have a brick and mortar storefront at the present time, but would like to rectify
that in the future. :)
- Where can I buy your items in person?
I sell in two main shows each year. Glass Galore (an annual show organized
by the Saint Louis Lampworkers Society each fall) and the Edward Jones Holiday Mart
(in early December). I'd eventually like to add more shows to my schedule
- Do you teach classes?
While I don't offer any formal classes, but I've been known to do demos and
have even taught some friends and family members how to make beads. I would
suggest searching for a lampworking studio in your area to inquire about beadmaking
classes. If you need any help locating a studio, please let me know.
I'd be happy to help!
- How are your beads different than the glass beads sold at my local retail store?
Most beads sold at the large chain stores are mass-produced and imported from China.
These beads are typically not annealed for strength, nor are they cleaned to remove
the residue in the holes (which is harmful to breathe). Artisan lampwork beads
are made individuals, who take the time to anneal, clean, inspect each one of their
beads. They take pride in their work and often call themselves "self representing