Barbara Sperling ~ www.barbarasperling.com

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2339 Green Hill Rd
Chatham, NH 03813
603 694-3591
e-mail:beadunique@fairpoint.net

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is it? ~ What about the jewelry? ~ Shipping? ~ Payment?

What is it?

What are they made of?: I use polymer clay to make my pieces. For most of my work and all of my millefiori canework I use the brand called FIMO©, made by Eberhard Faber of Germany. I also incorporate gold, silver, or metal leaf in my work as well as metallic rubs.

What is a millefiori cane?: As early as the 1st century in Egypt, we see examples of mosaic blocks with designs that run through the length of the loaf. Refining this technique, artisans in 19th century Venice learned to fuse rods of glass into intricate designs that, when heated and stretched ever thinner, would become rich in minute detail. They described this process as millefiori, "a thousand flowers". I am using this traditional method with a modern material called polymer clay. Basically I am making a 2 dimensional picture with 3 dimensional rods of clay. I must first form each petal or feather lengthwise in a log of clay before combining all the logs together to make a picture in my canes.

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Jewelry?

What shapes are available in each of the types of jewelry?: Most types of jewelry, i.e brooch, pendant, earring, etc., are available in all the offered shapes.

Are there different sizes?: small, medium and large sizes available. This refers to the actual polymer clay work.

Do you offer different necklace lengths?: Variable lengths are available for the pendants and necklets. Necklets typically run shorter than the pendants and are more applicable to scoop or v-neck tops.

What earwires do you offer?: Sterling Silver, 14/20 Gold Fill, Niobium. 14 kt gold available with extra charge.

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Shipping?

Shipping company used?: I ship through UPS or USPS

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Payment?

Forms of payment accepted: I accept credit cards ~ Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Personal checks and moneyorders.
Please e-mail for information on how to pay using any of the above.

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