Saturday, December 8, 2012

CHRISTMAS TWINKLE

 bracelet set2 A bracelet and earrings in Christmassy colours with a bit of sparkle.  Made using memory wire and rubber tubing.

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bracelet set

The possibilities may be endless, I think.  I could add dangles, bells……hmmmmm…….

braceletA couple more designs for the party season.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

DICHROIC GLASS PENDANTS

A few weeks ago I treated myself to a workshop run by a local beadshop to learn how to make dichroic glass beads and pendants.

dichroic2 I spent a very happy afternoon learning how to cut the glass and assemble the pendants.  It was not difficult but quite fiddly so I decided to stick to larger pieces rather than try my hand at earrings.

dochroic1 When the pieces are fired in a kiln, the layers of glass fuse together in such a way that you can’t exactly predict what they will look like when they’re “cooked”.  So I was really looking forward to collecting when they had been fired by Jaqui, who runs the workshops.

I was very pleased with the results and all I have to do now is spend a happy hour or two stringing them into necklaces.

The workshop was one of several run by Jaqui at Hello Beads.

Monday, August 13, 2012

FABRIC BEADS

fabric beads1These fabric beads were a recent find at my local bead shop. 

I found them irresistible.

fabric beads2 I mixed them with crystals, pearls and some acrylic beads.

fabric beads3They made a lovely birthday present for my friend Elizabeth.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

OLYMPIC BLING

Yesterday I went to a workshop learning how to make dichroic glass pendants.  It was great fun.  The pendants are being fired in the kiln at the shop and I can’t wait to see the results !!

Anyway, while I was in the bead shop I spotted these sparkly union flag beads.  There were only a handful left so I swooped.  I couldn’t wait to rustle something up.

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After all, while the athletes of Great Britain are pulling out all the stops at the games, it seems unfair of me to put the beads on one side for a couple of week’s contemplation before I got around to making something !!

olympic beads1The sparkly ones are crystal shamballa beads.  Making shamballa bracelets is, apparently, hugely popular just now. 

It’s tempting but, what with my stack of beads, my collection of half-knitted jumpers and pile of recipe books I really don’t need to start another pastime / passion / obsession !!

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Mind you……they’re very pretty beads…… but no, I think I’ll just stick with making the occasional necklace.  For now.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FRENCH BEADS

french beads

I rarely see beads for sale in France.  I have found a few in supermarkets and DIY shops, in the craft section.  I once bought some from a stall selling beads as well as jewellery at a market of artisan and local produce.  They were very expensive.

 french beads2

These were amongst a small selection of beads for sale in a craft shop in Chinon.  They were quite expensive too, but I couldn’t resist them – a girl can never have too many beads, after all.

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Other people obviously do manage to find beads.  This lady had TONS of home-made jewellery for sale at a local event in rural France last week.  Some of the beads I recognise as being available in shops in the UK or at bead fairs but I have never seen either in France.

I wonder where she got them.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

NEWARK BEAD FAIR

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I went to the bead fair at Newark recently. 

It’s not that I really needed the beads, but it was a miserable Sunday and beads always cheer me up, so faced with the ironing as the other choice, I thought I might as well go.

BEAD FAIR2It must be about two years since I last went to this twice-a-year bead fair and I was slightly disappointed to find that, although the ticket price had gone up by £1, the number of stalls selling beads was down by about two thirds.

The last time I went the fair was in two halls, one devoted to just beads and one to beads, gems and rocks – the sort of rocks that you might buy for healing purposes.  This time there was only one hall of stalls, a good part of that was taken up by seating for the snack bar and half the remaining space was for the rocks people.

I think I counted only six stall selling beads.

As it happens, I was quick enough off the mark to reply to the email from the lovely Celia at Jencel who was offering complimentary tickets, which was nice, so I didn’t have to pay to get in. 

Because there were fewer stalls than before I had seen everything I wanted to see in less than an hour, which was nice, too.  As you can see from the photos, I still managed to buy lots of lovely beads, whether I needed them or not !!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

TAKE TWO ON A PEARL NECKLACE

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I started making jewellery as a result of having some necklaces made by the lady who runs a nearby wool shop.  She used my mother’s broken pearl necklace to make one necklace for me and one for my niece, Joanna.

I looked at how she had done it and decided I would like to learn how to do that myself.  The rest, as they say, is history.

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Joanna was just a little girl at the time and the original necklace is now too small for her.  So she asked me to use the pearls again to make another one.

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She still likes the colour turquoise so I gave her some beads to choose from and this is what i made from the ones she chose.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

VALENTINE NECKLACES

I was feeling in the mood for making something for Valentine’s Day.  Once one was done the others just……followed.

hearts1A glass heart with red beads, silver beads and black crystals.

 hearts2A large silver wire pendant with red pearls and black crystals.

 hearts3 My first attempt at knotting cord.

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Detail of the pretty glass pendant bead.