Sunday, 31 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Anyway, enough of my Star Wars anguish. You want bead talk, right?!
On Saturday morning I posted the 'Psychedelic Peacock' beads to their new owner, Jennifer Borek, in Texas. Less than a week later they've reached their destination and have already been turned into wearable loveliness! Jenn has done a wonderful job with them and she's also written a lovely blog entry about my beads.
Friday, 22 August 2008
I'm off up to Cambridge tomorrow and I won't be back until Thursday but I may well blog in between then. Have a great bank holiday weekend!
These beads don't have a silver core and they're not going to get one either. That way I save time and stress (accidentally bashing up beads is quite disheartening) and in return that means that they won't be too pricey. Also, because of the lack of a silver core I can take the surface design right to the edges of the bead. The bead holes are 5mm diameter and the beads fit onto a Pandora bracelet, as shown, and will therefore fit all other collect-a-bead/charm bracelet systems.
But of course, they don't have to go onto charm bracelets. I'm sure you jewellery makers could find some interesting ways of incorporating them into your designs.
So what do you think? Should I make more?
Oh, and if you can think of a better name for them than 'Big Hole Beads' then please leave your name suggestions in my comments section!
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
I made this bunch of test beads to pin down a colour combination to make a batch of beads with. All feature EDP over bases made from different 'reactive' colours. I particularly like the ones with a green base so expect to see more of those soon.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
My latest Watch Me Create post is about trying to stop myself being such a glass control freak, my 'Merry Berry' beads and working with glass that I don't get on all that well with. Please click here if you'd like a read of it.
Bead chat later .....
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Please click here if you'd like to see some more photos of the teacup and saucer.
The Clarice Cliff Quest is moving along really well. I joined the forum at www.claricecliff.co.uk and have had some very helpful responses to my post. It looks like the dinnerware is from 1940 and apparently the pattern name is 'Patricia'. That's slightly uncanny - my Mum's name was Patricia.
I'm off to sort the kitchen cupboards and drawers out now. This moving house lark is a right chore, I can tell you!
Saturday, 16 August 2008
I did have a bit of a find. Almost ten years ago my Grandma's cousin Joyce died and she kindly left me a share of her crockery, china and glassware in her will. I went along and collected umpteen plates, vases, bowls, cups and saucers and I carefully wrapped them all in newspaper and boxed them up. I made a note on the lid of each box describing its contents and then put them up in the loft.
Friday, 15 August 2008
I always love to see what my customers do with my lampwork. My beads leave me and go off on their travels and I'm always left wondering what they get up to. If you've got photos of jewellery made with my beads please email them to me - I'd love to see!
Right. The skip's just been delivered so I'm off up into the
Thursday, 14 August 2008
I've been making beads to the sounds of Jamiroquai today. One of my favourite Jamiroquai tunes is Canned Heat and whenever I hear it I always think of the dance scene in Napoleon Dynamite. I love that movie! If you've never seen Napoleon's dance, take a look at the video above. His moonboots are ace!
I'll post again later tonight with bead photos . . . . .
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
If you're a fellow beadmaker you may be interested to know that my latest Watch Me Create post is a tutorial for my 'Petal' beads. Please click here if you'd like to take a look.
Monday, 4 August 2008
Friday, 1 August 2008
I went out for a drink and a natter with Nicky last night. We couldn't decide where to go and in the end we chose The Jolly Sailor. This is a really old pub down next to the water. Actually, here's a useless fact for you - it was the pub that was used in the eighties television 'drama' Howards' Way. Anyway, a few months back I asked Nicky if she could make me a Star Wars necklace but I wanted it to be a subtle-and-not-instantly-recognisable-as-Star-Wars necklace so we decided to go with the Rebel Alliance logo and this is what Nicky made. I'm so pleased with it. Thank you, Nicky!
Well, I'm off to the shed now to see if I have any kind of beadmaking power. I hate the way that my mood affects my work. If I'm in a good mood I can sit and make beads for hours but if I'm worried or stressed it all goes wrong. Fingers crossed it's a good day . . . . .