BEADS IN THE WILD
Ever wondered what happens to my beads when they leave the workshop? Have a look at these beads in the wild….!
If you’ve made something fabulous out of beads from the Let Fire Inspire workshop, I’d love to hear from you! I’d be happy to feature a picture of it here, and to link to your website or Etsy shop. Just drop me a line!
Artisan jewellery maker Gill Connolly of Rohanna Jewellery recently commissioned me to make her some of my 'harlequin' beads in three very different colourways for her, and I was happy to oblige! I was thrilled to see them appear in some beautiful jewellery creations very soon afterwards, and Gill has kindly given me permission to use her image here.
I'm beaming from ear to ear looking at her work - when beads leave the Let Fire Inspire workshop they are just beads - which is why it really makes me smile to see them given wearable life in stunning pieces such as these!
I was delighted to meet Kate during the first weekend of Artwave Festival, when she came to choose some beads to use in her jewellery projects. I was even more thrilled to see her during the second weekend, when she came to show me the beautiful pieces she had made with them. I was so touched, and Kate kindly allowed me to photograph her work for 'Beads in the Wild'! I neglected to snap a picture of another pair of earrings she'd made, which she was wearing - they were stunning.
Kate sells her work at jewellery parties, and I'm looking forward to the chance to attend the next one!
Kate's Inspirations - unique, beautiful, wearable
Sarah Skilton of Adventure Accessories showed me this fabulous picture of one of my lampwork glass bead pendants which she's using as a bag charm! I absolutely love it! Whereas I often wear different necklaces, bracelets or earrings day-to-day, my bag is something that's with me pretty much all day every day - which is why I love the idea of a beady bag charm that's always there!
Adventure Accessories combines Sarah's passion for the outdoors with her love of crafts, and she creates unique handcrafted gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. Do check out her website - you'll find all sorts of beautiful handmade goodies for adventuring both out in the wild and closer to home!
DOT TO DOT CRAFT FESTIVAL
It's been great to collaborate with my Village Works neighbour Becky of Dot to Dot Studio this week - she's been running a three-day kids' craft festival. Two of the festival gang came to make beads with me yesterday, and this morning all five of them spent some time with me turning beads and nylon cord into adjustable sliding-bead necklaces.
Made from some of the lovely beads I bought from you at Betchworth.
As I am fairly new to beading I am really pleased with the end result. Looking forward to buying some more beads from you.
Sarah, the artisan designer/maker behind Chalso, posted these pictures yesterday and has kindly given me permission to use them on this page. Thanks, Sarah!
I love how she's set off these beads very simply with some gorgeous sterling silver earwires - they make for very elegant earrings.
Here's what Sarah said over on Instagram:
'I recently purchased some gorgeous handmade lampwork glass beads from @letfireinspire. This is the first of the jewellery I've made with them. I used hand crafted sterling silver earwires for these earrings too. Beautiful and unique.'
A bracelet for every outfit
There's a Let Fire Inspire bead to go with EVERYTHING - which is really being put to the test with this fabulous palette of gorgeous print blouses! The bracelets - and indeed the blouses - belong to Jean, who has kindly given her permission for me to use the pictures - thank you!
The Bead cave
Thank you Alison for allowing me to show you these pictures! These beads were part of a large set made using one of my favourite combinations of green and periwinkle glass! Luscious!
I was so thrilled to receive this picture from Elizabeth the day after the beads she'd bought from my Etsy shop arrived with her - she's made them into this stunning bracelet!
What I love is that she's keeping it for herself! It feels like a big compliment when a professional jewellery designer maker can't bear to part with something special!
Thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to publish this picture here.
Step this way to browse the gorgeous goodies in the Ornamenta by Elizabeth shop.
Sarah was so excited to receive her order from the Let Fire Inspire Etsy shop on a very sunny day that she posted this picture to Instagram! I can't wait to see what she makes out of them!
Have a look at Sarah's shop, Chalso, on Etsy, which is full of her beautiful work.