Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

Lonan's hard work

Theresa - whose work you have already met in the post below this one - came to me for an all-day one-to-course back in September, having never made lampwork glass beads before. Wanting to then consolidate what she had learned, at the beginning of October she came for a couple of hours of independent ‘torchtime’ at the Let Fire Inspire workshop, and practised shaping the glass in the flame and working with an assortment of stringers to make some bright dotty beads.

Theresa and her toddler grandson Lonan then had a brilliant time making this fabulous necklace - they’re both really pleased with it, and Theresa has kindly allowed me to use her photograph of it here.

Our next torchtime session is in the diary for next week - I can’t wait to see what Theresa makes!

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Theresa

One of my latest students, Theresa, who completed my all-day course last month, came back to the Let Fire Inspire workshop today for a couple of hours of torchtime. She’s set to be a regular visitor, and keenly embarked on a morning of ‘just making beads to get to know how the glass behaves’.

Her ‘Beads in the Wild’ are the ones she’d made on the day course. In fact she was wearing this necklace this morning - stunning sterling silver wirework, complete with spiralled endcaps and figure-of-eight links around the back, setting off her lampwork beads absolutely beautifully!

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Rohanna Jewellery

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!

You can find Rohanna Jewellery on EtsyInstagram and Facebook, as well as at artisan fairs and Surrey boutiques.

 Picture courtesy of Gill Connolly, Rohanna Jewellery

Picture courtesy of Gill Connolly, Rohanna Jewellery

Kate's Inspirations

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

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Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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