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.

Hot Stuff from Handmaiduns

Kate recently commissioned me to make her some space-themed beads, and my ‘night sky’ design was the result! Kate is an artist whose work I’ve admired for some time on social media - and when I saw the first beautiful bag that she’d embellished with one of the beads in question, well, how could I resist buying it for myself?

Kate’s boutique, ‘Handmaiduns’, is inspired by sacred geometry and the cosmos. She works with clay and acrylics, and her diverse range of gorgeous and highly original work includes crystal grids, incense holders, clocks, clothing and more, all designed and made by herself. Each item is completely unique.

Space-y tassel in all its glory. Image copyright Handmaiduns.

Space-y tassel in all its glory.
Image copyright Handmaiduns.

Here are the ‘night sky’ beads commissioned by Kate to use in embellishments for a range of bags she was designing.

Here are the ‘night sky’ beads commissioned by Kate to use in embellishments for a range of bags she was designing.

Here’s the finished bag - mine! Image copyright Handmaiduns.

Here’s the finished bag - mine!
Image copyright Handmaiduns.

What a beautifully packaged parcel! I was in such a hurry to open it that I didn’t snap it first - trust me, it was gorgeous even before this point!

What a beautifully packaged parcel! I was in such a hurry to open it that I didn’t snap it first - trust me, it was gorgeous even before this point!

Here’s the bag - I love the moon bead at the top of the tassel, which itself tones beautifully with the bag.

Here’s the bag - I love the moon bead at the top of the tassel, which itself tones beautifully with the bag.

Hang on…. there was more! In a beautiful beribboned box painted with flames to match my logo, was this little guy….

Hang on…. there was more! In a beautiful beribboned box painted with flames to match my logo, was this little guy….

…Hot Stuff! Thank you so much, Kate, for sending him to the Let Fire Inspire workshop. He’s feeling right at home already!

…Hot Stuff! Thank you so much, Kate, for sending him to the Let Fire Inspire workshop. He’s feeling right at home already!

What I love about making beads is that they might be destined for all sorts of uses! As charms, as jewellery components (pendants, necklaces, bracelets, earrings……), as integral parts of craft projects for grown-ups and children alike, as ‘pocketstones’, as talismen, as light-catching Christmas tree or window decorations… At home I have beads as light pulls and Venetian blind-cord pullers, and we have napkin rings made out of my beads, too. So they’re absolutely not just for jewellery.

You can see from the pictures above that they also have life in outer space…………..!

350+ beading tips, techniques & trade secrets by Jean Power

I was so delighted last week to find this book review during a happy hour spent catching up with my latest Journal from the Bead Society of Great Britain, of which I’ve been a member for some years.

I was really excited to have sold some of my beads to Jennifer Airs at one of the first bead events I went to, and she contacted me a while later asking me to make an equivalent set in an alternative colourway. She used the beads in a necklace complemented by some gorgeous cylinder-shaped beadwork elements - which was featured in Jean Power’s book.

It was the review of the latest edition of the book that caught my attention in the Journal. Ta-daaaah! I knew that Jennifer’s necklace had been featured in the original edition - but I am beyond thrilled to see that her photograph of it is on the front cover of this one!

350+ beading tips, techniques & trade secrets by Jean Power

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Pebble necklace

I had an unexpected visit from Tess, a long-standing friend (and customer!), to the Let Fire Inspire workshop today! She didn’t know in advance that she would be coming, and doesn’t wear this necklace every day, but look what she turned up in! I made this ‘pebble’ necklace over a decade ago, and I was delighted to see Tess wearing it.

I might well have to get my nubbly shaping tools out again… watch this space!

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