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.

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I’m not a fan of new years’ resolutions per se, but a new year does represent a new start, doesn’t it?

The typical new year’s resolution - in my experience in the past, anyway - involves a lot of the following:

’Give up……..’

Past resolutions of mine have included ‘lose weight’, ‘stop being lazy’, ‘give up alcohol’ - all of which are very pejorative, shouty and, well, negative! Add to that the huge pressure of A Certain Date being the absolute be-all and end-all of the resolution-making, and BANG, we’re all set up for failure!

These days any resolutions I make, or am planning to make, don’t have a fixed start point as such - they happen when I’m ready to make them happen. None of this ‘If I don’t do this by….. then I’m rubbish’ (or maybe that’s my own sub-text - seriously, do we all feel that?).


I’m not doing ‘Dry January’. But having realised last weekend that I’d gained six pounds since November when the only thing I’d changed was to have increased my wine consumption in the run-up to Christmas and beyond, I decided a few days ago, when the open bottle of Hardy’s Crest had given up its last glass, that I wouldn’t be opening another bottle for a bit.

That’s just a decision. And a sensible one. Not a high-pressure resolution that is tied to a definite start date, or that has to last a month, or has to have a funky name tag. And heck, if it helps me to lose those six ‘wine pounds’, that’s fine - but if it doesn’t, then that’s fine, too.

Most of my other recent decisions have involved STARTING something rather than STOPPING something. That’s MUCH more fun! For instance, I’m really enjoying learning new things:

I’m learning how to crochet
I’m building my general knowledge by doing a crossword over breakfast
I’m learning a lot by getting to grips with my business planning
I’m learning new beadmaking techniques in the workshop
I’m learning new recipes to make in the kitchen
I’ve learned too late when would have been the best time to have pruned the sprawling hydrangea outside the front of the house…

None of these are time-pressured (apart from that garden-related one!) - and I’m really enjoying myself!

What would YOU like to learn? A new skill? Or a new way of doing something you already do?
A language?
A sport?
A new way of boiling an egg or painting a wall?
A new craft? Perhaps you’d even like to learn the captivating craft of lampwork glass beadmaking?

I’m learning new things at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - it’s amazing what can happen at the torch flame! Learning is a true journey - and I hope it’s one that never stops!

I learn from my own students all the time - many a happy accident (either theirs, or indeed mine!) has become, with a little refinement and some practice, a whole different decorative technique!

If you’re up for the enthralling challenge of trying something new, how about boarding the train on my five-week ‘Journey into Beadmaking’ course starting on February 27? On the course you will learn a succession of beadmaking techniques at the torch flame AND get some jewellery-making experience under your belt.

And here’s a bonus for you - if you subscribe to my mailing list you will get 10% off your enrolment fee! Check it out below!

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

A look back

A couple of days ago on Twitter I spotted the following post from my friend Sarah at Adventure Accessories, and it really touched a chord. This is what she said:


A couple of days after this post, she reported the following:

A year ago today I attended my first Christmas market. I am back today at the same event, but a different person and a fully fledged business owner. It’s good to look back at your development.

These words got me thinking - yes, it IS good to look back at your development - and why haven’t I done just that? It’s struck me that as a lampwork glass beadmaker selling my work to jewellery designers and makers, teaching courses in the captivating craft and making jewellery myself, I don’t often show people my first-ever beads. Thanks to Sarah, today is - brace yourselves, reader - that day! I have a whole little box full of the beads I made during two weekend beginners’ courses, and sadly I don’t have a record of the order they were made in. But I DO know which were the first three - and here they are, pictured with some of my more recent work. The white one was my first, then the red one. Blue was third.


I made these first beads in 2003. I started teaching in 2006. I moved my work out of my garden shed and into a rented workshop in the centre of the village in 2013, and that is where I can be found on most days, either making or teaching.

Now in 2018 I can look back at the good days and bad days in light of knowing how much difference time, practice and confidence can make. I have always wanted things to be absolutely perfect, and have often (and still do) fall into the tempting trap of NOT trying to do the things I feel I can’t do.

Instead - and very importantly - I need to remind myself that it’s not that I can’t do that thing - it is that I can’t do it YET.

Thank you Sarah for making me reflect on how far I’ve come, and on how very important it is to keep going in learning new things and practising new - and existing - skills.

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