Sunday, 20 December 2009

New Listing on Etsy!

I have just listed this bracelet in my Etsy shop. The focal is made by me, the "frame" beads are Clare Scott's. The wirework and beadweaving is all my own, oh and so is the toggle bead. I hope you like it!


I can't torch at the moment, for ventilation and pain in the a** gas reasons. I'm going to have to go onto bulk fuel sometime in the new year, buyt until then, what's a creative gal to do?

Well, I have resolved to learn beadweaving and wirework, so that I can make more jewellery from my own beads! And I have found that I rather enjoy beadweaving, It's quite therapeutic really :-) I recently made these following a tutorial from Lynn Davey (currently available in this listing) The sparkly crystals are Swarovski!

Then there was a challenge on Frit happens, so I learned Tubular Peyote stitch and made a Cellini Spiral tube bead, which then demanded to be turned into an icicle!

What fun!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Etsy Treasury!

Well, I was one of the lucky ones and managed to bag a Treasury on Etsy. I filled it with lovely rainbows to cheer you up in these dull grey days. You can see it here, please sign into Etsy and click on the pictures, they really will cheer you up!!

Click HERE to see it.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

For Sale on Etsy - more listings added today!

I have just listed a couple more beadies, I hope you like them!

For Sale on Etsy!

These are the beads I currently have for sale on Etsy, hope you like them!


Well, I have been slacking lately, haven't I? So very rude of me! I have started writing "The Trials and Tribulations of a Newbie Lampworker" for the Frit Happens Forum Team blog, and it reminded me that I have neglected my own blog something chronic! So, what have I been up to lately? I have made a good few beads, of course. Some eye candy coming up any minute. I have also had my first two Etsy sales, about which I am amazed! My first sale was to a lady called Jean, and she sent me this picture of what she made with it....I'm sooo chuffed :-) Thank you Jean!

This is the other bead that sold last week:

The next post will show you the other beads I currently have for sale on Etsy, wish me luck!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Even more Macmillan Beads!

This is the final one for this coming Friday. Thanks!

More Macmillan Beads!

These start this Friday:

Beads for Macmillan

I have decided to sell some of my beads on ebay to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The first four here have already sold, the ones in the next post are a sneak peek of some that will start on Friday. I hope to raise as much as possible as part of the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning which takes place on 25th September 2009. I am very grateful to the members of the Frit Happens Forum who have donated much of the glass used to create these beads. Thank you!

Sunday, 28 June 2009

More Pendants

Well, I have been busy with the drop pendants again. I am loving the results so far, and the lovely Sam from the FH forum has annealed some for me, and they survived! I will sort out my Etsy shop very soon to see how they get on...
In the meantime, here are a few more...

Monday, 8 June 2009

No Time!!!

Post and run, but I adore this bead!!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Signature beads?

I have been experimenting with a new bead shape to create these long dangly pendants. I am having a blast making them, and I think they are becoming my first "Signature" bead style. The shortest one of these lovelies is 4.5 cm, that's over an inch and a half long!
Oh, and the green one on the right is now living around my friend Nikki's neck, and very pretty it looks too!

New glass!

These beads have been made with a glass called "Aurae" which is an absolutely amazing glass. The glass rod is pale transparent pink, but when you melt it it goes all shiny. It can be as shiney as a mirror or have a softer, silkier look as it does here. I love it! Even if it does dent the bank balance quite badly.......

No, I haven't disappeared completely.........

I have just been extremely busy! I have, however, found a few little pockets of time to play with molten glass over the past few weeks, and here are the results!

Friday, 24 April 2009


I have tried some glass sculpting, these are "Goddess" beads!

More from me

I have been playing with molten glass again! It's fun!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009


I finally got myself some equipment to create my own lampwork beads! I have always admired what lampworkers can achieve with molten glass, but the craft has been prohibitively expensive, until now! I will have to save up for a kiln ( £600, that's gonna take a while! ) before I can sell anything, as the beads have to be annealed, that is they need to be cooled down really slowly so they don't shatter when worn as jewellery. So for now I can only practise getting shape, size and colour right. Anyway, here are some of my first offerings. I made the larger beads on the earrings (top right), the clear bead and the flower bead at the bottom, the white speckled beads and the two unstrung beads. I had a blast, but I ran out of gas for my torch, so I can't do anymore for a while. How we suffer for our art! I will be setting up an Etsy shop soon to sell some of my jewellery, the proceeds of which will go towards feeding my new glass addiction!

Monday, 6 April 2009

I was playing around, putting colours together, and the pink and green reminded me of a watermelon! I love watermelon, it's so refreshing and sweet and colourful. I can see me creating a range called "Tutti Frutti" or something!

I have had these silver coloured beads in my stash for over 20 years! Does that make them vintage? It is nice to be able to do something with them after all this time, I think these neclaces have a Medieval look to them.