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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

New jewellery, old jewellery

Whilst looking for something in my attic I came across one of my old storage boxes, long since superceded by a more efficient storage system ... or so I thought. The box seemed heavy for empty and closer inspection revealed it to be full of gemstone and silver jewellery which I made several years ago. Such are the joys of moving house, things end up in the most unlikely places and I had spent a while back then assuming I had come to the end of that stock line.

For lots of reasons I no longer make gemstone and silver jewellery like this. These pieces, in my Folksy, Etsy and Artfire shops, are all that is left and I am selling them at sale prices. There are pearls ~ all naturally coloured, gemstones, necklaces, earrings, sets, all at a fraction of their normal price. Also in my shops, a pretty necklace made from PMC, again the last one left, as well as lampwork bead jewellery, beads for your own projects and lots more.

Do take a look, lots of things that are ideal for gifts, for friends, family, brides and yourself.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Freshly baked beads

Some new beads, hot from the kiln. A selection of pretty colours, dark blues, mixed blues and greens, all decorated with silver rich glass, fine silver wire, frits and more.

Something fore everyone and some of these are made on 3mm mandrels which will often fit onto fine chains to make pretty necklaces. Enough in each set for bracelets and necklaces.

Click on the picture to be taken to the listings.


Monday, 20 June 2011

All is safely gathered in

Further adventures in glass storage!

I've now made the glassy storage - some of it was already there, I've just added 87 more 'holes'. I know 10m x 33cms = 90, we had 3 that weren't quite the right length so will keep those for postal tubes, nothing wasted.

This is the glass that I needed to find a home for ... well, the bits I had not already managed to poke into a hole in the wall.

Then there's the frit that needs storing - I'm still working on that, I need to clear the shelf of CDs, tissues et al in the hope of having enough shelf room ....

I bought 100 'sample' bottles for frit storage - not they have not been used!!!!!!!

Some of the frit is in bottles, but much is in bags

Not sure when I will get a chance to actually make any beads! Too much enjoyment in seeing what I have to play with. I also bought a lot of silver leaf, copper sheet, and heaven only knows what else ... that's on the shelf for another day.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

So, what can you do with 30m of drainpipe?

I seem to be buying the wierdest things recently. My latest buy is 30m of drain pipe. Why, I hear you ask, have I taken up plumbing? no, but it is really useful for storing glass rods.

I recently bought a 'retiring' lampworker's glass and frit stock. I'm glad I had paid for my holiday firtst else we'd not have been going anywhere. There was rather a lot of it! In the coming weeks, once I have finally got to grips with all that I have I shall be selling some of it - there is more than I will need for many years and in many years I may like to buy some of the new colours for a change.

Back to the pipework! Fortunately the Parcefarce man felt sorry for me and did at least put the 10m package in my hall. With the 10m package came a jiffy bag with a plastic pipe cutter, not a cheapie - we know they won't work - but then neither did the expensive version! It will be returned to Screwfix Monday as 'not fit for purpose'. If it can't do the one thing it is designed for, cutting plastic pipe up to 42mm diameter, then it's not a lot of use. It makes a mucky indentation and darn all else. If you are looking to buyt one of these, I've tried several over the years, all failures so wojuld not recommend a Focus cheapie or Record.

I managed to drag the parcel into the kitchen, no mean feat as my hall is narrow and this is not flexible en-masse. It filled the length of the hall but only half filled the kitchen.

Just for a change it was pouring with rain, so 'my lovely assistant' was unwilling to cut up the pipe into 33cm lengths outdoors. Fortunately after a bit of bribery (I think he was trying to get out of the job) he agreed to do it in one of my studios.

We tried the super-dooper pipe cutter again, just for luck, but abandonned any hope of it working and resorted to using a hacksaw.

In the end I have 87 reasonably straight ended pieces of tubing which I now need to glue into a block for safe storage of all my new glass collection. That's today's project!

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More clearing out from the darkest recesses of Blue Box Studio! All these items are currently for sale on my Ebay pages. Clickety-click the link.

This time we have on offer a Sally Stanley smocking pleater with feeder box, spare needles, tools and spares. I bought this for pleating fabrics for shibori dyeing, it copes well with pleating velvet and silk but as is often the case, my mjind wandered on to other things before I had a chance to use it for more than a few test pieces. This is as new, in its original boxes.

Do you work with leather, or need a nice piece of leather for something? Here's a large green piece. Perfect for making a skirt under your jewellery bench, or for bags etc etc.

What about batik or other wax crafts? 1kg of wax granules for batik work. Might be suitable for other crafts but were sold to me as as batik wax and I've not worked in other wax crafts so wouldn't know. Whatever, their starting price is far less than I paid, but I need the space and already have more batic wax than I'll need for a while.

If you make bags, this is a lovely pattern - I just didn't get around to making anything from this. Brand new and unopened.

Metal rivets with the tools to fit. Nearly a full packet, I just needed a few to work out what I was planning to do just wouldn't do what I wanted it to do.

Also in my Ebay pages, books, DVDs, I'm trying to make space. Please help me.