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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.

Monday, 16 January 2012

English sea glass necklaces

I have listed some more of my quirky sea glass and sterling silver cored pendant necklaces. These are made to my own idea and design, with genuine sea glass which I collect from beaches around the beautiful Cornish coastline. Each piece is then carefully hand drilled using a variety of drill sizes to get to the large size I need, then hand cored with sterling silver and mounted on a sterling silver chain.

My sea glass is as found on the beach, no tumbers, no etching fluid, no tweeking with drills, just beautiful as Mother Nature intended. I just wash it and drill it for mounting into beautiful pieces of jewellery. These pieces of glass have taken 50 - 100 years of being softened by the movement of the waves and sand to get this frosted. 'Sea glass' made in a tumbler is not sea glass (even if you do throw in a bag of beach sand and some sea water!). I now only use my own sea glass, personally collected by me so I know it is the real thing. Sadly the market (especially Ebay) is flooded with fake sea glass. Believe me, comparing the two, there is no comparison!

Because of the nature of sea glass and my designs, no two will ever be the same. Wear something original, made with thought and care, especially for you.

Available only from my Etsy, Artfire, Groovycart and Folksy shops (and direct from me at fairs).

Back to nature (and other pretty things)

I've just listed some pretty lampwork glass, sea glass and sterling silver necklaces in my Etsy, Artfire, Folksy and GoovyCart shops.

All of my sea glass necklaces are made from genuine English sea glass, personally collected from beaches around the beautiful English coastline.

The blue sea glass is particularly rare, it will most likely be Victorian, all sea glass being 50-100 years old - it takes Mother Nature that long to make her jewels that smooth and frosted.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Back in the 'driving seat'

It's been so long since I actually had the time or energy to sit in my studio making beads that I'd almost forgotten how! But it is like riding a bike and you soon get back in the swing of things. All my planned free time over Christmas didn't happen due to having visitors; then the first week back at work and the post-visitor sorting had to be done.

Then, as if it was 'my turn' I've been hit by the worst cold I've had in years - I won't go into the gory details but it laid me low enough to only be able to cope with daytime TV; yes it was as bad as all that. So was daytime TV! Still, I think I could tackle renovating a narrow boat, and I've never been near one so you can tell how long that programme went on for.

Today was the first day back in the driving seat and, after a 2 month (is it longer?) absence I don't think these beads are too bad. I couldn't decide what to make, what colours to use so I do what I always do in these moods and resort to using up all those rods ends that make it into a pot on the side of my work bench. There's rarely enough to make 2 of anything hence the assortment of colours and ideas.

It's a start!

I managed to take a couple of photos before the light went and I will be listing some new jewellery in my Etsy, Folksy, Artfire and Groovycart shops over the next day or so.