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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, 2 February 2013

New beads in my Etsy and Folksy shops

Just a little taster 

I've added a lot of bead sets and orphans as well as some 
large heart shaped focal beads - 
just right for your St Valentine's Day makes, 
to my Etsy and Folksy shops.  

As always, if you buy from both shops at (roughly) the same time, 
I will combine the P&P costs and refund any excess.

More beads will be added over the next day or so, 
depending on there being some sunlight 
to make it worthwhile getting the camera out!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Year Long Challenge - week 5 - I've gone back to my roots

6 weeks since Christmas?  5 weeks since New Year and week 5 of the Craft Pimp Year Long 52 in 13 Challenge!  Where is the time going?

This past seven days have been 'interesting', finding me not quite as mobile as I had hoped due to the alien's eviction but determined to keep doing something, anything, or go stir crazy.  

A chance conversation with someone about Kumihimo, Japanese braid making, had me thinking about my marudai, the round stool braids are made on, and a stash of gorgeous hand dyed silk threads that I had in my studio.  Following doctor's orders to sit and not do too much I decided to dust my marudai off, get out my threads and see where this took me.  Surprise surprise, I'd already started a braid - ooh, 10 years ago now, eek, so I started by finishing this 

and then made a few more

To cut a long story short, I bought my silk threads from a silk weaver who sold me her loom ends so that the jewellery I then made for her to sell matched some of the scarves she had for sale. It worked for both of us.  Beautiful threads, far nicer than many commercial silks on the market, but I sort of lost the plot with braiding (and a lot more) when I moved away from Dorset 
and onto different things.

My week 5 creation will need to be component rather than finished article, perhaps if all goes well and I have lampwork pendants to suit, week 6 will see the finished article.   Or perhaps not.  I am undecided.  What do you think?  Sell the braid unfinished for other artists to use, or make them insto necklaces; they'd be rather lovely with large holed beads perhaps?

You can see what else has been created for week 5 on the Craft Pimp forum.