Beadtopia Gallery

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Mmmm sounds yummy

I will be having a stall here on the 4th December, it isn't far from home so no early morning thankfully. I'm hoping the weather will be a bit better than last year as I remember slipping about on the packed down snow with all my boxes full of goodies.
Of course the real draw for me this year and I hope for other people is that there will be a pop up vintage tea room. Just perfect for when you've done all your handmade and upcylced Christmas shopping a Great British cuppa and a peice of cake YUM !

Monday, 26 September 2011

Inspiring Inspirals

I recently upgraded to a dual fuel lampworking torch and the added heat has given me some lovely options.
This style of bead is generally called a "gravity" bead as you allow gravity some leeway to drag the design down before righting the bead to restore its symmetry. I was fossil hunting in Whitby with some success and it was the little ammonites that made me think of trying this out. I'm calling them my Inspirals and I've got at least 3 colour combos so far.
I particularly love the orange and yellow variety above as they show up the effect really well. There is only one I try out a new style now or just carry on with more and more colours !!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

I've been taking silversmithing lessons and decided it would be a good idea to make my Mum a ring for her 70th birthday. Being a novice I really hadn't anticipated just how much work would be involved.

With a week to go I had to take a day off work and throw everything at it just to be in with a chance of turning up to the party with something to offer. With lots of help and a very bad back I managed to pull it off and was very pleased with the result.

Next time I won't give myself such a tight deadline, after all I am supposed to be enjoying it !