Saturday, 28 June 2014

New ventures

Well my first year of university is officially over, which has given me time to try some new beading techniques. Below is a necklace I hand stitched using Miyuki Tila and Miyuki Delica beads with crystal beads. I must say I used all my most expensive beads on this necklace, but hopefully it will be a popular design.

Below is a bracelet using peyote stitch. I have had these neon orange beads for a while now and I have had no use for them! so I thought as a one off to use them up I would create this bracelet with a shaped wrist area. This stitch is a very tedious one and I think a thinner bracelet will be tackled next :) 

The Tour de France is kicking off in England this year and the riders will be cycling through my home town so I thought little bicycle keyrings would be cute. This is just a prototype, but I may stick with it as my other attempts were a little poor! 

I have become quite obsessed with ebay at the moment as I have started using my fimo polymer clay again which it turns out gets used up very fast! I have been busy making a wide range of things including my own beads which is very handy. I will share my makes in my next post.

I hope everyone has a lovely week ahead! 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Bad photography!

Really sorry for any blurriness, I use my iPad camera and it can be very unfocused at times!
My girlfriend (business partner) and I are very busy beading for the stalls and I am currently trying to plan and possibly go ahead with teaching some beading at the Embsay craft Samuel Taylor's shop. So August is going to be a very hectic month before I pack up and get back to university!

I thought I would share the padded jewellery display I made from scrap wood and fabric which folds away for storage and is sturdy. Since these photos I have added some ribbon to make the display have a few more purposes. Hopefully my stalls won't be too packed!

 This is my latest dragon that I have made, I added scales along its spine which has made the whole bead work a bit more rigid and strong which I am pleased with.

So once again I have bought some more beads :/ I really do have a lot, but 'I can't buy happiness but I can buy beads which really is the same thing!'
Anyway! I bought a size smaller than I usually use which makes all my designs cuter, but the beads are very difficult to use as they're so small and the wire won't go through the beads more than twice.
I haven't used a lot of them yet so more mini ornaments will be on the way.

This is the size comparison using the same design.

I would just like to thank Louise at Gephart386 for our first ever order on Etsy! I would love to post photos, but I completely forgot to take some! So I hope it's a surprise :)

Also thank you for the comments on my last blog post. I wasn't expecting anything as it has been three years! They brightened my day!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

New start - from hobby to small business

Hello everyone :) I will be having a new start on this blog which will document the things my business partner and I do, create and let everyone know future events. I will post and keep up with everyone as much as I can as I still have university, but the summer is all mine :)
I have a few places I sell and promote:

Events coming up: faery festival in Oakworth - 9th august
faery festival in Cottingley - 16th august

Heres a few photos of what's created :)

 New business cards :)

I think that's everything :) have a good week!