Bedecked Beads Blog, Handmade Jewellery and Gifts, Cheshire

Welcome to Bedecked Beads Jewellery Blog. Here I am exploring the use of polymer clay and observations of the handmade world

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  1. When we start with polymer clay, we could do with a little bit of support. Were you aware that there is a polymer clay guild in the United Kingdom? The British Polymer Clay Guild is a great support and they have various groups within the UK, I am a founder member of the Scottish group and I organise polymer clay days in Edinburgh where all levels of clayers are welcome. There are various events in the UK, there is one with Christi Freisen in May and another in October with Cara Jane Hayman, Ginger Davis Allman and Tina Mezek

    Valerie Anderson, Bedecked Beads Jewellery

    Going back in time, I attended Polymania in Bristol in March, which is always a source of inspiration to me. It is well organised, with three tutors (mainly international) to share their extensive knowledge. I came back, buzzing with ideas! There is a picture of me below, wearing a beautiful necklace which I bought from one of the tutors, Debbie Crothers The other two tutors were Olga Nicolas and Sylvie Peraud who taught us how to make the most amazing earrings





       P1010395   Sunflower necklace         

    Debbie taught us an amazing technique, using crackle in polymer clay, above you can see the veneer I made and two items of jewellery, using her techniques

  2. Spring starts to fill me with enthusiasm for the year and kick starts my creativity. Mothers day and Easter are round the corner and although I dont make gifts specifically for these events, I do try and create gifts that are suitable. Last year I started making seam rippers , which have proved succesful with the sewers and quilters. Dare I say it, sometimes we have too many pieces of jewellery? Thus the need to create something different.

    My polymer clay jewellery has developed over the years. I keep up with my skills by attending yearly workshops, with international teachers and attending our 3 monthly clay workshops in Edinburgh

    Blue and Grey Earrings, Polymer Clay JewelleryP1000661Handbag Mirror, Pink Accessory

  3. I am taking part in March Meet the Maker challenge on Instagram at the moment. It provides a lot more information about me and my handmade jewellery business. I have never managed to get past the first few days, so this is a big challenge. Today the subject was part time or full time. If you are a handmade craft business you must know that you put in many hours. I would class myself as a part time maker as other time is taken up with workshops, clay days, selling face to face and time to chill. How about you ?A crafters life