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. It must be that I am getting older but 2014 just whizzed by. I hope this year doesn't do so fast! I have had a great year, spent time with friends and family, had some fantastically successful craft fairs and some not quite so good.
    I have learnt a new set of skills by attending a short morning workshop with Melanie Muir who is a polymer clay artist based in Nairn, Scotland. I hope that by getting so many helpful tips and advice from Melanie that I have nailed the Mokume Gane technique to use in my handmade jewellery.
    I have plenty to look forward to in 2015 too! Firstly I am having a weekend to the place of my birth, Manchester, going to the theatre, having dinner with family and much more. the weekend after that I am off to Bristol to another polymer workshop. People attend from different parts of the world and I am sure it will be fun. I will keep you updated nearer the time
    In the summer, my husband and I are going to Paris. I have already rented an apartment and I will be looking for more and more inspiration.
    I have sent out a newsletter with a 20% discount off my website today and if you pop over to my Facebook page, there is a 10% discount for everyone else. Offer open until 5th January 2015


    Today has been a wee bit of a groundhog day. I have made a bracelet bar from polymer clay (mokume game of course!) and wanted to add a bracelet of seed beads. Oh well it was one of those days where I kept threading and re threading the beads as I kept dropping them. I also successfully made some bead cone caps too! I hope it was worth the hours I spent on it!!!

  2. Well this is what all my work over the year has been for. I have had a great year and explored my craft more thoroughly. Over the years my jewellery has developed from the simple stringing of beads to the more creative aspects of jewellery making. I seem to be working between two mediums at the moment from fine bead work using teeny tiny seed beads, where my reading glasses are a most, to exploring the possibilities of using polymer clay. I am attempting to make polymer clay canes which are sometimes not THAT succesful as I am a tad impatient. If this is a medium you have considered working with, why not join the Facebook Group 52 Weekly Cane Projects ? This group feature a cane each week and you can join in or not, it is up to you.

    Here are some canes I made

    Polymer Clay Canes

    I have also been exploring using the polymer clay canes in different projects, apart from jewellery and you can now find ballpoint pens on the website. I have also been making some polymer clay cuffs and bracelets and necklaces

    In addition to finding me on Facebook, you can also find me on Twitter and Google+ If you have bought jewellery from me, I would appreciate a review on Google plus

    Ahhh well it is the eve of the craft fair, I have lots to do. The bags are packed and I am ready to go....almost. Dont forget to check events out on the events tab here on the website

    Craft Fair Bag Packet Full of Gifts

  3. I have been inspired today by attending a Business Gateway session on intermediate social media. I found the course really interesting and informative. I have started working on my website already by adding this blog to it! I have had a blog with blogspot for sometime and must admit I am very guilty for not updating it. I am aware that not all blog posts need to be about my makes and sometimes it is good to share news and information from other blogs, Facebook, Twitter etc. I have started this blog with the best intentions, a bit like a new school year, when you used to get a new journal. Best handwriting for a whole year!

    If you are a small business and have just started I can highly recommend Business Gateway as they have a variety of courses from book keeping, SEO and of course social media. I check on their courses all the time and will definitely be attending more