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A passion for jewellery making

Today I was determined to attended a WiRE network meeting, even though I was suffering with a cold – the guest speaker was Sara Moseley, a fabulously inspiring lady who I have known for quite a few years, she is a brilliant photographer who just oozes with confidence and can’t fail to inspire. Sara has recently stepped back from her photographic work to set up ‘Hiking Boots and Posh Pants’ , today Sara was talking about ‘the Importance of Passion in your Business’  so did she inspire?  oh boy yes!
but what she also did was to reaffirm that even after 23 years I am still as passionate about making my jewellery as I was when I first started, in fact I would go as far as saying that if anything I am even more passionate about making jewellery.
When I first started it was all new to me, I was self taught and my jewellery making business had developed from a hobby, something I could do in my free time while I was a stay at home Mum with three young children, two pre school age. So my passion then came from making and discovering I was pretty good at it and that people wanted to buy it.
Now my passion for my jewellery is about the journey I have made over the last 23 years, and the excitement of where it could still take me. I have the confidence now to say that what I make is beautiful and often totally unique – I still love the anticipation of receiving new beads for the first time and then opening the packages to behold the stunning sparkling beads that I will then use to create an item of jewellery to be loved by someone else!
I love that I still wake at silly times with an idea for a new design and have to get out of bed to make it up there and then, not returning to bed until I am happy the design will work, eager to sleep so I can then wake up to share my new design on twitter, facebook and occasionally blog it too!
I love that every week is different, for example last week, the first week of 2017, I made up a large order of hair charms, I spent a day in Gallery at 12, I visited venues for a couple of jewellery making workshops arranged for later this year, my jewellery and I were photographed for an exhibition later on in the year, I made up some simple Swarovski necklaces, I had a visit from a 2017 bride who now has one of my knitted tiaras, and I started photographing more of my jewellery to add to my #sbs shop. These necklaces are very simple Swarovski drops on silver plate chains – I am looking forward to adding these and more to my shop soon.

Article source: http://angelasmithjewellery.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-passion-for-jewellery-making.html

"Impromptu in A Flat Major

My new exhibition is currently on in Gallery at 12, Eccleshall Staffordshire.
 As soon as I was allocated a month I started thinking about a theme and title for it,  I knew I wanted all the pieces to be made in black or white or a mixture of both, so that was the theme sorted, the title was a bit more tricky! having played around with ideas for a while, I decided I wanted it to be musical, I had considered briefly calling it ‘manuscript jewellery’ or ‘ebony and ivory’ – but then it occurred to me that A Flat major had 4 flats – B,E,A,D spelling….!  and as I rarely know what I am going to make with my beads until I start making it is all quite Impromptu.
With the theme and the title decided I then had to make the jewellery along with the displays, I also had to photograph it all, price it up and list the items.
Most of the pieces I made specifically for the exhibition – a few I had made earlier but fitted the theme nicely so I included them too, in total I made over 150 pieces, safe to say I really am now enjoying working with coloured beads again, whenever I can – I found it quite hard to stick to my self imposed theme of black and white and had to resist putting the odd red bead into the mix-

“Impromptu in A Flat Major – a collection of jewellery in black and white”

earrings displayed as sheet music 

 most of the necklaces and bracelets are either hanging from trebles clefs or resting on quaver rests

some of my knitted, crocheted  or woven tiaras and crowns

beaded black and white cuffs

beaded black and white pendants
crocheted bead necklace
knitted masques
a tree full of stone pendants each stone is wrapped in crocheted wire and beads, the stones themselves came from Black beach, Isle of Mull 

As you can see, I have made jewellery in a variety of styles,suitable for many different occassions.

This exhibition will close Thursday October 27th,

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Article source: http://angelasmithjewellery.blogspot.com/2016/10/impromptu-in-flat-major-collection-of.html

Five Ways To Craft With Washi Tape

We recently added a bright array of washi tapes to the store, so we thought it would be a great time to share some washi tape craft inspiration.

Washi tape is a fun and creative addition to any craft cupboard – you’ll love having a few rolls of this around once you realise the endless possibilities. It’s similar to masking tape in that it’s sticky and you can easily tear or cut it, but the similarities end there. Washi tape is often brightly coloured and narrower than masking tape, but you can find wider kinds if your project calls for it. You’ll find every pattern available, from polka dots to flowers and even geometric patterns. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a pattern. The best part of using washi tape is that you can use it as a temporary decorating feature – if you get bored of it, you can easily peel it off and start again. This makes it a great decorating tool for anyone who rents their home.

Washi tape wall

Washi tape is a great way to brighten up your home. Turn a plain wall into a work of art using plain or patterned washi tape. Ann Kelle created this bright and cheerful feature wall using an assortment of washi tapes. And the best part is, you can just peel it off and start over if you get bored or it or move house.


Washi tape jewellery

Put away the beads and try these washi tape earrings. These origami style earrings are made from washi tape, a few jump rings and earring findings. These would make the perfect gift for a friend, or you could just make yourself a few pairs in all different colours.

washi tape earrings

Washi tape cake toppers

A good cake topper can take an ordinary buttercream and sponge to the next level. Decorate your next cake with a washi tape cake topper like this Happy Birthday flag cake topper from 100 Layer Cake. Or try making this washi tape bunting from Bakers Royale. All you need is two straws, some string and polka dot washi tape!


Washi tape cards

You’ll never buy a birthday card from a shop ever again. Get creative with your cards by using washi tape to make birthday candles like this simply DIY birthday card from Leona Lane. For some added sparkle, you could add buttons or beads to your craft.


Washi tape photo frames

If you like to put pictures on your walls, use washi tape as a fun alternative to frames. 100 Layer Cake used brightly coloured washi tape to frame polaroids for a party. You can also create elaborate photo frames for your art prints or frame an inspiring quote above your desk, like this geometric frame from The Sweetest Occasion


Article source: https://www.the-beadshop.co.uk/beads-jewellery-making-blog/beads-and-jewellery-making/five-ways-to-craft-with-washi-tape/