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"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 

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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/

Jewellery Making Techniques From Around The World

You don’t have to be jetting off around the world this summer to get a taste of another culture. Jewellery making is a doorway to the world, from the intricate Japanese Kumihimo beads to the stunning opulence of Traditional Indian Jewellery. If you’re looking for inspiration for a new jewellery making technique, why not look to far-flung shores for your next big idea. Stock up on supplies and get inspired by our top picks of the best jewellery making techniques from around the world.

Japanese Kumihimo

Kumihibo BeadsKumihimo is a bead braiding technique that looks a lot scarier than it is. Once you get the hang of where your disc, bobbins and kumihimo beads should be, this jewellery making technique is a fun and therapeutic pastime. It has been elevated to the position of an artform in Japan, so you can be assured of stunning results. To get started you’ll need a few specialist items and some tiny kumihimo beads that are available in a range of stunning colours.

Native American Turquoise

Turquoise BeadsTurquoise is a semi-precious stone steeped in legend and history. Known as the fallen sky stone, Native Americans believe that when the rains came, their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into the earth, creating the stone of sky and water. It is found in the Southeastern states in the USA and is commonly used alongside red Jasper gemstones.

Traditional Indian Jewellery

India has enjoyed a 5000-year love affair with jewellery, and the love is still strong today. Traditional Indian jewellery evokes images of gold, lots of bangles, body jewellery and elaborate earrings. The easiest way to get a piece of this trend is with stacking bracelets, which are perfect for the summer.

Austrian Swarovski

Swarovski BeadsOriginally from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Swarovski’s founder moved to Austria and founded the Swarovski company in 1895. In 1982 he patented his energy-intensive grinding process used to create the crystals. They were the height of fashion during the start of the 20th Century and continue to hold a special place in our hearts today. Swarovski beads are an easy way to add a touch of luxe to any jewellery making project.

Nepalese Prayer Beads

Prayer beads enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 90s, and like most other trends from that era, they’re coming back around again. Thanks to the increased interest in yoga and Buddhist principles, more and more people are turning to semi-precious stones for jewellery making. They are traditionally used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, or the number of breaths while meditating.

Article source: https://www.the-beadshop.co.uk/beads-jewellery-making-blog/jewellery-making-techniques/jewellery-making-techniques-from-around-the-world/