Turquoise Bubble Bead Necklace
Turquoise bubble bead necklace
Turquoise bubble bead necklace.
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A love of colour and an addiction to bead making
It all started with making jewellery with bought beads. There were two problems with this. First, living on an island meant there was only one bead shop, so choice was a little limited. Secondly, ordering beads via the internet was unpredictable to say the least. However, this all changed on a trip to a bead show in 2005.
I had originally gone to buy beads, but tucked up in the corner of the venue was an exhibitor demonstrating glass bead making. I knew I had to have a go, so I bought a basic kit and a ‘how to’ book and took it home.
I can’t say it was a flying start. To begin with I used small canisters of gas. I was lucky if I managed to produce 15 beads before the gas run out and at £15 a can, it got expensive. The next problem was getting the beads off the mandrels, they were a bit sticky to say the least and many would break. Anyway, with a change to a larger gas canister, a better bead release and lots of perseverance, my frustration turned to a bead making addiction.
In the following years, I learned a little more on courses and studied techniques in books. I joined GBUK and won first prize  and runners up . I have demonstrated glass bead making at craft shows and groups . I enjoy being part of The Isle of Wight Open Studios each Summer [7 years]. This is when I open my ‘Little House’ garden studio and demonstrate glass bead making and chat to visitors along with other artists across the island.
From March 2018 I have been fortunate to have a new workshop which is bright, airy and perfect for bead making classes. Please see my website for more details www.annahaywardglassbeads.co.uk Follow the link ‘Workshops’ at the bottom of the home page
I am constantly learning, the possibilities with glass bead making is almost infinite. These days I try to think less randomly and plan what I make. I think more carefully about colour and pattern.
I have five classic designs –
Bubbles- These are hollow slightly blown beads that are striking in their transparent form and have the advantage of being large and light weight.
Discs- These beads consist of simple beads, their uniqueness defined by their colour. These have the added bonus of being very tactile.
Spikes- Although I say spikes, they are not sharp. They are soft pointed beads with tonal variations that collectively sit around a neck.
Bell Flowers – Small beads in the shape of bluebells.
Round beads – These are perfect for creating a blank canvas for an infinite range of surface designs. Dots are brilliant for this.
Of course there’s a lot more too!