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2014 – The Start of Another Year

Happy New Year to you all

I am kicking off the New Year with a Clearance Sale in my Etsy store.  I have cut the prices on lots of items over 50%, I really want to sell these pieces so that I can clear the bead workshop and find the space and time to focus on new creations and designs in 2014.

The sale starts at 12noon GMT today – January 1st and will run until 3 January 12noon.  You can visit my store here


Aside from the sale I am currently planning two large competition pieces, a tutorial for a UK magazine and hopefully my first US magazine tutorial as well.  Nothing quite like deadlines to keep the momentum going.

Later this month my Peacock Cabochon Necklace tutorial will be coming out via the Beadworkers Guild Journal, you can join the guild and get your copy of journal – link http://www.beadworkersguild.org.uk/.

I have been a member of the guild since I started beading, the journals are fabulous and the guild is run entirely by volunteers!  A photo of a similar piece is below, I have used a slightly different cabochon image in the BWG tutorial.  You can order your cabochons from my cab shop on Etsy – I will be listing more peacock cabs shortly – www.etsy.com/shop/wingsmith2012



So onwards into 2014 I go, I wish you all good health, wealth and happiness for the forthcoming days.



Shows, Sales and Book Reviews

It has been a while since my last blog… sounds like I should be in a church doesn’t it?

I had been extra busy getting ready for the Big Bead Show at Sandown where I was selling my cabochons.  I had a fantastic time and it was amazing to be the other side of the stand for a change.  Friends new and old came along, as well as the Medway Beaders group I belong to.  It was a very long day but was worthwhile so I will definitely be repeating it.  I saw lots of familiar names, and now faces, in the Bead Show Awards and it was a thrill to realise I feel I “know” many of them through facebook and in person contact.


I hope to be at future bead shows and more news on that will follow once I have details confirmed.

I didn’t get too far along in the Battle of the BeadSmith 2013, but I haven’t let that get me down and I have signed up again for next year and had my place confirmed.  I am desperately trying to come up with an idea, but it alludes me right now, but I have lots of time to think but again just the 2-3 months to bead the final piece.

I also had a stall at Spitalfields Market this month on a Saturday (pic below), mum came along to help me out again, as she did for the Sandown show, honestly it wouldn’t be the same without her by my side helping out, thanks Mum xxx.  Although it was fun to peoplewatch the actual sales were slow and that made for a long day.  I have to decide if I will go back in December, I think I will wait on the weather nearer the time to help with that decision.  There were a lot of very similar, if not same, stalls there stocking the same things – mostly Chinese imports with bargain basement prices and for me with my  handmade, time intensive, labour of love work it was not a fair battle.


I have been asked by the fabulous Katie Dean to review her new books, and so my next blog will be about those.  I was fortunate enough to meet Katie in person at Sandown and to see her battle piece as well.   Katie bought one of my cabochons and I am nervously waiting to see what she does with it…   More on that can be found here on Katie’s blog.  http://beadflowers.co.uk/2013/10/a-quick-update/



February 2013 Already!!!

Hey, well it would appear that my resolution to blog more regularly was a little failed, lol. I promise to try harder.

I have been very busy though and working on lots of new jewellery designs and ideas.  I am also currently working on workshop ideas for a local gallery and also am pleased to say that my local bead group – Medway Beaders – will be at the Kent Bead Fair in March which takes place at the Ashford International Hotel, as well as at The Big Bead Show in Sandown in April.  We’re going to be exhibiting some of our finished jewellery items and also hopefully sharing some work in progess with people who are keen to know more.

I have been interested to see all the new types of beads that have been released onto the market recently – twins, superduos, spikes, gum drops, rizzo’s, rullas and probably a couple more I have missed or forgotten about.  I have so far not given into temptation very much, I did get some spikes but have yet to finish the project I bought them for, so I will try to do that next week whilst on leave and blog about those.   I did however give in last week and place an order for superduos – specifically to work on a tutorial – Helena – by Jennifer VanBenschoten.  Jennifer is one of the contributors to Beading Daily and also has designs in the beading magazines frequently.  Jennifer’s blog is here http://vanbeads.blogspot.co.uk/ and you can purchase the tutorial from her Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VanBeads

I very much enjoyed playing with the superduos I ordered, I love the Picasso colour of the ones I chose, and I paired them with matt gray seed beads and a deep red 3mm glass bead.  The finished necklace is totally fabulous and I now need to go buy a new top to show it off 🙂

The tutorial was easy to follow using the written instructions, and the photos were also useful in working out which direction I should be going.  It is a lengthy tutorial, but although the finished result looks very complex it wasn’t too hard to complete, thanks to the necklace being made up of several components and then brought together.  I also asked a question about the beads in the tutorial as I was struggling to find 3mm druks in the UK, and Jennifer go back to me very quickly with suggestions on alternatives.

I think I may have to buy some more superduos and work on a pair of earrings to match.  Below is a photo of my finished necklace.


Until next time, TTFN


Book Review – Showcase 500 rings

Hello everyone, I hope you all have had a great festive season and if you have been able to take time off to be with family and friends, and that you have made the most of that precious time.  It has been a while since I last blogged, and my life moves at a fair pace sometimes and I really need to diarise a monthly blog update – maybe that should be my resolution for 2013?

Anyway onwards, firstly I am having a sale in my cabochon shop on Etsy – 50% off if you enter the code given on my home page: www.etsy.com/shop/wingsmithscabochons

Secondly I have had time this week to properly look at one of the books I was sent to review.  Lark Jewelry & Beading’s – Showcase 500 rings.   Wow, such a massive book and such amazing beautiful rings to look at.

You can find a copy of the book at Amazon, and I would really recommend it – such fabulous pieces to look at consider.  -http://www.amazon.co.uk/Showcase-500-Rings-Series/dp/1454702885/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356638944&sr=8-1

One of my favourites is on page 312 and is a set of wedding rings in yellow gold and palladium by Sakurako Shimizu – they are simple and elegant and so, so beautiful, Sakurako has a blog here http://sakurakoshimizu.blogspot.co.uk/

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The book is jurored by Bruce Metcalf and I am in awe of how he managed to decide which rings to include – I like almost all of the 500 rings inside the book.

On page 253 is another favourite of mine by Sun Kyoung Kim, called Between Two.  It is a ring designed to be worn by by two people at once.  I love the romantiscm behind this one.  You can read a bit more about Sun’s ideas behind her work here: http://www.contemporarycraft.org/The_Store/Kim,_Sun_Kyoung.html


My last favourite I want to share is by Kim Eric Lilot and is called Tribute to a Genius.  It is in fact two rings and I adore both of them and even though I usually prefer white metals, I would wear both of these rings in a heartbeat.  You can see more of Kim’s work here http://www.kimericlilot.com/


I hope that you have enjoyed my review, get yourself a copy, add to a wishlist or let that special person know ahead of your birthday, anniversary or just for a treat – you won’t be disappointed.

Take care of yourselves and your friends and family.


WingSmith’s Beaded Creations

Oh dear, its been a while….

So sorry, haven’t posted for months, but time flies when you’re having fun!

Work was busy, life was busy and in between I did get some beading done.  Here is what I have been working on…  I have also been trying to build up stock and images for my new range of glass cabochons, more of those below.

This bangle was made using directions that Jean Power sent me and I hope it will be featured in a forthcoming book of similar geometric techniques.

I made these earrings for myself and they are teeny, weeny swarovski 10x8mm crystals that I beaded around and added to earring loops, they are my current favourites.

As part of Operation Tackle That Bead Stash I am participating in Bead & Button’s Bead It Forward project – people from all over the world bead up small squares of fabric and they are sewn together to make quilts and are auctioned in aid of Breast Cancer Research charities.  Such a brilliant idea and I have made a couple already 🙂

I mentioned earlier my new venture into glass cabochons, and you can see lots more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wingsmith2010 – but here are some of the types of images I use and also a finished piece – my peacock necklace using one of the cabs.

Also mid August I had some shoulder surgery done and although I was out of action for a few weeks I am back in 90% motion again, and I think beading and creating is great physiotherapy!

Latest work and progress, valentines and muppets

Well, I have been trying to get more UFO’s finished up recently and am making progress on my Jean Power bangle kit with another 4 components made up.  I will share a photo once it is finished, hopefully very soon.

I also made a start on, and finished, my OTTBS theme piece which was Orchid.  I asked Debbie van Tonder to create a pattern based on a photo I found of an orchid which is usually only found in Crete.  I love the way it came out, thanks to Debbie for helping me with the pattern.  You can find Debbie’s designs at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FUNPATTERNDESIGNS.

I also managed to make a start on another Debbie design, Sugar Skull 3 which I was finding hard as it is odd count peyote, but I am getting there with the awkward end turn and am making progress.

I made a simple circuit board pendant at the weekend and posted on my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/92849667/circuit-board-square-pendant, I love the way it has turned out and fortunately my hubby is a techie hoarder so I have lots of things I can cut up and resin seal and I bought some fab frames from  www.jasminstudiocrafts.com.

I am off out to celebrate valentines day soon in a strange way though – am going to see the muppets with my son at the cinema.  I am sure it will be great fun.  Photos below for the orchid and circuit board.  Enjoy

Work, Snow, Beading xxx

Well aside from the day job I’ve not been doing much else this week.  I did attend our first ever Medway Beaders group meeting last Sunday, and I hope that the attendance of the group continues and gets better as time goes on.

I have been busy this weekend though, taking in a hobbycraft show on Saturday at Bluewater, meals with family and of course finishing up with several cms of snow last night.

Seeing as I was snowbound today it was the perfect time to get some beading done.  I made a brooch using one of several czech glass buttons I bought from Button Odyssey on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ButtonOdyssey –  the colours are gorgeous and the button is the star so I just beaded a simple frame for the button, added a brooch fixing to the back and voila.  I also beaded up a quick pair of earrings and took some more photos of finished pieces.  I need to get some nice daylight to redo many of my website photos, so fingers crossed that happens next weekend.

Here’s what I made this weekend.  Back to the day job tomorrow.