Preciosa Traditional Czech Seed Beads

Serving Up a Tennis Bracelet with a Twist.

Serving Up a Tennis Bracelet with a Twist.

Tennis fans of a certain vintage will remember the famous incident at the 1987 US Open when Chris Evert’s diamond eternity bracelet snapped mid-rally. Officials immediately paused the match in order to retrieve the star’s signature piece of jewellery, and the term ‘tennis bracelet’ was coined.
An ace for the jewellery industry
A classic tennis bracelet was originally considered to be an elegant, in-line band of individually set diamonds, just as Evert’s had be[..]

Categories: Make your own bracelet, Handmade bracelet, bead bracelet instructions

Deck The Halls!

Deck The Halls!

Your guide to creating exquisite, floral, hand-crafted table favours, cracker gifts and stocking fillers this Christmas.
When it comes to Christmas, most of us don’t have the time or inclination to try and achieve an all-out handmade nirvana a la Kirsty Allsop. Yet, finding original, quirky, personalised gifts and stocking-fillers for friends and family who, let’s face it, have everything anyway, is always something of a headache. You want them to love what you’ve given them[..]

Categories: Handmade Cracker gifts, Handmade Christmas

A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

We explore the history of one of our favourite and most versatile beads, the Presiosa Ornela seed bead, and introduce you to a dramatic spiral seed bead necklace suitable for every level of jewellery designer.
Humble beginnings
Our relationship with jewellery dates back many thousands of years. Indeed, the discovery in 2013 of 130,000-year-old Neanderthal eagle talons adorned with deliberate cuts and notches led archaeologists to believe that they had discovered the world’s oldest kn[..]

Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, Jewellery Making

Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

One of the most common things we hear from people who would love to have a go at creating their own jewellery is: “We don’t know where to start and wouldn’t know which colours to choose”.
So here you have it, the perfect beginner’s project, with a simple accompanying step-by-step video and free instructions. And the most exciting bit; we supply the design, YOU choose the bead colours.

Elegant luxury* (*and it won’t break the bank – shh!)
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Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making

Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and we wanted to invite you all to raise a glass (bead!) in celebration of cherished mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law everywhere!
As a special thank-you to mothers far and wide, we’ve put together a FREE ring-making masterclass which we hope you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends this Mothering Sunday.

We’ve kept the technical aspects of this project super simple so that it can be enjoyed by all abiliti[..]

Categories: Beads, How to Bead, Glass Beads, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making

The spirit of the season

The spirit of the season

We delve into the murky depths of All Hallows Eve, and take inspiration from this annual festival of ghoulish remembrance for two of our latest seasonal jewellery kits. Read on to find out a little more about our two-beautiful Autumn-inspired necklaces. As a special Halloween treat, we are also offering 25% off our Autumn Collection including the featured bracelet kits to help inspire your own design journey.

Halloween – why all the fuss?
All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween as i[..]

Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, The Design Studio, Jewellery Making

Handmade Wedding Gifts To Treasure

Handmade Wedding Gifts To Treasure

According to research published in 2015, we Brits are well and truly bouncing back from the recession when it comes to our wedding budgets. Last year, we spent an average of £16,364 on the big day; 28 per cent more than we spent in cash-strapped 2014, and a whopping 36 per cent more than the £11,947 we spent in 2010.

Interestingly though, while we now seem far more relaxed about blowing the budget on our big day, the recession does seem to have taught us a thing or two about f[..]

Categories: The Design Studio

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