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Little Breakfast in Delft Set

Little Breakfast in Delft Set

I feel blog guilt. It’s been quite a while, but everything has been mad busy here, which is definitely a good thing! I taught a lovely lady some lampwork skills yesterday, have a couple of new galleries lined up for 2013 already, and my etsy shop is ticking along well. On top of all this, I’m working slowly but surely on some new ranges of jewellery and beads, and hope to share the inspiration and making process with you all.

Little Version of Original Junkyard Set

Little Version of Original Junkyard Set

In the meantime, I have been working on some little, more affordable for January versions of some of my more popular beads, ranging from £12 to £14 for a set. I’ll leave you with some of them for now (links are clickable) and be back with some of my new work and ideas quicksmart!

Little Version of Scrapyard Set

Little Version of Scrapyard Set

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2013


Little Version of Original Shipyard Set

Little Version of Original Shipyard Set


Bead Sale!

Hi everyone!
I’m back from a lovely trip to Sweden, and a lot of thinking, and I have decided to stop making beads to sell as they are for a while and concentrate on jewellery in the run up to Christmas. I think I will start to make beads to sell again, probably in January, so the ones in my etsy shop at the moment are the last ones I will have available for a while! They will be available til Sunday at midday. Even better though, there will be a sale on the remaining ones, starting this evening at 8pm GMT. 30% off all the beads in my shop, already calculated so no need to faff about with coupons. Everything will be posted out on Monday.
This link will take you right to it: http://www.etsy.com/shop/helenjewellery

I hope you enjoy it, and I will be back with some new jewellery news next week!


Parasols and Lanterns

An old uni sketch that came in handy this week.

There is a post I wrote about these sketches over two years ago somewhere in this blog. They were inspired by Japanese culture and imagery, particularly haikus and haigas. They aren’t the best quality, sorry.

Another Japanese sketch, Lanterns.

Haiga and Umbrellas.

Anyway, they came very much in handy this week! I got a lovely new graphite shaper to play with, if anything to get me out of my disc rut. Its shape reminded me of parasols, so out came the old sketchbooks, and here’s what I came up with in glass. It’s nice to be able to have sufficient control over stringer (thin pieces of glass to ‘draw’ on beads with in the flame) to be able to represent my illustrations. My stringer work is still at a pretty simple level at the moment, but something I will be working hard on to refine.

Colourful Parasols

Purple Palette Lanterns

Autumn Palette Parasols

The bead sets are all for sale in my online shop, just click the picture to see the listing.


A new shape, and a commission for Russia…

I am finally getting out of the disk rut I have been stuck in for a while, by practicing my stringer work on some curved surfaced beads. I’m enjoying building up the layers of colour on them, but they are pretty big, so take a while to do. In other news, I have some silver cored rings in the kiln, haven’t done any of them for ages! I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Also in the kiln is a massive 5mm holed bead collection for a lovely lady in Moscow. It was a pretty big order (60 beads!!) so it will take a few days to complete. Hopefully I can get a nice photo of them before they head to Russia!

I will leave you with some more images of decorated lentils…
You will be linked to my etsy shop if you click on the pictures.

Oh, and I’m going to the DJCAD Degree show today! I can’t believe its been a year since it was our show!! I will be back to report later!

Have a good one,


Breakfast in Delft

Remember this beautiful picture I found last week?


It inspired me to make these! I’m really happy with them.

Breakfast in Delft, Etsy Set

Breakfast in Delft (Soon to be necklace)

The top set are available in my etsy shop: etsy

And the bottom set will be strung into a necklace!

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day!


Saturday’s Beads…

Just a quick post to show some beads I made at the weekend. They are all available in my online shop…

Lampwork Bead Set £14

Lampwork Bead Set £22

Lampwork Bead Set £22

If you would like to see more about them, you can click on the picture!
Have a lovely Tuesday, I need to get a wiggle on making some more jewellery for the next new stockist up my sleeve!



Japanese Hashi

Japanese Hasi

Some complex stringer work and gold eye-candy to start the weekend!