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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!



Little Doors

Beware, this is a very image-heavy post…

There’s a little fun project I have been working on for a few weeks now, a study of lovely colourful painted, rusting, graffitied and peeling doors around the world. It even inspired me to paint the studio door this week, which is looking good! Anyway, I found and old drawing of an orange door I did in Barcelona, and I had a wee search on Pinterest to find some more. I found some gorgeous images including these…

Source: flickr.com via Helen on Pinterest




They’re really pretty aren’t they? So they led to a sketch or two…

And after a bit of playing around, ten totally unique pairs of earrings were created! They are all made with hot glass on surgical steel backs, so they are totally hypoallergenic. The steel is attached in the flame so it is completely fused to the glass, and no glue has been used (I don’t trust glue). Its image heavy, and all of the pictures link to their listing in my online shop. At £15 each, they are a snip for a totally original piece of jewellery. I hope you like them!

I hope you like them, and have a lovely weekend!


It’s open!

I just reopened my Etsy shop, after a long fringe related break! It still has stock you will probably have seen before, but I will be making glass all weekend (yay!), so expect to see it updated with new loveliness next week. You can visit it here: Etsy

In the meantime here are some lovely pictures I’m feeling will inspire me this weekend:


Source: flickr.com via Helen on Pinterest




Lets see what I come up with…

Have a lovely weekend!


Well, Hello/ Made in Scotland

New(ish) Beadlets

What a little neglected blog I have! The festival has been and gone, and I have to admit heaving a sigh of relief!
The stall was crazy, really wonderful, and lovely to meet so many customers from all over the world, but my goodness, it was exhausting, and after 10 hours a day chit-chatting and selling away all I wanted to do was crash. But I’m back, and working on new projects, which is always when I feel most inspired to blog.

The next up and coming exhibition is one I am really excited about! It goes back to the very very beginning of my jewellery designing journey in fact. A long time ago (well, four and a bit years ago) I was lucky enough to land a job in the Little Bead Shop in Bruntsfield with the lovely Gil and Emma Baird, and learned so much of what I know now from working there! Emma was the one who introduced me to lampwork, and look where that took me! Anyway, I digress. The Little Bead Shop has been moving with the times and has now gone beyond beads and grown into ACS Jewellery Studio with five fully equipped jewellery benches through the back, and a beautiful gallery space at the front. I’m going to be in the next exhibition they are holding, ‘Made in Scotland’, which features some very talented jewellery designers including some new Duncan of Jordanstone graduates, a handful of ACJ’ers, and the lovely Emma! I’m so excited to be back there!

Made in Scotland

I’ll have to do a wee inspiration/sneak preview post of my work, but in the meantime, hold the date September 14th. Its going to be a fabulous opening night, and it would be wonderful to see you there!

Studio Shots…

Festival making is well and truly underway…





New Beads, and Exciting News

I have been working my little socks off the past few weeks, and will be for the next two months, because two months today I will be running a stall for two weeks selling my jewellery in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! How exciting (and scary!!), I have so much to do! Its only for a week (I couldn’t manage any longer), and its the first time I will be selling my jewellery to the public face to face… I have a few tricks up my sleeve to be revealed closer to the time, but I’m pretty nervous, and working in the studio all the hours I can. The stall will be on the Royal Mile, the Festival’s Hub of activity, right next to St. Giles Cathedral. Wish me luck!! I will keep you posted with my making process, once I get through a mountain of paperwork!

In other news, I have managed to make some new beads for my online shop! They are pictured here, and you can click the pictures to be linked to their listing.

Have a good one!


On the other side of the studio…

I thought I would share with you the work of my studio mate, Jessica Howarth. Jess and I met at art college and have been sharing a studio at Arts Complex in Meadowbank since September. We both work with kilns, and both glass to an extent, only Jess works with enamel (very finely ground glass), and metal. She gradually builds up layers of coloured enamel onto copper or silver, patiently fusing layer after layer onto the base in a kiln. The ‘houses’ in the pictures are her degree show work, 3D Structures of enamelled copper, with various pieces of wearable jewellery hidden within.

Here are some more images, enjoy!

You can follow Jess on Facebook , Twitter , she has a lovely blog too, and a tumblr page