I began making jewellery about 20 years ago. I got my inspiration from a local craft market, (The Corn Hall, Cirencester) where a woman was selling earrings made with polymer clay. These were made with such high standards and her whole display looked so professional, it inspired me to start making my own jewellery.

 The type of beads I use for my jewellery vary, these include gemstone, glass, vintage beads and my own handmade polymer clay beads. I get them from all kinds of places, including charity shops, mail order companies, and boot sales.  In the past, I've even bought some from a Retro shop in Canada!

 I usually try to buy small quantities of beads for my jewellery when I can (rather than large quantities), so therefore most of the jewellery I make are one off pieces. And because I get my beads and findings from unusual places my designs are exclusive and you may find it hard to replicate my style.

 Most findings and ear-wires I use are either gold-plated or silver-plated. I now also use 'black' and 'antique gold finish' ear-wires. The ear-wires I use are called fish hooks and are for pierced ears only but can easily be changed to clip-on's if required. Rolled gold and sterling silver ear-wires are now available on request.

 I have done many craft fairs including stalls at Tetbury Wool Sack Races, South Cotswold Show at Gatcombe ParkThe Corn Hall and Kings Head in Cirencester - things have changed a bit since then, The Botanical Gardens in BirminghamThe Victorian Craft Fayre in St Leonard's Church Bridgnorth, an exhibition at Kidderminster Library. and most recently, the Gower Crafts and Artisans Craft fair at Penclawdd Community Centre along side the Local Produce Market!. Now I am currently working on a new venture; week day craft fairs in the Landore Social club.

Look out for news and updates for this year for craft fairs in the Gower! either on the 'Where I am next' page, or my Facebook page.

If I look back, I have been interested in beads since I was a little girl. I used to play for hours; threading beads that someone gave me in a small vanity case (I wish I still had those beads!). I hope you like my jewellery as much as I like making it!

It is now possible to buy my jewellery on the internet, don't hesitate you can e-mail me with any queries.

 

Sarah Louise