Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Greeting

Beads From The Art would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Lo-Fi @ Common

Had a great time at Lo-Fi at Common in Manchester with the gals (and guys) from the Manchester Craft Mafia today.  It was my first time and I wasn't disappointed.  There was a lot going on from great food and wine, followd by Show & Tell, the Christmas Decoration competition, Secret Santa (my prize was a fab handmade chopping board for veggies...most apt...and I'm very impressed with it.  The gift I brought was one of my new cute doggy brooches with a wooly scarf and went to a very lovely lady, who I think had brought the gorgeous candle, my daughter received.  The Christmas Quiz which our team won (yay), was helped I thinkthat our age groups age span was prtty varied.  We all won some yummy chocs. It was lovely to meet some new people, Nerissa and Cherry who were in out quiz team. Really tired now so that'll be good night from me!


Friday, 23 November 2012

This weekend I will be at the following events....

in The Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale
Friday, 23rd November (and every Friday until Christmas)

On Saturday, I will be here


On Sunday, I will be at Droylsden Little Theatre with my good friends

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Cheesy Chips & WIne

On Sunday, we had an amazing time at The Baum, Rochdale
What could be better than time spent doing a Craft fair with your mates in your favourite, local, award winning pub eating cheesy chips and wine...and the odd pot of tea thrown in.
I was joined on this occasion by the following fine people who brought along some amazing handmade goods.

Thanks to The Baum for having us for the second time this year.

Busy! Busy! Busy!

The last few weeks have been mad and a couple of nights instead of beavering away in my attic (which is my studio and hideaway) I've found mhyself falling asleep on the sofa!  However, after a late start today, I've got my latest batch of orders in the new Christmas Decorations and new dog brooches.  I was lucky enough to snaffle (is that a word?) up some wonderful cutters in one of my favourite local shops last week and combined with some stamps I found at the bottom of one of my numerous drawers, I'm hoping they'll turn out fab!
Last Friday, I attended the North West Women's Enterprise Event in the heart of Cheshire which was truly inspirational.  I got to hear the Olympian Diane Modahl speak...she has amazing arms!!! I also met a couple of ladies from the Girl Guiding Association which was really lovely.  I was a Brownie, a Guide, a Ranger and a Brownie and Guide Leader in my youth and I think it's true to say...once a Girl Guide, always a Girl Guide.  However, there was a fantastic speaker who instilled in us that we were all fabulous but also said "you are what you eat", in which case on Tuesday I was a Manchester Tart!!!
I was at the Craft Street Fayre for the second time on Saturday, it's a new local craft fair for local our local shopping centre.  They did some filming the first time and I was lucky to be featured in it...check me out (I was making holly earrings, which are available from all my events coming up to Christmas)

Monday, 5 November 2012

Winter Leaves

Inspired by the falling leaves of the trees where I live.

The pendant is made of polymer clay sandwiched between two bronze skeleton leaves and then "painted" with shimmering mica powders in shades of Winter: blue, gold and silver. The design is similar on the back.
The necklace comprises of bronze findings and blue crystals. It fastens with a lobster clasp.

Leaf pendant measures approx 5.5cm x 3cm x 5mm. Necklace it hangs from measures approx 42cm.

Beautifully presented in a Kraft Gift Box

November's Events


Friday, 30th Nov ~ 10 - 4
Pop-Up Shop, Upper Mall of Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale


Saturday, 1st Dec ~ Manchester Craft Mafia Christmas Market
Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester
Sunday, 2nd Dec ~ 11am - 5pm
Helmshore Mill Victorian Christmas Fair
Craft Street Fayre, Rochdale Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre
(It seems we CAN be in two places at once!!!)

Friday, 7thDec ~ 10am - 4pm
Pop-Up Shop, Upper Mall of Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale
Saturday, 8th Dec ~ 1pm - 4pm
Open Door Christmas Fair, Horse Carrs, Shawclough Road, Rochdale

Sunday, 9thDec ~ 10am - 4pm
Littleborough Farmers Market

Friday, 14thDec ~ 10am - 4pm
Pop-Up Shop, Upper Mall of Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale

Saturday, 15thDec ~ 12am - 4pm
The Bobbin, Dale Street, Milnrow

Friday, 21stDec ~ 10am - 4pm
Pop-Up Shop, Upper Mall of Wheatsheaf Centre, Rochdale

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Co-op Tastic Autumn Fair

Well, I'm really looking forward to being at this event next week.  Though, now the weather's turning a bit chilly, I'm wondering "what was I thinking".  However, we may be lucky and we may get the sun.

I'll be bringing a selection of jewellery, my bottole top magnets, my Little Craft Box Company Craft Kits, my hanging hearts and the Make Your Own Personalised Bracelets.  I've just got a stash of number beads too, so that you can make a bracelet with your mobile number for your child's wrist in case (heaven forbid) they get lost.

See you there!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Craft Street Fayre

How exciting! 

A new, hopefully regular craft event in Rochdale in the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre in Rochdale featuring the best of Handmade in Rochdale.

I'll be there with my Beads From The Art, my new hanging hearts, knitting needles & Make Your Own alphabet wristbands and a few of The Little Craft Box Company bits and bobs too.

Hope to see some friendly faces there!

Monday, 22 October 2012


Made from white polymer clay, these pure and simple hanging hearts have been embossed with a filigree design and will be stamped in gold with a name or word of your choice up to 7 letters. The design is on one side and the back is blank. They hang from cotton cord.

Hang them in your home, from your car mirror, your bag, your Christmas tree, as a momento of a wedding, christening or other anniversary. They would make a lovely gift or just treat yourself to a little something.

The hearts measure approx 6cm x 6cm

*NEW* in my ETSY Shop

 Made from white polymer clay, these pure and simple hanging hearts have been embossed with a filigree design and have been stamped in gold with a variety of inspirational words. The design is on one side and the back is blank. They hang from cotton cord.

Hang them in your home, from your car mirror, your bag, your Christmas tree, as a momento of a wedding, christening or other anniversary. They would make a lovely gift or just treat yourself to a little something.

Pleae note: The hearts are snow white...the colour in the photograph makes them look blue. The hearts measure approx 6cm x 6cm

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Vampires Kiss Necklaces

Introducing the new Vampire's Kiss range.  Inspired by all things Gothic and too many trips to Whitby...not to mention those gorgeous costumes in The Vampire Diaries with just a touch of the Helena Bonham Carter's. 

These necklaces are now all listed in my Etsy Shop and at my Events.

Friday, 12 October 2012

NEW! NEW! NEW! Knitting Kits

Knitting Kits from Beads From The Art.

Each kit comes with a pair of 10mm hand-finished bamboo *knitting needles from Beads From The Art, 2 balls of wool (in shades of pink/blue, cerise/purple, brown/orange) and instructions to make either a scarf or a cowl.  Everything fits inside a cotton bag which has been printed with the Beads From The Art bead round logo.  They would make fantastic gifts and are on sale at just £14.99.

*Other knitting needles are available, such as floral, little pig, or other patterns. 

Currently only available from Touchstones, Rochdale, my events, or as a custom listing on Etsy.  Email me if you are interested.

Falling Leaves 2012

My new Falling Leaves collection. 

From bottom left (clockwise) Winter, Autumn & a special Christmas one.  The pendant in the bottom right is my old style Autumn pendant. Which is slightly thinner than the new pendants and hangs from a plain bronze chain.  The new pendants hang from a necklace of glass beads and brass rings. 
Now available in my Etsy Shop.

Sorry, the New Autumn Pendant has now been sold.  I'll be listing a similar one soon.
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Monday, 24 September 2012

Trade Fair 26/9/12

Rochdale Town Hall, photo courtesy of Rochdale Online 
Local Organisation 'Rochdale Rochdale Rochdale' are holding a Trade Fair in the Grand Hall at Rochdale Town Hall on Wednesday 26 September 2012 which will be open to the Public from 10.00am to 4.00pm so that members of “RRR” can sell their services/products to visitors from throughout the North West. 
I will be having a stand at this Trade Fair.  Come along to see the preview of my new Autumn/Winter Jewellery Collection.  I have Beads From The Art magnets and Loyalty Cards to give away.


I am now a member of the Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer

Their website is

Raspberry Ripple

My Raspberry Ripple Necklace and Earrings set were featured in this Treasury on Etsy.

Friday, 14 September 2012

I've been having a very busy September so far and more events to come.  See the Events page for details.  A bit of a disaster at the moment as my Oven has given up after 25 years trusty service, so I have to replace it, but I can't do that until next week so there'll be no new beads, hearts or badges until that happens.  However, I have a HUGE bead stash and so I'm going to start using some of those today and make some new pieces. Hopefully the weather will brighten a bit so I can take photos using the natural light.  In the meantime, here's a photo of the sort of thing I'll be making.  This one is currently on sale in my Etsy Shop or from the Events I'm attending and comes with matching earrings.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Crafts & Boules at The Baum

Had a great day at The Baum today.  What can be better than doing a Craft Fair at your favourite pub, while eating cheesy chips, drinking Koppaburg Pear Cider and making a few bob too.  Best sellers today were my handfinished knitting needles, pig and panda stitch savers and the Make Your Own Necklaces.  The Bottle top magnets went down well too....not as well as the cider...scrummy!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


I'll be at the following events over the coming months


Saturday, 18th Aug  ~  12noon ~ 6pm
 Crafts & Boules at The Baum, Rochdale

Friday, 31st Aug  ~ 
Rochdale Feelgood Festival


Saturday, 1st Sep  ~
Rochdale Feelgood Festival

Sunday, 2nd Sep  ~  11am ~ 3pm
Rochdale Markets Crafts Bazaar

Saturday, 8th Sep  ~ 12noon ~ 4pm
Open Door, Horse Carrs, Shawclough Road, Rochdale

Sunday, 9th Sep  ~ 10am ~ 4pm
Rochdale Rotary Club Craft Fair, Rochdale Town Hall

Sunday, 23rd Sep  ~
Pure Artisan Fair, Bury

Wednesday, 26th Sep  ~
Rochdale Rochdale Rochdale Trade Fair, Rochdale Town Hall

Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th Sep
Great British Food Festival, Walton Hall, Walton, Warrington


Sunday, 7th Oct  ~  11am ~ 3pm
Rochdale Markets Crafts Bazaar

Crafts & Boules at The Baum Invite

Friday, 20 July 2012

Norton Grange Charity Fund Raiser - Sunday 29th August at 2-6pm

You'll also be able to purchase my bottletop magnets and I'll also be offering
"make your own" personalised necklace or bracelet at pocket money prices.I'll be at this event with a selection of my new and summer sale jewellery.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Knitting Needles

I've decorated the ends of these knitting needles with polymer clay, in a variety of patterns and cute little piggies and sheep! Cutsie!!!

They'll be in my Etsy Shop soon...just as soon as I've figured the safest way to post them to you!!! :o)
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New Hanging Hearts

Just about to list these new hanging hearts on Etsy!

Made from polymer clay, with gold lettering, these beautifully embossed hearts have gold lettering with inspirational words. They hang from cotton cord.

I could also make these with a word or name of your choice...within reason...hearts are only so big...infact, they're approxmately 6cm.
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Monday, 9 July 2012

Back To My Polymer Clay Roots

I've updated some of the first things I ever made in polymer clay, which was a quite a few years ago.

So here we have tiny window pendants with yellow or red roses trailing round the frame, white lace curtains and a mirror at the back.  A silver aanraku bail is attached to hang from a chain around your neck or a short cord if you wish to hang it on your wall.

I love pigs and sheep and these are adorable worn on your coat or cardigan.  Or pin a basket of flowers to your collar if you prefer.
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New "Pure and Simple" Pendants

 An example of my new "Pure and Simple" pendants featuring inspirational words, such as faith, hope, cherish, love, wish etc.

Some are embossed with a filigree design, some have a tiny daisy, star or heart added and the square ones have a shape cut out which has been filled with gold.
Shapes measure approximately 1 1/2" in length.

These can be customised to include a word or name of your choice, depending on the length. (There's only so much room!)
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New "Pure and SImple" Hanging Hearts

An example of my new "Pure and Simple" hanging hearts featuring inspirational words, such as faith, hope, cherish, love, joy etc.
The hearts measure approximately 2 1/2 " and are embossed with a filigree design and then stamped with gold lettering.  They hang from white cotton cord.
These can be customised to include a word or name of your choice, depending on the length. (There's only so much room)
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Monday, 28 May 2012

The Great British Food Festial

I'll be at this event on the 4th & 5th June
with my lovely friend Lindsey from  Violet Flamingo

Rochdale Market Jubilee Crafts Bazaar

I'll be at this event THIS Sunday
with my new range of flower jewellery
DIY personalised jewellery for the kids
and lots of other new things.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

My Inspiration

On a recent visit to Castle Howard (the stately home that was used in the TV dramatisation of Brideshead Revisited, I took the opportunity to take lots of photos in the beautiful gardens.  I don't know what type of flower this is, but it inspired me to make these earrings....which are from my Vampire's Kiss range (available in my Etsy Shop and in different colours)

Rochdale Market Cultural Craft Bazaar - 6th May 2012

Here's my stall at the Craft Market yesterday! Being a nice sunny bank holiday weekend, there weren't that many visitors or stall holders this time.  However, they organisers have bought us a shiny new banner that overlooks the main dual carriageway so maybe next month we'll have more success...though that's a bank holiday weekend too!!!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Beads From The Art

I am an Artisan Bead & Jewellery Designer from the North West of England specialising in polymer clay. When I'm not making beads I'm a juggler of children, work and life in general. My inspirations comes from art (particularly Klimt, Van Gogh and Matisse) and the natural world and universe around us.
I like using polymer clay as it is such a versatile medium and is not heavy to wear. When making jewellery, I like to mix it with other materials such as glass beads, tibetan silver, lampwork glass, crystals and brass components etc.
I am hoping to add new items regularly but I hope you like what you see so far.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you, Andrea