Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Competition Time!

I am very pleased to announce that as now that over 100 people "like" Clarity Beads on Facebook I have decided to run a competition!

Here is how it will work...Below are 4 peices handmade by me. All you need to do is comment on the post and tell me which one you like the best (or would like to win). After a week of comments I will pick names out of a hat and the lucky person wins the item they chose!

To make it easier, I have put the pieces up in Facebook as well and you can comment on the pictures with "mine please" to enter.

Make sense? Awesome!

Glass Pearl Bracelet
Blue Bag Charm
Sea Green Pearl Earrings

Purple Wire Wrapped Pendant

Have a look at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/claritybeads

Friday, 4 March 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Sunset Sweetie Bracelet
My new month resolution to update this blog every week has fallen by the wayside again, apologies! I did have an excuse as I was flat on my back for a week with a really bad back - jewellery making is bad for your health! But since I have recovered I should have been back at the writing...Anyway, I have been very busy creating a variety of lovelies for various people and just for the pleasure of making things!
Fijian Dreams

I spent the day with my beady friend Jen (check out her lovely things -www.folksy.com/shops/JenB) and was inspired to try some new techniques, and also add to my growing collection of designs. I have since made a number of memory wire bracelets as you can see in the pictures... Then I spent another day (it was half term) with the lovely Rachel of Fleeces Pieces (look her up on Facebook - gorgeous) and whilst we didn't make anything, she inspired me to play around with semi precious stones and so the bracelets below were born...

After this excitement, I was asked to make a lot of earrings for my good friend Linnéa who was treating herself for her birthday. It challenged me quite a lot to make all the pairs to her specifications but I think I managed it!

Recently I've been completing items for a Scout fair on Sunday, so these will go up on Folksy if they don't sell next week! I am also moving back down to Hampshire to be an Assistant Houseparent at the school I worked at before so hopefully I'll get some time for some lovely beading there as well... On that note...I should probably pack!


Tuesday, 15 February 2011


As I have mentioned before I have recently become re-unemployed (re- because until recently I was a student...). This is very frustrating and depressing, especially as there are very few jobs about for SLTs of my experience (nil) at the moment. The NHS is making cuts left right and centre and jobs to apply for are few and far between.

Anyway - what has this got to do with making and selling jewellery? It means that I have a lot more time to play with beads, learn new techniques, use different materials! All positives - silver lining and all that. On a weekend away in Loughborough last week I visited the local bead shop (http://www.bojanglebeads.co.uk/) and had a lovely time browsing all of their gorgeous stock. In consequence I have acquired a lot more beads! So today I thought I should really concentrate on making some new lovelies so I can make back some of the money I spent!

Pearls, rose quartz and Czech glass beads combine to make this delightfully girly bracelet!

This bracelet uses the fashionable "sweetie" charm bracelet style and combines gorgeous glass leaves, silver plated leaf charms, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals for a beautiful dangly effect.

This bracelet has a chunky antique copper chain and clasp and is decorated wtih pearlescent discs, stars and coral coloured freshwater pearls - gorgeous.

Gorgeous Czech glass pearls are combined with freshwater pearls on silver rings to create a beautiful cluster pendant.

Trinty brass Daisy charms and lilac glass leaves on silver ear wires make these earrings really cute.

Purple glass "trumpet" flowers, silver decorative headpins and fluorite beads - beautiful and classy.

Blue foil lined glass hearts with iridescent red/turquoise glass beads on silver plated ear wires.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Delightful Danglies

(Am beginning to wonder how many alliterative titles I can think of...)

Before Christmas and this week I've been making lots of pairs of gorgeous earrings. I've got a lovely collection of different types of beads (acrylic, pearl, glass) of all shapes and sizes that I've been putting together to create some really pretty earrings. The only problem is I keep making things I want to keep....

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Cupid Calling

What is that I see? Yes, the shops are full of red, pink, fluff, glitter and all sorts of other schmaltz... it must be Valentines Day. What ever your thoughts are on the day of St Valentine, it is pretty much inescapable!

So whether you are a woman who wants to drop some hints for their other half, or a man looking for inspiration, have a look below at some of the beauties that I've made, especially for Valentines Day! I have been mainly using Rose Quartz stones as they are a gorgeous pink colour and also lovely to work with...

Buttons may not be to everyone's taste, but I think they're really cute. These pink and purple buttons have been teamed up with creamy pearly buttons on a silver plated charm bracelet. The heart shaped clasp and "Made with Love" tag charm make this perfect for a gift on Valentines Day...Supplied in an organza pouch.

Rose Quartz is known for it's healing and calming properties. It is a semi precious stone and as such each rondelle is unique. Combined with freshwater pearls this bracelet is really something special. It is on a silver charm bracelet and comes supplied in a gift box.

This rose quartz stone has been shaped into a heart and has a small freshwater pearl above it. This would look lovely on a silver chain which can be supplied for a small extra charge. Supplied in an organza pouch.

Lastly in the rose quartz section we have this simple bracelet made with gorgeous rondelles of rose quartz combined with a "Made with Love" tag charm. Supplied in an organza pouch.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Fabulous February

Hello and welcome to Fabulous February! I'm not sure what happened to January but it's flown by! My short term contract at a school working as a Speech & Language Therapist has sadly come to an end so while I am looking for something else I am throwing myself wholeheartedly into selling more of my jewellery. My new years resolution (well, my February resolution) is to blog at least once a week showing new things I've made and put into the Folksy shop.

So, today we have some gorgeous aqua and turquoise peices to remind you of the summer and plans for paddling in the sea!