Sunday, 16 April 2017


Sadly I wasn't able to make anything for last months post, whaich was a shame as Marianne North is one of my all time favourite artists I have several books about her and have great admiration for all the travels she undertook later in her life, when things were not quite as easy as they are today. 

However this months inspiration is a very colourful painting by the post imressionist painter Gauguin which you can see below and here is a link to the Art Bead Scene Blog if you would like to read more about the painting and artist.

I have picked out some of the rich colours to translate into a necklace the focal bead is by Jean Cristin and I added coral, green turquoise etc, the metal is copper.

I hope you enjoyed looking and I would love it if you left me a comment.


Saturday, 25 March 2017


Today is the day for revealing what we have made with the bead I received from my partner Tracy Stillman

The bead from Tracy was a beautiful green color and as soon as it arrived I knew exactly the main beads I would use for a necklace some Australian chrysoprase a great match for the focal, I have had the beads for ever and now I am so glad I kept them as I think they look really nice, I also used Tourmaline rondels and some silver beads, the dangle is Jade with a silver bead cap. I hope my partner will like the necklace and I hope I have done justice to the bead you sent me Tracy!

Here is the link for the rest of the folk and I just want to say Thank You Lori Anderson for having the courage to start up your awesome Bead Soup again, so just click on the link below scroll down the page to take a trip round some great blogs.…/welcome-to-bead-soup-blog…


Friday, 10 March 2017


I have been looking forward to this party as I have been a participant in all except one of Lori Andersons Bead Soup Blog Parties and have sent and received beads from all round the world which is so exciting, as I love meeting new people who enjoy similar cragting to myself even if only online.

For this party I was partnered with Tracy Stillman from Australia and she sent me a lovely clay bead by one of her favourite bead makers who sells under the name of Peruzi 

I love the colour of the bead Tracy sent and immediately got a great idea for using it so as I have actually made something already I am only showing you the bead itself here as the great reveal won't be till March 25th when I will link to all the other participants and you can take a look at your leisure, at all the things everyone has made.

So here is the bead.

The beads I sent to Tracy were all lampwork the focal bead/pendant was one I had been saving and I have had it a long time as I couldn't bear to part with it, I no longer remember the name of the artist who made it but she came from the US, I chose a few toning lampwork beads to go with it from Janet's Beads, she sells from and I have collected her beads for years as I love them.

Here are the beads I sent to Tracy.


Thursday, 23 February 2017


The Two Crowns by Sir Frank Dicksee 1900, is the challenge piece for this month and what gorgeous colours there are in this painting! Go here to see and read more...........

I really love all the colours in this painting and it was difficult to choose the ones to use so I ended up making a heart bead as it was February, not sure if I will get anything else done before the end of the month so anyway here is my offering this month a rather organic polymer floral heart waiting to be strung.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017


The rich colouring in this painting by Schiele is a mixed media study in black chalk, gouache, gold bronze paint and white body color on paper. It inspired the bronze orchid I made in Polymer the colours seemed just right I chose green, bronze and red pearls with tiny Swaorvski crystals and gold vermeil beads and clasp. 

Sadly the picture is not brilliant as the light was not good!


Sunday, 18 December 2016


I have not been able to blog for a quite a while nor make any of my Polymer pendants, as things at home have been moving along with my husband now on the critical list with his heart and still no appointment to get it sorted, and he is no longer able to work.

I find my time taken up where before my days were my own to order, I had a schedule I followed, now I find I have become a bit aimless and get quite frustrated, that time I would have laid aside for my clay, experimentation, Tai Chi etc no longer works in that once smooth way that it did.  These things happen in life and I did spend my usual time in the summer painting in small grabbed moments of pleasant solitude listening to music as I painted and I have been enjoying a little claying last week, till my darling daughter passed on to me a virus so here I sit at the computer hoping I can finish this before I have to go back to bed lol!

Below you will see the result of my little clay experiments. the organic oval beads I impressed quite heavily and added sparkle and mica powders. The pendant has quite a lot going on as you can see with some painting a little stamping and some engraving, it was fun to do. The Inspiration was from this gorgeous stained glass . See it on..

 America Windows, 1977,  By Marc Chagall
Stained glass, 96 x 385 in. (244 x 978 cm) (overall)
Here are the Beads


This is the pendant

I would love it if you would leave a comment.



Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Sadly I missed last months ABS challenge as I was myself challenged by a nasty attack of bronchitis, I ask you in the summer how weird is that! I don't suffer with that sort of thing, but these things happen sometimes for no apparent reason.

I am also very busy at present as we have guests arriving on Thursday which is always exciting and we are looking forward to it.

The challenge this month was art work by Paul Klee.

  There are a lot of colours here so I picked several and got inspired!
I thought I would make something fun and cheerful with a sea related theme so what better than a fish, I have not made him into a necklace as yet so I will put him up on Pinterest as a bead, I added baroque freshwater pearls and there is a hole for stringing.
Here is the link to the Art Bead Scene challenge

 Would love it if you could leave a comment, thank you.