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Friday 30 September 2011

Member Round-up - September

Here's a look at what our members have been up to in September!

Our members in the press:

Handmade Living Magazine, October Issue

Helen of http://www.etsy.com/shop/helenbluefairy, had her beautiful coasters featured in Handmade Living magazine :

You can read more about it at her blog: http://bluefairydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/blue-fairy-in-national-press.html

Making Jewellery Issue 33

Scarlet Leonard (http://www.etsy.com/shop/scarletimpressions) has a tutorial called Wire and Pearls: teaching you to use a no-solder approach to chain!

Also look our for team leader Jolene's murrini used in the Retro Glass Owl tutorial on page. 50.

Beadwork magazine, October/November 2011 issue

Lynn Davy of http://www.etsy.com/shop/nemeton has had a 'seedmaille' necklace called Warrior Rings published over in this popular American magazine; this stunning necklace was also a finalist in the 2010 Bead Dreams juried show!


Josephine Wadman has some special reduced prices on here beads sets here:

Helen Jewellery has 15% off all items in her shop until Monday 3rd October - enter OPEN15 to redeem the code.
And get yourself over to BlueBoxStudio's Etsy shop quickly before midnight tonight, and enter the code BIRTHDAYGIRL for free shipping on your purchse!

Treasury Round Up 30/09

You can find beautiful beads, glass and more made by the talented members of FHFteam here

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Fireflower 2

Fireflower2 reverse
Originally uploaded by Princess Peggy1
Pris has been making some rather gorgeous and deliciously pink beads, if Bollywood pink is your thing pop by and check out her Etsy shop for more luscious beads.

Monday 26 September 2011

Autumn Brooch

Autumn Brooch 005
Originally uploaded by GaysieMay
Check out this beautiful golden autumnal brooch by Gay over at GaysieMay. Gay makes beautiful lampwork beads and also silver, lampwork and gemstone jewellery.

Wednesday 21 September 2011


Originally uploaded by Josephine Wadman
A gorgeous collection of organic style beads in shades of pale green, ivory and amethyst created by Josephine Wadman

Bamboo Garden

Bamboo Garden
Originally uploaded by retrobeader
Bamboo Garden, a stunning piece of wearable art from by the very talented Lynn Davy

Member Interrogations - Jo Reed

When you buy handmade art and craft, a part of you will probably be interested in knowing the story of the person behind the creations; how they started, their philosophy and style. That's why every fortnight we'll be gently interrogating our lovely Frit-Happens team members, and posting their answers for you to enjoy!

The brave Jo Reed of RedsBeads volunteered to be our first victim: here's what she had to say:


1 -Your name:  Jo Reed

2 -Your shop name and address:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedsBeads and http://www.beadtopia.co.uk/

3 -Describe your artistic style in three words:  colourful, funky, quirky (I hope)

4 -When did you first start lampworking and how did you get started?

In 2008, I was so bored of the standard beads available and started looking for lampwork beads. I came across Mike Poole's website which grabbed my attention because he is based a few miles from where I grew up and his beads are stunning. I booked a lesson as a 40th birthday present to myself.

5 -What do you love most about your craft?

I've always has a fascination for glass and the way it interacts with light. To be responsible for miniature glass creations is a real joy for me.

6 -If you could take a class with any artist (in your field or otherwise) who would you choose and why?

I love Sarah Hornik's work so I think that would be my number one choice but I would just love to have the time to take any class really ! I'm squeezing in silversmithing classes once a week at the moment and that is proving great fun.

7 -Do you have a favourite piece of your work that you can share with us?

My favourite beads never seem to photo very well but I am very pleased with the heart pendant that I made for my sisters birthday. She was born on Valentines day so I love it because of the sentiment really.

Above: Sara's Valentine Heart

8 -Where do you find your inspiration? 

Everywhere, I love colour and try to use or combine colours that are a bit out of the ordinary.

9 -What’s your favourite technique within your medium?

At the moment I am obsessed with gravity beads, this technique is so much easier with my new dual fuel set up and I am getting quite carried away with it.

10- Where do you create your work?

I am very luck to have a studio in my garden which is so much more than a shed, it's a home office really (but it's still cold in the winter !)

11 -Do you have a favourite colour scheme or range when you’re creating pieces?

Orange and yellow, I have to stop myself creating almost everything in these colours. 

12 - Can you give us a quotation/lyric/piece of advice that sums up your approach to life and your craft? 

Don't worry bead happy ! Everything seems so much better when you've turned the torch on.

13 - The most serious question of all: if you could meet any fictional character, from TV film or literature, who would it be and why?

Maximus Decimus Meridius - I think it's the short skirt.

14 -Finally, what are your plans or hopes for your work in the future?

I'm hoping to work more with silver and glass, starting with silver core beads.
Of course it would be wonderful to lampwork full time but this is some way off I fear.


Thanks to Jo for starting off our new member interviews, and for providing a great read! Don't forget to check back on October 5th for the next feature.

Hazel Ward