Tuesday 10 September 2013

Beady Pool has moved

Finally after more than half my life away from where I was born I am back living in Cornwall.
It's fantastic to be back home and as people have commented there was part of me that never really left.
It's strange though, as I am a local but I am not.  I have bumped into people I grew up with and went to school with in the least expected of places.  It is taking a while to get used to everyone knowing everyone else and sometimes even knowing who I am before I've introduced myself.  Some people I don't even remember from my childhood but they remember me.

Blackberry picking at Trelissick - a view worth moving for.

The boys are now settled in school and pre-school and I'm starting to have a few hours to myself after all the unpacking, sorting, painting and of course summer visitors.
My jewellery bits are untidy but I can get to the workbench and I can't wait to get creating again.
I have to be patient if I can and do a little sorting out first.

Top of the to do list is a tidy through and clean of my stock.  Over time sterling silver tarnishes.  Silver reacts with the oxygen in the air and oxidises making jewellery loose it's shine and lustre.
Even if it's stored in boxes and you use anti tarnish tabs it still eventually happens. 
You can clean silver using silver dip, cleaning cloths, sonic cleaners and many other methods but this morning I've been using a simple, cost effective and easy method that is so easy to do.

Beady pool creations having a clean.
All you need is a plastic pot, aluminium foil, hot water and bicarbonate of soda.  There are many "how to" methods on the web that you can find.  Here is a nice easy to follow one from Jo Tinley a fellow jewellery maker.

Cleaning jewellery link

Saturday 8 September 2012


One of my lovely clients who likes my gemstone "Karensa" bracelets asked if I could revamp one of her favourite bracelets.  Elastic is a great way to thread beads, but after a while it looses it elasticity and you get a bracelet that just doesn't sit right.
 Some silver beads, a handmade Karen hilltribe clasp and heart later we have a revamped karensa bracelet using personal gemstones.  Let's hope she likes it.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

It's been a while...

So long that the gorgeous kitty in my previous post has gone to kitty heaven, due to old age.
However today saw the arrival of Max the tiger cub.
Cute isn't he?

Monday 18 July 2011

I am a cat and I will sleep where I want....

Even if it is in your tomato planter....

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Once again I am clearing through my beads. These lovelies are all available now over on Folksy

Postage is £1.00 regardless of ho many items you buy. Go on you know you want to add to your bead stash and help me clear some of mine ;)

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