Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Daisy chain necklace making workshops

Announcing my next couple of jewellery making workshops. I will be showing you how to make a necklace like these.

You will then have the opportunity to make your own choosing from this selection of beads and a choice of coloured silk thread

The workshops will take place at Lily's Secret Vintage Tea Rooms, Swan Pit, Gnosall, Staffordshire on Tuesday 16th June and Saturday 18th July - 10.30am - 12.30pm and the cost will be £20 which includes tea/coffee and cake
Please contact me if you would like to book a place on either of these workshops

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

'Rosalyn' is just a very pretty bracelet

After a month of concentrating on my exhibition today I found time to make some other items of jewellery, mostly commissioned pieces, but I did also make 'Rosalyn' a pale pink and white Swarovski crystal pearl bracelet with diamante and Swarovski crystals. the bracelet measure 7 1/2 inches.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

knitted wire and obsidian bracelet

I have been fairly quiet on here recently, that doesn't mean to say I have not been making - My exhibition in Gallery at 12 is going very well and keeping me very busy, I have had to make up several replacement items to fill up gaps, these aren't identical pieces to the items sold, but may be not different enough for me to write a blog post, I have also had quite a few re-stringings come in over the last week too, not originally my jewellery I hasten to add, but as they aren't my designs or my jewellery I cannot use those for a blog post either.
Today, though, I went upstairs to start work again and decided that my desk was getting far to untidy, so I started clearing it, which meant, putting away bags of beads, throwing out pieces of wire and old threads that hadn't quite made it to the bin and finishing off a couple of pieces of jewellery, which had been left mid project, including this knitted black wire with snowflake obsidian and glass bead bracelet. All that it required was the clasp to be attached, which I duly did. and hey presto, another knitted bracelet, ready to fill a gap in my exhibition, should it be needed!

hand knitted jewellery by Angela Smith

Sunday, 3 May 2015

'Angela's Gate... How does Your garden Grow?'

Yesterday was the first day of my exhibition in Gallery at 12 Eccleshall.
I have based the exhibition on nature photographs from two of my other blogs, 'Views from my garden gate' and 'Beyond my garden Gate' so most of the jewellery on display has been inspired in some way by the wildlife and flowers in and around my garden or further afield, I have also used my photographs to show where the inspiration for the designs have come from and indeed there are some of my photographs as cards which will be for sale during the exhibition. The other part of my exhibition is called 'How does your garden grow?' based on the nursery rhyme.
Let me take you on a brief tour....
Mary, Mary quite contrary How Does Your garden Grow?
With silver bells ... silver bells I think wedding bells, wedding bells... wedding jewellery ...

there is a large glass cabinet in the exhibition area - two shelves show some of my wedding jewellery designs, but of course I am always to make to commission too!!!

... and cockle shells

A selection of jewellery inspired by shells and the sea shore,

... and pretty maids all in a row

pretty maids have pretty dresses -  a selection of my knitted wire, bead and sari silk dresses as brooches or in box frames.

Then the rest of the exhibition is Angela's gate

My exhibition will be in Gallery at 12  until 28th May, the gallery will also be hosting a charity day on May 16th where 10 % of it's sales on the day will be going to Shape Arts.
It would be lovely to see you sometime during May, but if you are planning to make a special journey then May 16th would be a good day to choose!