I am a self taught glass bead maker. I have been making glass beads in my garden studio since 2005. In 2018 I gained a bright new workshop where I am now able to offer glass bead making classes for up to three people. https://www.annahaywardglassbeads.co.uk/workshops-classes/
I have a passion for making beads and especially enjoy the process of manipulating and controlling glass in a flame. I love colour, so glass is a perfect medium for me as the possibilities are endless. Everywhere I go I look for ideas for colour and pattern combinations. In recent years my jewellery collections have been inspired by seeds and seed pods, butterflies and moths in my garden and on the West Wight Downs.
When I am not at work on my beads or introducing others to the world of glass bead making, I may be knitting with wire, making wonky coil pots, ballet dancing, walking my dog or gardening.
I also offer bead parties for small groups of people to design and make their own jewellery using my spare glass beads.
In 2011 I won first prize in the strung jewellery category of the GBUK [Glass beadmakers UK] competition and runner up in the mixed media category 2012.
The focus of my jewellery is always on the individuality of my beads, so stringing is always simply done using beading wire, crimp beads, seed beads and silver plated findings. I use sterling silver findings for all my earrings. Simple string methods has the added advantage of being easy to shorten or remake longer or even repair or freshen up with new wire.
Each bead starts as a coloured glass rod, which is melted, manipulated and formed around a mandrel (steel rod) in a flame. Once made, the bead is cooled very slowly in a kiln, this ensures the bead is strong and won't crack or break. Lastly, they are cleaned before I make them into highly individual and unique pieces of jewellery.
I have demonstrated glass bead making at local shows and for several years I have been part of the Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios. http://isleofwightarts.com
Enjoy a browse through my shop, I regularly add new items.
If you like to make your own jewellery then my Etsy shop may be of interest to you.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnnaGlassBeadDesign for a variety of my handmade glass bead sets.
All prices include postage and packing. Jewellery is carefully presented in a box with tissue paper before being packaged ready for posting. I regret shipping/postage is within the UK ONLY.
My work is also for sale at: Quay Arts, Chessell Pottery Cafe and La Wode.