Anna Hayward Glass Beads had it’s roots back in 2005 when on a trip to a bead fair. At the time I was searching for unusual beads to use in the jewellery I was making. Living on the Isle of Wight meant that it was difficult to find a varied supply. However, I came away with something much better. Armed with a kit and a book I started to learn to make my own beads, which I continue to enjoy to this day.
I derive inspiration from my garden and long walks on the Downs not far from where I live here on the Isle of Wight. I love experimenting with new surface patterns, shapes and colour combinations.
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
I occasionally run local 'Bead Jewellery Parties'. This involves a small 'party’ of between six and twelve people each designing and making a unique necklace or key ring using my spare 'orphan' beads.
Over the years I have often been asked if I give glass bead making lessons. Due to space and facilities it has not been possible, but fortunately that changed in 2018 with the construction of my new purpose built garden workshop. This means I can now offer classes for up to three people ranging from a simple one hour taster or two to three hour beginners class. https://www.annahaywardglassbeads.co.uk/workshops-classes/
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. Visit 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 welcome commissions so feel free to contact me via email or telephone see bottom of page for contact details. I regret shipping/postage is within the UK ONLY.
My work is also for sale at: Quay Arts