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Beading Experts | Meeting Karen from Firefrost Designs

I recently stumbled across the Firefrost Designs website. Intrigued by what I saw, I got in touch with Karen to find out more about her jewellery business.

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Beading Experts | Meeting Rachel Lucie

I noticed Rachel Lucie in a magazine and got in touch to see if she’d like to be challenged to make some handmade jewellery from some of our beads. I also wanted to find out all about her successful jewellery making career, her blog and website.

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Find Out About the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery

Yes, we know it’s raining. But we were thinking about holidays…and we’re always thinking about making jewellery…so why not combine the two? This week I caught up with Julia to find out more about the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery.

Founded in 2001, the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery is the longest established independent jewellery school in Europe. With classes for all abilities, the school caters for total beginners as well as more experienced students. The school organises beginner to advanced level technique classes based on demand from working jewellers and the general public. It has become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for jewellery training and students come from all over the world to study there.

Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery hollow organic forms necklaces

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Shrink Plastic | How To Make Hello Kitty Inspired Charms

As you know we’re excited to be stocking Shrinkles shrink plastic here at Beads Direct. Shrink plastic is a fantastic craft product, with various uses from cardmaking and papercraft to jewellery making and beyond. You can draw, stamp and colour on to shrink plastic and shrink it in the oven or using a heat tool. This makes it shrink 7 times smaller and thicker, leaving you with a more robust, useable charm, motif or pendant. Shrink plastic is fun to use for kids and adults alike!

We wanted to share a this cute shrink plastic project by Natalia Colman, author of the new book ‘Fantastic Shrink Plastic‘ available exclusively at Beads Direct!

Shrink Plastic Hello kitty style charms

Shrink Plastic Keyrings

Hello Kitty Inspired Charms Made with Shrinkles Shrink Plastic

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Craft Business Awards Winner Beads Direct Win Best Retail Website Award

The winners of the 2012/13 Craft Business Awards have been announced and Beads Direct are extremely proud to have won the award for ‘Best Retail Website’.

Best Retail Website Award Winner

Beads Direct - Best Retail Website

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Meet the Beads Direct Team | Basia Rempelt |


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Jewellery Maker Of The Year | Last Chance To Vote

There are some fabulous designs in Beads & Beyond Magazine’s Jewellery Maker of the Year awards. This year’s standard seems extremely high and we’d like to congratulate all who have reached the shortlist, what an achievement! Read More

Teach Jewellery Classes | Become a London Jewellery School Accredited Jewellery Training Centre

Do you want to take your jewellery teaching to the next level? Or maybe you have a whole host of jewellery making skills that you’d love to share with others but need some support to get started? The London Jewellery School’s new programme could be for you. Individual jewellers, business owners or collectives can set up and run their own jewellery making classes using the successful LJS model and with the ongoing support from LJS in setting up, promoting and delivering professional classes.

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£1000 Competition Winner!

Beader wins £1,000 in Our International Prize Draw

Beader Andrea Tsinontas has been announced as the lucky winner of Beads Direct Ltd’s Christmas Prize Draw for £1,000. Every order over £25 placed with Beads Direct between 10th Oct 2011 and 10th December 2011 gained an entry into the draw and although there were thousands of entries from all over the world, it was local lady Andrea that was chosen at random to win the grand prize.
Andrea is presented with her prize

Andrea meets Pam and Claire and collects her prize

Shamballa Bracelets are Big News This Christmas!

Shamballa Style Bracelets

We’re all starting to notice Shamballa Style Bracelets on the high street, in the media and on celebrity’s wrists. If you don’t know what they are yet, here’s the low down:

Shamballa Bracelet Stack

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