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Happy to be back!

So, I haven’t been doing much lampworking recently (long story, involving a change of career). But, I made a return this weekend, at Chedworth Roman Villa’s craft fair. It was a great weekend, the weather was lovely, much to everyone’s relief!

Lovely weather at Chedworth

Lovely weather at Chedworth

It’s a beautiful location, in the heart of the Cotswolds. You know you’re in the countryside when there’s grass growing down the single track lane, and you have to stop for pheasants!

I’ve been busy making over the summer, and I was pleased with how my stall looked.

my stall!

my stall!

So my task over the next few days is to re-open my Etsy shop and start listing some of the items I brought back home. Look out for a flurry of posts this week!

Seed beads and lampwork

One of the highlights of the GBUK AGM a couple of weeks ago was the opportunity to take a free class. Last year, I did silver clay, this year it was using seed beading to form a bezel around a lampwork cabochon to turn it into a pendant.

The class was run by the lovely and infinitely patient Carol Passaro, and the first thing to do was chose a tin as each one had a different colour combination in it. Colours chosen, thread cut and conditioned, we settled down to work. I don’t think I have ever heard a bunch of lampworkers be so quiet! The concentration was palpable.

I was so thrilled with the result, it looks really good and I’ve done very little seed beading before.

beaded cabochon

My finished pendant!

So now, I have to make some cabochons of my own and get beading!