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Do We Have a Workshop? Working Together.

Posted by: shooglybeads

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Sometimes we're asked where we have our workshop. Mike creates things with clay (I dabble!) and I create jewellery with stones and wire. Just mention clay and people think, mucky, sticky! Mention jewellery and they think, clean and polished!

How could the two manage in the same workshop? Well we don't  have a workshop! We work together in the same room at the same large table! The room is our dining room and our dining table doubles as our workspace!! We don't often eat there as you can imagine!
The first picture shows  Mike's workspace, his precious pasta machine which will never see pasta making again, one of his racks ready to go in the oven. The rest is stacks of boxes containing canes he has made, hand tools and scrap clay. Somehwere you just might see a box holding finished items! This I might add is a tidy 'Mike' space. All his other 'stuff' is stacked in the old dresser you can just see....don't ask where we keep the dishes!!
The second picture shows my work space. The trusty laptop sits there most of the time as does my calculator. I'm responsible for all the costing, buying and selling as well as jewellery making! Here, I also draw, paint, sketch and make jewellery! I must say, however, that I can also make lots of things while sat on the sofa in front of the telly, Mike can't! You can actually see the pink box where I put finished commissions or stuff waiting to be photographed and uploaded into our shop. I can quickly close the laptop and turn it into a mini photographic studio with card, light and a few props. If daylight is too poor I resort to the kitchen worktops using the downlighters for extra light!!
Do we work daily in happy harmony?? Most of the time, yes we do, other times we row...mostly about the mess and encroaching upon each other's workspace. We'll argue about colours...our tastes in colour are opposite, Mike's into reds and oranges, I'm into greens and blues. The latter maybe reflects our starsigns, Mike's Leo and I'm Pisces! I probably complain most because bits of clay get everywhere..every so often I have to go over the dining room floor with an old bank card scraping  bits of clay off the floor....thank the Lord for lino! Would I change this? Probably not. We do have a spare room we could convert but it's away from the kitchen, doesn't have a view straight out to the garden and has poor natural light.  It really is nice to be able to work creatively together, we've waited a long time to be able to do this. I think we'll be keeping our current arrangements!!

Polymer Clay

Posted by: shooglybeads

Tagged in: Polymer Clay , Persian Carpets , Gold , Copper , Carnelian


We take inspiration from myriad sources for our polymer clay beads. Clay is a wonderful material to use. It's versatility allows for making any shape you like and for reproducing all sorts of colour schemes.

The pillow beads pictured here were inspired by the Persian carpets in a friend's shop. Mike spent an afternoon photographing various carpets before going into a colour mixing frenzy! Normally we make very small amounts of beads using a specific theme but Persian carpets have resulted in more beads than usual! So plenty to sell to jewellery designers and plenty for us to use in our own designs

These pillows are in very rich coppers, golds, reds, blues and purples with the gold adding shimmering depth. They are perfectly complemented with the copper findings and facetted Carnelian but would look equally stunning with golds and Sunstone.


Too Many Earrings..........????

Posted by: shooglybeads

Tagged in: silver , Earrings , birds


Can a girl have too many earrings......? I don't think so! I have hundreds of pairs of these lovely little pieces of jewellery and I love every pair. I own earrings in every shape, size, colour and material known to man....a pair for every eventuality? You'd think so.... 'Why then,' asks hubby Michael, 'do you wait until half an hour before we're due somewhere before you decide you just must make a pair of earrings to go with the current outfit?' Hmmm...don't know. Just because I can? I also go through earring phases and that's where I am just now. Regular customers are awaiting an outpouring of sparkly bracelets for Party Season and it isn't happening! I'll have to hope lots of people want earrings or Shoogly Beads won't be selling very much over the next couple of weeks. (Picture: My Dreams Take Flight)

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