The Story So Far…
I began making jewellery back in 2013. I was in Liverpool visiting family and it was my cousin who taught me the basics of jewellery making. Not only did I catch the jewellery making bug, but also came up with my jewellery making name – Emaz Beadz: my name is Emma and I primarily used beads in my work. As my cousin suggested, to start getting my name ‘out there’, writing a blog is one of the best things to do. So, I wrote about my creations, holidays and even wrote about why I left a job. I bought materials from various Internet sites, craft shops as well as the Beads Up North fair at Haydock Park Racecourse, which I attended with my cousin (she crops up quite a bit, doesn’t she?) and began making costume style jewellery at home. Not satisfied with one jewellery making style, I attended a silversmith class which after 5 years became more of a workshop. I made bangles, rings, earrings and pendants. I even went on extra silversmithing courses such as silver clay and even ended up helping out my other ‘classmates’ with their work when our tutor was busy with other students! Sadly, our tutor has now closed her workshop, which was based in Lancaster, but she is hoping to open a new workshop in the future and start running silversmithing classes again from her new base. The Silver Coast. In Portugal. Sun, sea and silver; what a great excuse for a holiday!!
Over the past 6+ years, I have gone from making jewellery on my bedroom floor, to the kitchen table (a destination that’s familiar with many crafters) to finally settling at my work desk, situated in the bay window of the family living room.
It has great natural light, plus we were removing the piece of furniture that was there before. So I had to take the opportunity, right?
As of May 2020, I bought myself an outdoor workspace. A ‘She Shed’ so to speak, which means that I will no longer have my tools and materials ‘dotted all around the house’. They will all be in one place!!
Over time, I have tried and tested various styles and techniques in creating jewellery and only recently discovered that I don’t have a signature style or technique to my jewellery designs.
My designs come from various places of inspiration: the media, surrounding environment, own experience to the fact that I only have a certain colour in my stash. I am starting to be more aware of the gemstone meanings and incorporating this into my creations.
I attend craft fairs, have both a Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as my online shop.
So welcome to my world of Emaz Beadz and I hope you find something that’s a little bit different.