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Hi,my name is Anne,I am a beadaholique.I work out of my studio in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.My work is mainly mixed media with some steampunk elements thrown in for fun.I was a finalist in Beads and Beyonds"Jewelry Maker of the Year 2010" I won first prize in Smitten Beads Designer Challenge 2011. I have had my work published in various magazines and in several treasuries,online.I have two Etsy shops and a Folksy shop for my clients who do not wish to shop in US $,but prefer sterling.Feel free to look me up on twitter or Facebook.Cheers,Anne..
Take a look at my Etsy shops by clicking the links below.
CrystalRiverBeads Etsy
Silverpuss Etsy

4 Jun 2011

Purchasing Sterling and other very scary things!

Dear friends,have had a mad urge to stock up on supplies for studio. Madly enough I have had to buy sterling wire as have had a commission  in that is 100% sterling,no mixed-media for this customer!!!! I very nearly gave birth to kittens when I seen the terrible price on 20g sterling wire! Shot up on the back of rocketing gold prices these last few months and I have been too chicken to look at the price at the bullion suppliers never mind actually buy any! However that shock,aside. I have been into Cardiff to buy  wire and crystal at Crystals and Ice. No sterling ear wires as apparently their supplier has no stock at all for at least a month. They sent me to John Lewis' as only they had it in stock.Truly very crazy!
  Now for the good news! I won first prize in Smitten Beads design competition! My very first "first". I have also got three more competitions to design pieces for and one mixed-media piece for Cloth Paper Scissors. I am also taking part in their summer challenge to design a 3D mixed-media cottage. Have partly designed it(at least in my head) but now the challenge of building it! Should be lots of fun.
  I have also bought some Coppr Clay to play with as a very special treat/late birthday present to myself. Really looking forward  to playing with fire! I will torch this lot in the garden if I can as the smell of the binding agents seem to linger for days!  If successful will post pics on Facebook! Managed to get some sterling ear wires from Cookson's at the same time.
 Slowly getting my Etsy shops up and running and really need to do some serious updating on profiles and shop feeds etc. I am planning on stocking Nunn designs products on crystalriverbeads soon to add to my range of hand-patinated wire and hopefully some beads as well soon. Light and love to you all,Anne.
P.S. Re my Elaine Ray earrings giveaway. This was won by Melissa Muir. Well done to Melissa  and thanks to everybody who entered the giveaway. My silverpuss voucher code is stll valid until the 11th of June. I will issue new voucher codes on my next blog along with another giveaway.

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