Our new craft guest chats about jewellery making

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Stephanie Burnham

We're excited to be bringing something brand new to all you crafters out there… jewellery making!

Our guest Stephanie Burnham will be featuring in the premiere show Elegance Jewels You Create on Monday 9th May at 1pm – part of our Craft Colour Fiesta event day.

Stephanie will be showcasing a range of gorgeous jewellery styles and you'll be able to pick up tips on making your own unique pieces using the kits and tools demonstrated in the show.

We caught up with our guest to find out a little more about how she got into jewellery designing and she also shares a few top tips with us…

How did you get into jewellery making and how long have you been doing it for?

I have been designing jewellery for 15 years. A member from our local Embroiders Guild gave a talk one afternoon with a chance for us all to try some simple techniques afterwards – within 15 minutes I was hooked!

What are your favourite jewellery projects to create and why?

I like to create up to the minute on-trend pieces, using as much colour and texture as I can.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from the catwalk, glossy magazines, the high street and the excitement of seeing new beads and components to play with.

What do you think are the hot trends in jewellery making right now?

Large and chunky is still key on the fashion front, along with a definite 70's retro feel. Pretty silk roses, ribbons and the long lean look are still coming through, with gold pieces making a welcome return.

What is your top tip for jewellery makers?

My top tip for jewellery makers is buy the best quality beads you can afford and always invest in a set of good quality jewellery pliers – the ones in the tool box will not do!

What items do you think are essential for every jewellery maker to have? 

Good quality beads, pliers and jewellery components. Round nose pliers are a must-have for making loops.

What are your hobbies?

It sounds a cliche, but my hobby is my job, whenever I have a spare minute I just love to sit down and design.

Don't forget to watch Stephanie on Monday 9th May at 1pm to learn lots more about jewellery making.

3 Comments

  1. Trudi Lee May 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Really looking forward to your first show, Steph. We will be watching!!!!

  2. Jenni Venstone May 9, 2011 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Looking forward to watching you. All the best for this afternoon Jenni V.

  3. Susan Stent May 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Loved the show but why are there no products to buy on the website? I had intended to browse the kits at leisure but cannot find any!

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