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A year of recycled glass jewellery

Recycled glass necklace

Hello, and welcome to my blog for 2018! I’m a big fan of New Years. I also love new months, new weeks, and new days!  This year I have decided to challenge myself a little bit. I’m going to share a photograph of recycled glass jewellery every day. I love making beads from recycled glass, and I love that people resonate with it so much.

To kick the year off I have made a necklace from some of the recycled glass beads that I made from a Coopers Ale bottle. I love the sparkly gold and silver beads in between.

To be honest, I really love that a product destined for a bin can be transformed into a beautiful, wearable piece of art!  Thanks for joining me on this journey for 2018.

Recycled glass necklace

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Alice Potter Workshop – THE Brooch!

Alice Potter brooch - made at the workshop

Ta da!  This is the brooch that I made at the Alice Potter workshop!  Admittedly, there were a few modifications after my daughter wore it to school today and lost some of the pieces, but it’s pretty close to being the same.  I think I’ll be able to wear it with just about all of the clothes in my wardrobe!  Funny how you gravitate to what you like.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and I look forward to seeing what other workshops the Jam Factory have to offer.

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Alice Potter Workshop


I went to a very inspiring workshop at the Jam Factory last night.  It was “Making Wearable Art” and it was led by the fabulous jeweller Alice Potter.

We were given a little goody bag filled with all sorts of interesting bits and pieces.  Alice showed us examples of her amazing jewellery, gave us a few tips and suggestions, and then let us go crazy for the next couple of hours making whatever we wanted.  I had a lot of fun just messing around with all of the things we had been given, but I thought I should try to make at least one thing.

I would show you a photograph of that piece, except my daughter took a bit of a shine to it this morning and wore it to school for Harmony Day!  I will photograph it and show you tomorrow.

I felt so grateful that I was able to go to the workshop.  It really opened me up to new ideas and new way of doing things.  I had a lot of fun making the brooch, and I am looking forward to wearing it (if I get it back)!  I realised that brooches have been something I have always wanted to make, but have never quite worked out how to do them with glass + beads.  It’s not impossible, but it is tricky.  The workshop has made me start thinking about making brooches again.  Wonder where that will end up?  Stay tuned!