Tuesday, 2 October 2012


OCTOBER is going to be a sparse month for the
Guild!  I wont have time to update it, or
post new tutorials ... so, before I disappear for
the next few weeks, I want to make sure that every
beader in the U.K. is aware of the wonderful show
that is about to hit Sandown Racecourse, in Surrey on
20th October 2012

You'll experience a plethora of stunning beads, tools,
semi-precious stones and a great variety of

You'll also be able to see my WHAMMER being
and witness first hand how 'stroke hammering' is applied
to wire to create unique, bespoke jewellery.  If you
haven't got a steel block and Whammer yet, I definitely
recommend that you visit the London Jewellery
Supply stand!

The world's first specialist wire jewellery hammer!

If you can't make the show ... LJS has another date
for your diary - the opening of their new showroom
and workshop in Hampton (just a stone's throw from
Hampton Court Palace) ...

Grand Opening of Showroom:
OCTOBER 30th from 4.30pm 
and I'll be there to demo the Whammer!  Information on
workshops that they'll be running at their premises can be 
obtained very soon ...
*P.S. Here's a date for your diary: I'm booked to run Xmas themed
wire and bead sessions there on Tuesday 20th November!!*

But back to:

Do make a point of looking out for  
Bead lampworker extraordinaire!!

She'll have a fantastic array of her stunningly unique glass 
beads for sale and I can guarantee each one is a treasure, 
that can be incorporated and designed into a fabulous piece 
of original, contemporary jewellery!

I bumped into Sarah not so long ago, when we were judging 
the British Bead Awards and I just couldn't resist purchasing 
a few of her eye-wateringly delicious handmade beads ... 
take a look below, at some of the jewellery I have created using 
Sarah's beautiful beads:

S.Downton 'Coin' bead with wire/crystal bail

S Downton 'Cylinder' bead with wirewrapping and bail

S Downton 'Fish' bead with wavy wire chain

S Dowton 
'Bar' bead
with 3D frame

So, keep your creative endorphins topped-up and I'll be back in
November with some Christmas themed inspiration!

And if you haven't yet seen my TWISTER BEADS tutorial, I'll leave
you with this ... HAPPY WIREWORKING!!

Twister Bead Tutorial using Whammer!