Artisan Spotlight: Bedecked Beads UK

First off, tell us about yourself.
My name is Val and I have been running my current handmade business since 2009. I live just outside the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.



How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always enjoyed making things and as a child I used to make clothes for my dolls, moving on to knit and sew for myself as a teenager. Crafting went on the back burner for a few years, when I married and had children. Although I did love helping my kids with their school projects!


Where do you get your inspiration from?
Crafting came back into my life when I moved up to Scotland from England. I started making greetings cards and graduated into ATC’s, getting involved in international swaps. I moved onto jewellery after having made some altered art dominoes and wondering how I could make them into wearble art. I started making beaded jewellery but wanted more satisfaction for my work and I came across polymerclay which enabled me to put my own creativity into the pieces I was making.


What do you love most about your jewelry business?
I love having the freedom to create jewellery from scratch either inspired by the wonderful polymer clay artists in the world such as Donna Kato, Melanie Muir and Shannon Tabor and the wonderful flora and fauna of Scotland.


Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love reading, mainly suspense novels, spending time with my family and two gorgeous cats.

URL of your shop.
You can find my work on my website and also on instagram and Facebook (Bedecked Beads). I am currently coordinator for the British Polymer Clay Guild in Scotland.

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