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  1. I am often sent pictures of the wonderful things our customers make with our beads and I am always amazed at how talented they are. For me personally its one of the best bits of my job, I love seeing the different ways the beads have been used. They really come alive.  I  love the idea that you could give 10 people a pack of identical beads and they would all create different things with them.


    I thought I would share a few of the lovely pieces of jewellery created with our beads as they deserve to be seen by as many people as possible. If in the process we help the designers that's even better


    Here's the first one.....


     ellies bracelet



    This gorgeous colourful bracelet has been designed and created by Ellie from Elliegant Gems using our 8mm Multi Coloured Semi Precious Jade Beads. It makes me feel cheerful just looking at it. If you want to check out more of Ellie's work have a look here -



    Here is our next one.....





    I love this from Laura at Mini Minx And Mama made with our Glass Pearl Teardrops, White Glass Jelly beads and Clear Crystal Rondelle beads.  If you want to check out more of Laura's work have a look here -



    Here is our next one.....




    A gorgeous collection of pieces from Ruby from Purple Ruby's Jewellery using our Glass Crystal Rondelle Beads and Frosted Glass Beads. I love them all. I especially love the way Ruby has photographed the pieces. If you want to see more of Ruby's work have a look here -



    The next one.....




    This lovely bracelet was created by Lauren from Lauren's Jazzy Jewels from one of our Gemstone Bead Soup Mixes. If you want to see more of Lauren's designs have a look here -



    Last one .....




    I love the wirework on this beautiful necklace from Sarah at Funky Frippery. What I would give to be able to create something as beautiful as this. Sarah has used our Purple Glass Purple Teardrop Beads and don't they look fabulous!. If you want to see more of Sarah's creation have a look here -


    Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and don't forget to check out all our designers websites, etsy shops or facebook pages.


    Karen xx


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  2. We just wanted to let you all know about a couple of new features coming to our website very soon. 



    The first one is probably my favourite, it's a gallery of pictures of the wonderful things our clever and talented customers create with our beads.  

    So please keep sending us your pictures. We love to see them all, but unfortunately as much as we would like to ,we can't show them all.


    Help & Advice 

    The second new feature is a resource page featuring hints, tips, advice, information about bead sizes etc, etc. We hope you will find it very useful 

    We are currently working very hard behind the scenes to create these new features for you. 


    As always we would love to know what you, our fabulous customers, think about are new features, our website or anything else for that matter.


    So let us know... what do YOU think? 


    Karen xx 


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  3. Happy New Year!

    I find the start of a new year very exciting, the old year has gone, along with it the mistakes we made and things we could or should have done better. The slate has been wiped clean and we can begin again. The whole year is in front of us, it can be anything we want it to, we can be anything we want to. 

    We are hoping 2014 will be a wonderful year for us at Somerset Beads, we have lots of ideas in the pipeline and new products which we are very excited about.

    Thank you for your support in 2013, it really does mean an enormous amount to me personally. 

    Karen xx




  4. Want to make your own jewellery but don't know where to begin. The best places to start is with stretchy bracelets, they look fabulous worn layered together, so make a few!

    So what do you need - Some jewellery making elastic, I would recommend 1mm, obviously some beads, and a dab of jewellery glue or clear nail varnish. No tools required!

    Here is my step by step guide to making your own stretchy bracelets.


    1) Choose your beads and decide how you are going to arrange them.


    2) Measure your wrist and add on a couple of inches either side so you have enough extra to easily tie a knot.

    3) Arrange your beads on the elastic in your chosen order


    4) Test the bracelet around your wrist to make sure it fits

    5) Once you are sure it fits, tie a simple overhand knot and pull very tight, you will notice a difference in the tension of the elastic.Tie a second knot and pull tightly again.

    6) Apply a small dab of glue or nail varnish to the knot and leave to dry for a few hours.





    7) Once fully dry, snip off the ends close to the knot.


    It's as simple as that. Make a few and wear them together!


    Now you have mastered a stretch bracelet why not try something a bit harder, like this beautiful hematite bracelet


    Karen x



    In case you don't know me, my name is Karen and I run Somerset Beads. I thought I would explain how my bead addiction led to the creation of Somerset Beads.  Where do I begin, well as Julie Andrews once sang...lets start at the very beginning, its a very good place to start. For quite sometime I had the feeling that there was something creative inside of me trying to get out. You have to bear in mind that although my star sign is Pisces, and if you believe in all that, I should be creative, well I'm not.  Anyway as I was saying I felt as if I could be creative, that there was something there, I just had to find a way of expressing it.

    I tried knitting, the least said about the the better. Sewing, can't even sew a button on and card making which was more like mess making. Finally I came to jewellery making and beads. It was the beads that attracted me.

    I didn't necessarily want to make anything with them, in fact I was happier just looking at them, playing with them, holding them.  I made a few pieces of jewellery which were not very good and I quickly ran out of ideas. But and here's the important bit I kept buying beads with absolutely no idea of what I was going to do with them. Soon I had a lot of beads, it was at this point that I started to suspect I might be a bead addict.

    As my bead stash grew and my ideas of what to do with them diminished, I decided I had to try to reduce my stash. I started listing a few beads on ebay, they sold well, so I listed a few more. They sold well and it was at this point Somerset Beads was born. I discovered I could have the best of both worlds. I could have as many pretty, sparkly beads as I wanted, to look at and play with, but without the pressure of having to do something with them.

    What happened about being creative I hear you ask...well that's the best bit. I now create Beady Bundles, Inspiration Packs and Bead Boxes for other people to do something I couldn't..make beautiful jewellery. Do you know what, I'm really rather good at it. There really was something creative in me, I just had to find my "thing".

    Gillys Purple Inspiration Pack


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