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Inside the Studio with Claire Lockwood of Something To Do With Your Hands

Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
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Hoooooooo…. I feel like I’m coming to the end of a marathon. After days and days of photo-editing and listing drafting, I’m finally in a position to add new things to both my shops – new beads, new jewellery.  I added lots of new beads to my Etsy shop last night. Here’s just a selection.

(Apologies for the grey tinge to some of the photos – terrible photography weather here recently!)
I’ve been doing lots of slip-decorating of porcelain…
…and trying to master forming a cone cap:
More porcelain here. I just love it with cobalt oxide:
As ever, I’ve made plenty of earring pairs…
…and I’m still loving lilies and leaves:
These bead sets are a new thing. I spent ages building up layers of different colours and marks, subtle variations in shades, and a range of textures.
Here are a few more bead sets.
What else? Headpins:
Naive / primitive face cubes
And also these big ol’ thorn focals:
They were inspired by some wooden beads I bought recently from Pine Needles Sweet Grass
Cool, hey? They’re so wonderful. However, I had imagined they’d be bigger and chunkier and might work as focal in a big necklace. (I always forget to look at measurements when I order things!) The thorns I bought will be great in earrings and more delicate necklaces but I was set on having some big thorn-like necklace focals. So, I tried making some. I hope my ceramic pieces diverge from their inspiration enough not to seem like a rip off!
And finally, on the bead front, some more of these old favourites – 
Some of these pieces have sold but there’s still lots to be snapped up in the shop.
But, I also mentioned new jewellery. Here are just a few of the new pieces I’ve made – there are many, many more. Of course, they feature lots of art beads.
hand-painted wood – Graceful Willow
feather rounds – Blueberribeads; faceted round – Something to do Beads
ceramic building – Jubilee; ceramic cog and spike – Marsha Neal; ceramic stick pendant – Scorched Earth
ceramic drop – Scorched Earth
copper bead – Joanne Tinley; ceramic coin – Something to do Beads; bingo chip clasp – Amanda Davie
Now I’ve bombarded you with visuals, it’s time for the giveaway. Up for grabs today? A $15 of credit  to spend in either my bead shop or my jewellery shop. The question? What new things are you going to be working on this weekend? – or next week? – or when you first have opportunity? Just answer in a comment and you’ll be in with a chance of winning!
Bye for now, Claire

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jess Green
    May 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Ooooo… Lovely lovely beads! My buy-it button finger is itching…

    I'm hoping to try riveting this weekend! Just got a selection of tools through for it and really want to have a go at building up some interesting pendants πŸ™‚

  2. Reply
    Saraccino
    May 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Okay, your beads are a temptation to write! πŸ™‚

    I bought a ring and bracelet mandrel this week (or rather they arrived this week) so I hope I get some time to play with them! πŸ™‚

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    Kathy Lindemer
    May 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I love your bead selection. I love them all and want them all!

    I have some new ceramic beads that I am dying to make into earrings this weekend,

  4. Reply
    sequana
    May 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I'm attempting to learn some easy wire weaving and finding that none of it is "easy" after all.

    Lovely beads up above.

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    Renetha Stanziano
    May 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Love those headpins! This weekend I will be working on a few bead challenges, looking after my son (he has a cold), and might even get in some quilting/sewing time this weekend.

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    Kristina
    May 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I'm going to be making ear cuffs for myself, my mother and my sister. But my sister doesn't know yet because it's part of a surprise so shhh.

    Also, I LOVE the way you used the chain on those first earrings. That would be a perfect way to use up extra chain that you can't just fix or attach a jump ring to.

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    Mary Harding
    May 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Great new work Claire!! So original and so suited to cool jewelry making!!

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    Kristen
    May 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I have been make beads from copper tubing whenever I get a fee minutes and next week I hope to flame enamel them. I really love how your beads are different from one another. You have diverse looks and done so well!

  9. Reply
    Carol Briody
    May 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I purchased some wonderful artbead headpins from Genea recently with the intention to enter last month's ABS Challenge. Then, life got crazy and I missed the boat. So, I'm really anxious to create with those ASAP!! Claire, your new beads and jewelry are awesome!

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    Shaiha
    May 10, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I got to spend today in the studio working on making some jewelry from a challenge kit with lots of sea glass and glass pearls. I feel really productive because I made more then one design.

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    fulgorine
    May 10, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I'm moving house so I will be packing boxes, but the carrot at the end is my own studio once the dust settles.

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    bairozan
    May 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I'll try to wireweave a piece of raw sea glass πŸ™‚ And if it doesn't work (I guess I will find out in 3-4 hours from the start, ha-ha), I'll try wirecaged beads πŸ™‚

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