My name is Christine and I am a designer jewellery maker.
Wire & Bead opened in 2010, having designed and made jewellery as a hobby for several years. I opened on-line shops on Amazon and Etsy, both have proved very successful. I also supply retailers including my local Christian Bookshop in Preston who have supported me from the beginning.
I am a self-taught having read many books and magazines and viewed videos on the subject. The best way of learning however is by trail and error, I have learnt a lot over the years.
I love working with wire and particularly enjoy wire wrapping. I can be more creative with my designs and it enables me to easily make adjustments to the finished item.
I am meticulous with my material choice
Through careful selection have narrowed my suppliers. Materials must meet my own high standard of quality & that meet EU directives for nickel content.
I work with Sterling Silver, Silver Filled and Plated Wires in Silver and Gold. Swarovski Crystals & Pearls, Freshwater Pearls and Gemstones are favourites of mine. I also use glass and acrylic beads if more suited to my design.
I have a busy life with my family and running a business and I try to keep fit by going to Pilates and Aqua-Fitness. My husband Peter I have four children and eight grandchildren between us all between 1 and 7 so they keep us on our toes!
I have also started to customise glass cabochons.
My inspiration for these comes from watercolours painted by my brother-in-law, I love the colours in his paintings. He has allowed me to use photographs of them to create unique glass cabochons to use in my designs.
If there is anything you need to know or require a bespoke item or repair please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I hope you enjoy browsing my web site.
I have so many ideas but not enough time!