Steampunk Apothecary Book Launch

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

27 June 2013

Steampunk Apothecary

On Sunday 9th June, at the beautiful Malt Cross Music Hall in Nottingham, Jema "Emilly Ladybird" Hewitt launched her lovely new book, Steampunk Apothecary

Steampunk Apothecary invites readers to go on a fantastical journey of discovery where they'll encounter an array of astounding characters and visions. It contains 20 gorgeous jewellery projects, inspired by the fairies, vampires and other intriguing creatures that Emilly (and the reader!) meet on their travels.

Emilly Ladybird

Guests to the book launch were invited to dress 'for afternoon tea at the Ritz' - steampunk style. There were five different types of fabulous cake, including a scrumptious brandy and ginger cake and another decorated with an icing octopus! 

Octopus Cake

As well as this there were balloons, prizes and lots of wonderful steampunk outfits. What a brilliant afternoon - and the perfect way to celebrate the launch of such an intriguing, inspiring jewellery book.

Library Cake

Steampunk Apothecary is £14.99 and available from

Photographs: Martin Soulstealer

Beadalon Design Competition

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

19 June 2013


Beadalon _Design _Contest _2013_2_


You can win $1,000 gift voucher for Beadalon and have your jewellery design featured in their adverts, which appear in magazines all over the world.


All you have to do is create a piece of jewellery using Beadalon beading wire. You must use Beadalon bead stringing wire for at least 50% of the design and all other stringing products must be available from Beadalon. 


You can enter as many times as you like, just email a photograph (up to 300dpi and no larger than 2MB) to or post an 8x10 inch photograph to:

ATTN: Yvette Rodriguez,
Beadalon Design Contest 2013,
440 Highland Blvd,
Coatesville, PA 19320

Make sure that you include a complete list of materials used, including beads, stringing materials and tools, with part number if available. Also include your contact information and the inspiration behind the design.

The deadline is 31 December 2013, so there's plenty of time. The judging panel will judge based on the level of difficulty, technique, style and artistic use of design using Beadalon bead stringing wire.

If you have any questions email

Good luck! 






The Nomad: Memory of the Future

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

13 June 2013

Born in Buryat, Russia, Dashi Namdakov is one of Russia's most prominent contemporary sculptors and jewellers. On 16 June the exhibition of his works, The Nomad: Memory of the Future is coming to the National Arts Club in New York, featuring over 60 works of art, with a strong focus on his jewellery.

While we're not about to jet off to New York (sadly), here are some of Dashi's pieces of jewellery to intrigue and inspire you. He draws his inspiration from his native culture, where Buddhist religion and shamanic mythology combine. He blends techniques and traditions from East and West to create truly unique jewellery. 

He often combines traditional jewellery materials such as precious metals and stones, with materials used in Buryat, such as wood, horse hair and mammoth tusks. Dashi treats precious stones in often unorthodox ways, for example using cut diamonds set deep into a material for a cloisonne effect, rather than raising the stone for the light to shine through.

Most of his pieces are one-of-a-kind, and many are in personal collections of prominent collectors worldwide, including Uma Thurman and Willie Nelson!

Eternity Earrings , 2004. Cast And Stamped White And Yellow Gold 

Eternity earrings, 2004. Cast and stamped white and yellow gold.

 Truth , 2004. Cast And Stamped Gold , Stones

Truth, 2004. Cast and stamped gold, stones.

 Predator , 2007. Cast Gold , Stones

Predator, 2007. Cast gold, stones.

 Lion , 2007. Cast And Stamped Gold , Stones

Lion, 2007. Cast and stamped gold, stones.

 She -predator , 2004. Cast And Stamped Gold , Stones

She-predator, 2004. Cast and stamped gold, stones.

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