May 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter May 2016

Hi Just a quick newsletter to let you all know of the new changes coming to Dizzy Di’s

Saturday 28th May Bead, findings and all things craft sale

That’s Craftys Class room, Unit 1E Bates Industrial Est, Church Road, Harold wood, Essex, RM3 0UH

From 10am to 3pm one day only

Prices starting from 5p for bags of findings and beads.

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We now have a new studio that I will be having an Open Day

SATURDAY 4th June 10am to 3pm

Free make and takes, learn about our new lessons and workshops lots of new bead and findings:

45 Squirrels Heath Lane, Romford, Essex RM2 6DP

Dizzy Di’s Jewellery making kits are now available on as well


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Ice Resin Design Team


Hi As some of you are now aware I was chosen as part of the ICE Resin® I must admit I could not be more proud.


Hi I am Dizzy Di and I am a member of the ICE Resin® Design Team 2016. I have been happily teaching, making and designing jewellery for the last 30+ years.
I live in the London Borough of Havering, in the UK, with my wonderful patient husband Pete, who can often be seen with me at bead shows. We have 5 kids between us, but more importantly I have a tribe of 8 grandchildren so far, with 4 more joining the tribe later on this summer.
In 2008 I took the amazing step to be full time jewellery tutor and glass artist. I teach 2 weekly classes in Havering and each week I teach a different project. I also travel around the UK teaching at shops and beading groups, if you would like me to teach at your venue please contact me. Teaching and learning is a passion of mine, in particular ICE Resin™, bead weaving, lampwork beads and wire work.

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The Key to the City
In 2010 I came runner up in the advanced Lampworker category at Flame off 2010 GBUK (Glass Beads UK) with ‘Ladies Day’ a set of lampwork hats. I also came 3rd in the British Bead Awards for Sand Storm beads and was a finalist in the wire work with a chain mail bracelet celebration, and in 2012 I won Independent trader with Havering Business awards.
I have been making jewellery since 1980 and discovered lampworking in 2001 by watching Martin Tuffnell at the Epsom show, boy did he make it look easy. Away I went, starter kit in hand and totally addicted. Hot head and propane bottles took over my downstairs lounge, so for some reason I got moved to a purpose built log cabin known as “the Shabin” by the rest of the family. Then onto Wat Tyler Country Park. But sadly Basildon council closed the craft village at Wat Tyler in December 2009 so I then moved to a studio at View Garden Centre, Wickford. In May 2011 I made the amazing jump to Romford Shopping hall. There I ran Dizzy Di’s Bead Shop and School of Jewellery, I closed the shop November 2014 to concentrate on teaching, writing and designing new products for the craft industry.

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I can fly
January 2015 was life changing for me, I got on a plane and went to CHA Anaheim to learn more jewellery making skills looking for new and innovative ideas to bring back to the UK. One of my first classes was with Suze Miller Weinberg, teaching ICE Resin™. In I went and sat next to the wonderful Julie Wilcox, From Cover 2 Cover, she explained to me how to mix ICE Resin™ and where I had been going wrong. That was the start of a life changing workshop. Within one workshop not only was I addicted to ICE Resin™, I had met Candy Rosenberg, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Jen Cushman and Misty Grosse, and somehow got invited to assist with Misty Gosse in a class Jen Cushman was teaching, my fabulous journey with ICE Resin™ began.

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My jewellery has many influences from the environment around me, the UK’s History to a love of the River Thames and collecting cockle shells, butterflies and poppies. Where my work goes in 2016 who knows, the journey is just beginning.

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Spring Thames Blue Bird

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Off to the Tower

Well since my last blog life got a bit hectic, I have applied for my first design team and booked some classes for February 2016 which I am really looking forward too.

Friday I sat down to do some beading and ended up tidying my work space!  For those that know my organized chaos well, this turned out to be a 3 day challenge!!! But I now have a drying space for resin and an empty bead mat.

My beading table has been mainly filled with Ice Resin this week. This pendant/brooch is part of a statement necklace I have made recently.  Pete and I recently took a trip to the Tower of London and inspiration took over.  I had a great time going round all the novelty shops in Tower Bridge area, think some of the shop keepers thought I was a little mad!

Ice Resin Necklace: The Key to the City, but then again might change the name to “May be it’s because I am Londoner”  What do you think?

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I am now off to work with some new beads and new tools that I acquired on a visit to G J Beads in Hale Cornwall,  results of will follow soon.

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My First BLOG

This is my 1st blog of many I hope.

This last month has been pretty amazing, had my first resin article published in Bead and Jewellery magazine Issue 66, starting a blog and finally had a weekend off with Pete in Cornwall.

Going to say bye for now and see if it works