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FOR THE DESIGNER Designer For the

As the new year fast approaches, LAUREN MORTON delves into the world of the designer maker, and takes a look at who is supplying the tools and materials.

for individual customers too. Our generous discount ladders also set us apart from other suppliers.” The firm adds: “We are a family-run

Yorkshire business and are proud to have hard working and helpful staff, some of which have been with us for 30 years. Our focus is customer service and we like to build strong relationships with our customers.” The firm is also a supplier of the

Burhouse Beads

Whether it is a clasp, a bead, or a pair of pliers, not a single idea can become reality without the right gear. Current trends predictions for


Burhouse Beads Beading Tool Kit with zip pouch.


including a range of sheet in various alloys.

available by Stephen Betts A selection of pieces RIGHT

2014 include themes of nature, tribal, personalisation and futurism. Garnets and mossy greens are expected to be prominent, as well as influences from Asia and Africa. Designers are also reaching for beads and gold trimmings. Initials and tattoo-inspired jewellery accompany futuristic androgyny, and muted colours contrast with bold geometric shapes giving designers a vast range of ideas to catch the attention of prospective buyers. Standing out from a sea of

companies each competing to grab the designer’s attention can be

38 | Jewellery Focus Stephen Betts

he ideas that spring from the minds of designers are brought to life by the quality of their tools.

difficult; BURHOUSE BEADS offers a vast array of gemstones to compete in a busy market: “There is little we don’t do or can’t source if we don’t already stock it. We are happy to source

designer’s best friend: tools. “Our choice of tools includes our own designer range and other branded tools too. We have all the necessary tools for most aspects of jewellery making. Also our hardware range is expanding at the moment with pretty new gift bags and boxes.” Targeting designers can be tricky

as their needs can often be specific; STEPHEN BETTS take this very seriously as the company offers quality products right from the hands of fellow designers. The company says: “We are experts in the precious metals | November 2013

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