About Bowerbird Jewellery!

My jewellery style is eclectic ranging from silver and copper pieces to plastic found on local Cornish beaches.  I am inspired by anything and everything – nature, from plants to animals and the natural landscape, history, historic buildings, my passion for literature like Jane Austen or art movements like Arts and Crafts, William Morris through to the geometric lines of Art Deco and the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau.

Primarily self-taught, I can also use a range of high quality glass seed beads, shaped beads, Swarovski Crystals as well as Czech Preciosa firepolished faceted beads to create wonderfully textured beaded jewellery.

I also love to design and create mixed media jewellery and utilise all sorts of craft products like shrink plastic, Jewel Enamal or UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) and Gilding wax.  My passion for nature and vintage can form to create jewellery – such as creating silicone moulds from found objects and vintage buttons, fossils and keys to produce unique items of jewellery for people who are unique, original and like to make a statement with their jewellery – definitely something different from the High Street Norm!

I also incorporate semi-precious gemstones, handmade polymer clay beads or sometimes found objects such as sea glass or rusty bolts and I also create Japanese Kumihimo braided jewellery and crochet jewellery too!  I have successfully completed Grade 1 of the Diploma for Precious Metal Clay and a City & Guilds level 2 diploma in Traditional Silversmithing & Jewellery at Truro College.

I am a member of the Bead Society of Great Britain and my jewellery has been featured in national and international Bead/Jewellery magazines.  One of my more complex pieces ‘Sea Necklace’ was included for exhibition at the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.

large pearl focal pendant with cream and blue seed bead necklace strap
Sea Necklace, copyright Amanda Crago 2010

I sell my work in a variety of places within Cornwall and online.  You can see my work at:

Endless Spiral, Chapel Street, Penzance.  Just opposite the famous Egyptian House is the wonderful boutique selling clothes, gifts and of course jewellery and cards!

Falmouth Art Gallery – My Art Deco mixed media jewellery, Pendennis Castle pendants and Japanese Washi earrings!

My Folksy online shop – Folksy is a UK Based online shop dedicated to Designer Makers based in the UK and handmade items!

My Etsy Online shop – Etsy is an American based website also dedicated to Designer Makers and only sells handmade items or supplies – for people working all over the world!

I was also commissioned by a local design company to create a bead netting section for the interactive display of the Royal Cornwall Museum’s new Egyptian Ancient Civilisation Gallery in 2012.

Egyptian bead netting example at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Egyptian bead netting example at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

Cheers,

Amanda Crago