A LOCAL crafter has had her "five minutes of fame" after being invited to talk live on TV about her handmade jewellery business.

Sharon Aslett from Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, appeared on GB News on Friday, November 4, after being invited on by her friend Anne Diamond, who presents the breakfast show with Stephen Dixon.

Sharon said she was surprised when she was asked to be on the show to talk about her small hobby, making costume jewellery.

Bucks Free Press: Sharon with her unique jewellerySharon with her unique jewellery (Image: Sharon Aslett)

She said: "I make costume jewellery from old broken unwanted jewellery, upcycled into one-off unique designs. I sell the pieces online and go to craft shows throughout the year. I sell mostly at craft shows because it's hard for a little business like me on Google to be recognised.

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"People do find me on the website but on average I get five hits, that day when I was on the show I got 150 hits on my website, it generated some sales which is more than I've ever got!"

Sharon sells her jewellery pieces at reasonable prices.

When presenter Stephen asked her why her prices are so cheap, she said she wanted to keep it low due to the cost of living crisis.

She said: "I think at the moment, jewellery is a luxury item and if people are struggling to pay for food they wont buy jewellery and you have to provide for families.

"Christmas is a great time to sell at craft shows where you'll find children's jewellery and pendants and Christmas gift boxes. Online, you'll find my premier collection of statement necklaces, bead necklaces and bracelets." 

Sharon wants to focus more on her hobby after being told she is being made redundant from her job, a Dutch biotech company, next month.

The 56-year-old exectuve assistant said: "Craft shows will be there for me but I'd love it to take off on my website. if I don’t give it a shot now at least I've tried. I've had my five minutes of fame so now I just want to put my heart and soul into this."

Sharon had a lightbulb moment for her small business after chatting to her friend one day.

She said: "It’s something that came about, you know when you have a box of buttons and cotton. She wanted to borrow something, I had rope and jewellery and she said why don’t you make jewellery? I always like to be creative as my job isn't creative so I've found my niche."

Sharon also thanked her mum Muriel Franklin for supporting her and helping her at the craft shows.

She said: "I couldn't do it without her."

Sharon will be selling her jewellery at Stokenchurch Christmas Market on Saturday, November 26. Visit https://www.shazazzjewellery.co.uk/ if you're looking for unique pieces of jewelley handmade in Bucks.