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Designs by karen blasdel

More Blues

The gorgeous blue pendant inspired this design. I actually saw this design on a website, and I really liked the pendant, so I ordered the pendent...
Components: Blue/Green pendant glass beads swarovski bicones for the bail


Under The Sea

I was inspired by the starfish pendant. I got it on sale, and as soon as I saw it I knew how I wanted to design it.
Components: Starfish pendant, 4mm fire polished crystal dark aqua 4mm fire polished crystal aquamarine 4mm fire polished crystal capri blue turquoise cord


Black Magic

I made this necklace to go with a top that I wore to my hubby's family reunion banquet. My top was a patterned black and white, so i wanted...
Components: Black pillow beads (not sure what they are), silver bali spacer beads, black chain and findings.


carnelian and copper

This design was inspired by my total lack of creativity today. I decided to have a lazy day just playing with beads, but everything I touched...
Components: large carnelian beads copper daisy spacers antique copper accent beads antique copper chain


Flower Power

The silver flower was the inspiration for this design. I made it to wear to work this week. I don't think I should have paired the flower with...
Components: Silver flower focal pendant, pink fossil beads black glass beads silver artistic wire for the ring


Wally World Special

I got the turquoise pendant and chips at Walmart in a clearance bin, and who can resist a bargain at Wally World!!! This is what I came up with...
Components: Turquoise pendant, Turquoise chips (imitation) silver spacers.


Third times a charm

I had been trying to make a tree of life all weekend, but they looked terrible. I decided tonight I was going to make one thast I could post. This...
Components: 16 gauge copper wire 24 gauge copper wire Green turquoise chips


Practice, practice, pratice

I was looking at tutorials on jewelrylessons.com and found this free tutorial for these wire earrings. This is my version of it. I used a heavier...
Components: 14 gauge copper wire 20 gauge copper wire lime green mop beads


Simply Purple

I got the large dyed agate for half price of course I couldn't pass up a bargain!!!! It is a basic string necklace with a bit of sparkle to it.
Components: Dyed purple focal stone. 4mm dyed agate beads silver spacer beads orchid lined crystal magatamas


Tibetan Flower

I was inspired by the silver tebetan flower. It origninally started out with 3 of the flower links, but it just wouldn't hold it shape, so I...
Components: 41mm Tibetan silver flower link, black agate coil beads silver rondelle spacers, antique silver toggle


funky copper swirls

I have been seeing so many wonderful wire work artists on here, I decided to try fooling around with some copper wire, and this is the result!
Components: 14 GA non-tarnish copper wire, hammered. Copper ear wires


My Fair Guinevere

I decided to make this for my daughter's birthday I remember the year she was born the magnolia trees were out in bloom, and when I saw these beads...
Components: Rhodochrosite teardrop Angel Skin pink FW pearsl seed mix in My Fair Guinevere GP findings


sponge coral

I saw a design at my LBS using the sponge coral, so I bought a few of the smaller rounds and the larger focal, and this is what I made with mine.
Components: sponge coral, s/p chain


rings and more rings

These are the left over rings from my last show.
Components: Assorted stones, faux pearls, swarovski crystals, artistic wire


Orbital

These bracelets are made using the orbital chain maille pattern, that I learned at a class I took last Saturday at my LBS.
Components: 9mm silver jump rings for the bracelet base. 1/4 18 gauge colored jemp rings used for the orbital design.


My Favorite

I made this necklace to wear with a new blouse I bought. I was quite proud of myself as this was the first time I wire wrapped each bead. It has...
Components: Purple fossil beads, silver links


At the helm

This was my first attempt at an actual chain maille pattern. I was told by the girls at my LBS that it was easy. It took me 3 hours and my poor old...
Components: silver plated jump rings silver toggle


purple fairie

I made this set for myself for my 50th birthday. It was a design from a Bead Style magazinc that had designs from around the world. This one was...
Components: purple czech beads rounds and rondelles, silver spacer beads, lilac glass pearls, green girl fairie pendant


chain maille

I saw a similar design at my LBS and thought I'd try something similar in a necklace. It is a 2 to 1 chain maille. I like how it sparkles as you...
Components: 6mm & 8mm silver plated jump rings turquoise miyuki long magatama beads.


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