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Boho

I have always wanted to do this pendant but didn't know where to start!
Components: boho pendant, Gilder's Paste, agate nuggets, brass chain, sari silk, small Agate rounds, grey, gray blue and blue drops, waxed linen in teal, brass hook


Tribute to Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year! I'm sure this won't be the first Fall piece I make.
Components: Polymer clay log, acorn, leaf chain..LB, assorted orange and green beads, polymer clay leaf, sari silk and Patricia Healey bumpy toggle.


PC Bead Sale!

After making hundreds of PC beads for the last several months, I have decided to see if anyone might be interested in purchasing some! Let me know...
Components: All canes were handmade by me, there may be some very slight imperfections, but isn't that the charm of handmade items? The main picture is #1 followed in order by #'s 2-6. If you are interested in any of them, please just message me on here and I will email back with prices and policy. I wish the picture quality was better--I used my camera phone, as my scanner doesn't get the colors right! Thank you!!


Parts is Parts

Misc Parts such as a band from a broken bracelet, half of a toggle clasp, several niftys from the scrapbook isle, one fabulous LB Czech oval, the...
Components: leather, copper wire, gears, Czech Glass oval, misc parts.


Bead Garden

I have not been making many beaded pieces so this was another practice piece. I chose a variety of beads and colors. I had no idea what name I'd...
Components: Many of these beads and findings are from LB. Ceramic, Czech, Swarovski, with a variety of brass findings.


Sturdy Recycled Cuff

This is for the slightly more advanced... since I had to do quite a bit of soldering! Although one could do quite similar things just by wire...
Components: Recycled leather belt (it had somehow shrunk, to the point of being useless...), "button" thingy, 1.2 mm sterling silver wire (soldered, polished and tumbled).


Decorative Ceiling Fan Pull

A great little gift idea.....sparkles!


Diaper Party Favors!!!

These are the earrings I made for my friends Diaper Party. I made 6 pairs, since she didn't invite that many people. I also am in the process of a...
Components: Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint, Satin Glaze, Ear-wires, Eyepins


Guess the material... and a necklace to match (the color)

One of my projects this summer has been to try making my own bone beads. I also got an order for some clip earrings, and thought it might be good...
Components: Bone discs made by me, Adirondack ink (LB), earclip base (bought locally), bronze wire. Necklace: jasper (impression? -- I'm SO bad with stones!), and sari silk, all LB, bronze wire.


Colors of the Southwest

I reside in Arizona. I am not a native Arizonian; but, a transplanted retiree. My home will always be Chicago. I just get to shovel sunshine...
Components: This bracelet consists of turquoise that was mined here in Arizona. You can still purchase American turquoise; however, be prepared to pay top dollars for the better quality beads. This bracelet cost me twenty five dollars with just the turquoise beads and the spiny oyster spacers. I found these tiny sterling silver saucers spacers beads from a Native American craftsman in New Mexico. They weren't that expensive as I feared. It made a huge difference and enhancing the beauty of the beads. Very Arizona and Native American. I learned that most of today's Native American jewelry designers use different types of natural elements like the red coral, the orange spiny oyster, Amber, and gemstones like Charolite, Gaspeite, and turquoise mined either here or Nevada, New Mexico, and now Colorado. I am learning about this state and all that it has to offer.


Just Believe

I have the word bead and I have a small
silver cross. I wanted to make a dainty bracelet to wear which would not be so overpowering nor being...
Components: A very dainty bracelet with a silver word bead that is my focal. I accented the word by using my tiny silver cross which also accents the ornate silver metal beads. The inner design consists of the Denim Blue luster SuperDuo's and Toho 11/0 Hematite seed beads. I used silver findings: silver beading wire, crimps, silver crimp covers, and a small rope designed toggle.


Seraphinite Necklace

I love Seraphinite, the color and the way it shimmers. The Seraphinite in this necklace is from Lima Beads and is so beautiful. It was definitely...
Components: Seraphinite Beads from Lima Beads. Vermeil Beads, clasps, and findings and large focal bead from various suppliers.


Beuaty in Beige

One thing that was on my "to do" list is making myself a neutral bracelet that would go with everything. I did just that. Beige with bling. I...
Components: The bracelet was great to construct with this simple bead pattern. I used my two toned Czech brown and crystal fire polished 6mm glass beads. The inner pattern is the SuperDuo Czech glass beadsin the pastel Brown/Coca color and the tiny seed beads are Toho 11/0 silver lined clear beads. I used silver findings : silver beading wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers, and a very small simple shiny silver toggle.


Czecher Blues

I'm in a Czech state of mind !!! I guess because the Czech is in my blood literally. My dad is Czech !!! I wanted to bead with the other type of...
Components: Bracelet is made with the Czech 8mm Jet Silver Picasso 2-hole pyramid beads. The inner design connecting the pyramids consists of Czech SuperDuo in the pastel Petrol color. The seed beads are the Toho 11/0 Higher Metallic frosted Mediterranean Blue and the 11/0 Metallic Hematite. I used my silver findings: silver bead wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers and a very simple plain shiny silver toggle with clasp.


Golden Mauve Splendor

I wanted to make myself a bracelet using my Czech Mates that I had sitting in my bead stash for a very long time. I'm in the Czech zone !!!!
Components: Two stranded bracelet utilizing the Czech Mates in the Picasso golden mauve design. The tiny seed beads are the Toho 11/0 in Opaque White/Pink and the larger Toho 8/0 in the Silver lined frosted light Topaz. I used gold in my findings: gold bead wire, gold crimps, gold crimp covers, and a gold barrel clasp.


White Tiger Lily PC Components

I thought I'd try my hand at polymer clay. These pieces have a base of twisted black, white and translucent clay. Then I rolled them in herbs and...
Components: PC, acrylic, herbs, spices, matte sealant


Tree Frog Tryst

I recently purchased these green tagua slices and had to quick make something with them.
This bracelet reminds me of those sweet, tropical-green...
Components: Smoky lavender ceramic beads, metallic lavender leather cord, wooden button, copper oval jump rings, recycled glass beads, tagua nut slices


The Olive Donut

This is a re-do. I think this is better.
Components: vintage lucite donunt, Czech olive green daisy's, waxed linen, two resin nuggets, Tiger's Eye rounds and sari silk.


More Bracelets and some Earrings

Just a handful of new bracelets and a couple pairs of earrings I've made recently.
Components: Polymer Clay, czech glass, seed beads, shell pearls, freshwater pearls, handmade clasps.


Redo Pendant

This is a redo of a pendant for my friend. I just wasn't happy with the first try. (pic#1) So after 3 failed attempts and a lot of lost wire.!! I...
Components: !8 gauge copper wire, 24 gauge, and Howlite beads.


Silverfish

I love to wear this because it's classic and elegant.
Components: Lapis Lazuli, Hill Tribe Silver fish charms, silver plated wire, and a silver toggle clasp.


Knitted Bracelet with Coral Chips

I knitted this with Black Iron wire, which is challenging because it's not dead soft, but I love the look! It's very comfortable to wear, too.
Components: Black Iron wire, Coral chips, black Coral beads, Swarovski crystals, and a hand forged Black Iron hook.


End of Summer

Fall is in the air but I don't want summer to go. I found this beautiful urchin focal by Beadcomber and wanted to make a bracelet that complemented...
Components: PC focal by Beadcomber, Agate, charite, pearls, Czech glass, silk ribbon, brass and copper findings.


*Flower Knots*

Just a simple knotted necklace with a little extra. I had started it but didn't have enough shell pearls. Then I found these little wood flowers...
Components: Shell pearls & tiny czech flowers/LB. Wood flowers, wood ring, aqua seed beads/Walmart. Cashmere czech beads/ArteBellaSupplies, Etsy. Knotted on S-lon cord.


Still Nut Hunting, Indian Summer and more

I have been making some necklaces and bracelets to replace the ones that had sold mostly with a fall and winter theme and colors.
Components: !. Still Nut Hunting : Gaea pendant, GGS squirrel bead, Czech glass, Jasper, Mushroom lampwork bead, Vintaj clasp and bead caps are from LB, rest fro my stash. 2. Indian Summer : Czech glass, copper plated chain from LB, from my stash charoite, Ub teardrop and spacer and more Czech glass. My own PC pendant 3. Blossom Czech glass from LB. rest from my stash. 3. Apple Orchard Czech glass, Kylie Parry apple bead, C-Koop leaf, African glass, button LB, Ebony wood from stash. 4. Anchusa : Dumortrierite and lampwork beads from Lima, rest from my stash.


and a few more....

just trying out new beads. Notice the bluegreen quartz bracelets--I used 2 different colors of linen. I figured with all the colors in the stones,...
Components: Stones, LB and elsewhere, buttons my stash, leather and linen and seed beads, LB


My bunch of bracelets. :)

same song, next verse
Components: Most of the stones are from LB, all the leather and waxed linen is from LB, seed beads from LB, copper beads and buttons, my stash.


Going Home Again

I just love the little house beads that Jubilee on Etsy makes! They are so very cute and rustic and they almost always remind me of somewhere I...
Components: ceramic house by Jubilee on Etsy, lampwork beads by Pinocean on Etsy, (czech glass, vintaj findings, unicorne glass beads, waxed linen-all from Lima)


Honey Dew with Cream

Boy, I have to admit that these Czech Mates are nice. I have small wrists and I love the daintier look personally. Simple and stylish is what I...
Components: Three strands of stringing with two of the Czech Mates. The seed beads are Toho with the very tiny 11/0 called opaque pastel frosted mudbrick. Whew...and that my friends is the color of those beads. The larger seed beads are ?. I believe they could be Miyuki. 8/0 in matte cream. Bead shops will sometimes package the seed beads with their own labeling like this one. The seed beads are consistent with Japanese in their quality. I used the Wild Fire white beading thread. Silver finding...crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians. I also used a silver three hole tube clasp. Oh geez...the middle strand !!! I strung a combination of the seed beads along with these 4mm Czech glass crystal beads in a smokey topaz color that picks up with those mudbricks. Evens out the color scheme of the total look.


Brownies with Cream

Still concentrating with the various Czech beads that have made their place in crafting. I wanted to try my hand with the Czech Mates. I had a...
Components: Double strand of beaded Czech Mates in this brownish design. The very tiny seed beads are the Toho 11/0 in matte cream. The slightly larger seed beads in the gold luster Toho 8/0. I strung all with black Fire Wire beading thread. I went with gold findings to complement the gold seed beads. I used gold crimps, crimp covers, and gold wire guardians. I also used the two hole gold tube clasp.


Burgandy in Pink

I wanted to try my luck with the Czech SuperDuo beads. I purchased this bead pattern for stringing these unique Czech beads. I also purchased...
Components: A delicate bracelet utilizing the 6mm Czech Picasso mauve crystal glass beads. The bead pattern consists of two superduo's in the pastel burgundy color. The very tiny seed beads are clear with a silver lining inside. I'm not sure as to what Japanese company supplied a local bead shop that I would shop at. The packaging is the bead shop's own packaging. With the consistency of the beads; it's either Miyuki or Toho. Many of the independent beads shops carry one or the other. I strung with white Fire Wire beading thread. Silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians and a very simple small silver toggle clasp to complete it.


Putting the Ox in Aqua

I wanted to try my luck with the Czech
Superduo beads. I know that they are tiny and primarily used in bead stitching work. I do openly admit...
Components: I used very old pale aqua glass beads as my focals and worked the bead pattern around them. The Oxblood seed beads are Toho 8/0. The tiny round seed beads are Toho 11/0 aqua with oxblood in the center of them. The Czech superduo is the pastel aqua. I used white Wild Fire beading thread along with my silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a small simple silver toggle clasp. Simple and dainty.


Pretty in Pietersite

I purchased a small cabochon of Pietersite awhile back ago. I searched to find these 8mm silver bead connectors so I could make myself a bracelet....
Components: The focal point of this dainty bracelet is the Pietersite cab that I set into this silver bracelet connector. I used my beading wire along with my silver crimps, crimp covers and the silver wire guardians. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 terra cotta and the 6mm beads are very old from my bead stash. They are glass. The tiny decorative 6mm silver bead spacers are very old as well. It gives the bracelet some pizazz.


Hip Hop

I made this bracelet around the cute little bunny.
Components: polymer clay bunny, Golem paisley..LB, Mykonos pink ceramic cornflakes and beads, Czech Glass Grey snake and stormy cloud beads..LB, Agate, Czech grey drops, grey pearl, copper Patricia Healey toggle..LB.


Fall Colors

I finally got round to making a wire collar necklace! Finished it in one evening, but it took a lot of creative thinking to figure out what I...
Components: Bronze wire, 1, 6 mm. Copper sheet of some unknown thin gauge (less than 0, 5 mm definitely) from my dad's shed. Red Creek Jasper sticks I got at LB this summer, and some thin copper wire.


A mess of bracelets

I had made a lot of polymer clay pieces and I've been trying to find time to make finished pieces out of them. I finally finished a handful, but...
Components: Polymer clay, lots of different Czech glass beads, Toho seed beads, Irish waxed linen, handmade clasps.


Faerie Land

I thought this bead...a "Faerie House" was something I had to have!
Components: Faerie house, Golem pink daisy, Greek ceramic beads, brass chain, sari silk, Rose Quartz nuggets, Rose Quartz butterfly, Brass hook, pink waxed linen.


Dangles, Dangles & More Dangles!

These are just a few of my Beautiful Dangles which attach to any of my Chains. One Chain turns into many Necklaces. Feel Free To See More on my...
Components: I only used the best quality beads and gemstones. All chains are either silver plated pewter, antique silver plated components. Crystals and Pearls are my favorite.


Chubby Bird’s Fall Berries

Speaking of Fall Berries....When I saw Becky’s Fresh Pick inspired by Fall berries, I had to chuckle as I was getting ready to post this necklace;...
Components: Lipstick Ranch Chubby Bird (LB); Jasper twisted ovals and rounds; Dyed Quartz w/mica; green pearl shell rounds; Copper ball headpins, AC pins, jumprings, components, spacers, cable chain, lobster clasp.


Pink Shores

A seashore bracelet featuring Asia's polymer clay seashell bracelet focal. I bought it and then was stumped. Nothing I had looked right with it. A...
Components: Polymer Clay Shell focal/Winter Bird Studios. Burgundy freshwater pearls & burgundy seed beads/JoAnn's Crafts. Pink freshwater pearls/Michael's & a destashing friend. Heishi shell/stash. Czech glass pink moon/Lima Beads Copper chain, jump rings/Michael's. Copper spacers/stash. Copper ball headpins/Hancock's Fabrics. Pink glass beads/stash. Pink seed beads/stash. Handmade hook clasp, jump rings/Asia


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