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Knock on Wood

I recently bought a bunch of vintage stuff..one of which was this wooden ringy chain (you had to put together) ...Plus vintage Czech.
Components: vintage wood chain, wood focal, waxed linen, Czech red flower, etc.


Pumpkin Patch

I fell in love with these beads for fall, especially for a little Halloween fun! I like the super simple design of this bracelet---sometimes...
Components: agate beads, pewter spacers, red aventurine rondelle gemstones, black picasso Czech glass beads, Rhodium plated pewter Tierracast toggle


Beaded spiders

Having a little fun beaded spiders for Halloween!
Components: wire seed beads and glass beads


Waiting for summer..

The semi-tropical mid coast of Australia just saw a very warm winter weekend, and I longed for the lazy summer days at the beach, with the smell of...
Components: Czech flowers, UFO beads (emerald sky picasso), Czech Crystals, light brown coconut shell rondelle, Blue haze fire agate round (12mm), Beadalon Beeswax thread conditioner, all from Lima Beads. 18 gauge antique copper wire, c-lon carolina blue (tex 210 -doubled up for knotting), leather, chain, and antique copper clasp and findings - from local bead shop. Blue seed beads, from own stash.


More...

Here in #1 I had fun making a nice leather bracelet with dangles & slides. You just measure the leather & glue into the clasp. I used super new...
Components: Leather blanks, rivets, filigree, slides, leather clasp, painted Lucite flowers, 5mm teal flat leather, crystal drop, various beads for drops...


Bracelet Fun

#1 is the flat cotton cord from Lima dressed up with a vintage Swarovski rivoli (Atlas or Saturn, can't remember) set in a JBB slide setting. #2 is...


Bangle Fun

I recently ordered these new bangles and charms and made up some cute bracelets. I enhanced the bracelets with charms and with a tibetan bead on...
Components: Antique silver (plated) adjustable bangle bracelet, Bright gold (plated) adjustable bangle bracelet, TierraCast Antique Gold (plated) Tree of Life Charm, TierraCast Antique silver(plated) Spiral Cat Charm, TierraCast Antique Silver (plated) Floral Heart Charm, Zola elements Patina Green Brass Heart Leaf Pendant, Swavorki crystal butterfly bead, and a tibetan rice bead.


Czech-erd

I can't begin without thanking kye for her inspiration! Bracelets are my favorite thing to make--this one is at the top of my list. I love Czech...
Components: Czech glass coins, Czech butterscotch rondelles, Tibetan agate and Artistic wire--from LB. Czech glass scarab, lavendar moss bead, mossy stone bead and green/cream rondelle from ArtBella on Etsy. Czech tan/white rectangle bead, brown/green/orange/red rectangle bead, and brown/cream long and thin rectangle bead from Blackrockbeads on Etsy. Handmade chain. Magnetic clasp is from local store.


Mandala Mala

Using the mandala as the focal point or guru for this piece to me represents our circles of life (family, friends and our communities) within the...


Om Mala

The combination of fossil jasper and beryl morganite blends so nicely together. They provide a soft earthiness reminiscent of the sea. The use of...


Rudraksha Style Mala

Rudraksha (Shiva's Teardrops) are traditionally used alone with 108 beads knotted on a black or red cord with 1 extra used as the guru - total 109...


Fire and Ice Mala

Traditional style Mala necklace.


Sharpie Circles with Czech Glass Beads

I'm retiring the sharpie circle design. However, I had one last frame finished so I decided Czech fire polished glass would be a good way to end...
Components: 14ga and 24ga copper wire, Czech glass beads, various stone beads, a pearl, a copper triangle, two of my favorite LB chains


A Variation of the Sharpie Circle Design

I made this bracelet quite some time ago. The circles are connected in a more or less figure 8 pattern. It is definitely more complicated then...
Components: 12ga and 20ga copper


Red Brass Set

Red brass wire is so versatile and it almost looks like 14kt gold. Here is a little group of things I had fun playing around with. The chain on...
Components: 18ga and 14ga red brass wire, GP magnetic clasp


Fallen Leaves Twilight

Again, loved the Antique Silver plated feather link from Zola and wanted to dress this design up a bit. I peyote stitched the band and added...
Components: Zola Elements Antique silver plated feather focal link from Lima Beads, Toho bead cubes and seed beads, Swaroski crystal pearls, and sterling silver leaves.


Fallen Leaves

I loved the green brass feather focal link from Zola Elements. Fall is just around the corner and thought it would be a fun piece to make. So...
Components: Zola Elements patina green brass feather focal link from Lima Beads, fire polished turquoise beads, pink synthetic Calsilica gemstones, Czech various leaf drops, and gunmetal Rolo chain.


Midnight Garden ( inspired by Kye )

I made the necklace with that pendant a while back, but it was so blah I did not like it I needed to re-design it, I used the wire wrap technique...
Components: From Lima beads;Ceramic Bluebird Kylie Parry, Abalone ovals, Labradorite rondelles, Vintaj jump ring and bead cap, C-Lon. Lampwork beads Made by Fire, pendant Invicti and my own flower clasp


Red coral mala necklace

I made this necklace for a friend at work. She's a great mentor and I wanted to make her something that symbolized her wisdom. I used red coral...
Components: Red coral, silver seed beads and spacers, pewter green girl studios owl.


Storm Clouds

I fell in love with these teardrop picasso beads from Limabeads and knew they could make fabulous earrings--I love the blending of colors in these...
Components: Czech glass teardrop beads, matte rhodium bubble links, tiny seed beads and sterling silver earwires


Amethyst Shard

Not so funny...went to make this necklace this morning and realized I bought a gemstone shard that was not drilled. With some wire futzing and some...
Components: Brass chain, butterfly, Amethyst point, and glass beads. And man made opalite.


The Morning Paper and Coffee!

Nothing beats the morning paper and a good cup of coffee. So I decided to stain paper with coffee to make beads and match it with some lovely reds...
Components: Czech Glass Raspberry Marshmallow Flower 15mm, Zola Elements Patina Green Brass Ladybug Leaf Pendant, Czech Glass Autumn Mix Maple Leaf 10x13mm (burgandy maple leaf used from the mix), Czech Glass Vintage Christmas Picasso Teardrop 6x9mm, Parawire Vintage Bronze 22 gauge - all from Lima Beads. Antique bronze findings, C-Lon red (tex 210), Czech Anissa fire polished seed beads and glass red beads from my own stash. Coffee stained paper beads (rolled and triple dipped in glaze), made by me.


Heart Song

I fell in love with these prehnite beads and wanted to mix them with some unusual, unexpected colors!
Components: Prehnite, Fluorite, turquoise, citrine, Labradorite, Bali silver beads, Fresh water pearls, brass spacers, sterling silver charm and clasp


Backing the Blue (Police Support bracelet)

This was inspired earlier this summer by all the violence taking place against police officers. One was shot in St Louis after making a routine...
Components: Cobalt blue recycled beads, black onyx bead, silver spacers, pewter toggle and badge charm


Feeling a little blue...

Actually I'm feeling fine today...just in a blue mood. Dragged out a small fraction of blue beads in my stash to whip up a couple of bracelets. I...
Components: Mixed glass and porcelain beads. One is with stretchy cord and one on beading wire.


Grandmas kitchen

I was actually inspired by thoughts of the farm I grew up on and late summer ....how the apple pies would be in the oven , honey was always on the...
Components: Campfire luster czech glass flower buttons ( love how they lay in bracelet designs ), night/day czech rondelles, oxblood czech 6 m rounds, copper denim czech druks


Rework Redo

I got the idea for this design while I was working on another bracelet I posted a few weeks ago-505#2. I reworked that bracelet so many times I had...
Components: Jump rings, Czech Glass Moss Quartz (LB), Czech Glass 10mm Toasted Marshmallow coins, 6mm Flower Jade rounds, 4 mm Fancy Jasper rounds, 6x9mm Czech Glass Antique Glass (LB).


A piece of my Heart

I made this for a relative that lost a grandmother and had a miscarriage in the same short span of time, think of the saying "A piece of my heart...
Components: Sterling Silver chain and pendant. Faceted Pearl and Garnet.


Bear Clan

I have a friend who is Alabama Coushatta tribe and her family belongs to the Bear Clan. I made this as a going away present for her.
Components: Sterling Silver, Tiger eye fetish beads, Blue and Green Turquoise, Lapis.


Treasure Chest Earrings

The rich colors combined with the antique gold and pearls reminded me of a lost treasure. The wire-wrapped crystal rondelle charms are the perfect...


Fairy Tears

The pieces I selected for this necklace have an ethereal quality that works nicely in this delicate necklace.


Tea Time

Just a beginner! I made this necklace and earrings as a gift for my lovely mother-in-law. Having developed a keen interest in paper beads, I...
Components: Gemstone beads are Blue haze fire agate 14mm from Lima Beads, crystal beads, Czech fire polished seed beads, antique copper spacer, findings and chain from my own stash, tea stained paper beads I made myself and dip glazed.


Yes...Another Tassel Necklace!

I made more jumprings and chain...so what else could
I make? LOL Actually, I have had this design in my mind for a while--glad I finally put...
Components: Handmade PC focal and a few beads--made by me. Tibetan agate beads from LB, some Czech beads from LB, Czech beads from SimplyPie on Etsy, handmade jumprings and chain....made with 18 and 20g Artistic wire, lobsterclaw clasp from local store.


TX Kumihimo Retreat Class #1

First class this morning was how to make a Kumihimo pen. Sooo much fun! It starts with a Cross pen "innards" & you braid around it, then finish...
Components: Bugtail (1mm) satin cord, Cross pen refill, large hole beads & seedbeads if desired for decoration, cord cap with hole. Design & instructions by Connie Burns.


Something Fancy

I made a fresh pick by this name many moons ago. Finally saw my concept thru. Many things I'd change if I did another one-- especially where I put...
Components: I'll post a pick with the components, though the brass bezel (no loop) is discontinued.


Advance Autumn!!

This is a doublewrap bracelet. I am rushing the season--besides,fall is my favorite, and I just had to use all these lovely new beads and findings!
Components: Czech 6mm Picasso stone beads and stone rondelles, 4mm Czech squash polished rounds, assorted 4mm Czech beads, Czech squash petals--all from SimplyPie on Etsy. Waxed linen cord, Tibetian 8mm beads, 8mm Czech faceted bronze beads, and4mm Czech rondelles from LB. Lobster clasp and jumprings fron local store.


I gave in too

Remember when I saw Tanya's necklace and I said I had similar beads to finally give in into the tassel craze. I changed my mind about the GGS fish...
Components: Lampwork bead Havana Beads, Czech glass and pearls my stash, Lima Beads Vintaj bead caps, chain, C-lon, Pyrite, crystals, sari silk, and y own PC strata bead with crackle finish


Last Days of Summer

I'm proudly an owner of beads from DonnaPerlinplim and I had to make something with them, the pendant is so beautiful just on it's own, so I...
Components: Pendant DP, lampwork beads Garden of Beads, lampwork headpin Glass by Leese, copper chain ArtIncendi, from Lima Beads waxed linen and Vintaj findings


To Bee or Not to Bee

I love this Bee pendant and especially that I could add any color I wanted to to it.I got the idea I could use some of my copper metal and stamp...
Components: ceramic bee pendant, Czech Glass, vintage wood bead, Apple Jasper and bar brass chain


Orange You Glad it's Friday?

Playing a bit with polymer clay patterns as a craft night activity with my Mother In Law. Brownie points and bonding all in one. :)
Components: Polymer clay pendant, Carnelian circle drop, leather, paper bead, greek ceramic disk.


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