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Aqua dreams

I just can't stay away from the E4 in 1 weave, or the milky aqua beads.
Components: annodized jump rings, solid copper jump rings, 8/0 milky aqua seed beads, Greek patina end bars and clasp


Earring fun!

Two pair to share tonight...
The first one is a special order for a store that sells my stuff. The client purchased one pair for her daughter and...
Components: sterling silver wire, amethysts, gold chain, Howlite Turquoise, gold faceted glass beads


Stackin' Agate

These bracelets were made as companions to the Beadfest Weavefest necklace I posted a couple weeks ago. Lately, I've been making single strand...
Components: Jump rings, Tibetan Agate Rondelles, matte 8mm Chyroprase Rounds, Impression Jasper Oval, 2 metal leaf charms and 3 small Czech beads.


Last One, I Swear

I swear, this is the last wire weave bracelet...I can't make any more for a while, cuz my hands are killing me! I got this strand of faceted...
Components: Antique bronze color copper wire, from LB. 14ga and 26ga. HUGE (35x25mm) and very weighty faceted crystal quartz beads, 2 sore hands, 600mg ibuprofen, and fewer, but more colorful, curse words. I'm starting to get the hang of this weaving thing ;)


African Tenner Chaplet

Here is the other piece from my Pick about chaplets. Very textured. Color scheme of matte black, matte olive, matte frosted bronze.
Components: Almost everything from LB. 12mm black lava stone rounds, African metal trade bead, 6/0 matte olive green and matte black "jet" Toho seed beads, 8/0 Toho frosted bronze. Tiny textured bronze plated cross. From sources other than Lima Beads; I used two 6mm Czech druks in a color called "Forest Mix" to either side of the Pater bead. This Czech bead has swirls of the same tones of black, olive and cool bronze. Tiny 2mm dyed bone spacers to control the large holed Pater bead, heavy oxidized jump ring, little black iron jump ring and the usual .019 silver satin Softflex--from LB. 2x2 Heavy sterling silver crimp beads.


Spider web necklace

These amazing Czech glass beads are available right here at LB. I just love them so much! The ceramic spider web stamped piece is made by Gaea and...
Components: Czech glass, ceramic, Carnelian, Chrysocolla Quartz, sterling silver, and a single aluminum jump ring


Matte Botswana Rosary Chaplet

From my last "Rosary Chaplet Pick." A smaller rosary you count ten times around to reach a rosary. Used where carrying a rosary could cause...
Components: The matte Botswana agate is worth every penny. Warm shades of plum through grey with a touch of purple. I matched it with two 6/0 Toho seed beads; silver-lined frosted light tanzanite and frosted transparent med. amethyst. Two 8/0 Toho seed beads; a transparent frosted plum from an "Ambers Mix" and frosted transparent dark amethyst. The cross is two-sided silver-plated "Talvera" by Nunn. The Pater bead is a silver-plated coin bead "Primrose" by Zola. I used a purple enameled copper jump ring and a tiny black glossy iron jump ring. Softflex .019 and Heavy sterling silver 2x2mm crimps.


Mother Earth

The pendant reminds me of our planet! LOL. I was going through my endless bead supply, and it all just came together.
Components: Handmade hammered, torched, filed and patina'd copper pendant, handmade twisted headpin charms, Czech 6/0 seed beads and assorted Czech beads from Etsy, ceramic beads from LB. Wood heishi, 1mm leather cord from local shop, and clasp and jumping also handmade......all handmade components by me, of course!


Time Treasure

Birthday present for my sister. Inspired by my dad, who died in 2014 and loved beetles.
Components: Kylie Parry keyhole pendant, many keys, many jumprings (Nunn, copper, silver, gold, several sizes), Czech glass, enameld rings and keyholes (C-koop), Greek hearts and round pendant, bit of leather, beetle, clocks, copper chain, large lobster clasp (copper), headpins, Vintaj patina.


Goldberry's Fall Necklace

I think this is my most favorite piece I have ever made. Tolkein's Goldberry with autumn leaf colors, fig, plum,golden pear, sunlight on yellowing...
Components: From Lima Beads: TierraCast brass-plated ivy links, TierraCast small brass-plated Czech button, Gk bronze-plated braided ring 29mm, Czech 5mm sueded metallic pink melon, Czeh 3mm purple metallic sueded melon, Czech 3mm gold metallic suede melon "really an olive green." Czech 3mm English cut poppy seed, Czech 3mm round Pacifica fig, Czech 3x5 amber with mercury fire-polished rondelle, Czech 3x5 opal cream fire-polished rondelle, Czech 6mm Asian Pear with bronze Picasso fire-polished round, Czech 8x10 Autumn metallics English cut, 4mm Czech Pacifica Elderberry round, 3mm Czech matte metallic flax round, 6/0 Toho frosted crystal w/gold lining, Toho 3mm Magatama frosted blackberry, 8/0 Toho frosted bronze, 6/0 Toho matte mauve mocha, 11/0 Toho Demi gold-lustered amethyst, 6mm antique copper-plated jump rings, .019 silver satin softflex beading cable. From other sources: 6/0 Toho frosted transparent medium amethyst, Toho 4mm cube matte raku plum-blue iris, 6/0 Toho dark copper, 5mm Toho cube matte dark olive, 6/0 Toho frosted bronze, Czech 8/0 aged red copper, Czech 6/0 frosted ivory, 8/0 Czech opaque sienna luster, Czech 8/0 metallic gold, 11/0 Toho matte opaque slate blue, Toho 11/0 matte opaque olive, Toho 11/0 dk bronze, Toho 15/0 matte transparent smokey topaz, Heavy oxidized jump rings, glossy black iron jump rings, 2x2 HEAVY sterling silver crimp beads.


Tibetan dream

I'm crazy about the Tibetan focals, and this is the one I like best (so far). I used my beaded shaggy loop weave for this one. Now I'm waiting for...
Components: Tibetan focal, bright aluminum jump rings, 8/0 seed beads


Wild Lilies

These carnelian and yellow opal matte gemstones take on a lovely warm glow when light hits them. I chose to string these on the honey colored...


Copper, Brass and Lotso Love

Happy Mothers Day! 💐
Copper inlaid lapis and turquoise mixed with brass patina, Ethiopian Padre (love and friendship) beads and clear quartz.


Eye of Malachite

Ever since I saw Moogie's agate bracelet, I've been wanting to try something like it. Plus, I've had this malachite cab that needed to be used....
Components: Malachite cabochon, copper wire, fewer tears, possibly more curse words than the last one.


Rose Dream

I bought this resin rose months ago, and couldn't figure out what to do with it. Once I finally decided, I like how it turned out. I used a...
Components: resin flower, anodized aluminum jump rings, Czech glass leaves


Apple Blossom Earrings

There's a new group on Facebook called Inspiration in Everyday that encourages you to make something inspired by the world around you. This is...
Components: Flower charms by Patricia Healey, Czech glass rondelles, blue agate rounds, Nunn Design copper plated bead caps, artisan copper colored parawire, & niobium ear wires.


Lampwork glass necklace

I haven't posted anything here at LB in a while, mostly because I haven't been taking pictures of the tons of pieces that I have made over the past...
Components: Czech glass, artisan lampwork glass, freshwater pearls, glass, Moonstone, and sterling silver findings and clasp.


A penny for your thoughts! :)

Some time ago FreshBaked posted a few pieces she'd made with copper and solder. She then stamped the solder while still hot with a rubber stamp....
Components: Canadian copper pennies (1996 and prior), solder, torch, rubber stamps, copper heart, chain, various beads, leather, copper sheet, glass cabachon, glue


Here comes summer!

Just some summer fun - to mix and match with bathing suits at the beach. I got the idea for the circle design from You Tube.
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Components: C Lon cord, embroidery floss, craft cord, seed beads


Pisces bracelet

I made this Pisces bracelet for my husband, for our 1 year anniversary!!! He loves anything that has to do With astrology and horoscopes.
Components: Embroidery floss for string


Mooakite Pendant

My first attempt at wire wrapping a cab. And by first, I mean it took me 3-4 attempts just to get the first inch or so, of the weave done...
Components: Brecciated mooakite cabochon, copper wire, tears, many curse words, more tears.


Red Wrap

Wanted a good pair of red earrings,got these tribal tube beads at the Bead Blast show yesterday
Components: Glass tribal tube beads, red ceramic focal bead with pewter danglers wrapped in wire


Fiesta Time

I made this necklace for a special order. They wanted a necklace set that they could wear for Fiesta while riding on a parade float.
Components: It is made with various types of multi-colored beads, primarily glass beads. Each set of beads were randomly placed on a pin. I used pins with loops and then used needle nose type pliers to make loops on the other end. I them used a flat head pins to add a bead to dangle. I used small and medium jump rings and attached to metal chain.


Beadfest Weavefest

This necklace is the result of my first ever bead show. I went with a plan and strategy but was so overwhelmed (in a good way!) that the plan...
Components: Jump rings, Tibetan Agate rondelles (BF), 8mm matte Chyroprase rounds (BF), Impression Jasper Oval and 3 tiny Czech glass beads.


fiesta, Ole' !

Festive attire for example month of may!
Components: My handmade pottery bracelet, Czechs beads.


Primarily Turquoise

For the love of Gemstones...especially Turquoise!
Components: Turquoise Heishi, Black Tourmaline, Red Impression Jasper..LB, Red Lampwork ring LB, Kingman Turquoise, Bellflowers, button made from Czech Glass flower...I wish I'd picked a different button.


Joyful Spring

Lots to look at in this piece! The serene colors remind me of a breezy spring day. Though it's raining today, we've had some simply gorgeous...
Components: Handmade hammered, stamped and torched bezel piece with a flower/vine LB copper connector insert. Also handmade jumprings and headpins....Czech glass and ceramic beads from LB and Etsy, Aventurine rondelles from Etsy, cord end, beadcaps and filigree discs (Ibent those into beadcaps!) from local shop.


Dragonfly and ambers bracelet

I love the bronze finished Mykonos dragonfly. It is by far my favorite dragonfly charm to work with; a bit chunky, two-side, tactile, memorable. I...
Components: Mykonos dragonfly charm (LB), brown ghost chips (LB), 9mm rondelles Czech faceted fire-polished in a clear, pale green; a purple with mustard; and an amber all Picasso, a 6 mm Picasso smokey topaz Czech druk, 6x4mm sage Czech faceted and fire-polished rondelle, 3x5 butternut Czech fire-polished rondelle, 6/0 Toho hybrid Natural Picasso amber, 3/0 Toho silver-lined smokey topaz, 8/0 Toho frosted silver-lined smokey topaz, 11/0 vintage Venetian umber seed beads, Toho "Bronzes Mix, " Toho "Earth tones Mix, " wooden button with laser cut design, 2x2 heavy sterling silver crimp beads, and .019 silver satin Softflex (LB)


Teardrops and swirls

Tibet beads made of red coral and turquoise, paired with brass Ethiopian padre beads and Onyx.


ConStellation8

Some of the jewelry I sold at ConStellation Nebraska this year. It is the sci fi convention I help with. The theme this year was "Octopus' garden"...
Components: Lots of items made by me and my daughter. Hemp cord, African beads, red creek jasper, brass octopus, triangle pendents all from Lima.


Leather N Pearls

Playing around with large hole pearls and ended up with this
Components: Large hole fresh water pearls, strands of leather attached to ribbon claps and a lobster clasp. Earrings just hanging on a piece of leather on a fishhook


Dragonfly Teardrops

Have alot of small czech beads I've never used, tried alternating the colors together
Components: Dragonfly link, square Czech beads, Czech teardrop beads and charms with a lobster clasp


Give Me A Hand

Just somethin' cute and sassy
Components: strands of baby blue glass seed beads from South Dakota, enamel baby blue toggle clasp and an enamel baby blue hand charm


Coral Sticks

I love coral and a tribal look
Components: Coral sticks, coral barrels on wire, lobster clasp


Gold Cream Summer

I have a family wedding coming up in a couple weeks, and needed jewelry to go with my dress. I tend to stick with silver or copper elements...but...
Components: All are from Lima Beads. Hammered Links, Chain, czech glass beads, eyepins, jump rings, clasps


Carniflower

I have a new favorite artist in Russia,Anastasiya Khramina, who made this beautiful flower in polymer clay and resin.I love the way she turns our...
Components: Poloymer clay and resin flower, aluminum jump rings, 8o seed beads


Copper Stone

I had so much fun with this bracelet and knew exactly what I was going to do with the Nunn Design channel cuff when I saw them. This has a few...


Think Pink and a dash of blue

Can wear together or individually to ring in May flowers!
Components: Pink Quartz, pearl, pink ceramic, hand painted blue and white ceramic, silver Tibet spacers


Goldberry River-Daughter Necklace

From my pick called the same. Goldberry River-daughter is Tom Bombadil's wife from Tolkein's The Fellowship of the Ring. Not the movie, the book....
Components: From Lima Beads--brass water lotus pendant, Celtic triangle charm and ivy links gold-plated TierraCast, Czech glass 6x9 Earth Picasso Fire, 6x9 Spring Rain, 3x5 Opal Cream fire polished, Czech brown ghost chip mix, 4mm Pacifica Elderberry round, 3mm metallic, matte Flax, green camo jump rings and .019 silver satin softflex. I also used, from other sources, Czech matte, frosted cream 6/0, Toho 6/0 matte transparent dark teal, Toho 8/0 Toho 8/0 cream lustered, Toho 11/0 matte raku plum/blue iris, heavy oxidized open jump rings, black shiny iron jump rings, heavy sterling silver 2x2 crimp beads, 5mm brass-plated iron rolo chain, 3" headpin.


Nice Ice Necklace

Part of the "Stone Wear" line I am creating. This has natural stone beads with an AB coating, blue faceted czech glass beads, silver square beads...
Components: Quartz stone beads, blue czech beads, square silver toned rondelle beads, silver toned lobster clasp.


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