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Frosty Morning

I love the Byzantine pattern, there are so many designs you can make from it. I also like just the plain classic version like this. This weave can...
Components: Anodized aluminum in gold and frost colors, gold plated clasp.


Blue and Copper Circle, Kaleidoscope, and a Finished Spider Web

I finally finished putting the spiderweb bracelet together, after a long couple of days getting my house a little better organized. Funny thing is...
Components: Polymer Clay, Czech glass, Labradorite, Toho seed beads, Freshwater pearls, Carnelian


Steele bubbles

This nickle silver cuff was hand sawn from nickle silver sheet metal and filed to get rid of rough edges. Then it was etched, oxidized and sealed...
Components: 18 gauge nickle silver


Loving Autumn

I love Fall, and I love pumpkins... not to eat, that's all on my husband, but they are my favorite color. I love driving past the pumpkin patch and...
Components: Polymer Clay, Czech glass, Autumn Jasper, copper chain, Irish waxed linen


Wrapped In Brown Paper

I found these very unique hand crafted paper beads. I wanted to work with the paper beads for awhile. I purchased these some time ago in the...
Components: A multi-stranded bracelet with the tubular paper beads as my main element to the bracelet. I had a ball putting this together !!! Czech SuperDuo in the Matte Dark Bronze connected with the Toho 11/0 Opaque Lustered Dark Beige. The bracelet is mutli-layered with three hole gold spacer bars holding the strands in place. I embellished by using tiny 3mm gold daisy spacers at both ends of the paper beads. The bracelet was strung with black Wild Fire beading thread. I used gold findings: crimps, crimp covers and a three hole tube clasp.


Teal and Terra Cotta Swirl

An artist who creates polymer clay beads sent me some of her work. I decided it was time to make a bracelet with one of her beads. Teal and terra...
Components: A small single strand bracelet with the teal and terra cotta polymer clay bead as my focal. I used the very light beige Czech Mates to enhance my focal. The side designs consisted of the Czech SuperDuo in two colors: Pastel Emerald and the Star Dust / Opaque Baby Blue. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 Opaque Terra Cotta. The other seed beads used are the Toho 11/0 Opaque Pearl Frosted Mudbrick. I used the Wild Fire white bead thread for stringing. I also used silver for my findings: crimps, crimp covers, two silver heishie spacers and a very simple small silver toggle with clasp.


Golden Jupiter

I had this bead which was a lamp work glass bead that I purchased some time ago. It's about 10-12 mm in size. Very neutral colors with branding...
Components: Dainty one strand bracelet with my lamp work glass bead as the focal. The bracelet is strung with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads and the Miyuki seed beads. The SuperDuo is the Metallic Suede Gold with 11/0 Opaque Black Miyuki seed beads. The other seed beads used are the 11/0 Toho Gilded Marble Black. I used black Wild Fire beading thread along with my gold findings. Gold crimps, crimp covers along with a very simple small gold toggle with clasp. The daisy spacers are gold 3mm....not the real gold; but, the gold looking kind. I couldn't even afford the real stuff !!!


Tribal Vibe

I saw this wonderful focal from Pottery Girl and the colors were right up my alley. The piece was called Tribal but I am stumped as to what it...
Components: Focal by Pottery Girl, pearls, Czech glass, copper chain and findings.


Triple Strand Bracelet with Southwestern Flair

It was really the turquoise color and the burnt orange color of the Indonesian glass beads that got me going on this design. I just love this color...
Components: Chinese turquoise, Kingman turquoise disks, Indonesian glass beads in colors of burnt orange and terracotta, crackle white antique African trade beads, African copper bicone beads, small raw hessonite garnet beads, tiny copper spacers, large copper ring, and handmade leather tassel.


Tribal Multi Strand Bracelet

I wanted to make a triple strand bracelet using the white and neutral colored African trade beads mixed with the lavender and purple beads. I came...
Components: Tiny excavation African trade beads that date over 600 years, antique white African trade beads, small purple and white frosted African recycled glass beads, lavender Indonesian glass beads, and small round African opal beads (from LB). The focal bead is a sterling silver Bali bead. The triple strand clasp is also Bali.


Nature walk

I had this gorgeous button from Lisa Peters Art and the beads from Happy Fall waiting for a right moment, when I got the Chrysoprase from Lima...
Components: From Lima ; Autumn Agate, Chrysoprase slices, Olive Agate, Gaea bead, Czech glass, Vintaj clasp. From my stash; LPA button, Happy Fallout beads, Czech flower buttons, Greek leather cord and of course my own polymer clay acorn charm.


Midnight of the Heart

I'm still playing with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads. Since I made that last bracelet using this bead pattern; I'd thought I'd go with something...
Components: Four strands connected by this bead design. Great pattern for stringing the SuperDuo glass beads along with the Toho seed beads. No needle or thread to deal with. Easy to make and lovely to wear !!!! I used the Czech SuperDuo beads in two colors: Metallic Suede Dark Blue and the Pearl Coat Silver. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 Metallic Hematite. The silver heart bracelet connector is from Michael's. It was just one of the hearts on a strand in their bead section. I love this heart as the detailing shows tiny stamped stars....hence the name of my bracelet. Midnight of the Heart. These beads gives me the feeling of night time dark with stars gleaming above. My heart yearning for romance. Well, it's still nice to dream about it. Not gonna happen...ah, the thoughts are there. Anyway, I finished the bracelet with silver findings: silver beading wire, silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and the two hole tube clasp. I also incorporated my four hole spacer bars to insure of holding everything tight. The bead pattern makes a really nice cuff bracelet; dainty and comfortable to wear.


Copper Bird, Green leaves and more

Just a few more bracelets I've made. I wanted to make some with magnetic clasp, because I know some people who cannot do a clasp by themselves. I...
Components: Copper Bird: Polymer Clay Bracelet bar and bead, copper clasp, toho seed beads, czech glass, Autumn Jasper. Green Leaves: PC, Czech glass, magnetic clasp, toho and miyuki seed beads. Red Butterfly: Small wrist bracelet (5.5 inches), PC, Toho seed beads, czech glass, freshwater pearl, tahitian silver toggle. Hematite Fern: PC, Hematite, Labradorite, magnetic clasp.


Two of a Kind

Two recent bracelets made with my PC beads and PC cane beads. These are small beads....therefore more tedious to make. These are my favorite...
Components: Handmade PC beads, 6/0 metal spacers, toggle clasps, jumprings, wire, and waxed linen cord.


Southwestern Strungout

Oh, I had a blast working these SuperDuo's stringing them into this very simple bead pattern. No needle or thread !!! Just good old bead wire and...
Components: Ok..here we go !!! Czech SuperDuo 2 hole glass beads in four colors: Picasso Opaque Light Blue / Star Dust Opaque Baby Blue / 8 of the Metallic Suede Gold / 2 of the Pastel Aqua. Cream matte finish 8/0 seed beads used in the front pattern with four tiny metal tube beads from my stash. Toho 8/0 round Opaque Terra Cotta. I used my silver bead wire. I also used my silver findings: silver crimps, silver crimp covers, silver wire guardians, and the 2 hole silver tube clasp. If you look closely there are also four spacer bars / 4 holes used.


Dark Chrome Delight

Still having fun stringing Czech pyramids !!! I found these 8mm Antique chrome 2 hole Czech pyramids
that grabbed my attention at my local bead...
Components: Now, I need to say that I don't have a lot of the gunmetal findings and such. The toggle clasp is a bit too large given the size of the bracelet. It will suffice temporary. I will be replacing it with a toggle clasp more in keeping with size. Ok, the bracelet is a combination of Czech glass beads. The jet black 2 hole tile beads and the 5 - 8mm Antiqued Chrome 2 hole pyramids. The design on the sides is two Superduo's in the Metallic Suede Gold with Toho 11/0 seed beads in black and the Gilded Marble Black. I strung this bracelet using the black Wild Fire beading thread. I used my gunmetal findings: gunmetal crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians. And that over sized gunmetal toggle and clasp.


Dragonfly Fields

I don't make very many bracelets for whatever reason...but I've wanted to try the knotted multi strand bracelets that seem so popular these days. I...
Components: Kazuri bead, brass bead, bone dragonfly, czech glass, chrysoprase, seed beads, brass lobster clasp and oval ring. All knotted on S-lon cord.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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