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Dropped in Coral

Beads or Coral capped and wrapped on a hammered piece of wire

Another crop of Earrings

Random wrapped earrings

Some fun designs

Gosh, it has been a while Lima peeps. I hope everyone is doing great and staying warm. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Components: Opals, Czech beads, lemon meringue wire, handmade ear wires

Unusual Pairing

The is a custom order for a friend's birthday. Forgot how much fun it is to etch copper and the lovely results. Hadn't thought I'd like pairing...
Components: Sterling silver, copper sheet metal, recycled glass

Pearl Swirls

My birthday is in November, so pearl is one of my birthstones. Citrine is to, but I just used crystal rondelles. They took more time than you would...
Components: Pearls, rondelles, scrap metal

More seed beads and linen!

Here is my take on seed beads and linen! In the last pic you see the inspiration (the latest issue of Marie Claire, UK edition) -- there were...
Components: Black ones: waxed linen from LB, tiny seed beads really old stash, silver wire and sheet for the cap and hook. Couldn't decide how complicated a cap I wanted to bother with, so I winged it and it turned out fairly "clean". Blue-green: Toho beads and large hole Czech bead from LB, unwaxed linen local yarn shop (used beeswax on the ends!).

New Earring Monday Weeks 43 & 44

I keep forgetting to share my creations here, but this is the latest installment in my New Earring Monday challenge. I can't believe I've kept it...
Components: Vintaj Arte Metal rectangle altered blanks & rivets, Vintaj copper leaves, silver toned filigree pieces, and niobium ear wires from TierraCast

Copper Knobblies

I was attracted to these unusual earring beads...I think I kinda like what I did with them...they look festive.
Components: copper knobblies, dazzle ribbon, wire and copper earwires

Mystic Jade

I was thinking ahead as to what would go well with my "Mystic Jade" drops...I took a chance and ordered some Raku green nuggets from LB and I...
Components: Jade drops..I think bronze clay..., Xaz raku green nuggets, two little crystals on top, Sterling earwires.

wing and a prayer

I love making earrings!
Components: Vintaj mythical wings and wing blanks, patinas, Czech glass and some big seed beads.

Hammered Alluminam

Hoping I spelled that right?? Anyways,I was playing around with some scraps that I had. I have never hammered Alluminam before, I don't mind how...

Lotsa Dangles

I thought this fan would make some fabulous earrings!
Components: Greek patina ed fans, terracotta coconut, red picasso seeds and copper earwires.


Bought these charms last year then I forgot about them! Silly me! Have made them this year, just in time !!! Love them both, the cat especially!
Components: Peacock pearls and Halloween charms

Spring Garden

Also from Asia...
Components: PC earring beads, assorted glass beads and copper earwires.

You Crackle Me Up

Some PC headpins from Asia I have been eyeing for awhile.
Components: PC headpins, PC bicones and copper earwires.

Autumn Foliage

I just got some silk and wanted to do something. I thought that since autumn was near or here depending on where you live this would be a great way...
Components: Sari silk, hoop earrings


Have to share this quick tip, despite the not too good pics. These were the earrings everyone felt lacked a bit of patina (as seen in pic 2)....
Components: Upcycled wooden beads, silver, copper and bronze wire.

Big loop earrings

I've had these big loops for a while and didn't know what to do with them until I bought the dotted connectors from lima. And Here they are. They...
Components: I made the earring wires out of wire, moonstone bead, earring loops, & dotted connectors (which I bent to fit the loops)


I love Tiger Iron and these briolettes were perfect...
Components: Tiger Iron, Black Onyx, polymer clay rondelle, bronze spacer and copper earwires.

No Two Are Alike

These asymmetrical triangles were a challenge. I think they turned out well.
Components: asymmetrical violet triangles, brass bead, Black Onyx, some dazzle ribbon and copper earwires.

Inspired by Sarajo W

Ah,the humble and pretty saucer bead. I love these beads. Was browsing back on the gallery,and remembered Sarajo's choices. Here's mine. As...
Components: Glass Saucer Beads and SP wires both from Lima, 2 or 3mm Iolite rounds from my stash, and ball head pins SS.

Recycled, re-designed

These came about as a consequence of my studio cleaning. The first pair I planned as something quickly thrown together, with the agates on top of a...
Components: First pair: sterling silver wire 0.8 and 1 mm, sheet silver, very thin (rolled it at the metal class, haven't measured), soldered into a tube, (Botswana?) agate. Second pair: wooden beads, copper wire, sterling silver wire 0.8 mm.

How could I forget these !

I also ordered three strands of these cobalt blue nuggets, because I absolutely love this color. I've only made earrings with them, but I'm going...
Components: recycled glass, sterling silver wire, stamped tube spacers.

Day of the Dead

Another found by chance! I forgot I had these brass skulls until I found the messy wrapped teardrops in blood red. I knew they had to go together!...
Components: Brass skulls, Czech glass teardrops and flowers, antique brass findings


I guess we have all been out of the mood for much jewelry! One of the things that happens when the workspace is out of order is that pieces get...
Components: Vintaj Arte metal discs, gears in tin, copper and brass, jump rings, brass ear wires, all LB I think.

It's been a dry summer...

In more ways that one...Haven't made much jewelry, so I'm feeling hopeful after this morning's two pair of earrings. Something's happening, because...

Autumn Inspiration

Just received some new stones,and I think they look swell together. I did a simple linear in copper,because I think it looks nice with these...
Components: Hessonite Garnet and Dyed Red Agate rondelles, copper spacers, headpins, and great copper ear wires from Lima.

Big Happies

Big and happy earrings for fall.
Components: LB's copper stamping blanks, patina.

Rusty Roses

I was a "counselor" at a summer camp and one of the older counselers made jewelry too. She said she was moving and didn't have room for all of her...
Components: Wire

Art Beads Galore!

I've been getting ready for a big art show this weekend (3 days!) and here is a bevy of new earrings featuring art beads! If you want to play...
Components: Art Beads from Humblebeads, Firefly Design Studio, Jenny Davies-Reazor, The Spacer Bead Shop, & Nichole Valentine mixed in with Vintaj brass findings, Czech glass, and mookaite amongst other things.

Autumn Earrings

I've been super busy making earrings for a big show next weekend. Here are just a few of my designs.

Read more over on my blog:...
Components: Czech glass from Lima; Brass & copper by Vintaj; findings from Nunn Design, Vintaj, Saki, Tierracast; art beads from Humblebeads, Tanya McGuire, and Firefly Design Studio

Glass and Circles

I'm always trying to make lightweight earrings. These are sort of medium weight. Pix taken on a rainy day.
Components: Recycled glass teardrops (orange from LB), bead caps, and Tierracast links (LB).

Paper beads with copper

I love to play with wire, and thankfully, copper is both cheap and recyclable! More playing with my hole punch.
Components: Paper beads from LB, glass seed bead, copper wire.

Peridot with copper

I got a hole punch I've started to play with. This is my first attempt, and by first, I mean it took me about 4 tries to get the holes even.
Components: Copper wire, peridot briolettes.

Fallin' Flowers

I didn't know what to do with these connectors when I got them...I had these little wooden flowers forever..I thought they looked good together.
Components: ceramic connectors, little wooden flowers, seed beads and copper earwires.

Airy Boho

I had some old silver beads lying around and just got some new cord, which I have made everything out of. I thought I share this because it has a...
Components: Leather, 24 g. wire, silver beads

Two for Joy

Made this with the lovely blue opal Czech glass beads
Components: Along with the beautiful blue opal ~ in the first pair I have added silver spacers and thin turquoise slices & in the second, rainbow moonstone rondelles with silver, I have wire wrapped the blue opal also.

Free to fly

This is a set made for a friend, who recently lost her Grand Daughter. She had a stash of beads and charms that she wanted me to use. In...
Components: Chain, charms, crystals, black beads, black hearts & butterfly.

Wire Webbed Earrings

I had this idea a couple nights ago and decided to make them. I think they a more subtle approach to statement earrings.
Components: 24 and 20 gauge wire

Metal Mixup

A woman asked me to make some earrings. I've only made one pair prior to this so I feel out of my element. I've learned so much from this site I...
Components: Sterling silver earwires, jump rings, 4mm faceted rounds.