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"Calypso Gold"

I was at a bead show in Charlotte, NC and was getting ready to go our the door when I spotted this beautiful strand of jasper trapezoid beads. I...
Components: yellow cracked agate squares, jasper trapezoid focal bead, two oval agate focal beads, 10 jasper faceted rounds, copper accent beads and a copper toggle clasp


Merry Month of May

I love the shine and glow of the beads; they look happy.
Components: Yellow glass beads, purple jasper and other beads all from Lima Beads. The focal amethyst and brown agate from my stash.


Red Ladder

This is another leather ladder style necklace with more strands.
Components: Red leather cord 1.5 mm. red, Yellow, and white Czech glass beads along with seed beads and rondelles, lobster clasp, Irish waxed linen 2 ply.


Wedding Day

It's about THE Day; Springtime; it's different with the vari-colored faceted crystals
Components: vari-colored faceted crystals, rhinestone flower pendant, silver plated toggle; earrings are rhinestone links and glass faceted teardrops, silver plated ear wires


Apples 1 and Leaves 2

I held an open house in the fall and these necklaces sold very well. I am increasing my stock.
Components: 1.5mm leather cord in various colors. Irish waxed linen 2 ply in various colors along with selection of beads. Lobster clasps in various metals, jump rings and end caps with loop.


OOH-LA

It's about using beads, the pendant inspired it, I love the mix of it
Components: Buri and Beetle nuts, round white Mtn. Jade, 4 gold faceted metal beads, forget what the pendant is - not Amonzonite, but a gemstone. 2 large black chain links on dangles, tan wood beads


Desert Gold For Sure!

I have never purchased recycled glass beads before but gave it a try at LB's recent sale. I love nuggets and these Desert Gold ones were fabulous....
Components: Golden quartz teardrop pendant, desert gold recycled glass nuggets from LB, golden bamboo jasper, antique copper Del Sol TierraCast toggle from LB, Soft Flex butterscotch beading wire.


Mojo Challenge Week 4

I've been participating in Heather Powers Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge over on her Humblebeads blog. This week was all about making your own...
Components: Czech glass in various colors and shapes, recycled glass round (almost all from Lima Beads);Swarovski crystal pearl; Copper plated chain, bead caps, jump rings from Nunn Design; Swarovski crystal bicone; copper altered blank (painted with Vintaj patinas) & brass filigree from Vintaj.


"You Look Wonderful Tonight"

"You Look Wondeful Tonight" represents the lighter side of me. My inspiration for this design were five abalone teardrops. I had played around...
Components: abalone tears, blue quartz rounds, silver, Czech beads and a toggle clasp


Leaves, Coils, and Berries

Taking all those coils I have made to another level!
Components: 16g bronze wire, 20g bronze Artistic wire, antique gold chain and jumprings, Czech glass leaves, assorted beads and antique gold lobsterclaw clasp.


Prototype necklace

Fiddling with a necklace. I do like the bright silver with the bits of copper here and there.
Components: Copper metal, charm, and wire, silver base metal chain, turquoise


Summer Bird

I wanted to use some of my new chain and some of the beads I already had, so I drew a few sketches until this piece came out. After I decided on...
Components: Copper chain in four different styles; Vintaj Artisan Copper: Stamping blank long rectangle, Parawire in 24 and 20 Gauge; Copper JumpRings, Antique Copper Central Ring, Smaller Ring, and Oval Connector; Swarovski Crystal Pearls size 10mm in Tahitian; Sodalite nuggets; Iolite Rondelles; Copper Heishi Spacers; Antique Copper tiny beads; Copper hook clasp; Copper Bird Connector; Smoky Blue Chalcedony onion Briolette; Blue Quartz Briolette; Vintaj Patina in Lapis ( filled in the letters on the blank)


Gold and Pearl Beaded Necklace

For the pendant I used 4mm pearl, 11/0 gold seed beads, 4X6 oval glass pearls, 24k gold placed 15/0 metal round seed beads and 1- 6mm Swarovski...
Components: 6mm Swarovski pearls 11/0 gold seed beads 4x6 oval glass pearls 15/0 24k gold plated metal round seed beads 4mm pearls gold spacer beads gold bead caps gold clasp FireLine


Purple and Silver Necklace with Wire Wrapped Pendant

I created this necklace with grape and purple faceted round beads with silver leaf beads used as spacers. I placed the beads onto beading wire...
Components: 12 mm grape faceted beads 12 mm purple faceted beads Leaf beads 11/0 silver metal beads 4 mm amethyst bicones 10 mm silver bead 16 gauge silver craft wire 20 gauge silver craft wire 24 gauge silver craft wire Beading wire Crimp ends Pewter toggle clasp Silver jumprings


"Out of Africa"

My love of African beads inspired me to create this piece. I used African Krobo beads in primary colors. There is a large red coral barrel bead on...
Components: Krobo glass re-cycled beads, millifiori painted beads, wood rondelles, red coral barrel bead, other silver accents, oval toggle clasp.


~ Bluebird ~

I Purchased the enameled bird at the Philly Bead Fest fro the artist Anne Gardanne. It was pretty cool to meet the artist.

here is her shop:...
Components: Enameled bird (Anne Gardanne), copper chain, pinkish coin pearls (stash) and Czech beads / rondelles LB


Recycled silverware

Someone brought me these pieces of ground and drilled silverware ends. I've had them a couple years, and for an unknown reason, I started playing...
Components: Ground smooth and drilled old silverplate silverwear ends. These are the drops I chose to go with them, but others would work.I also used Chain and the toggle part of clasps.


THE RAIN HAS GONE

Pretty green glass beads w/swirl are the inspiration. It reminds me of the colors after a summer rain when the sky starts to clear.
Components: Blue crystal beads and Czech beads from LB; lampworked lime green and blue beads from stash.


Collage Series "Garden"

This piece is made with antique copper necklace blank with collage of leaves, flower,a heart and handpainted river grsses. Has a black chain to...
Components: Copper necklace blank, metal stamping of leaves, filigree pieces, crystal flower, sharpie black for paint, black chain, lobster claw clasp, Triple Thick Sealer.


"A Taste of Turquoise"

I was inspired to create "A Taste of Turquoise" from the large ancient amber egg given to me by a dear friend. I let it sit for a while and then...
Components: ancient amber egg, large coral barrel, small turquoise barrel, turquoise squares, two red coral rounds, two large filigree silver beads, other silver accents, large heart toggle


Granny Smith Apples with Blueberries

I have fallen in love with Czech glass table cut oval beads which I purchased from Lima Beads. I made a necklace for myself from the blue ones and...
Components: apple green table cut oval beads, navy blue sea glass, pewter square bead frames, Swarovski crystals, silver plated accent beads, toggle clasp


Inventing a Flower

Coing some metal work tonight. Cut the 5-point flower from a brass square, heated it, played with the edges to 'ruffle' it, cut a few nicks in it,...
Components: brass, patina


It's a Mixed Bag

I was inspired by some old Afghani beads that I had purchased sometime ago. They are all hand cut and natural in shades of purple, yellow and...
Components: old Afghani nugget beads in amethyst, citrine and green serpentine, vintage foil lined glass beads in various shapes of red, purple and silver. Silver accent beads and a large heart toggle clasp.


Green Ocean

I had two necklaces that lacked... something. When I put them together, I liked the result. What do you think?
Components: Ocean Jasper, Tree Agate, freshwater pearls, Swarovski cubes, gold-plated findings, seed beads


Opalite Speaks

This is some opalite (glass made to mimic opal) that I have had for some time. I really wanted to photograph this in the sun, for the gold really...
Components: Different shapes of opalite, zinc beads, glass blue faceted beads.


SUNNY DAYS AHEAD

The continuing desire to create summery light-heated pieces. I particularly love the amber and purple jasper together.
Components: LB Purple jasper, chain, TC silver beads; Czech beads and amber and the 2 large blue beads from my stash. I've had them so long I don't know what they are. Pendant created by sacrificing and old necklace and removing the flat orange disk.


Flower Power Welcome Spring!

Lovely swirl of pastels and candy hues for spring!
Components: 3blue lace agate flowers, shell pearls mint, orange and smokey crystals. Large 4 chalcedony flowers, yellow serpentine, cherry quartz, turquoise and green seed beads. Non tarnish silver wire


Shades of Oceana

Deep ocean shades of green and blue with a hint of silver. The abalone pendant was the inspiration..matched with kelly green rice pearls and royal...
Components: Kelly green pearls, royal blue pearls, abalone pendant, TierraCast heirloom toggle from LB


Grapevine

I had seen a similar design in a Mallorca pearl shop but I couldn't afford it :D, so I made myself one.
Components: Sterling silver chain and peacock pearls


double duty

It's about a mistake I made measuring the wire. The mistake inspired it. I love it 'cause I solved a problem
Components: copper floral toggle pendant, twisted green glass leaf pendant, mop shell, rough gemstones, 'e' beads. The leaf pendant detaches if you want to wear the toggle as the pendant - is why it's double duty. I was s'posed to cut TWO 18 inch wires and instead, not thinking, I cut one 28" piece. the rest of it is too complicaed to explain - LOL. the 3rd pic is to show the 3 jump rings I used to attach the leaf with a lobster clasp.


Basket floral handle

Wanted necklace to resemble a basket handle.
Components: Pink yellow, green leather cord braided. Lots of Czech bellflowers in various colors. Green cupped petals and leaves. Olive ghreen Czech seed beads and 6mm beads. 2 gold bead caps and gold lobster clasp.


A Fish Called Wanda

Now here is a teaser! Anyone guess the material? Yes, it is fish skin! Had heard about making leather of it, and even seen a gal on the beach a...
Components: Fish leather, waxed linen, old tin can piece in the middle to keep it stiff, TOHO seed beads (LB) and quartz nuggets to glam it up a bit...


Gingko

It's about Claire's idea of using up beads, Serendipity. I love it because of the colors - AND - the Gingko leaf
Components: Gold pewter leaf pendant, mop nuggets, blue labradorite ovals, magnesite ovals, grey agate, taupe marble, pink/red marble twist oval, 4mm blk/grey marble, 4mm t'skin jasper cubes, snow qtz., small pewter 'bell', 6mm rnd. grain stone, golden crm. quartz chips, golden horn bead, 2 15mm rnd. Ital. brn. marble beads.


Pitch Black

A black one again, from me... Here I tried to come up with another way to use the recycled leather from the TV-chair. I sewed some long seams to...
Components: Recycled leather, tektite sticks (LB), black beading wire and some black chain (maybe I should think about staining the cord crimp ends too :-) : this is one I've kept!)


Ammonite and Lapis bib necklace

I started this one as a much smaller less ambitious necklace with just one big ammonite focal. But as as started beading around it I realized that...
Components: Ammonite, Lapis, TOHO seed beads, miyuki seed beads, Swarowski crystals


Fabulous Amethyst

Every now and then I just have to string beads! More of my finds from recent bead show, amethyst and amazonite. Sterling silver accents, because...


Copper and Other Treasures

This is the second of my PC choker necklaces I made. I love the colors in this one! It looks more vibrant in real life....the scanner doesn't...
Components: Handmade PC beads, metal spacers and rings, pave beads, acrylic beads, copper chain and handmade copper "S" connectors and closure.


PC Geodes Choker

I have been wanting to make some choker necklaces using the PC beads I made, I finally finished them...here's the first one!
Components: Handmade PC geodes, 16g copper wire, assorted fancy metal spacers, copper chain and handmade copper wire connectors and dangle.


Sparkling Sea

It's about being warm and at the sea. The beads and Squirrelgirl inspired it. I love Sesame (Kiwi) Jasper.
Components: Sesame Jasper, Montana faceted 4mm bi-cones, sesame chips, light green cat's eye chips, glass faceted cream 'n reddish brown round beads, gold metal beads, silver plated dangles; the 'sparkle' comes from the Montana blue 4mm bi-cones. I couldn't get the light right to make them 'pop'.


Natural Life

It's nature colors and 'nature' living in those colors. The green 'n brown beads inspired it. I love it 'cause I love it
Components: Green black white lampwork, brown glass beads and brass nature dangles; the center round dangle is of a sitting cat


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