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Love Lima Leaves!

My favorite mix of Czech glass leaves from Lima Beads!
Components: Brass chain and findings, Czech glass, handmade bird nest


Electroforming Fun

So here's another item I electroformed. Still in the experimental phase of the thing. It's very much learn as you go and other than the basic...
Components: Dried and electroformed aspen leaf, amethyst horse eye cab, leather, 18 gauge copper for the clasp


Perseverance

I named this piece Perseverance for many reasons! After 2 years and multiple headaches with this piece, it is finished! The design actually...
Components: 7 strands of Czech 6x9 fire polish rondelles in various colors, six 24x4mm gold finish spacer bars, 3-strand gold finish extender clasp, beading wire.


Fun with acid and electricity

Who says you can't have fun with acid and electricity?!?!?!?!? This is an aspen leaf the I pulled from one of my trees, I dried it and then...
Components: dried and e-formed aspen leaf, leather, natural freshwater pearl, copper wire (18 & 20)


Heart of the West

I have tried 4 times to get the text as well as the photo straight and another photo added...if it doesn't go through this time--I give up!!!
Components: I made the bail from a patina copper sheet (LB) and the coil beads from Artistic wire (LB)--2 beads are wrapped with patina sheet inside them. Leather cord and clasp from HobLob and heart charm from Etsy.


sun in spring

this is a pendent, and was inspired by the warm and spring sunlight bringing out the willow buds.
Components: copper wire, crystal beads (supposed to be hand faceted)


One more...good night!

Okay, one more for today...this has been a very cathartic exercise for me. I'm in a much better mood!

Have a lovely evening, everyone!
Components: Grey and pinkish-red veined jasper, chain, wire, and a few silver beads and charm.


Triangles

I have been eyeing these wooden triangles for awhile...so I thought I would try something with them.I think it turned out O.K.
Components: Sky Eye Jasper, grey wood triangles, silk strings, copper chain, Carnelian wheels, Czech Glass Flower..used as button.


More bead ladders...

Two variations on a theme...I think of these as bead ladder necklaces or like vertebrae necklaces. They have some great movement and flexibility....
Components: Chain, wire, beads


Earth Goddess

This all started with the goddess pendant. I decided to use earthy color beads, and of course I went right to jasper and agate! I think they...
Components: Waxed Irish linen, artistic wire for my handmade coil bale, jumprings and chain and tibetan agate--from LB. Picasso Jasper 8mm beads, artistic jasper 10 mm beads, copper goddess pendant and 4mm bronze rondelles from Etsy stores. Almost forgot the jasper 6mm beads from LB!


empiria collar

I've always felt it has some elegance to it, and like the simplicity.
Components: black crystal beads, (bought as 'hand faceted') Square silver stock, several types of copper stock.


Baby Blues

What do you get from one strand of beautiful baby blue beads? A serenity bracelet and a long chain tassel necklace. The necklace is a knock off...
Components: Czech beads, chain, purchased bracelet bar, silver plated 20 g. wire.


Golden Fleece Necklace

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of the Golden Fleece
Components: TOHO seed beads #15 and #11, Tila beads, Czech glass studs, ammonite cabochons


My Virgo Mom, Busy as a Bee!

A gift for my mom. She gets up early in the morning and doesn't slow down until bedtime! Autumn colors are best on her.
Components: Bronze clasps by Green Girl, Czech glass beads, bronze beads by Saki Silver, sewn-edge silk ribbon, Soft Flex heavy beading wire, copper crimps hidden by reamed-out bronze round beads. All LB. I will post a pick with the materials, though the CG leaves and butterscotch chandelier cut beads are discontinued.


Dream Weaver with Fringe

My take on a tassel/fringe necklace. I'd been wanting to make something with the Russian & Peruvian amazonite rounds & coral rondelles for a while....
Components: Amoracast vermeil pendant; amazonite, coral and gf beads; 2-ply waxed linen; Soft Flex medium gold-plated beading wire/cable (LB). Findings: 9mm & 5.3mm gf jump rings; gf magnetic clasp; 2mm gf crimps & 2.5mm gf crimp covers; 24ga gf wire.


More Zola

So I've been working a TON with Zola because it makes short work of designing and the shop owner where I have some of my stuff really likes the...
Components: CG beads (various), howlite, leather, copper wire, Vintaj wire, pieces from stick bib gemstones from LB (I don't remeber the kind of stone...)


Ode to Ali

I loved the necklace that Ali made using this focal and was so inspired by it that I wanted to make one with my own spin on it. Design credit...
Components: Zola focal, bead mix, white shell beads


Oak and Evergreens

It is cold here in Alberta and you can feel that winter is just around the corner, so I decided to make some pieces that would go with the cool...
Components: From Lima Beads Autumn Agate faceted, Forest Agate focal bead, Tibetan style rondelles, double drilled Bronzite ovals, Biva stick pearls, rivets, leather strap, C- Lon. Pendants are from Classic Bead and Bo Hulley. From my stash matte Jade wheels, matte Red Tiger Eye, matte Agate with druzy .


Hand Hammer links and wire wraped

Fire agate
Components: Copper wire


A Mother's Love

Here's one of the horse fine silver PMC3 pendants I made. I left this one (it's different from the first one I posted) in LOS, then left it in my...
Components: PMC3 fine silver, 18 gauge SSF wire, and cord from LB


It's Autumn!

This is to showcase some of the gorgeous Czech beads I have recently received. I always seem to gravitate to these colors--can you tell I LOVE...
Components: Czech beads from LB and Etsy shops, Artistic wire from LB for the handmade jumprings and chain.


Hibiscus Bib

I have been wanting to try this type of necklace for a while now - linking together components to form a bib. The trickiest part of this necklace...


Shamara's Designs

Gemstone and components from Lima Beads


A little sparkle...

Adding a little sparkle to necklaces with these crystal chandelier pieces. I purchased a box of twelve of these on line...each about 1 and 1/2 inch...
Components: crystal chandelier replacement pieces, antiqued silver chain and findings, charms, rose quartz


Snowflake Obsidian

Great neutral set with a statement focal pendant for those who like black and white
Components: Snowflake Obsidian trapezoid pendant and beads, seed beads, pewter beads and pewter toggle clasp. Earrings have textured pewter hoops with round snowflake obsidian beads on sterling silver earwires


A Rose for Rita

Strung and wound/wove a single length of beading wire with seed beads into this 5 strand necklace to set off the most lovely PH copper rose...
Components: I posted a pick with the LB components, though I did not use every seed bead in the two Toho mixes, and the copper rings that I hammered to flatten and texturize came from an unused 3-ring adjustable clasp in my stock. The crimps are nice heavy ones I had hanging around, too.


Leaves

I love all things Czech and especially the leaves.
Easy to do design, but the leaves make it special.
Components: Czech leaves, olive glass spacers, leather cord, brass spacers, lobster clasp.


Coral Delight

I like the acrylic coral shells. Like the color, smoothness, and shape.
Components: I used the shells with 6mm coral beads, and coral rondelles, on a brass horse eye chain, and brass lobster clasp I think it looks tropical and beachy.


Collar Necklaces

Collar necklaces are a great choice when wanting to go simple or go big. They are easy to wear and easy to work with. I whipped up these 5 in under...


Patina Garden ( inspired by Ali )

This all started backwards, initially I planned for the crocheted necklace to go with Zola focal, but it was just not right, so I decided to add...
Components: Zola focal, Amethyst, mystic blue Feldspar, Quartz, brass stampings, Czech glass, crystals ( yes, you are reading this correct, I actually used them ), suede lace, Greek bead, C-Lon, brass chain, clasp, jump rings and rivets are from Lima Beads. Scorched Earth tribal spike and my old leather purse.


Almost Fall

Inspired by the transition of summer to fall.
Components: Lima beads copper acorn pendant. Czech glass and lemon quartz, copper chain and clasp, all LB.


Calm

...that's what yoga is supposed to make you... Weird that I was planning this mala-type remake of this necklace already in June, only to come back...
Components: My fave Picture Jasper from LB, waxed linen cord, wooden bead, brass chain "dip dyed" with Norite, my handmade brass cap (tubing, sheet and paste solder).


More Beach Gifts

More goodies from the beach.
Components: Shell, sponge coral, jasper tube beads, pewter beads


Beach Gifts

Visiting friends borrowed some of our camping gear for a couple of weeks. A delightful surprise was tucked inside a backpack...a baggie of beach...
Components: Shells, 'sea worm' tunnel, mother of pearl beads, wood chips, Czech glass, waxed linen cord.


A Necklace To Match

I finally finished this necklace to match ALL those bracelets!!
Components: All Czech glass beads from LB and various Etsy shops, jumprings and chain handmade from 18g Artistic wire.


Green "Fringe" Project

Another version of fringe. :)
Components: Petra ceramic leaf. Ocean Jasper in 2 shapes, prehnite, Vintaj wire, Vintaj chain, Vintaj headpins, Irish waxed linen, all LB


Blue "Fringe" Project

This is probably as close as I'm going to get to a fringe piece. :)
Components: Petra's ceramic pendant, Greek pewter pieces, Irish waxed Linen, Soft Flex wire, 2 sizes of seed beads, LB. Swarovski crystals, Dumortierite in 2 sizes, and manmade blue quartz, my stash.


Coral in the Pink

I personally love pink coral so I tried pairing them with white freshwater pearls. Now I'm wishing I'd made it longer but its a standard length at...
Components: 8mm pink coral faceted beads, 7mm white freshwater pearls, used both Swarovski AB spacers along with tiny vermeil daisy spacer beads. I finished it off with a very pretty vermeil clasp.


Tail Feather Fringe Necklace

This Zola piece is a statement all on its own. I simply embellished my chain with a complementary flower coin and added a funky matte fringe to...


Gulf Shores

A friend from Pensacola visited a few weeks ago, which inspired me to create a necklace with a beachy feel to it.
Components: Brass filigree with patina, Vintaj blank, seafoam green chips, leather cord, brass components.


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