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Floating Globes

I found this beading chain necklace while going through the chain stash. I decided to try a simple floating bead style. I have a question. Should I...
Components: Beading chain necklace, fancy cut glass beads, solid brass beads, gold plated crimps.


Giant Staples and Sand Cast Beads

Don't know if any of you were around when I made the first giant staple designs. I found this half finished piece using staples with other...
Components: sand cast glass beads, giant staples from heavy packing boxes, hard wood beads, hand cut copper discs, beading chain, lobster style clasp


Exotic Wood

This necklace has been in the works for many weeks. All it needed was a clasp but for some reason I just put it with unfinished work.

The wood...
Components: copper and wood


Turq Temptation Chunky Charm Necklace

A beautiful necklace with a bazillion handmade charms in turquoise tones, all hanging from a silver Phoenix charm catcher.
Every time you wear it,...
Components: Oh dear..I used everything but the kitchen sink on this one.. beads, bottles, charms, fabric, crochet flowers, tibetan style silver beads, tassels, chain etc. etc...


Cloisonné Anyone?

I absolutely love cloisonné. I used size 8 perle cotton for my kumihimo braid, using colors that matched the pendant. It took longer than usual to...
Components: Pendant, cloisonné, gold-finished copper with enamel, multicolored, 52x37mm rectangle from Fire Mt., perle cotton (which is much like embroidery thread, if not the same), gold-plated toggle & fold over cord ends.


Red Creek Jasper

Another Rosy Coral colored fog horn with a terrific Red Creek Jasper focal stone, and Glden Fluorite Rondelles to finish out the piece.


Foghorn Cross

Here is one more piece using black fog horns for the side pieces and a large Ethiopian cross


Exotic Safari

I chose a striped horn pendant & worked from there, added Tibetan brass and color coordinated Czech beads.


Sticks & Stones

Use of smaller denim blue colored foghorn pieces combined with blue sponge coral, burgundy dyed jade, and a few funky sticks to catch the eye.


Sand & Sea

I love working with foghorns (the long side pieces of the necklace). I recently found this beautiful lampwork focal bead that matched the foghorns....


Two More Fini!

The first one was made immediately upon receiving that gorgeous varigated rayon satin cord! I started the kumihimo braid & added Miyuki 6/0 seed...
Components: #1: see above plus a JBB antique brass toggle, Tierracast cord ends & Vintaj brass jump rings. #2: copper-gold filigree cones' Tierracast bails, copper triangle bead (from Fire Mountain), 2 copper beads with peridot crystals, rectangle pendant of Moonlight Jasper, varigated nylon satin cord "Forest"


Fini!

My fluorite kumi was a bit too long for a bracelet so I made a short necklace.
Components: Kumihimo described earlier, silver plated textured rollo chain, periwinkle sea glass beads, silver jumprings, silver cord ends, Tierracast toggle clasp all from Lima ❤️


Medieval Teal Necklace

Love the new Czech dahlias and this color made me so happy! Have never used coins before but when I lay out the chain, it all clicked with a...
Components: Zola Siver-plated coins(Item 42986), Czech Glass Emerald & Blue Opal Picasso Dahlia (Item 42646), Czech Glass Light Green Metallic Suede Melon 5mm (Item 40788), Toho 6/0 Transparent Frosted Teal (Item 11421), 8/0 Toho Green Emerald silver-lined (Item 11545), also 8/0 Toho matte black seed beads, gunmetal jump rings, .019 silver satin softflex beading cable, brass-plated copper chain, heavy oxidized jump rings and heavy sterling silver 2 x 2 mm crimps.


Honey Do List May 2016

This is one of my creations for the Honey Do List challenge my husband has dreamed up this year... and we've invited other folks to play along....
Components: Pendant by Summer Wind Art; Mookaite faceted rondelles; Amazonite carved rounds, rounds, and diamonds; Nunn Design copper plated chain and findings.


Acrylic Necklace

When I got these beads I was surprised at how big they really are so it took me awhile to come up with this design. I haven't even named it yet....
Components: Acrylic coral branch beads, acrylic staggered sticks, Czech glass, antiqued copper spacers, chain and clasp.


Heart noveau in violet

my latest design
Components: amethyst gems, glass crystals, chain, bugle beads.


heart in stitches

one of my earlier designs ..
Components: buttons and seed beads..


Hearts Green

I was inspired when I saw the TierraCast hearts a while back and thought I'd make a piece that used them as a focus.
Components: TierraCast vine hearts, TierraCast chandelier heart, green Firestone gems 4mm and 6mm, earth themed beads.


Radiance

This piece is a great example of creating a versatile focal component using spikes/fringe. It could work with silk string, leather cord, chain or a...


Spring Fringe Necklace

This focal component can be used as a single piece to be centered in a necklace design or combined to make a 3-piece focal. These would look great...


Ladder Tassel Pouf

This necklace can be recreated with any bar connector and tassel combination. Don't be afraid to use a lot of tassels, the more you can fit on the...


Mediterranean Bib

Using these bar connector slides makes creating a statement necklace easier than ever! You can combine as few or as many as you like (I stop at 20)...


Kibbles & Bits of Jasper Knotted Necklace

I thought I'd try something new. I remember asking about why one would use waxed linen or other material instead of beading wire to make a...
Components: 2 strands of 4-ply Irish waxed linen in light rust & green, an assortment of jasper & other stone nuggets, copper beads, Tierracast copper button


Beach Choker

Beaded chokers are so popular right now, so I figured I'd make one. I originally wanted to use the recycled glass in my bracelet, Swashbuckling...
Components: Recycled glass, ceramic, glass, a sea shell


Rocks of Ages

I see earthiness in geology. I have a collection of oddly shaped quartz chunks with no drill holes and I had been trying to figure out how to use...
Components: Ochoa slice, LB; quartz and copper beads, my stash; Leather, Vintaj copper parawire, and possibly the large hole pearls(?) LB


From the Beach

Well, I've gone through a bit of a rough spot too (like Asia, only not THAT awful), and instead of turning out gorgeous, amazing stuff like her, I...
Components: Beach pebble, sea glass bead and leather cord from LB.


Starry night

a quiet starry night
Components: Lapis gem and seed beads


Pastels

It has been a long time since I posted something, I had been busy plus going trough a stressful time, a few weeks ago my son was brutally attacked...
Components: Ceramic bead that I used as a button Lisa Peters, single ceramic bead from Mia Only Beads, Gaea beads, Agate, simulated sea glass and hemp are all from Lima beads. Peanut seed beads from my stash.


Mums the Word

Jade was the perfect pick to pair with this vintage enamel pin.
Components: Jade, Glass and Metal


Amethyst Sunset

I created a pendant from a Vintaj blank, which was embossed and pantinated. The paints washed together this way, which gave me the idea for the...


Aztec Oasis

The Larimar Crazy Lace Pendant inspired this earth and sky color combination.


Antique Peach Royalty

I love heirloom jewelry. The Vintaj Brass Garden Trellis Filigree pendant provided just the right antique touch for my "rose" and the Czech Glass...


Rusty Petal Necklace

The Rusty Daisy pendant inspired a southwest color scheme for this necklace.


Early Morning Glisten on Fall leaves

Trying to capture the glistening that happens on a fall day when the sun first comes up on a beautiful fall day.
My pictures do not do the...
Components: Lipstick Ranch Tree pendant. The crystals are Swarovski and Czech crystal beads.


Petal of the Sun

The colors and the look of this pendant made me feel like a little piece of the sun was falling down to me. I didn't add much to it, wanting to...
Components: Greek Ceramic Raku Metallic Harvest Fossil Pendant 30x39mm, gold chain, copper chain, toggle clasp


Fancy Arrowhead Soutache Necklace

This unique arrowhead necklace was made with silver seed beads, rayon soutache in shades of lilac, peach, light mint green, and turquoise, silver...
Components: soutache cord, Zola Elements Antique Silver (plated) Garden Party Fancy Arrowhead Pendant 24x47mm, Grey (metallic) Flat Braided Leather Cord 5mm, teal leather, seed beads


Crystal Magic

I really loved the wrapped crystal "tassel" at my LBS, so I snatched it up and added my own chain tassel to the bottom. I love how it turned out.
Components: Wrapped quartz cone tassel, Czech flowers, bone rings, multi-color tigereye, brass cone, different chains, brass clasp.


Free as a Butterfly

Butterflies are kisses from heaven. Another vintage thrift store find! Soft string butterfly paired with wood and carnelian.
Components: Wooden bead and Carnelian.


Juarez

Like my fresh pick inspired by Mexico and by the song Juarez from We Are Augustines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkCyhhyWekc
Components: Cactus donut bail (Patricia Healey), Raku Ceramic Harvest large disc, African Turquoise rounds 6 mm, 2 yellow African tumbled rounds, yellow African trade glass seed beads, turquoise African trade glass beads, enameld purple ring (C-Koop), copper faceted rounds (Nunn design), 1 red glass mini disc (A Beaded Gift), 1 red recycled glass flat bead, copper wire, copper clasp, a bit of 1 mm leather. Everything from Lima Beads.


Wood Nymph's Pearls

HI EVERYBODY!!! Sorry I haven't been posting or even commented lately. I have browsed the site weekly and have seen all the fantastic pieces...
Components: Large freshwater pearls. Carved beads. Laser cut leaf and flower. Waxed espresso wood beads. Floral carved wood bead. White seed beads. Waxed linen. Clearance button from Hancock Fabrics. 😥


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