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Funky Flowers

LillyPilly Designs created this beautifully shaped charm pendant. Its V-shape created by the chain and leather pieces hangs perfectly as a long or...


Irish Luck

Cammara marble cut in the shape of the Emerald Isle. It reminds me of how far we have come. And to never forget where you come from. Cammara Marble...
Components: Cammara marble, leather string, black rough tourmaline, celtic silver design beads and dragon vein agate beads. Vintage silver clasp. And celtic silver cross


Bee on a branch

This isn't one of my all time favs. But, the bee brooch is very old. And the pink stones (I think body is possibly paste and eyes are very nice...
Components: Silver toned book chain. Antiqued silver distressed jumprings. Silver leaves has connectors with pink opal crystal swarovski beads. Rhinestone crystal connectors. Antique bee brooch with pink eyes and body connected to a silver toned branch


Love and Pyrite

I love this pyrite hand carved leaf. I have a few and wanted something simple. When I found the rondelle pyrite on limabeads I knew I had a...
Components: Bronze wire. Pyrite rondelles. Pyrite carved leaf. And rose quarts round beads.


Orient empress

Pendant is jade. Hand carved from early 1900's. Fish are pewter antiques. Vintage jade and wooden beads. Copper spacers. Square turquoise from...


No Bones About It....

This is a very simple necklace but it is made with one of my favorite types of beads...bone! I love the rustic look of of bone beads. I've...
Components: bleached and dyed bone beads, recycled vinyl discs, copper beading chain, regular chain and hook clasp


Blond Wood and Green Glass

More of the recycled sand cast glass beads from Africa plus some recycled wood discs from a tacky necklace. I think this is the last of the glass...
Components: sand cast African glass, recycled wood discs, copper beading chain and toggle clasp


Tiptoe through the Tulip

I created the necklace to match the bracelet "A" is for Alexandria for my daughter.
Components: Copper chain, faux suede, fresh water pearls, tulip focal bead


Crystal Magic II

I just loved the big crystal pendant at my local bead store. Decided simple is better for this design.
Components: Clear quartz crystal pendant, chalcedony faceted nuggets, swarovski crystals, seed beads, gunmetal lobster clasp.


Fossilized Dreams Piece 2

Love these colors and bits and pieces, especially the zebra agate heishi. If you look really closely you can see stripes of iridescence in them...
Components: Vintaj natural bronze sand dollar, recycled glass sand dollar in amethyst, recycled glass nuggets in medium amethyst, daggers in "eel, " Czech fire-polished amethyst rounds, seed beads in matte raku blue/purple iris, matte metallic khaki green, shiny plum, frosted transparent rainbow medium plum, frosted transparent amethyst, heavy oxidized jump rings, green zebra heishi, "coffee" sari silk which is really a lovely deep purple.


Sticks and Stones

I had never seen stones cut on a diagonal before...so I had to get them.
Components: Mookaite, Orange Druzy, Red Jasper, Apple Jasper, cord, copper chain, little bells, orange circle..probably resin and Czech bellflower, seeds and lobster claw.


Red Beady-Eyed Gargoyle

My ex-boyfriend gave this to me on a recent visit...the pendant that is. I couldn't wait to make it into a necklace.
Components: Gargoyle, Agates, Czech Glass, Pyrite cubes, turquoise Magnesite, seeds, waxed linen and Sari Silk..homemade hook.


Black and White Pictures

Medieval Momma's Pod of the Day called Photo Phobia inspired me to make this necklace as my remembrance of my photo phobia. Everyone knows my...
Components: From Lima Beads came the Gaea Film Noir Bundle, the Banded black and white agate, and Toho 6.0 seed beads. The 1.0 mm antique brown leather cord from my stash. The Banded Agate is a gorgeous gemstone - very striking. I hope I captured that in my pictures. Know my pictures can be better.


Whisper Of Spring

Now , that we are in summer, looking back on spring is refreshing. I loved the Grace lampwork Heart and it was my inspiration. I knew I wanted to...
Components: Everything is from Lima beads. My components were a Grace Lampwork Heart, Czech wisteria puff coin, silver plated cable chain, rose silk ribbon, amd ring connecters. I used sterling silver wire for wrapping.


Fossilized Dreams Piece 1

Oh this was so hard. Too many choices. The sea urchin flat bead spins between a beaded and a non-beaded length of beading cable. So, many seed bead...
Components: Turritella ovals, pewter sea urchin spacer, recycled glass nugget in dark cherry, Czech glass eel daggers, Czech smoky topaz picasso round druk 6mm, smoky topaz matte transparent bicone, Toho beads: 11/0 dark bronze, silvery grey, amber picasso, slate blue; 4mm cubes in matte raku cabernet and matte raku blue/purple iris, hex in matte raku blue/purple iris, vintage Ventitian 11/0 in dusty umber. Heavy oxidized jump rings, heavy sterling silver crimp beads, sari silk in "coffee."


Esmerelda

I would like to introduce Esmerelda. She is made using Zola elements, focal and feathers. I "stitched" the CGBs on with 22g wire and they are...
Components: LB green silk, Zola pendant, Zola feathers, CGBs, 22g artistic wire, and silver plated clasp


Dandelion Cloud

I was actually working with a slab of Ocean Jasper, trying to find some beads to set off the splotches of blue in it. I wasn't having any luck but...
Components: Leather lace, Irish waxed linen, silver end caps, Slide thingies, (LB) Silver disks, assorted spacers, assorted ceramic beads, pendant from Sweet Birch Designs.


Industrial with Tassel

Used the pieces from my pick "Industrial with Tassel" I had never made a tassel before! Fun!
Components: Silk string in "smoke, " "slate, " "thunderstorm." Sari silk in "raven." Xaz raku galactic bars, Unicorne exotic sea scales teardrops, green zebra jasper heishi, black 2mm leather cord, matte raku Toho cubes, Toho slate blue 11/0. Wooden cube beads in cobalt and sky blue.


Something new

I have more of these and different styles than I'd care to admit! I've been a bit intimidated by them, but wanted to give it a go. When I first...
Components: Various beads and quartz crystal, Zola pendant, blue leather and 22 g artistic wire


Updated

Here's the updated "finished" pendant necklace combo! Pretty sure I'm in love with it! But.... Someone is wanting to buy it.


Suncoast Summer

Color me ready for SUMMER!!! I layer 2 or 3 or 4 of my colorful tassel necklaces with a plain sundress for shopping, strolling or a night on the...
Components: Wood beads Ziggy howlite African Trade Beads Thai mirror charm Cowrie shells Handmade tassel Tibetan spacers


Trellis

This is the first time I patinated anything and I was super nervous that I was somehow going to destroy the etched pendant from Jess at Sweet Birch...
Components: CGB, African Trade beads, copper wire, pendant from Jess from Sweet Birch Designs at Etsy.com, handmade clasp and chain.


That's the Point!

I really like these Zola connectors but the large loops on the ends make the pieces shift a lot even if you use the tiniest jump ring possible....
Components: Zola connectors, 28ga wire, black metal daggers, ceramic daggers from BoHulley on Etsy, SS chain and clasp.


Raku Christmas

I made the first necklace for Christmas for another friend. My mom saw it and wanted one. I ordered another cross donut bail and made it for mom...
Components: XAZ Raku donut pendants, Patricia Healy donut pendant bails, copper slides, blue 2 mm leather cord from LB Autumn metallic rounds my stash


In Memory of Puckster

I made this necklace for a friend at Christmas. She had 7 cats, however she lost Puckster to an enlarged heart while she and her family were at...
Components: Golem Studio cat pendant, African sunset seed beads, Mediterranean seed beads, Ceylon snowflake seed beads, copper bail from LB, copper bead cones and magnetic clasp from my stash.


Jewel Beetle

I made this simple E-4in1 chain to highlight this gorgeous lampwork beetle. It was made by a fabulous Russian artist, Irina Sergeeva. I love nickel...
Components: lampwork beetle, nickel silver chain, gold plated clasp


Beachcomber Charm Necklaces

I live at the beach and this year during "Snowbird" season I designed several necklaces to sell to the tourists as "BeAcHy" souvenirs. I had a lot...
Components: Ribbon, ball Chain, bottlecaps, tiny bottles filled with sand, fimo flip flops, charms, tassels etc.


Up a Creek...

Red Creek Jasper to be precise. Finished up this necklace for the Adult School class. Another free form bezel to fit this one dollar stone....
Components: Jasper and sterling silver


Pineapple Perfection

Tropical feeling pieces with a fun mixture of colors!
Components: Pineapple jasper beads, sapphire jade, turquoise, Bali silver and sterling silver toggle clasp


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"


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