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Silver inspiration

Yes more playing with wire! And I used yet another of the pieces from the Occo Agate slice that broke ;) I'm really enjoying wire work, and when I...
Components: 0.5mm leather Artistic nontarnish silver plated wire in gauges 18, 20, 24 & 26 Piece of Occo Agate slice from LB (waste not want not right?!)

Green and black Framed

This looks so good against a black tee shirt. I bought these focals at the Bead & Button show and can't remember their name. Love those matte black...
Components: Stone beads, czech glass beads, 16, 28 & 22 gauge copper wire. 4mm leather.

Copper and Blue Jeans

So I wanted to experiment. Again. I think I'm the queen of waste not want not with jewelry design! I was making the pendant with the Occo Agate...
Components: Thunderstorm silk ribbon 1/2" from LB Vintaj parawire in copper gauges 24, 20, & 16 Oval raku beads from LB Occo agate slice from LB Large hole beads from my stash...

Fun with Rectangles

One more fresh pick inspiration-my Chiclets necklace. I love all the colors of the Czech glass rectangles and thought they would make a fun,...
Components: Czech glass rectangles from LB. Copper chain, head pins, square hematite heshi all from my stash.

Laboradite and Garnet

This is another one from a pick I made. I've been wanting to put laboradite and garnet together, so here they are. I think it makes a nice T-shirt...
Components: Labradorite, Hill Tribe silver beads from my stash. Garnet, pyrite, and gray Irish waxed linen cord from LB. I'm really crazy about the waxed linen.

Ceramic blues

This is actually very heavily based on a design by Jennifer Krisch, which I saw in Bead Style magazine. I had the rectangular ceramic bead for...
Components: 1 ceramic rectangular bead + 2 bead aligners, 43 Czech glass blue dalmatian beads 4 mm + headpins, 4 Gaea ceramic beads, 4 African recycled glass rings, 2 African recycled glass beads (sky blue and coffee), 2 gemstone beads 10 mm (white-brown and whie-blue), 2 recycled glass heishi (blue), 4 shell heishi, 4 bronze bead heishi. Jump rings (4 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm), 20 cm chain + lobster clasp, wire


I love malachite, and when I found this piece I knew I wanted to do something special. It's about2.5" long. I made the chain with Mobius links. I...
Components: malachite pendant, anodized plain and twisted links, swarovski clasp

View of the Pond

This is my entry to the September's challenge at the Art Bead Scene Blog, inpiration is a painting by Vanessa Bell " View of the Pond at...
Components: Pendant Mia Only Beads, tabular ceramic beads Majoyoal, peachy lampwork beads Puffafish, swirl lampwork beads Garden of Beads. XAZ raku beads, yellow opal rondelles, leather lace, rivets are from our Lima Beads.

Curb Chain Choker

I have taken a chainmaille flower and added curb chain to it as a draped tassel.
Components: Jump rings, curb chain

Y Chain

I have used the larger ladder chain to make a Y chain with a pendant at the end. I was playing with the chain I got and came up with this. Proud...
Components: Ladder Chain, 1" pendant tray


A friend recently introduced me to the idea of beading messages into my jewelry, using Morse code. Intrigued, I gave it try. This one says " Happy...
Components: Yellow calcite tubes, Rhyolite round beads, hematite ( to separate the letters and words), silver clasp from my stash.


All my designs come from my heart.

Trying Viking 2

One of the things I've discovered with VK is that you start with a piece of "workable" wire - one that you can handle without getting a lot of...
Components: Parawire in artistic bronze, 26g; Czech rondelles

Kessie's Rainbow Kalera

Inspired by the Rainbow Kalera bead, and to commemorate 40 years of friendship with my best friend Kessie! We actually just turned 40 this year,...
Components: Rainbow Kalera Focal, coral rondelles, parrot green and citrus Czech rondelles, green tribal squares, blue rondelles, cobalt czech spirals, dark purple round neons. All LB except for red coral, blue rondelles, and AB glass beads.

Venture into Viking territory

This was my first venture into Viking Knit... I actually was going to scrap this piece when a little girl that I watch said she wanted it. (I was...
Components: Leather, Vintaj copper wire, laze daz Viking knit "tool", glass beads and button (and lots of beer)

The Long & Winding Road

Brass and mixed gemstone necklace...extra-long for looping if you like!
Components: Brass noodles, dumbbells and spacers; tiger's eye, Yellow Jade, Picasso Jasper, glass and the very last faceted Soochow Jade barrel bead I have -- sadly, no longer available.

Rainbow in Paper

When I purchase my paper beads I will receive a gift bag as well as a thank you for my purchase. I received this really nice large bicone paper...
Components: One large paper bicone bead as my focal. I used these pale glass disks to complement the colors within the paper bead. I love silver so I incorporated the shiny silver metal heishi in the row of the glass disks. The white band in the middle of the paper bead gave me the inspiration to go with the 8mm pale white sea glass beads. The almost translucent 6mm glass beads to follow. I finished with a simple silver toggle / clasp.

Festival of Color in Paper

I'm still inspired by paper beads. I just received these paper beads and I wanted to create a necklace with them.
These paper beads are oval...
Components: My paper beads are my focal. I strung a mix of 6mm white glass druk beads unfortunately from China. They will do. I used these really nice crystal clear 10mm glass bicones. I also used these silver 10mm metal beads. What I like is these silver beads are not as shiny which gives off a different look. I used shiny 6mm silver metal heishi spacers in between my paper beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, crimp covers and wire guardians. I finished off my necklace with a rope design toggle/clasp.

By the Pond

Inspired by my fresh pick "Gossamer Wings" I ordered a lot of these beads as a POD and they came in yesterday. I made the necklace that night! I...
Components: Various Caribbean Blue Czech beads, Czech leaf drops(pitaschio luster also LB from a few years back), Rock Crystal, Fossil Coral, Vintaj Vogue Pendants.

Kazuri Drop In Teal N' Grey

Kazuri has the wonderful drop pendants in a colorful pattern wavy rich in design. I love the colors of this particular drop pendant. Teal at the...
Components: The Kazuri drop pendant as my focal piece. I coordinated my beads and colors around the pendant. The 12mm round Kazuri beads picking up the aqua followed by glass spacers in aqua and grey. The dark teal clay beads at the ends. I used silver findings to embellish my design. 12mm silver daisy spacer beads along with the small daisy spacers at each end of the necklace. I had this nice grey leather cord which goes perfectly with the lighter grey in the pendant.

Kazuri Purple Passion pendant

Oh, how I love the color of purple. I love the Kazuri beads. Put the two together and oh still my heart. I purchased this large Kazuri...
Components: Whoops !!! I just typed the list of components in the describe the piece section. It's late and I'm getting tired. Mistakes do happen. Sorry about that !!!

Love is Patient Love is Kind Heart

I just love hand crafted clay/ceramic work by individual artisans who love what they do and do it very well. One of them is Bo Hulley. This heart...
Components: My focal is this beautifully hand crafted cream colored heart. Because the holes are unique to the pendant; I made my own bails to fit using silver eye pins. I purchased this nice charm from Bohemian Findings in Canada that carries a huge selection of charms for the jewelry making people like us. Love Is Patient Love Is Kind...with Bo's heart. A very special necklace for myself. I used the creamy riverstone gemstone beads in the 4mm and the 6mm sizes. I also incorporated the Czech two toned fire crystal beads in brown/clear. I also used the tiny 4mm silver round metal beads. Silver findings: crimps, bead wire, crimp covers, wire guardians. I used two silver double split rings to attach my silver charm and the dangle beads. They won't come off I promise you that !!! I finished my necklace with this shiny silver toggle/clasp in a heart design.

Crimson Fire and Blue Ice

A very long time past as I purchased this very unique lampwork glass pendant which is like
kind. I loved the way the glass...
Components: My focal is this beautiful crimson red lampwork glass pendant. I strung with my beading wire a combination of beads pulling in the colors within the glass pendant. The large red pearlized acrylic which I believe are about 12mm in their size. I also used the 8mm blue crystal glass beads along with the 8mm opaque white glass beads. Shiny silver 6mm heishi spacers adding silver to the mix. I used silver in my findings: crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and I finished it with a simple shiny roped designed oval toggle/clasp.

Blue Bird of Springtime

Greetings all !!! Well, this has become one of my most ambitious designs yet. I had this old polymer clay pendant which I have been pondering for...
Components: Oh boy...the list is going to be long and involved. O.k..the polymer clay pendant is my focal point. I used a bronze tree branch connector with more that just the usual kind. This one has more connecting for bead work. I used Czech glass leaves and flowers to embellish the tree branch giving it the look of a flowering tree at springtime. You know what I am trying to achieve here. Anyway, I then brain stormed the birds nest. I found this large bronze bird nest connector with three holders for the eggs. I used my 3 or 4mm glass pearl beads in the gold for the eggs. I used bronze findings throughout my necklace: crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, bronze bead wire, decorative head pins, and just about anything else bronze. I had these bronze beads in my stash...added them into the necklace. What the hell...I said...go for it !!! The beads are these creamy beige river stone gemstone beads. So, I played around with making the flowers with the Czech Picasso maple leaves until I got the look that I wanted. These Czech Picasso leaves have the same blue as in the flowers and my pendant only subtle. I also had these glazed clay ceramic large pony beads that I added into the design to add blue. All in all, I completed what I had in my mind.

New Relic

Textured copper, silver solder and patience.
Components: Above plus torch, a rubber stamp and black paint.

Little Fishy Swam

With me, it's just about always how the colors play off of each other. I particularly like this combination.
Components: I started this a year ago, and am not sure but the silver chain came from Lima Beads as did the glass beads. I'm not sure where I got Mr. Fish from.

Navajo Rebel

I have always admired the boho southwestern tribal minimalist and this sums it up. Inexpensive but trendy, it is the perfect piece for me.
Components: Seed beads, chain

Simply strung

Love a good tee-shirt necklace!
Components: Night Sky curved potter bead from Captured Moments, grain beads and cord

Strung out Hippie

Gemstone pendant corded with marble red/black matte beads

Mustard Seeds

Shaped wire strung with mottle fossil beads and a mustard pendant

Sea & Pearl

Gaea Pendant, sea glass beads and pearl beads....Inspired by a necklace of the same strung-layered colors made by Nina Bagley in Belle Armoire...

Vintage Bee

I made this as a gift for my friend Gayla, who is visiting from Utah this week. The bee reminds me of our trip to the 'Beehive House' we toured...
Components: Vintaj brass pendants, swarovski golden shawdow crystals, glass beads, gold tone chain.

Flower in the garden

Sunflower pendant with glass beads and twisted string

Red Rover

Multi strand of Red Coral Sponge Beads

Sparkle in the Desert

This, with the exceptions of the findings, the coin sunstone, a few scattered silver beads, is all Lima Beads. Inspired by a pick I was playing...
Components: Occo agate slice connectors, venus jasper, Sunstone, matte peach moonstone, matte fossilized coral beads, tiny smoky quartz, pyrite. I think that's all.

Tuquoise and Lampwork

Combining my love of stones and lampwork beads.
Components: Faux turquoise (some really nice dyed howlite) real turquoise chips, copper spacers from LB, and GORGEOUS lampwork beads from a seller on EBay I was fortunate to find.

Beaded Tassel Necklace

Still on this tassel jag...this time with a mix of large and tiny glass beads. Easy stringing project.

I'm suppose to be cleaning up my work...
Components: embroidery floss and glass beads

Pretty bird pendant

I loved this ceramic pendant but had trouble deciding how to use it. After trying a few different color schemes, I liked the black, red and...
Components: Ceramic pendant, red glass squares, small black and silver seed beads, larger clear and turquoise seed beads.

Coral tubes necklace

These coral tubes make a cute multi-strand necklace. The colors aren't showing up well, but the white frosted glass really makes the coral pop!
Components: 8mm white czech glass beads, coral tubes, red seed beads, silver plated spacers and clasp.