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TX Kumihimo Retreat Class #1

First class this morning was how to make a Kumihimo pen. Sooo much fun! It starts with a Cross pen "innards" & you braid around it, then finish...
Components: Bugtail (1mm) satin cord, Cross pen refill, large hole beads & seedbeads if desired for decoration, cord cap with hole. Design & instructions by Connie Burns.

Deer Kilt Pin

Fall sweater brooch or can be pinned to a curtain for good luck.I am learning how to make beaded links. This piece stair-steps up and the bicone is...
Components: Kilt pin, Vintaj sea petal finding (looks like a running sun symbol to me), base metal deer coin, bone colored Czech bicone, mix of Czech and Toho seed beads.Also colored Mykonos ceramic discs held together with jump rings. I got the bicones and the Vintaj piece at LB.

Circles with a Sharpie

Here is a mini tutorial on making continuous circles for a bead frame.
Components: 14ga or 16ga wire, sharpie pen

Medieval Pocket Angel Prayer Beads

The Green Girl angel is beyond wonderful. Look at the detailed feathers. The medieval halo. She has stars in the upper level of her gown and...
Components: Kept a theme of soft neutrals with stripes. 12mm grey sardonyx, faceted smokey agate with cream stripes, oyster shell heishi beads, Czech glass 6/0 seed beads in a mix called "Hematite." A few semi-glazed 8/0 lavender Toho beads. Middle weight Soft Flex beading cable, sterling silver crimp bead. All ingredients from Lima Beads except the oyster heishi and Czech seed beads.

Perpetual Adoration Chaplet

From my Fresh Pick of the same name. This is a Catholic Chaplet or Tenner. When you use it as a rosary, it completes one decade.
Components: I am really happy with the grey sardonyx 12mm rounds. I alternated them with Job's Tears which are hard-shelled seeds of an Asian grass, I used a Tibetan pearl bead capped in white bronze for the Pater bead. Almost everything was from Lima Beads.

I heart seahorses

Made this yesterday..... I LOOOOOOOVE seahorses, but my drawing skills are a bit limited to stickfigures. However, I decided to teach myself how to...
Components: Vintaj wire 20 and 26, CGB from LB...

Crypt Keeper Pagan Prayer Beads

A set of silver Czech rondelles to count blessings, mantras, prayers, or spells. I am in love with this two-sided Green Girl Skeleton!
Components: Green Girl Skeleton, Czech opaque purple silver mercury finish, Czech black star tabs, rustic black glass round, Czech glass seed beads, Toho seed beads, TierraCast gunmetal key charm, tiny base metal key charms, TierraCast gunmetal jump ring, .019 silver satin Softflex beading cable, heavy sterling silver 2x2 mm crimps.

Dads Key Fob

Designed By Tracy Gonzales (for TierraCast®) This Key Fob is a Perfect Gift for a Proud Parent.

Dysfunctional Limabeader

First off I want to say I have been LOVING everyone's creations! I feel bad because I haven't been able to comment lately, I've been a bit...
Components: Crazy lace agate donut LB, CGBs, Vintaj wire sorry I don't remember the gauges

Bird In a Nest Pendant

LillyPilly Designs created this simple pendant displaying the many ways to layer the new LillyPilly leather components.

Madaleine's Bag clip

This is a bag clip that I made for my son's girlfriend who loves purple. I make
a lot of these for friends. The possibilities are endless! I...
Components: -Indonesian focal beads. -Assorted cord and trim. -Tibetan style silver beads/charms. -Various beads, baubles & bells. -Large swivel clip.

Dragon Nestling Meditation Beads

From Dragon Nestling pick.
Components: Green Girl pewter dragon beads and "eggs" of snakeskin Czech glass and spotted robin eggs of dalmation vanilla and blue druks.

Catholic Chaplets

Catholic single decade chaplets or tenners from my pick Spanish Missionary.
Components: Czech gothic cross tabs, teal and pink silk flying bird tabs, Toho matte black 6/0 and 8/0. Toho 6/0 dark bronze and galvanized aluminum. Pater bead in red is cherry red glass and two beige crow beads, Black Pater Bead is a buri seed.

Mooning Over Garnets

I was looking for something to do with some of my cabochon collection besides wire wrapping. Years ago I bead embroidered a piece using a brass cab...
Components: Toho 11/0 seed beads in galvanized starlight, Toho 11/0 seed beads in opaque lustered white, 3mm garnet rounds and teardrops, Rainbow Moonstone cabochon and teardrops, Swarovski 4mm crystal pearls in white, white Nymo thread, Lacy's stiff stuff bead foundation, white ultrasuede backing, A lot of time and a magnifying glass at times for these old eyes!

Fossilized Dreams Supplies

Not a piece yet just so excited with the supplies that arrived today that I wanted to share!
Components: Turritella Agate, Czech bicones, Sand dollars in glass and bronze, tumbled glass nuggets, sea urchin flat and round, sardonyx rounds, jobs tears.

Last one for today!

Ok here's the last 2
Components: Copper wire, CGB, LB crystal

In Orbit

So here's another!
Components: SSF wire, CGB, LB crystal

More sprinkles of happiness

Here's another one!
Components: SSF wire, LB crystal, CGB

Fairy Sprinkle #1

I had some fun here..... Not sure about how I want to string it, might do simple leather lacing so it doesn't visually compete, but I might do a...
Components: LB tough crystal points peach, SSF wire 20g, and CGB beads in green something, and "fairy sparx"

A Southwestern Attitude

This one was made in steps, meaning I did a little, sat on it (not literally because that wouldn't be comfy), did some more... Design reminds me of...
Components: LB donut, Vintage wire, blue CGB from LB, and my other "go to" fairy sparx (yes that's their name) CGB


This is a custom order I just finished. I still need to make the chain though. I am going to do a leather lacing with a section of handmade chain.
Components: LB donut, rose gold wire 20g, CGB

Czech Gls Button Wirewrapped Pendant

I had seen the Czech glass buttons before and thought they would be great for cab wraps. So, when I got this free from the Easter egg hunt I...
Components: Czech glass button, 22 gauge non-tarnish gold parawire


I am feverishly working on building inventory for an area fashion show in my area. This show is to benefit The Mountain Resource Center which does...
Components: Artistic wire (20 & 22), donut from LB, CGB (of course!)

Happy birthday schmoopi!

I made this pendant for my BFF's birthday. I suspect that you guys might recognize the donut from LB :)
Components: donut (LB), seed beads, (what, no CGB?!?!?!?!?!?) and artistic wire (20 & 26)

Squiggly Seas Bookmark

I wanted to make a bookmark with squiggles and patina, so I used this brass wire to create it and hemp for flair.
Components: Wire

Today's lesson

Learning to control the solder better. If the design isn't pleasing, you can always remelt the solder and try again. Only ruined one rubber stamp...
Components: Hand cut and finished copper cross from sheet metal. Lead free silver solder. Copper wire. Czech glass

Tree Suncatcher

I keep thinking that one of these days I'll find the perfect way to photograph crystal. I'm not there yet but hope springs eternal.

I made the...
Components: 12ga and 24ga copper wire, rock crystal chips, many curse words

hair clip

inspired by the native Americans and their stories..
Components: seed beads and feathers..

Turquoise Flower Hair Clip

I started wrapping wire around a big, dark green diamond bead from Jesse James, and started playing with seed beads, and two seconds later, I had a...
Components: Glass seed beads, glass pearl, barrette, and I don't know if the green bead is glass or acrylic

Jasper Prayers

I come from a Catholic family, and my mother has a gazillion rosaries she gets as gifts, me when I'm bored, etc. So I decided to make a finger...
Components: Jasper, Magnesite

Summer Wind Keychain

Designed by Andrea P.
This wood pendant is from Lima's new artist Summer Wind Art. I thought I would make a whimsical keychain to display how...

Bird Beads

I love all of the polymer clay beads on the website, so I had to try it. I made a birds nest with amethyst. It reminds me of a Gaea bundle!
Components: PC, Amethyst, pearl

Ponytail Holders Featured in BeadStyle Magazine

One of the projects features the Nunn Design ponytail holders. This is a simple project, yet the results are stunning!

Captive Amethyst

Some more practice with pendant making....and liver of sulfur.... So I'm going to start getting my copper wire almost exclusively at the hardware /...
Components: Amethyst and copper wire

Pendant obsessed

So I bought these round front drilled pendants, super cheap and figured they would at minimum be good for practice. I think they came out kinda...
Components: Brown zebra stone, grey marble and copper wire (from the hardware store! Patinas AWESOMELY!)

Open Discussion: Selling Jewellery

I hope it's okay to post this on here. Please forgive me if this is a faux pas, but I would like to get some feedback from fellow jewellery makers....

Dyed Fibers

I took out the acid dyes & had my first shot at dyeing silk & nylon.
Components: The first is a flat tube of silk, about 4mm wide. Then 1mm rat tail nylon cord. Then 2 different silk/rayon scarves.

Amber's Key

A pendant key wrapped with amber chips and a roundelle bead
Components: Old Skelaton Key with Amber chips of yellow, cherry red and orange and a Terra Cotta Roundelle bead from limabeads.

Clover Knitter & Samples

A few gals have said they didn't know what a Clover knitter is. The bright colored heavy plastic knitter is the Clover brand. I also have the 4- &...

Crystal Soutache Headband

This colorful and stunning, headband was made with faceted light purple crystal beads, light purple glass beads, black leather, rayon soutache cord...
Components: rayon soutache, toho glass beds, faceted czech glass beads, cloth covered headband, leather, gold plated setting with crystal