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Three for a girl

Made this to use up a lot of beautiful pink tourmaline beads I have and a lot of pretty pink pearls !
Components: Pink freshwater pearls, two sizes, pink tourmaline, silver connectors and charms ~ Tinkerbell !


Broken Arrow

Never met a bead frame I didn't love...I am kinda obsessed with filling spaces. (I am sure a psychiatrist could have a field day with that!)
Components: Brass triangle bead frames, brass dumbbell and spacer beads, freshwater pearls.


Kazuri Green Yellow Mix

I had these old Kazuri beads in my stash. I wanted to make jewelry using them. This is what I came up with.
Components: A combination of the various shapes of the Kazuri beads in the colors of greens and yellow mixed within the beads. I strung these beads on grey leather cord with silver findings. I also made a pair of coordinating earrings to match.


Triangles in the Blues

I found these wonderful gemstone triangles at my local bead store. What an amazing find indeed !!! Sodalite gemstone triangles that are quality...
Components: The gemstone triangles in the hues of blues which brings out the color of the Sodalite gemstone as my focal. 10mm dark blue/navy glass druk beads with white glass spacers giving this necklace a geometric flow. I used shiny chains to dangle from each of the triangle beads. I used the silver 6/0 Toho seed beads on white leather cord. I purposely used leather as it makes the triangle design just pop. I purchased seven of these triangles and I used six. I decided to make matching earrings. My friend Marie fell in love with this particular set. I will be looking to creating this same design look with the Mahogany Obsidian gemstone in the future. I will be using black Onyx with those triangles.


Precious Metal Clay

Ive been taking several courses of PMC classes and just got started on making pieces.

It's really fun learninghow to work with clay Yes, it is...
Components: PMC, howlite beads, crystals


" Enjoy the Little Things "

I have been trying to take pictures of the pieces that I made during my vacation with mixed results. Light has been an issue, changing constantly...
Components: Necklace; pendant and ceramic beads from Grubbi, Lampwork beads Garden of Beads, handmade Honeysuckle beads, matte Red Creek Jasper. Bracelet : ceramic beads Grubbi, lampwork Garden of Beads, clasp ArtIncendi, My own copper bead cap and copper chain from Lima.


Little Mix

I am back at my bench (gearing up for what I hope will be a very productive fall) by mixing up some metals. This is a very substantial feeling...
Components: Copper bead frame, dumbbells and spacers; base metal box beads and spiral spacers.


Big Striped Minty Pink Crystal Persuasion

I have two of these really unique hand crafted lamp work beads that are old.
This one is my favorite as I love the way that the artisan got the...
Components: Just like the other one I went with the clear crystal beads to complement the focal. It also enhanced it. I strung a combination of beads given the colors of the focal bead. Clear crystal glass beads in the disk shape and the 8mm octagon shape used. I also incorporated 6mm dusty pink crystal glass beads, 8mm Czech shiny minty green pearlized Druks, and ran the Miyuki 6/0 clear crystal glass beads up to the top of the necklace. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers. I finished with a medium sized shiny oval roped toggle/clasp. My bracelet is the same combination of beads sans the lamp work. I used a small round shiny roped toggle/clasp. My earring are the French fish hooks with a simple design of the same bead combination.


Pearly Red and Black as Night set

Well, here is my story on this bead set. I was shopping at my local JoAnne's craft store. I always hit the beads. Anybody out there hear of Blue...
Components: There are five pearly red disks in the set that I purchased. One disk was damaged. Didn't matter though...I didn't need it. I used a combination of red glass pearls in the 4mm and the 6mm. Black glass crystal beads in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm. Toho silver metal 8/0 seed beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, double silver bead caps, crimp covers. I finished with a small simple toggle/clasp. A single strand bracelet utilizing the same beads with the red pearly disk as my focal. The earring are French fish hooks with silver seed beads, red glass pearls and one 8mm black glass crystal bead.


Tribal Celebration

Oh, so let me explain this design thingy. I had this bracelet that I made a long time ago with these unique handcrafted lampwork glass beads. I...
Components: Where do I start to describing this ? O.k...here I go: the lamp work beads are two sets that I have purchased a very long time ago. One-of-a-kind which consists of squares, disks and rondelles in earthy tones of browns, golds tone and a touch of black. The large 10mm beads are sort of a rusty orange...gemstones in the jasper family. 10mm silver metal beads. The spacers are these decorative swirly design 10mm disks. The black and brown are clay spacer beads 10mm. Also 10mm silver metal spacer beads. A combination of 10mm black crystal glass rondelles and 6mm round crystal black glass beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers. The toggle / clasp a very simple one. The same combination of beads are used in my bracelet with the lamp work being the center of attention. My earring are the French fish hooks with the lamp work squares as my focal with the 10mm rusty orange beads. The clay and metal spacer beads in between the mix.


Stoned Out Paper

I purchase these paper beads from the same person. I found these vibrant ones with a combination of blues and oranges. So, I decided to stretch...
Components: 8 vibrant paper beads approximately 1 inch in length each. I wanted gemstone chips to go with these beads. I found blue Aventurine gemstone chips that worked. I went with a funky tribal type of design. The 6mm orange sherbert colored beads which are as old as the hills in my bead stash which I incorporated into the design. I also used these really neat silver metal bead spacers. The tiny dangling beads are dark royal blue potato pearl beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, and a toggle / clasp to pick up the design in the metal beads spacers. The bracelet is a double strand of the same combination of beads used in my necklace. I used a tube clasp along with the two hole spacer bars to hold the bracelet together. The two paper beads are my focal. The earrings are the French fish hooks with a simple design of the paper bead with two silver metal spacer beads at each end. The tiny dangles are the 4mm dark royal blue potato pearl beads and these 3mm light orange glass Druks.


Purple Paper Passion

I dabble into what I can do with different materials in the jewelry making craft. Paper beads intrigue me.
I love the craftsmanship that goes into...
Components: 8 beautiful paper beads approximately 1 inch in length each. A combination of purples, hints of blues with a creamy center with a hint of lavender. I centered my colors with purple and beige. I used a combination of beads starting with 8mm purple crackle glass beads, 8mm pale pearly white crystal glass rondelle, 6mm clear crystal glass beads and 4mm beige Druks. The seed beads are the 6/0 crystal clear Miyuki's. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, and tiny daisy bead spacers. I finished with a simple silver toggle / clasp. My bracelet is a combination of the same beads as my necklace. I used a tube clasp as the bracelet is a double strand. The earring are the French fish hooks with just the paper bead and the 4mm beige Druk glass bead.


Three Little Birds

This was a teacher appreciation gift I made. It was inspired by the song "Three Little Birds".
Components: Leather, vintaj pendant, vintaj birds, genuine natural amethyst, genuine freshwater pearls, glass beads, vintaj ranger metal paints


"Bones And Sphynx"

Drop down u-shaped necklace. I've always loved and admired hand carved designs. I collected each piece seperately from different places knowing...
Components: Hand carved oval shaped bone beads, Assorted sized round and tubular polished grey stones with black specks. Black onyx sphinx beads. Hand carved square shaped stones grey with off white colorings (Streaks).


She Sells Sea Shells...

This set is my entry for the July 2015 Art Bead Scene Challenge. A fun sea shell filled inspiration piece this month!

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Components: Graduated strand of Red Creek Jasper, Small Red Creek Jasper rounds, TierraCast brass plated clasp, Flame colored WoolyWire all from Lima (at least I think that's where I got the WoolyWire!); Ceramic shell pendant and charms from Suburban Girl Studio; Brass corrugated beads from Vintaj; brass plated spacers and Swarovski crystal pearls.


Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age

Now I'll depart from the metalwork for a moment, and post a few pieces I just finished. I started on the beads already at Easter, when visiting...
Components: My own ceramic beads, leather cord and lace, balled-up brass and copper wire, 1 mm iron wire, a few Toho beads, titanium hooks.


Candy and Roses Necklace and earrings

This set makes me happy because it reminds me of candy and Summertime It is made of imitation round sea glass with resin roses and melon...
Components: immition resin sea glass, resin roses, silver plated, designer wire


Tripple Strand Crystal Pearl set with M.O.P Clasp

Triple strand Swarovski Teardrop and round pearls in Platinum and white round and crystals.This set has a cream color mother of pearl clasp with...
Components: Crystal pearls, mother of pearl, crystal beads, silver plated


Ash Monday

This necklace will probably forever remind me of funerals. I had been planning it for a long time -- weeks, and just got started on doing some...
Components: Sterling silver sheet and wire, my own ceramic beads, turritella agate (LB), leather lace. Titanium wire for the ear hooks.


Starfish & Jellyfish

Beachy inspired bracelet & earrings. Believe it or not but the beachy lampwork bead was in the $1.00 tray at Walmart, as well as the square czech...
Components: Coral look connecter~SummerWind Art Kylie Perry Star, czech glass, lampwork bead & lampwork rondells, seed beads, unicorne bead, recycled glass, peanut seed beads, waxed linen


The Black Set

I wanted to try using black ear wires and chain and also use a couple connectors I had left over from another project.
Components: Black ear wires, black chain, 6mm square cubes, 8mm bicones, 2 different types of connectors, silver plated spacer beads, rondell beads, and 8mm round bermuda blue beads.


Pearls and Chain

This set is a birthday gift for my sister who likes black and white. I'm more of a color gal, but I refrained from adding any color. It's made with...
Components: Jump rings, fresh water pearls, faceted onyx rondelles, and sardonyx.


Peachy keen

I bought a nice new peach coloured jumper (sweater) recently, then of course, needed a necklace & earrings to go with it! I had these lovely large...
Components: peach pearls, golden hearts, Swarovski & larimar rondelles


Spring Blossoms

I'm sure we are all eagerly awaiting Spring to arrive! Actually, the wildflowers have already started to pop here in southern AZ and they have...
Components: Golem Design Studios ceramic lentil, ceramic rounds, faceted agate and glass flowers from my stash. Czech glass, seed beads, copper leaves and clasp, 20, 22, 24 gauge copper wire, from LB.


Queen Tan

I love this piece that I created a few months ago, because I was a vampire movie and the head modern time queen was wear a necklace and I loved it....
Components: Swarovski crystal beads 3mm bicone and Swarovski crystal beads 6mm gold pearls. Gold filled findings.


Waterlily

You all know that I'm not much into crystals, but I have quite few leftover from our bling challenge a couple years ago, so decided to start using...
Components: Pink Opal, freshwater pearls, Grass Green Turquoise, Vintaj chain and bead caps are from Lima Beads. Waterlily pendant from Golem Studio.Sari silk and Czech glass from my stash.


Full Heart

A new beginning work with Swarovski crystal components which are made in Austria and are considered the finest products of their kind in the world.
Components: Swarovski crystal components Heart and top -drilled, gold filled findings


Vintage Vintaj

This was commissioned by a really fun co-worker (I actually have one or 2 of those). She gets dragged along to black tie events because of her...
Components: Vintaj brass chain, wire, all findings, LB. Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, from my stash.


Winter Stones

This necklace and bracelet are a birthday gift for my sister. It's my first attempt at combining chainmaille and beads.
Components: African opal rondelles, amazonite, and larimar nuggets from LB with barrel weave chainmaille.


Peace on Earth

I am calling this one Peace on Earth for obvious reasons.. The deep blue and green swirls in the chrysocolla beads (from Lima) remind me of the...
Components: Dyed Magnesite peace signs, Chrysocolla, faceted Amazonite, Copper


Indian Black Horn Choker w/matching Earrings

I had made an Indian choker years ago that I entered in a design contest at Firemountain. It ended up winning first place. With that design in...
Components: Silver plated rhinestone connectors, Black horn pipe beads, Turquoise round beads, Magnesite cab and round beads, plated Feathers, Sterling silver earwires, and bugtail leather cord.


Taupe, gray, sand necklace &a bracelet

Inspired by a gray day on Lake Michigan.
Components: Agates, beads, square tubes of unknown origin, clasps by Terra Cast.


Forest necklace & bracelet

Dark colors of the late summer woodland.
Components: Agates, fire-polished beads, small crystals, chain.


Jangles Shows His Colors!

It only takes a glance to see that the whimsical Jangles owl was the inspiration for this whole set. I love that ceramic owl and his great colors...
Components: Yellow ceramic beads, red coral, red magnesite, gold plate accents and toggle clasp, bright yellow aluminum jump rings, Jangles the Owl


Princess Bride

Princess Bride choker and earring set.
I wanted to create something unusual, dainty and detailed for brides with plenty of sparkle! I love chokers...
Components: Enameled copper wire scrolled links in rose gold, (created on my jig), 26g copper wire for wrapping the champagne pearls, pink AB crystals, faceted quartz crystal drops, satin ribbon ties for the choker


February Wedding!

This set was a custom order for my sister's friend. It was originally to be sent in September but when she moved the wedding back due to a setback...
Components: Toho seed beads, Miyuki Delica's, Czech FP rounds, glass pearls, One G thread, Tahitian Silver toggle, Magnetic Clasp, Silver ear hooks, metal hair comb, felt


Just a Little Fringe

It has been a bit of a dry spell for me. Luckily I have all of these bits and pieces left over from experiments and things that didn't go right....
Components: copper wire, copper chain, copper toggle clasp, niobium ear wires


Blue Fringe Necklace w/ Earrings

I wanted to make something that hung without getting tangled so easily. This is what I came up with.
Components: Plated chain, connectors, crystal beads and drops, and metal beads.


Chunky Coral with Orca

Some coral pieces inspired by the sea, slightly ethnic, slightly retro. Big and bold.
Components: Coral chunks, large white pearls, black lava, a pewter Orca bead, some old silver beads from Mali, and large lobster clasps.


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