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Bronze Beauty

This set came from my love of bronze metal & receiving the gorgeous copper rutilated quartz chips. I also wanted to work in a few special beads...
Components: Bronzite, Sodalite, & copper rutilated quartz gems, Czech lampwork bead, Grace lampwork cobalt celestial, Greek ceramic raku oxyhedrons, & a mixture of bronze chain, findings, Greek bronze, & a bit of brass & antique gold plated pieces. Most from Lima, some from Etsy & my stash.


By The Sea..

The colours of this set remind me of the sea, sand, and the lush palms and plants that dot our beaches and everywhere around my home and local...
Components: The focal beads in the necklace and bracelet are Feldspath Faceted Freeform Oval (from Lima Beads that I picked up in the "last chance" deal). African recycled glass beads, Blue Haze Fire Agate, Matte Pink Quartz rondelle, coconut spacer beads (big and small), Czech blue glass beads, 18 gauge wire and 22 gauge vintage copper wire, leather cord (in necklace and bracelet), C-Lon cord, round size 6 Toho seed beads are all from Lima Beads. Ear wires I made myself from the 22 gauge wire (my first ever ones!).. Clasp, split rings and findings are from the local bead shop.


Fluorite Fantasies

I was inspired to try this necklace design from another website using my own ideas about beads & color. The bracelet came from having epoxied the...
Components: Necklace--Assorted fluorite beads, seed bead fluorite mix (my own), gold plated stardust beads, findings & brass beads (2.5mm) & chain. Bracelet--Swarovski pearl & CPS rivolis, beads & gold plated findings.


Mystic

I just fell in love with these rainbow glass beads...they Have a mystic feel to them. A customer loved them but wanted a Druzy pendant...
Components: Rainbow glass beads, Druzy connector, gold chain, gold leverbavk earwires


MInoan Bull

Here are the pieces I made from my "Minoan Bull" pick. The bull is a choker and the long heishi shell and opalite necklace was designed to wear...
Components: Golden Pyrite "wolf" pendant-LB, Black Water Jasper 8 mm rounds-LB, Moss opalite 4 mm rounds-LB, Czech dark purple pearl 6/0, Toho 6/0 matte Jet-LB, Toho Transparent Frosted Ruby 8/0-LB, Zola Antique Silver (plated) geometric Diamond charms-LB, oyster heishi.


Hard to Photograph!

I pulled out my gemstones in blacks & greys & strung 3 sets. And actually finished them! The first is labradorite in alternating dark & light...
Components: Most gemstones listed above from Lima, antique silver & silver plated or filled findings & beads, clear crystal rondelles, Czech UFO beads in clear & silver from an Etsy shop


At the Beach

It's the end of the season and time to close the cottage this weekend until the May long weekend. I always miss being able to go up there during...
Components: glass, brass, wood


Gunmetal Mania

I got bit by the gunmetal bug so I had to make something for myself! These gemstones are called kiwi or sesame jasper. I fell in love with the soft...
Components: Sesame Jasper, gunmetal chain, beads & findings, crystal & blue faceted beads, antique silver end caps


A Few Finished

A friend of mine saw my jewelry that I posted on FB. She chose 3 necklaces from my Etsy store & said she wants bracelets & earrings to match. My...
Components: Greek pewter chandeliers (may be silver plated), sterling filled & sterling silver findings, glass beads, peacock pearl wrapped with half round bronze 22g wire from Etsy, Millefiori glass bead wrapped with half round copper wire. Earring photo on cup is the first rendition. My friend needed them shorter, so I modified them.


Wheels on the bus

I loved the autumn jasper donut and beads - definitely fallish. I paired it with red jasper and bright copper. I made the chain and clasp with...
Components: Autumn jasper donut and beads, red jasper beads, copper wire and earwires.


It's Autumn and the leaves have turned

I live in the country and overlook a ravine with a stream and a forest. The leaves are so beautiful - all shades of yellow, red, orange, green,...
Components: Lucite leaves, crystals, crystal pearls, brass plated components, chain


In The Pink..

A necklace made for my mother to attend an afternoon engagement party for my young cousin. She likes pink and wanted pink.. She asked for...
Components: Mum's set - Tea stained paper beads, made by me. Czech beads from Lima Beads. Rosaline crystal rondelle, own stash. Earrings were round druk Czech beads, Czech bellflowers and Lucite flowers, also from LB. Chain, waxed linen and findings, own stash. My set - All beads (including flower beads and the beloved maple leaf) were Czech and the coconut rondelles from Lima Beads, as were the charms on the bracelet, including my favourite shell patina charm. Chain, waxed linen in natural, and finding from the local beadshop.


Earth Tones..

The brief, from a beloved cousin, was earthy tones with blues and reds.. I hope I delivered!

I decided to use the coin beads as focals as she...
Components: Coffee stained paper beads, made by me. All other beads were Czech beads - Saucer beads, focal coin beads, nugget beads (8mm), blue fire polished rondelles - Lima Beads. The coconut rondelles were also from Lima Beads. Red fire polished beads, findings, waxed linen and clasps - from my own stash.


Silver Leaves

This is a simple strung necklace on beading wire using different shapes & sizes of silver leaf jasper. I really love the cut of the diamonds &...


Honey Butter

My first successful attempt at wire wrapping!
The pendant is tiger iron, the earrings are "honey butter" tiger iron - how could I resist with such...
Components: Pendant: tiger iron, leather, silver plated hook and jump rings, copper wire. Head pin from LB. Earrings: honey butter tiger iron; rutilated quartz beads and findings from LB.


Working on Asymmetry

I have such a need for symmetry and order in what I make and I'm trying to break free :) This is the first necklace I've made that is intentionally...
Components: Pink druzy connector, silk thread, Saki white bronze clasp-from LB. Freshwater pearls, sterling silver chain, multicolored moonstone, Swarovski crystals and other bits-my stash.


Dream, Dream, Dream

It's time for my daughter to dream big. She leaves Sunday to live on her own and she starts college on Tuesday. It's time for her to dream big...
Components: Recycled "seaglass", silver coloured components, pearls, Aquamarine, crystal, glass


Hanging on to Summer

I'm not ready for summer to leave us quite yet. Summer memories of the beach and the cottage, bbq's, friends and all the other fun stuff...
Components: Recycled "sea glass", glass, crystal, silverr coloured charms and components.


I ❤️ Filigree!

I've been wanting to start creating with filigree for a long time now. And I decided to use some of my lepidolite as I was reorganizing my...
Components: Pink lepidolite, Swarovski flatbacks in vitrail light & assorted dark moss green beads & rivoli, emerald aventurine, freshwater pearls, brass & antique gold filigree, beads & findings


Red Brass Set

Red brass wire is so versatile and it almost looks like 14kt gold. Here is a little group of things I had fun playing around with. The chain on...
Components: 18ga and 14ga red brass wire, GP magnetic clasp


The Morning Paper and Coffee!

Nothing beats the morning paper and a good cup of coffee. So I decided to stain paper with coffee to make beads and match it with some lovely reds...
Components: Czech Glass Raspberry Marshmallow Flower 15mm, Zola Elements Patina Green Brass Ladybug Leaf Pendant, Czech Glass Autumn Mix Maple Leaf 10x13mm (burgandy maple leaf used from the mix), Czech Glass Vintage Christmas Picasso Teardrop 6x9mm, Parawire Vintage Bronze 22 gauge - all from Lima Beads. Antique bronze findings, C-Lon red (tex 210), Czech Anissa fire polished seed beads and glass red beads from my own stash. Coffee stained paper beads (rolled and triple dipped in glaze), made by me.


Fly away - Dragonfly Dreams

I just love dragonflies and summertime and wanted to create a light, "airy" set
Components: Sterling silver dragonfly, Searovski crystal bead, antique silver filigree beads and sterling silver dimpled links


sari silk tassled prehnite necklace and earrings

Czech glass and a great pewter raven bead by green girl are all from LB. They are combined with lovely green prehnite and freshwater pearls. The...
Components: Prehnite, pewter, Czech glass, freshwater pearl, sterling silver


Ode to Moogie!

Inspired by all Moogie's kumihimo designs, and her blog on how to do kumihimo with beads, I finally got this finished. It's been completed for a...
Components: Size 8 seed beads, superlon 18, cord ends and clasps


Snakeskin Peyote

Years ago I found a hank of mixed beads at a local bead store. When I finished the bracelet, it reminded me of snakeskin. The bracelet is flat...
Components: Seed beads, silver-plated toggle, cones, connectors, etc.


Aqua & Orange Mod Squad

I like many of the Beaded Gift designs, and the Mod Squad colors appealed to me.
Components: Beaded Gift Mod Squad beads, and what I think are aquamarine, amazonite, and carnelian beads from my stash. (I’m trying to be better about labeling stuff.)


Dalmatian Wrap & Necklace

A friend who's not a beader is thinking of making a leather wrap bracelet. I decided I'd try it myself so I could make recommendations. My first...
Components: 2 strands each of 3 colors of 36mm Dalmatian druks, a TierraCast gunmetal rectangle button, about 4′ of 2mm black round leather cord, about 12′ of black Tuff Cord #2, a gunmetal lobster clasp, and some black lava beads.


Bright & Shelly

It all started when I spotted the iridescent coin beads & I said, "I have to make something with those!". So I did.
Components: MOP coin beads, Czech (Preciosa?) beads, silver-plated beads & findings, carved shell pendant leftover from my daughter (thank you Katie!!)


More Bones

Still on the bone kick. I started this necklace a few days ago and completed it the same day. It is getting more difficult for me to find large...
Components: bones carved and batik designs, copper coils, Greek leather, heat treated copper discs


For my American Friends

As I was making O Canada to celebrate Canada's birthday, I thought it would be nice to make a set to celebrate Independence Day in the US.
Components: Coral, Sodalite, silver coloured spacers and beads.


Oh Canada - Canada Day

Celebrating Canada Day today. Red and white and Maple Leaves. 149 years young today. :)
Components: Acrylic Maple Leaves, cloisonne beads, glass pearls, red wood beads, gold chain.


Fun Chunky

A while back I separated out what I thought were my less desirable beads of different sorts, frankly because I was running out of storage room! I...
Components: Faceted glass rondelles in crystal ab, assorted colored Czech glass rondelles, quartzite(?) rounds, Tierracast toggle. Bracelet is on stretch cord. Necklace is strung on heavy beading wire.


Americana

I love the patriotic , yet Beachy element to this set,,,, inspired by our flag🇺🇸
Components: Glass beads, tumbled seaglass beads, stainless steel chain, tierracast links and clasp (necklace) and silver plated star clasp (bracelet)


Heart Felt Love

I made my mom 3 lightweight necklaces and 2 bracelets for Mom's Day. They were also inexpensive since she is so forgetful. The first one is a...
Components: From LB: Zola pendant, brass key, memory wire. From my stash: peacock beads, clasps, crimps. From HL: medallions that match Zola pendant, CG horse eye beads. From Michael's: 3 different styles of carved resin beads.


Black Hole Pendant

This pendant really spoke to me. It's another Succor Creek Jasper piece. Vintage copper wire and fossilized palm wood make up the chain links and...
Components: Jasper pendant, fossilized palm wood beads, vintage copper wire-all from my stash.


Oh So Fancy Jasper Set

Boy, when I get an idea...! I wanted to enter the Earthy Inspiration contest because it would help me branch out in a new direction & use some...
Components: Necklace: different sizes & shapes of fancy jasper, as much bronze as I could use from my meager bronze stash (why don't companies sell more raw bronze??), Czech crystal rondelles, Saki bronze beads, jasper teardrop pendant, 2-strand bronze clasp. Bracelet: is a triple wrap with similar elements as necklace plus a Vintaj brass foldover clasp. Earrings: antique brass clip on base with bronze links & f.j. drops. Ring: rose gold flat Artistic wire, f.j. stones, bronze wire swirly.


Dew Drops

More fun with Czech glass beads. I realized after the fact, the first pair of earrings I made with the wrong color wire. This brought out my OCD,...
Components: All components from Lima Beads.


Spring Greens

I've been having fun with the enormous selection of Czech glass beads from LB. And I love dragonflies.
Components: All materials used from Lima Beads.


Camphur spirit

the pendant is a hand- wittled (by me) piece of camphur tree bark , then sealed and finished .. that tree had to be cut down unfortunatly ..this...
Components: glass leaf beads and camoflage hemp cords from limabeads, tear - drop glass bead, copper clasp and wire..


Earth and Sky

A friend of mine gave me the glass cab that was from a ring that broke. The brown bottom and blue on top reminded me of the earth and sky above. A...
Components: Glass cab, brass chain/wire, brass tab bezel, Czech beads, horn beads and amazonite


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