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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.


For The Love Of Gold

I had leftovers so wanted to do something with it....I also like multi-strand jewellery
Components: I used gold twisted bugle beads and gold 3mm round spacers....it has a nice glitter to it....


Inspired by Ali's Tutorial- Mod Glass Necklace

Ali's tutorials are so easy to follow. I had to try this. The modern design of this necklace is super cool. It works with a multitude of outfits....
Components: http://www.limabeads.com/store/designs/ViewDesign?d=14578 Santa Fe Summer Hand Dyed 100% Silk Ribbon 1/2", peacock blue and amber glass rings, trinket factory connector, waxed linen


Rockin' Horse!

As you know, I love horses! Made this bracelet and the earrings with silver components from Kim,'Untamed Spirit' on Etsy! Been looking for...
Components: Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, pearls, blue crazy lace agate, silver charms


Play it again...

Was browsing recycled glass when I saw the Cherry Red link. Almost immediately I was it mixed with gold chain and gold/yellow glass. The long...
Components: Cherry Red and Desert Gold recycled glass links, Cherry Red and Desert Gold recycled glass mini drops, Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Horse Eye & Ring Chain with goldtone jump rings and lobster claw clasp.


Three Hearts

I absolutely love hearts and try to incorporate them in alot of my designs. Here, I had two brass hearts and three glass puff hearts I had in my...
Components: Czech glass Peanut Butter & Jelly Fire polished rondelle 6x9mm, Czech glass puffed hearts, brass hearts x2 10mm & 7mm, brass chain & claw clasp and matching earrings with brass tassels.


Renaissance

We have the Renaissance Fair going on through the summer here in Wisconsin; I also like the period in history; when I created my pick for this I...
Components: Gunmetal roped cable chain, Gunmetal Tierra cast gunmetal Fleur pendant, Czech glass hematite rounds 8mm, Garnet oval 10x14, Antique silver oval setting, Garnet oval 8x10, Antique silver mini ornate oval bezel link 24x15, Garnet Picasso Czech glass Turbine 11x10mm, gunmetal toggle clasp


So Jaded - Beverly Hills Jewels

The soft greens and yellows of the jade gemstones, the texture within each stone (some almost clear and others with heavy veining), along with the...
Components: Necklace/Earring Set - Set made of Antique Soocho Jade and Yellow Jade with silver accents and green Indian Agate beads. Necklace hangs 10 inches. Earrings hang 1 1/2 inches from hook.


Summer Day

Coral colors with sea shell pendant with starfish


Whats in a Mermaids jewelery box

I found these natural undied coral at an antique show. From a dealer who traveled the world and had the most exotic things in there booth.
Components: Natural white coral, Larimar, and Silver beads.


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