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Cathedral Grove

The set was inspired by a protected grove of old-growth redwood cedar on Vancouver Island called "Cathedral Grove". The warm and cool colours of...
Components: Stained glass kit, Vintaj brass from the suggested list and my own stash, sari ribbon, chain, wire, seed beads and copper filigree bead caps.


Mauve

Mauve is such a Victorian color. Add in lavender, and we might as well get out the long, silk dresses.

The bronzed wisteria maple leaves were...
Components: Unicorne lampwork focal; cape amethyst, amethyst, dogtooth amethyst and crazy lace purple agate rounds; Czech glass leaves, flowers, rondelles, polished rounds; bronze-lined crystal magatamas; antique silver bead caps, chain and clasp.


Swirls

I love spirals. When LB got the conch shells and ammonite, I snatched a few!
Components: Conch shell puffs, antique brass ammonites and swirl clasp, African brass, wild horse picture jasper, white agate, bone, Grace Amber Waves lampwork beads, seed beads


~ Pleasant Suprise ~

This piece started out as a goddess bracelet and morphed into a strung and chain bracelet.

My patient beading buddy joined me today.
Components: Jasper 6mm, Swarovski pearls, silver plated chain, double closure


Deep Blue Sea

Thought I was done with the beachy designs, but I seem to have a few more in the works. This one came about when I was inspecting the bright blues...
Components: Spiral bracelet: Seed beads, antique silver bead caps and clasp. Charm bracelet and earrings: Deep blue mystery jasper, blue line agate, apatite, freshwater pearls, unicorne bead drops, antique silver cones and clasp, dancing ring chain


Sunlit Sea

I bought the Swarovski waves for another piece, where they didn't look right. I think they've found a good home next to the Grace beads. Oh, and...
Components: Swarovski wave crystals, Grace Lampwork lentils, crazy lace agate ovals and clasp, turquoise impression barrels, Czech glass, antique brass rounds and spacers


Black And White

Trying to use up some sticks that I have, as well as my stash. It started off more casual but was having a hard time with the asymmetry of the...
Components: Black Onyx sticks, Matte unknown black flat coins, Jet black czech table cut oval coins, Glass teardrops, White shell coins, Jet black crystals, Cream fresh water pearls, gunmetal chain, jump rings and clasp, antique silver chain and spacers, peanut seed beads.


TAUGA NUT - STONE WASH BLUE

Blue Calsilica Jasper Heishi 4mm
Tagua Nut Stonewashed Flat Pebble
Components: TierraCast Antique Silver (plated) Large Hole Spiral Dance Bead Cap 4x14mm AND TOGGLE Tagua Nut Stonewashed Large Hole Rondelle LARGE ROUND TAUGA AND SOME KIND OF JASPER I BELIEVE FROM MY STASH SILVER HEISHI


Mojave Desert Sunset

This piece reminds me of the beautiful warm shades of a desert sunset, the coppery stone cliffs and the greens of the cactus that dot the...
Components: Impression Jasper side drilled nuggets, Red Bend Jasper Flat teardrop pendant and 3-sided twists, silver plated ovals, screw in closure, lever back ear wires


Amethyst Amulets

I've had this teardrop in several designs and had to restring because each design didn't do it justice. This one is a forever design. I don't even...
Components: Lavendar glass pearls, Chevron amethyst, purple fluorite, rainbow fluorite, pewter bead caps, hook & eye clasp. Bracelet has the addition of purple velvet glass bicones.


Raspberries and Cream

In this set I decided to use the toggles as a toggle for necklace and two of toggles as earrings :)
Components: Czech and Japanese beads, brass and hemp cords.


Purple Passion

The purple beads in this set are handmade by special needs persons in a day program. Mixed with complimentary beads, I think it turned out good.
Components: Paper mache beads mixed with others in purple and blue. The second set also features rolled paper beads.


Oh, Berries, Berries!

Berries! Actually I made it for the friend's birthday tomorrow. She loves bright colored, shiny objects... LOL

What do you think?
I will take...
Components: Bohemian, Toho and Miyuki beads, Brass ends (LB), gold plated chain and toggles ear wires are gold filled.


It's a Wrap

Ordered the “wrappers” months ago and finally decided to play with them. The only natural stones I had in both 4mm and 6mm were Unakite, so that’s...
Components: For the Necklace and Earrings: From Lima Beads: Artistic Wire Antique Brass Pear Wrapper 19x25mm, Soft Flex Vintage Bronze Craft Wire 24 gauge, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Bead, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 11/0 Seed Bead. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm, Antique Brass rectangles 8x10mm, Antique Brass saucers 8x6mm, antique brass trigger clasp. For the Bracelet: From Lima Beads: Czech Glass Peach Tribal Square 14mm, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Beads, TierraCast Copper Round 4mm, TierraCast Antique Copper (plated) Deco Square Toggle Clasp 18x12mm, 21 Bar. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm.


Denim Taguas

Same general idea as with the greens but now how to attach them and what to add?? This time I used macramé and hemp. There are 2 brown strands in...
Components: Denim blue tagua nuts, blues mix of hemp, brown hemp, crystals, Tierracast charms, Vintaj brass parawire, deconstructed chain, earwires, and lobster clasp. All of it was from LB.


Picture Jasper Necklace Set

Picture Jasper is a beautiful full of earthy colors. The pendant is wire wrapped with 10k gold filled wire.
Components: Gold wire, gold beads, Picture Jasper


Burgundy Wave

Necklace and earrings .
Burgundy.... For some reason the photo would not really show the correct color of Magatama beads : they are Burgundy Gold...
Components: Czech beads 6/0 and Miyuki Long Magatama, Lucite flowers ( I used two on each end ;), copper wire, copper chain and copper plated hook.


Barbed Wire Baubles

First - thank you to all who helped with the name. I made this one more substantial than the last two and I wrapped one strand with pink...
Components: Teal czech glass puffs, pink czech glass tear drops, cobalt blue barrel crystal, tangerine crystal rondelle, light blue crystal, green rondelle crystal, Impression Jasper heishi, Tiger Eye chip, Blue Calsilica Jasper heishis, pink pearls, blue glass bead, African Turquoise pillow, gold seed bead, gray crystal, Smoky Quartz rondelle, teal seed beads, sea foam drop seed bead, glass flower bead, metal disk, teal seed bead, light blue recycled glass nugget, green recycled glass chip, light blue recycled glass chip, orange recycled glass rounds, light green recycled glass rondelle, Whew! That's a lots of beads!. rebar wire, 26 gauge wire, pink orange yarn


Velvet and Chiffon

Velvet and chiffon dress.

And also here is my dear friend on my front yard hydrengia : Lizard The Chameleon ;)
Components: TOHO hybrid round 6/0 seed beads, TOHO 3mm magatama, Sunstone (LB). Copper plated cones and hook, pure copper chain links, pure copper wire.


Midnight Copper

Just fell in love with the Blue Goldstone and then it kept showing up on the BGBM last Spring. What could I do but buy some ? Made the necklace...
Components: From Lima Beads: Gold & Blue Goldstone Round 4mm, Gold & Blue Goldstone Round 10mm, Czech Glass Denim Round 8mm. From Lima Beads (for the bracelet): TierraCast Antique Copper (plated) Casbah Round Bead 7mm, TierraCast Antique Copper (plated) Heirloom Toggle Clasp 20x15, 24mm Bar. Other components: Antique copper beaded heishi, antique copper ornate bead 12 mm, copper rounds 3mm, navy (dyed) agate rounds 5 mm, antique copper lobster clasp.


~ Coral & Lime Jade ~

I was excited to get and use the Czech beads (Julie Shane mentioned them in a prior design of hers - Thanks!).
The coral and lime jade kinda...
Components: Lime Jade, Coral Mountain Jade, Pewter toggle, Czech beads, Spacers.


Adriatic Waters

Colors of Adriatic Sea...
Components: Toho (LB), Miyuki seed beads. Lucite bell flowers (LB) instead of cones, silver plated chain and toggles


~ Silver & Turquoise ~

My favorite colors.

My patient (foster) baby below.
Components: Turquoise magnesite, tierra cast findings


Gay Paree

I think this is the title of a fresh pick I did awhile ago. Daughter Jana has done some graphic art work for me and I am paying her in jewelry....
Components: hooboy...Nunn frames and pictures of French scenes, resin kit, many types of Czech glass beads, steel Artistic wire, Vintaj natural brass Eiffel tower and dog tag, all LB. Chain, clasp, flex wire, wire guards, findings, and charms all from my stash.


Peach Smoothie

Peaches, of cause :)
Components: TOHO ( LB) and MIYUKI beads, antique brass findings (LB)


Out On The Town

I had the red square for a long time, then I came along these jade pieces and all fell in place.
Components: red-orange square, Jade ruby mix, red dress charm, 8mm silver beads, 3 horse eye beads chain and clasp.


After Sunbathing...

Just...
Components: Toho beads, hemp cords and pure copper: findings, cones, earring components


Summer Heat

My friend, Amber, saw a few of the sunflower colored picks a few of you other chickies did (I know one of them for sure was Deb's). She loved the...
Components: Pretty much the whole shebang came from LB! Glass flowers and leaves, seed beads, (ok, the silver colored spacers were from my LBS), the chains, the ribbon, the focal, the wire, the clasp, the hummingbirds, the sea glass.... and the idea! xoxoxo!!


Picture Perfect

One of my favorite jaspers, picture jasper is very versitle to mix with coral, turquoise, lapis.

I am venturing into a large craft show on...
Components: Picture Jasper, artistic wire, turquoise rondelles


Water's Edge

It's summer. I'm thinking of beaches. When I inherited a box of sea-colored mixed beads and ceramic shells, the result had to be all about open...
Components: Amazonite, kyanite, aquamarine, abalone, Saki bronze clasp, antique silver links and bracelet clasp, seed beads


Lush Greens

To create the focal I hand cut a backing and bail from copper sheet, heat treated, drilled, and textured them with my chasing hammer and connected...
Components: copper sheet, lampwork bead, waxed Irish linen, copper wire


Hint Of Blue

I like the jade, and the twists mixed well with it. Came together with chain and seed beads.
Components: Green Jade, Swarovski blue twist, 3mm drops, black chain and clasp.


Summer Stripes

Just fun, fast work.Should make it tighter though...it is lower in quality then my usual work but... it was fast and fun...ha-ha..
Components: Czech beads, hemp and silver plated finding and silver colored toggles


Morning Espresso(with crema, of cause...)

Espresso!
Components: Japanese beads.... hemp cord ( Lima), copper plated findings and chain.


Lotus

As always colors, textures.

and some of my front yard flowers :)
Components: Toho beads ( Lima Beads), cords( Lima Beads), antique Brass findings and chain.


Adrian!

I could not think of a perfect name. I looked up green in every language. Then I tried to think of music with rocky in the lyrics. Duh! The movie...
Components: Lava Rock, dyed magnesite, gunmetal pendant and findings


Red Currants

Red currants :) All those colors on the beads ;)
Components: Miyuki Drop Fringe beads, hemp cords( Lima Beads), magnetic Hematite, solid copper findings, copper wire and copper jump rings


Peridot Pleasure

Peridot magatama beads :)

Also bumble bee on my blosomming nandina ;)
Components: Toho tiny magatama seed beads ( LimaBeads), hemp cord (Lima Beads), Miyuki Fringe drops (matte). Two faceted rondelles of bloodstone from long ago( Lima Beads), antique brass findings.


Cloudy Amazonite

Instead of the traditional "graduated" from small to medium to large, I decided to mix these up a little. These are such a soft blue, I hope the...
Components: Cloudy Blk. Amazonite in 6mm, 8mm, 10mm with tiny silver rounds and a few larger filigree.


Pastels

Playing around with seed beads. These have a brass edge and a pastel edge. There's a mixture of teal, lavendar, pink, pale green and almost yellow....


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