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LOS surprises!

I often use Liver of Sulphur to patina copper and sterling silver, but wanted to experiment on some very inexpensive silver base metal filigree...
Components: Base metal silver filigree components, LOS gel


simple flight

Vintaj diving sparrow wire wrapped to hammered copper. The sparrow has vintaj patina color mix of marine and jade. I think it turned out a...
Components: Biwa, rice, coin and round Pearls in a variety of colors. Czech glass from Lima beads. Seafoam green chalcedony nuggets and textured copper washer.


Strapping Zig Zag Bracelet

I was in the shop pulling some lengths of ribbon and leather for designs over the next couple weeks when an idea struck. Typically to roll up...


Colors of Amazonite

I'm posting these in case some of you other ladies didn't know that Amazonite comes in many colors. Who knew? I thought it was always blue. (So...
Components: Faceted and smooth Amazonite in 10MM, pewter beads, 14MM Onyx, GP spacer beads, and brass beads. 1mm "stretch magic" brand nylon cord.


Knotty Pearls

I got these lovely pearls at a bead show and I love them. It required patience (like all knotted jewelry does), but I finally finished. You can...
Components: Fresh water pearls, griffin silk


Summer Sun

I found these lovely golden sun flowers in my stash by mistake but as I already had the amber opaque chips out, I thought they would go nicely...
Components: Opaque amber chips and golden 'suns' with golden lever back earwires.


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


Ebony twist

Inspired by the little black dress. ;)
Components: Antique silver wire, chain, black beads & black rondelle crystals


Chained Pearls

I originally made a knotted pearl bracelet, but I ran out of string and added this chain and the turquoise jasper. I love the design and was...
Components: Fresh water pearls, turquoise jasper, silver chain


Hearts of blue

I love this Rainbow Fire Agate and had some lovely pale blue ones on a string so I put these with these beautiful sterling silver hearts, I really...
Components: Rainbow Fire Agate, sterling silver


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.


Aegean Holiday

Hoping for warmer weather and dreaming about a Mediterranean holiday. Cold and windy today in the Northeast.
Components: Focal by SummerWindArt, Czech glass, pearls, shells, brass and copper findings.


Psychedelic Bead

I love polymer clay beads and nobody can create like my friend Maureen. One of kind creations. I saw this unique design which I call the...
Components: The focal is this unique polymer clay bead. Inside of this pattern I found colors of green, blue with thin lines of black, and splashes of coral and/ or terra cotta. I used my Czech Super Duo beads in the pastel olivine color with jet black in the center. Toho 8/0 seed beads in opaque terra cotta on the upper and lower rolls of the bracelet. Toho 11/0 opaque frosted mudbrick strung in a pyramid towards the center of the focal with two silver heishi spacers. I used silver wire guardians, silver crimps and crimp covers. I used a two hole silver tube clasp. Oh yeah, I also used two four holed tiny spacer bars to pull my bracelet together for attaching my clasp.


Pretty Paper Pastel

If I find some really quality paper beads you bet that I will purchase them. I found these on Etsy and I wanted to make myself a bracelet.
Components: 8 very nice paper beads that have the colors of green with touches of a very soft yellow and peach. It depends on how your eyes perceive color. I strung this using silver beading wire. Three rows using silver three hole spacer bars to hold everything together. 4mm peach glass bicone beads as the accent with the paper beads being the focal. Round silver spacer beads also to accent the design. The center strip of beads are green Aventurine nuggets with the same silver spacer bead giving more continuity to the design. I used a silver tube clasp. Silver wire guardians, silver crimps, and crimp covers to finish it.


Orchid Heart

I wanted to make myself a bracelet utilizing a ceramic focal bead. I found this soft feminine ceramic heart done in the color of lavender /...
Components: The centerpiece is this ceramic Victorian lavender glazed heart connector. I used Toho size 11/0 mauve seed beads stringing with the Wild Fire beading crystal beading thread. 6mm round glass orchid beads with a soft matte pink sandwiched between two tiny silver daisy spacers findings. Silver wire guardians, silver crimps and crimp covers to pull the bracelet together for a more polished look.


Robin's Twig

I was recently gifted a vast amount of brass findings from an old friend, retiring from beading. Her only request was she had a few special beads...
Components: Brass bead caps, leather, brass findings and wire, various gemstones.


Diego dream

And with the remaining precious beads, she asked me to make a necklace for her daughter :D. I am quite honoured to have contributed in keeping this...
Components: Sterling silver bead caps, links and rings, Madagascar vintage red amber, sodalite rounds and navy blue silk ribbon.


New Focus

Been focusing on bezel work lately. A real challenge for me. Almost gave up on this piece after many soldering misses. But persevered! Finished it...
Components: Ocean Jasper cab, Copper and Sterling Silver, Jasper beads, Leather


Madagascar

I have been commissioned by a friend to give a second wind to this fabulous vintage red amber from Madagascar. The weight of the 13 olive shaped...
Components: Gunmetal chain, bead caps and toggle clasp, Madagascar vintage red amber olive beads and black silk ribbon.


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.


Zig Zag

This is a design idea that came from watching a stream of water flowing down to the lake
Components: Sodalite, pearls midnight swarovski, white pearls and lobster clasp, head and eye pins silver plated.


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.


Oh No, Not Another Favorite Bracelet...

...and don't ask me for all the details of how I riveted it together, because this was again one of those "OK, this is how to NOT do it!" pieces! I...
Components: Soft iron binding wire 2 mm, copper sheet 0.7 mm, 18 ga copper wire for rivets (Lima, actually!), Swellegant sealant for the copper, wax for the iron.


Follow the yellow brick road

As the name says, it's a trip down memory lane to Oz. If you look closely, you can see red rounds for the Tin mans heart as well as green rounds...
Components: I used 3mm rounds in both garnet AB and blue/green, along with Czech glass bricks in Aztec gold, olive green Picasso, and Apollo/red. The seed beads are frosted black diamond.


Pagoda Earrings

Another pair of earrings with Petra's ceramics. I think I'm addicted! No sparkles in this design, but I love them anyway!
Components: Matte electroplated pyrite, lamp work glass beads, raku beads, copper discs, and cermic beads from Sorchedearthonetsy.


Dirty Blues

For a long time I wasn't all that impressed with these Lapis loaded with pyrite from the competitor who generally sells inferior stones.... f-mt-g....
Components: Lapis Lazuli, my stash, pyrite, crystals, seed beads, findings, all LB.


Triple Turquoise

One of my customers asked if I could do a necklace with spikes - - when the spikes arrived, I strung a selection of beads to see which ones she...
Components: Czech glass spikes, turquoise recycled glass tubes and brass connectors (from Lima Beads), and a variety of Czech glass and brass beads from my stash.


Hello Spring

A happy, bright, sparkle of spring. Just wanted something to remind me of better days! It's been a long cold winter!
Components: I used rose gold, which I love. Wrapped some pretty peach Czech beads. And kept these earrings light and simple.


Ready for the Beach

Now that our snow is gone and the temps are rising, I am ready for spring...this bracelet echoes my sentiments!
Components: Irish waxed linen cord, large lobsterclaw clasp, jumprings, patina'd charm and Czech faceted rondelles all from LB...the rest are from my stash.


a little leather

the weather inspired me


the skulls

simple skull bracelet for Halloween


Smells Like Spring

This poor log...here it is again. I thought it looked good with some of the enamel components from Articendi I got...flower and butterfly...along...
Components: polymer clay log, enamel flower, enamel butterfly, "Love" bead..from SuzieQ, copper chain, batik ribbon, leather and a vintage button.


Iridescent Butterfly

I've had this butterfly from Petra for awhile and never touched it because I wanted to do it justice. Then when I was going through my stash I...
Components: Petra's ceramic butterfly. Nearly white aquamarines, my stash. Crystals, pyrite, seed beads, vintaj brass, LB, Other spacers and random things, my stash.


Copper Wire "Cut-outs"

Haven't done much in the last 4 months. No new ideas not much desire to work. Oh, well.....

These pendants are all cut out of discarded pieces...
Components: copper wire, glass, crystal and stone beads


Scorched Beach

Still having a great time with Petra's ceramics. Maybe I've found my voice? I love the soft color of Keith O'Connor's starfish beads with Petra's...
Components: Starfish beads by Keith O'Connor, spikes by ScoirchedEarthonEtsy, freshwater pearls, crystal rondelles and bicones, craft wire, and Vintaj ear wires.


Stringing -- and re-stringing

Trying to come up with a bracelet matching the lariat "to go with the Suede" which I posted last fall. I had most of the beads, added some square...
Components: Tiger eye of various shapes, some from Lima (at least the bigger and better :-) ), tiny Picture Jasper (Lima), brass wire 1.5 mm, brass sheet.


Spring growth

I have a lot of turquoise in my bead 'stash' ! I also have amber and these colours go well together I think. In this five row necklace I have also...
Components: Turquoise, Larimar rondelles & tubes, Amber, amber coloured tourmaline, peach & white Moonstone, pearl and silver charms, leather thong, silver chain


So many water bottles, so little time.

Cut design out of side of empty water bottle. Cut same shape from any fabric. Glue right side of fabric to plastic let dry then trim up edges and...
Components: empty bottled water bottle. Any fabric. glue or modpog earring wires.


spring is coming

Bought these when they were first advertiserd here but just decided how to use them. They went fast. My daughter claimed them. Made the red ones...


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