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Hear Me Roar

What a fun piece featuring foghorn sidepieces, onyx, and a brass spiral pendant! Feels wild!

A birthday present for myself

So I love seahorses, they're kinda awesome. And my bday is the day after Xmas. I never wear jewelry which is actually quite ironic when you...
Components: Fine silver PMC3, labradorite, SSF wire, beadalon beading wire, cubic zirconia

Ode To Bone

Well, I'm kinda hesitant to post this since it's mostly chainmaille and this is a beading site. But, I was inspired by Little Round Chick and...
Components: Jump rings, and bone beads.

One for me!

This wrap bracelet began with a 2-strand bronze glue-in clasp from Rio Grande. As it developed, I just loved it too much! I don't keep much of the...
Components: Various bronze, Saki bronze, Greek bronze, brass & antique gold beads, Czech glass, large hole gemstone, Czech glass button, snips of silk ribbon & bronze S clasp.

Finished pendant 3

I ran out of the really teeny tiny labradorite, so I used these instead. Haven't decided yet if I like the larger beads or if it unbalances the...
Components: Labradorite, copper, beadalon beading wire

Finished pendant 2

I didn't have enough of the beads to just do beads so I made some copper spacer beads from wire. The clasp on this one is my favorite. I'll...
Components: Czech glass beads, copper wire, beadalon beading wire

Finished pendant 1

Here is one of the finished pendants! Really teeny tiny beads..... Like small.
Components: Labradorite, copper wire, beadalon beading wire

Seascape Choker

Originally, the tile beads were going into a leather cord wrap. Then I decided to use wire. After I ran the first wire, I liked how the beads...
Components: Tile beads and wire from LB. Other assorted Czech beads and clasp from local store.

Giving back..

My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and for my birthday (which is on NYE). My response was instant.. Recycled glass beads from Ghana....
Components: Recycled glass disk beads (Turquoise), recycled glass tulip flower beads from Ghana Treasures. Recycled glass round bead in Turquoise from Lima Beads. All wire, including those to make the ear wires and wire wrapping, leather (1.5mm dark brown) and Czech, gemstone chips and coconut rondelle from Lima Beads. Gemstone chips used were Larimar, Malachite, Apatite and Jasper tumbled chips (some were sold as stretch bracelets from LB which I obviously ermm.. cut the elastic to get to the chips for this - sorry LB!). Thread is C-Lon in orange and red from the local bead store, which I waxed repeatedly with beeswax and then used a warmish iron and a thick piece of calico on top to melt into the thread and wiped them down with cotton to remove the excess wax.

More Presents..

The set with the round drop earrings are PC (translucent with blue ink and copper solid coloured PC) were for my sister-in-law. The long dangly...
Components: Polymer clay beads in the necklace and earrings, made by me (translucent with teal and blue ink with a bit of solid copper PC added when shaping to get the two contrasting tones), as well as the copper PC disk bead/washer.. Czech beads - round teal and aqua nugget bead in the long drop earrings from Lima Beads. The 3 window beads and Picasso rondelle (4mm) from my own stash. Wire and leather from Lima Beads. 22 gauge wire for the ear wires were also from LB and shaped by me. Earring findings in the stud earrings and split rings, as well as the thin chain and lobster claw clasps from the local bead store. Recycled glass tulip bead from Ghana Treasures on Etsy.

Gifts for Mum..

I was trying my hand at polymer clay drops, mixing different colours, with a design idea for my mother in the colours I know she loves. I may have...
Components: Pink Czech beads, melon beads, blue rondelle and red round beads and antique copper wire from Lima Beads. Ceramic raku beads also from LB that I had been hoarding for a while now, as there were only two when I bought them. Polymer Clay drops, beads and disk beads, made by me. Chain and earring findings from the local bead shop. The dark blue 3 window Czech beads from my own stash.

Christmas Earrings

Some of the earring components I gave myself for Christmas. I had fun making earrings from them.
Components: Copper circles, dragonflies, Turquoise, Chrysoprase, brass flourish, Lavender Amethyst, paper bead, sari silk, copper leaves, Ryolite, brass birds and Vintaj Patina.


I've been working on designing with a new chainmaille weave. Well, new for me that is. It's been a lot of fun.
The transition between the...
Components: Jump rings, 2 holed African Opal beads from a great little shop, Czech glass, and 6mm African Opal rounds from LB.

Champagne Ladder

This is a ladder necklace like Fresh Baked first showed us here on LB. I made it for Christmas for the owner of the Asst. Living where my mother...
Components: Siver chain, champagne Czech Glass beads from LB, Silver bead cones from Hobby Lobby, silver tassels I made with metallic embroidery floss, silver plated wire from my stash

Brass Tiger

Almost by accident I made a pure beading design again, totally inspired by this gallery: Lynda for the beaded ladder, and somebody else (Asia?) for...
Components: Brass chain, hand made brass jump rings, Tiger Eye, Czech seed beads.

Bookmark gifts

I wanted to make some little gifts for my book club friends for our December meeting. They are all different and were quite fast to put together!
Components: Most used a decorative headpin with the various beads strung on them. The one with the feather has beading wire which allowed me to make the loop

" Winter Bird "- Merry Christmas everyone

It had been a while since I posted, but last 2 months were extremly busy, that does not mean that I did no beading just opposite. This little...
Components: Magatams seed beads, Czech glass, waxed linen and chain from LB, rest from my stash.

Snowflakes are falling...

With all the snow on the ground, I just had to immortalize it in a bracelet.
Components: Snowflake charms, aluminum chain, pearl and crystal chains.

Various pendants

Made these pendants because no matter how hard I try to stick with a design, when I sit down to do it... Well something else happens. Such as I was...
Components: Teensy tiny hand faceted natural labradorite, Czech glass bead, seed beads, copper wire

Drops of snow earrings

I rarely make earrings. Mainly that's because I never think to. I've had these briolettes for pretty much forced and haven't been hit over the head...
Components: Green rutilated quartz, natural hand faceted labradorite, copper wire

Shaman Prayer Beads

Pagan prayer beads are like a strand of worry beads. The idea is to have lots of interesting to touch and see beads to help you focus on the moment...
Components: 10-11mm Tibetan style lined rounds, 8 mm Tibetan style zigzag rounds, green zebra heishi (love this as a subtle stone separator), etched and striped 6/0 Czech beads, Czech double key tabs, a Czech black with red picasso melon, TierraCast paloma bead, three rough old glass beads, 11/0 matte metallic olive Toho, Heavy 2x2 sterling crimp, .019 silver satin soft flex.

Angel of February

A dear friend had lost her daughter. And I wanted to make her something she can touch when praying. Or simply thinking of her. February was her...
Components: Consists of antique silver chain from my vault. Square amethysts beads. Limabeads. Tumbled amethyst nuggets (limabeads). Accents of quarts points. And a pewter cherub blowing a trumpet. From my stash

Black Cat

I seem to be stuck in the 1920s, design wise. I love the figural jewelry of that era, and I love cats, so I decided to go with it.
Components: Anodized aluminum byzantine chain, Swarovski clasp

Conifer and Jasper Toggle Bracelet

I really like Nunns' series of National Park charms. They are just the right size for bracelets.
Components: Nunn antique silver-plated Redwood charm, impression jasper 6 mm heishi, light coconut heishi, Czech 6/0 dark saddle seed beads, Toho semi-glazed turquoise 8/0 seed beads, simple pewter Greek Toggle small, beading wire, sterling silver crimp beads.

Itsa Key-per!

I needed a new keychain/fob, and couldn't find exactly what I wanted. So I made one and I love it!! I know this isn't exactly jewelry, but it's...
Components: Leather fob from another of my old, unworn leather belts! Tree of Life and dragonfly charms from an Etsy shop, rivets from LB, and large jump rings and centerpiece from my stash.

🐻🎄Beary Christmas Mom 🎄🐻

Merry Christmas Everybody!!!
This is a necklace I made for my Mom. She follows some bears that are monitored by a research facility in Minnesota....
Components: Summer Wind Art Bear pendant. Knitted look bead/$1 tray/Walmart. Ceramic bead as a bail. Wood chip beads/Michaels. Blue ceramic beads/Michaels. Espresso wood beads/F.M.G.. Large carved wood beads. Chain.

Purple Icing

What inspired me was that I love combining the 2 different types of Amethyst beads, & what I love is Amethyst and purple are both favorites of mine.
Components: Dogtooth Amethyst Round 10mm Amethyst Faceted Round 10mm Freshwater Pearl 10mm Magnesite (wht) Round 10mm Gold (plated) Openwork Lotus Charm 20x24mm Goldenshadow Swarovski bicone crystals 10mm

Silver Lotus Combo

The color combination is what inspired me. I wore this with a gray colored outfit, & I got a lot of compliments.
Components: Zola, Jasper, All Silver Pewter findings.

Pretty Woman

A simple necklace with a handmade beaded flower. I don't do a lot of soft and delicate, but this is for my friend's mom and her favourite colour...
Components: Czech glass, crystal, seed beads, gold flower/star spacer beads, glass pearls.

Smoke and Fire

I made this a while back and love wearing it. It is a necklace I always feel good in. The smoky tones and the fiery tones complement each other...
Components: Smoky Quartz, Agate, Carnelian, Brass

Garnet Gunmetal Set

This all started by finding those Czech turbines from Lima. And this set was born. I made it for moi!
Components: Various gunmetal beads and some called patinaed copper from FMG, Czech garnet druks, turbines, ovals, Czech firepolished gunmetal glass beads (nice sparkle:), .8mm stretch cord, gunmetal findings

Lalique Dream

I was lucky enough to find this 1920s glass pendant, and wanted to pick up both the clear and frosted portions, so I made a shaggy loops chain and...
Components: Glass pendant, aluminum jump rings, Toho 8o glass beads

Simple Thread Earrings

I've been doing a lot of bone again (which becomes a bit boring to post...), and metal work, which feels a bit out of place here, but now I...
Components: Slinky sterling silver chain, 0.8 mm wide, from Etsy, silver wire and solder.

Questioning my sanity

I question my sanity on a daily basis, between jewelry making (have almost forgotten what that is because it's been so long) kids, house, husband,...
Components: Sterling silver components, stone chips

frog pond

Hand made ceramic focal, green opal, Czech seedbeads

O Christmas Tree!

The holidays are here again so why not celebrate with these trees? I am a fan of stars in general so I always have star beads on hand and the green...
Components: Recycled glass, star beads, balled copper headpins, earwires, all materials from LB!

Sea and Sand

I have been wanting to do a wrap bracelet with these cube beads. I finally got around to it and then didn't have what I wanted for the closure. So...
Components: TOHO cube beads, C-Lon and leather cord from LB...gold dome closure from my old jewelry stash.

garnet choker

Seems like the young celebs are always wearing chokers these days. I've been wanting to make some pieces that might appeal to younger shoppers but...
Components: 3 mm faceted garnets, tierra cast 3 hole spacer bars and end bars, satin Hamilton GP horse eye chain and lobster clasp, everything from LB

Christmas button bracelet

Simple and fun holiday bracelet
Components: Stainless steel chain, buttons, jingle bells