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Metal Lineup

This bracelet is #2 in a series I started after buying three A Beaded Gift pillow beads from Lima Beads. I posted the first bracelet Tuesday. This...
Components: Jump rings. A Beaded Gift pillow bead, black and green Czech glass faceted rounds from LB. Also, various seed beads, metal beads, and Amethyst rounds from my stash.

HOWLY BOOTS Coyote Tooth Bootband

HOWLY BOOTS Bootband was inspired by a trapper friend of ours that was looking for something special to show his animal parts. We love adding all...
Components: HOWLY BOOTS Bootband is One-of-a-kind hand knotted Red Coral Chunks, Hematite Twists and Rounds, Coyote Teeth, Buffalo Bone Hairpipe, River Shells and Glass Bead Rondelles.

The dam has burst, and it feels really good.

Apologies for all the posts lately. I hope that it is an encouragement for those of you who feel stuck or in a rut, regarding your creative...
Components: Vintaj dragonfly (LB has this available), brass chain and findings, glass crystals

Ocean Jasper w/Homemade Bail

Another one, this tome with an ocean jasper pendant. The rhodochrosite beads married well with the pinks in the ocean jasper.
Components: Ocean jasper pendant, FW pearls, ocean jasper beads, rhodochrosite beads, antiqued copper spacers, square copper wire, 14 ga.

Jasper pendant with homemade bail

I decided to see if I could make my own bail, so I got out my trusty hammer and got to work.
Components: Copper wire 14ga, square, jasper pendant, leather cord, freshwater keshi pearls, MOP beads, shell beads, glass seed beads. All my stash, I believe.

Tangled up in Blue

What to do with all those leftover beads? Divide them in color groups and crochet a necklace and earrings, what else? There are 8 strands of...
Components: Mixed blue gemstone beads, 24g&16g copper wire, brown suede leather lace, Swarovski Crystal cotton yarn.

Upcycled Bliss

I made the pendant using a Vintaj blank, guilders paste, Lisa Pavelka resin and then for the longest time that was as far as I could get. I...
Components: 100% silk sari ribbon in Coffee from LB African recycled glass tumbled beads 10-14 mm from LB Blue beads from stash Vintaj brass blank Cherry tree embossing folder Guilders paste Lisa Pavelka uv curing resin Non tarnish silver wire from Artistic wire in gauges 18 & 26

Coloring outside the lines

I love to try the unexpected, I'd say think outside the box, (but then that would mean I was first in the box and well, that doesn't work for me)...
Components: Silver celtic knot button 6mm glass beads Natural freshwater pearls (for lack of proper term) undeyed and unbleached 100% silk sari ribbon in coffee from LB

Half and Half Necklace

This long necklace is half large open chain and half agate nuggets knotted on caramel colored waxed linen cord. And a few pyrite chunks thrown in....
Components: Agates, chain, waxed linen cord, earring findings

Mommy's bwhaacyet

Ok, so my 4 year old daughter made this for me this morning. She was so proud of herself! She sees Mommy working on jewelry and she wants to also...
Components: Plastic "tree house beads" hemp string and a good use of the "seatbelt" method of stringing as seen on a kitty and bear bead

rainy afternoon

Awhile ago I did a pick called "rainy afternoon". I have used a lot of the beads from that pick as well as beads I have aquired for this project....
Components: Rainbow fluorite, dyed moss agate, Imperial Jasper, turquoise, sea blue quartz, Peruvian Amazonite, and seed beads.

What's Black & Blue & Purple Allover?

My last order from Lima Beads included A Beaded Gift mini pillows. After playing around with colored jump rings and my stash I ended up with this...
Components: Jump rings, A Beaded Gift mini pillow from LB. And from my stash-various seed beads, glass donuts and Amethyst rounds.

How could I forget these !

I also ordered three strands of these cobalt blue nuggets, because I absolutely love this color. I've only made earrings with them, but I'm going...
Components: recycled glass, sterling silver wire, stamped tube spacers.

Yippee! Lima order's arrived!

Love, love these recycled glass pendants from LB.
And was thrilled when the red ones perfectly matched the seed beads I'm currently using. Have...
Components: recycled glass, turquoise rondelles, silver plated findings and chain

Silken stone

When I purchased this silk ribbon I intended to do some kumihimo something or other with it... I just couldn't ever decide on a direction to go...
Components: Quarry silk string 2mm 42" from LB Round rhodonite w/extra black matrix 6mm from LB Transite (clear string material used in ladder stitch) Silver button

Backyard Doves

I’m on a mission to complete all of my unfinished projects!

This necklace began last summer inspired by a pair of Ring-Necked doves that...
Components: Picture Jasper rondelles (LB) & rounds; Unakite sticks, rounds, pebbles; Shell beads; Jasper(?) coin bead; Seed beads, ACF findings, jumprings, connectors. HOOK: 14 ga copper wire; patina solution; Vintaj Glaze-metal sealer (LB); 24 ga Parawire (LB)

A Walk in the Woods

I had purchased some earring components...driftwood shards..and decided they were too long for earrings I wanted to, I made one a...
Components: shard, Leopardskin Jasper, Autumn Jasper, Carnelian, Terracotta, green and red peacock seeds, copper chain.

For Becky

A few months ago I made a Fresh Pick with the same name, when one of my picks made a POD I purchased the bird bead and a few other beads from that...
Components: Kylie Parry bird bead, A Beaded Gift zulu bead, Soocho Jade, Vintaj clasp and beads, waxed linen and seed beads are all from Lima Beads. Cedar slice bead Rich Kibbons, ceramic oak leaf Clay River, ceramic flower bead Majoyoal, lampwork discs Garden of Beads. Bayong wood beads from my stash.

Day of the Dead

Another found by chance! I forgot I had these brass skulls until I found the messy wrapped teardrops in blood red. I knew they had to go together!...
Components: Brass skulls, Czech glass teardrops and flowers, antique brass findings


I guess we have all been out of the mood for much jewelry! One of the things that happens when the workspace is out of order is that pieces get...
Components: Vintaj Arte metal discs, gears in tin, copper and brass, jump rings, brass ear wires, all LB I think.

The Coffee measuring spoon, and the new order

Here is the spoon producing the leftover slice in my previous design! Had to try out my new big dapping punch -- and found out that I'd really need...
Components: Sturdy copper sheet (1 and 2 mm I think) and patina for the spoon.


Like Fresh Baked, I haven't got much done jewelry-wise lately. There is even one lady who ordered a necklace that is somewhat complicated to make,...
Components: Copper details by me (the pendant thing was a leftover from a measuring spoon for ground coffee which I experimented with -- ended up a bit too small), Red Jade, a very interesting silk yarn probably made of scrap fabric or thread, Toho beads on the yarn, leather lace, bone bead by me as button.

It's been a dry summer...

In more ways that one...Haven't made much jewelry, so I'm feeling hopeful after this morning's two pair of earrings. Something's happening, because...

Dragonfly Nouveau

I love dragonflies. They are symbols in many cultures of change, harmony, and joy. What's not to like?
Components: Russian gold plated brass pendants, gold plated jump rings and clasp

Autumn Inspiration

Just received some new stones,and I think they look swell together. I did a simple linear in copper,because I think it looks nice with these...
Components: Hessonite Garnet and Dyed Red Agate rondelles, copper spacers, headpins, and great copper ear wires from Lima.

Nunn Ring Bling

I make tons of wire wrapped rings...and bought these Nunn Design ring blanks awhile ago. Rediscovered them today on my workbench and made these...
Components: Nunn ring blanks (available from Lima), gold wire, and various stones, glass, stick pearls, and abalone.


Sorry I didn't have a prettier model for this but I was the only one home. I've made this one for me. Planning on wearing it to a wedding soon.
Components: Tiny garnet rounds, little olive lampwork, copper toggle clasp, (my stash) colbalt agate, various Czech glass, and one tree agate for the focal. (L.B.)

Big Happies

Big and happy earrings for fall.
Components: LB's copper stamping blanks, patina.

Autumn Bounty

I made this necklace and earring set for the silent auction of a local nonprofit organization -

I started with Swarovski Powder almond crystal...

Rusty Roses

I was a "counselor" at a summer camp and one of the older counselers made jewelry too. She said she was moving and didn't have room for all of her...
Components: Wire

Art Beads Galore!

I've been getting ready for a big art show this weekend (3 days!) and here is a bevy of new earrings featuring art beads! If you want to play...
Components: Art Beads from Humblebeads, Firefly Design Studio, Jenny Davies-Reazor, The Spacer Bead Shop, & Nichole Valentine mixed in with Vintaj brass findings, Czech glass, and mookaite amongst other things.

I'll have a Blue Necklace

I don't even wear blue that often, but I love the color of Amazonite. These Amazomite/Black Tourmaline beads look great with Blue Labradorite.
Components: Amazonite Blk. Tourmaline, Blue Labradorite, Amazonite, Sesame Jasper, silver plated chain, ball head pins, handmade clasp from 18g Artistic wire.

Bluebird Adventure

So I'm STILL playing with wire... I made the links and then made a whimsical cloud and hoop clasp. I think I want to get more of the bird coin...
Components: Vintaj copper wire in gauges 28, 20, 24 Czech oval soaring bird beads from LB Natural freshwater pearls (not dyed)

Blue heart

I made this necklace with a lovely glass bead I have had for ages with the lovely blue hearts in it, all the way around. I just managed to see the...
Components: I have added the lovely silver large hole beads on the turquoise leather, with a heart-shaped clasp! Turquoise White Heart glass beads

Cobalt Czech

I love the Czech blue beads and Picassos. Recently learned how to wire wrap and now I'm going crazy with it. BlingsCandy on Etsy has my other...
Components: Pewter chain, Czech beads, wire wrapped components and very large lobster clasp.

Tourmline pendant

I got one of the tourmaline in quartz pendants from LB in a recent order and holy cow, is it awesome! Here is what I did with it.
Components: Dalmatian jasper, black tourmaline round beads, bronze hook and eye clasp, Hamilton gold lobster clasp, wavy disc spacers, gold plated washer spacers, all my stash. Pendant and Saki bronze spacers from LB.

Chalcedony and Tourmaline set

I've had the Chalcedony beads forever and have made them into several different pieces, take it apart and make something else. Here is the latest...
Components: Faceted chalcedony my stash, little tourmaline rounds form LB, Hamilton gold chain (I think from LB), wavy gold plated spacers-my stash, clasps-my stash, gold artistic wire 24 & 26 gauge. Aquamarine bead LB, from ages ago, and a little faceted peridot bead dangle on the bracelet.

Starfish woman

I fell in love with this Green Girl pendant, and wanted to compliment it without being too literal. I came up with this 8 pointed star chain, and I...
Components: Green Girl pendant, 1/8" bright aluminum jump rings, lobster clasp

Good morning coffee my love!

I made this from my fresh pick of the same name. This is the last piece of the Occo Agate slice. I really struggled with how to use it. I decided...
Components: Artistic wire non tarnish silver plated in gauges 20, 24 Occo agate slice with druzy Ivory silk sari ribbon Rock crystal faceted rounds Howlite puff coin 19 wire beadlon bead stringing wire Coffee silk sari ribbon Czech glass coffee baroque bicone

Amazonite and Quartz

I wanted to make a statement piece with these Amazonite sticks but it looked too bland by itself. Then I found the Crystal Quartz sticks and knew...
Components: Amazonite and Crystal Quartz sticks top drilled, amazonite 4mm rounds, Crystal Quartz nuggets, beading wire, crimp beads and bead covers, silver plated 2mm beads, chain, daisy spacers earring posts, and spring ring clasp.