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empiria collar

I've always felt it has some elegance to it, and like the simplicity.
Components: black crystal beads, (bought as 'hand faceted') Square silver stock, several types of copper stock.

Baby Blues

What do you get from one strand of beautiful baby blue beads? A serenity bracelet and a long chain tassel necklace. The necklace is a knock off...
Components: Czech beads, chain, purchased bracelet bar, silver plated 20 g. wire.

Earth Tones..

The brief, from a beloved cousin, was earthy tones with blues and reds.. I hope I delivered!

I decided to use the coin beads as focals as she...
Components: Coffee stained paper beads, made by me. All other beads were Czech beads - Saucer beads, focal coin beads, nugget beads (8mm), blue fire polished rondelles - Lima Beads. The coconut rondelles were also from Lima Beads. Red fire polished beads, findings, waxed linen and clasps - from my own stash.

Golden Fleece Necklace

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of the Golden Fleece
Components: TOHO seed beads #15 and #11, Tila beads, Czech glass studs, ammonite cabochons

My Virgo Mom, Busy as a Bee!

A gift for my mom. She gets up early in the morning and doesn't slow down until bedtime! Autumn colors are best on her.
Components: Bronze clasps by Green Girl, Czech glass beads, bronze beads by Saki Silver, sewn-edge silk ribbon, Soft Flex heavy beading wire, copper crimps hidden by reamed-out bronze round beads. All LB. I will post a pick with the materials, though the CG leaves and butterscotch chandelier cut beads are discontinued.

Silver Leaves

This is a simple strung necklace on beading wire using different shapes & sizes of silver leaf jasper. I really love the cut of the diamonds &...

Dream Weaver with Fringe

My take on a tassel/fringe necklace. I'd been wanting to make something with the Russian & Peruvian amazonite rounds & coral rondelles for a while....
Components: Amoracast vermeil pendant; amazonite, coral and gf beads; 2-ply waxed linen; Soft Flex medium gold-plated beading wire/cable (LB). Findings: 9mm & 5.3mm gf jump rings; gf magnetic clasp; 2mm gf crimps & 2.5mm gf crimp covers; 24ga gf wire.

More Zola

So I've been working a TON with Zola because it makes short work of designing and the shop owner where I have some of my stuff really likes the...
Components: CG beads (various), howlite, leather, copper wire, Vintaj wire, pieces from stick bib gemstones from LB (I don't remeber the kind of stone...)

Ode to Ali

I loved the necklace that Ali made using this focal and was so inspired by it that I wanted to make one with my own spin on it. Design credit...
Components: Zola focal, bead mix, white shell beads

Pendant wrapping

So I'm still working on wrapping pendants. Haven't really worked on it for a few months so I feel like I'm starting over with it. I made these a...
Components: Rainbow fluorite, African turquoise, Rhodonite, copper wire, CG

Honey Butter

My first successful attempt at wire wrapping!
The pendant is tiger iron, the earrings are "honey butter" tiger iron - how could I resist with such...
Components: Pendant: tiger iron, leather, silver plated hook and jump rings, copper wire. Head pin from LB. Earrings: honey butter tiger iron; rutilated quartz beads and findings from LB.

Lakeside Bracelet

I wanted to use these beautiful blue stones in something, so I created this bracelet. The color scheme reminds me of a blue lake and the rocks...
Components: Irish Waxed Linen, Blue stones, shell chips, seed beads, brown ceramic beads, antiqued silver-plated beads.

Oak and Evergreens

It is cold here in Alberta and you can feel that winter is just around the corner, so I decided to make some pieces that would go with the cool...
Components: From Lima Beads Autumn Agate faceted, Forest Agate focal bead, Tibetan style rondelles, double drilled Bronzite ovals, Biva stick pearls, rivets, leather strap, C- Lon. Pendants are from Classic Bead and Bo Hulley. From my stash matte Jade wheels, matte Red Tiger Eye, matte Agate with druzy .

Hand Hammer links and wire wraped

Fire agate
Components: Copper wire

A Mother's Love

Here's one of the horse fine silver PMC3 pendants I made. I left this one (it's different from the first one I posted) in LOS, then left it in my...
Components: PMC3 fine silver, 18 gauge SSF wire, and cord from LB

Feathered Friends

I needed a quick birthday gift and these elements just begged to go together! Quick, easy and cute! A side benefit to a somewhat cluttered work...
Components: Zola elements nest, bird charm, antique brass findings, trade beads.

It's Autumn!

This is to showcase some of the gorgeous Czech beads I have recently received. I always seem to gravitate to these colors--can you tell I LOVE...
Components: Czech beads from LB and Etsy shops, Artistic wire from LB for the handmade jumprings and chain.

Easy Wire Bracelet

I saw this technique on a video (Artbeads) & decided to try it. It really is quick & easy. I used painter's tape to hold the 3 main wires together...
Components: 18 & 24 gauge copper wire, green zebra jasper 6mm rounds, 3mm Toho olympic bronze cubes

Tree of life

Here's another PMC3 fine silver piece. So excited because I used the rest of what little I had and I'm getting a new shipment today of more silver...
Components: PMC3, Liver of sulfur and silicone mold

Hibiscus Bib

I have been wanting to try this type of necklace for a while now - linking together components to form a bib. The trickiest part of this necklace...

Precious Metal Clay 2

Here's another one!
Components: PMC3 fine silver

Precious Metal Clay 1

So I haven't posted in quite a long time! I have a few new pieces, picked up a new technique, working on 2 more, electroforming with copper and...
Components: PMC3 fine silver

Shamara's Designs

Gemstone and components from Lima Beads

A little sparkle...

Adding a little sparkle to necklaces with these crystal chandelier pieces. I purchased a box of twelve of these on line...each about 1 and 1/2 inch...
Components: crystal chandelier replacement pieces, antiqued silver chain and findings, charms, rose quartz

Working on Asymmetry

I have such a need for symmetry and order in what I make and I'm trying to break free :) This is the first necklace I've made that is intentionally...
Components: Pink druzy connector, silk thread, Saki white bronze clasp-from LB. Freshwater pearls, sterling silver chain, multicolored moonstone, Swarovski crystals and other bits-my stash.

Fall Fire

I fell in love with these banded beads yesterday at a gem and jewelry show and knew I had to have them to create some fall pieces! The fiery...
Components: Banded (agate?) beads, carnelian gemstones, pewter spacers and Tierracast hammered pewter clasp

Something's Fishy 2

These enamel pieces are divided into a fish head and tail. I decided to use Roman glass as the link because it's iridescence looks like a fish...
Components: artisan enamel fish heads and tails, iridescent Roman glass, oxidized brass wire.

Chained Enamel Wings

These enamel wings had three holes on the bottom and I don't like a lot of things hanging off the bottom of earrings so I decided to just use one...
Components: artisan enamel wings, artisan Basha beads, oxidized sterling chain, Bali sterling bead caps.

Copper Butterfly Wings

Here's another pair of this wonderful artist's enamel pieces! This time it's the most gorgeous butterfly wings. I paired them with more glass...
Components: artisan enamel butterfly wings, artisan Basha beads, artisan lampwork discs, Swarovski crystal cubes, Bali sterling sopacers

Something's Fishy

So over the summer I went crazy for this Etsy artist's enamel pieces! This pair features her Dory fish. I love how they came out!
Components: artisan crafted enamel Dory fish, artisan crafted glass Basha beads, mosaic MOP beads, burnished copper spacers

Summer Breeze

I was searching through my bead stash for items to match my embossed piece that I had painted and came up with this combo.
Components: Vintaj Blank, embossed and patinated, green ceramic beads, yellow stone beads, turquoise Howlites, gold saucers and seed beads, turquoise Irish Waxed Linen

Snowflake Obsidian

Great neutral set with a statement focal pendant for those who like black and white
Components: Snowflake Obsidian trapezoid pendant and beads, seed beads, pewter beads and pewter toggle clasp. Earrings have textured pewter hoops with round snowflake obsidian beads on sterling silver earwires

Rainbow Bridge pet loss bracelet

A sweet reminder for anyone who has lost a pet who has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge"
Components: Multi gemstones, pewter spacers/charms/toggle

Caramel Cream

Simple earrings for fall
Components: Lamp work glass beads, pewter floral beads and sterling silver earwires

Mixed Media

I've had this leather cord from LB for a while. So I decided to use the copper washer--which I hammered-- and added Czech beads and chain.
Components: Copper washer, 2mm leather cord from LB, Czech beads from Etsy shops, Artistic wire jumprings and magnetic clasp from local shop.

Re-Cycled Chic

This was an old Brighton belt that I've had for years. I just couldn't toss it or give it away, so I made this and also some earrings,, which I...
Components: Leather belt strip, pinch cord ends, Brighton silver slide, magnetic clasp.

A Rose for Rita

Strung and wound/wove a single length of beading wire with seed beads into this 5 strand necklace to set off the most lovely PH copper rose...
Components: I posted a pick with the LB components, though I did not use every seed bead in the two Toho mixes, and the copper rings that I hammered to flatten and texturize came from an unused 3-ring adjustable clasp in my stock. The crimps are nice heavy ones I had hanging around, too.


I love all things Czech and especially the leaves.
Easy to do design, but the leaves make it special.
Components: Czech leaves, olive glass spacers, leather cord, brass spacers, lobster clasp.

Coral Delight

I like the acrylic coral shells. Like the color, smoothness, and shape.
Components: I used the shells with 6mm coral beads, and coral rondelles, on a brass horse eye chain, and brass lobster clasp I think it looks tropical and beachy.