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Ocean Waves

I grew up mostly in California, on beaches, and I miss the ocean so much. A lot of my jewellery is inspired by the ocean, its waters, its...
Components: Ocean necklace: sterling silver 3.5mm flat round cable chain, sterling silver bubble bead cones, sterling silver wire, sterling silver balloon lobster clasp, 6mm Swarovski blue zircon rounds, 17 strands size 15 Japanese seed beads (see below for colors), 3mm peridot Czech fire polished rounds. Length: 19 inches. Size 15 seed beads: transparent light sapphire with light gold shimmer, matte metallic sky blue, opaque Seattle grey, matte gunmetal, opaque turquoise blue, matte opaque pale turquoise, transparent light azure AB, metallic sea green lined crystal clear, dark aquamarine lined crystal clear, lilac lined crystal clear. Czech fire polished 3mm round beads in peridot. Tiny, tiny beads!!!


Hammered copper multi dangle earrings

Variety of dangles on hammered copper washers (do NOT get finger in way of hammer, ow)
Components: Copper washers, aquamarine, smokey quartz, Czech pressed bell flower (dark amethyst), 3 mm Czech fire polished rounds (ruby opal fire), 3 mm Swarovski bicones (crystal moonlight), copper granulated spacers, copper wire, small copper spacers, copper head pins, 2 mm round copper beads, 4 mm glass rondelles (peridot AB). Longest point below copper-plated leverback earring findings: 2.5 inches.


Hammered coppr pendant with Irish linen

I was inspired by Ali's Irish linen on Saki silver ... I actually drew a rough sketch of this at work one day, months ago. Last night, for some...
Components: Pendant: hammered copper washer wire wrapped with silver-plated wire; waxed Irish linen (burgundy, rust, gold, turquoise, pink) knotted with jasper bead, blue turquoise opal Czech pressed donut bead, matte opaque sage green peanut seed bead, opaque pastel frosted mudbrick and gold lustered raspberry magatama seed beads, size 6 seed beads in matte black, trasnnsparent beige Picasso, and silver lined matte transparent grey brown, size 6 matte metallic light green iris hex seed bead. Length: 27 inches.


Log Number Two

I've had a tough time with these logs..but I was determined to use them.
Components: polymer clay log, enamel birdhouse, enamel flower, glass leaf, copper little bird, faceted Lemon Jade, Malachite, turquoise coconut heishi, copper chain, lobster claw, waxed linen...wire and sari silk.


Black Tears Revisited

Originally this piece was not like this and it had been sitting on my desk for the longest . But after creating a piece along this same vein . I...
Components: All lb pieces


Feeling Festive

I don't know when I looked at this piece I saw , autumn , summer and warmth all wrapped into one.
Components: All LB pieces


A Buddhist Way

This piece is a conbination of brass pieces and filgree pieces to give that Indian/Buddhist look to it And I glazed it with 24 carat gold eye shadow.
Components: All LB pieces


more teasers :)

These first 4 are strung on elastic which I knot inside the silver seed beads and glue there. The last 3 are more of the first set of teasers.
Components: Gemstones are Amazonite and Aventurine from LB and Labradorite and BC Jade from my stash. Crystals and seed beads are from LB and so is the elastic (I believe it is 1mm) The last 3 are Brazil agate with Rhodocrosite, golden obsidian with crystals, and carnelian with extra seed beads. In the first set I used pyrite with the golden obsidian and that combo is nearly perfect. :)


A teaser for the challenge...

7 of my 2 hole gemstone rectangle bracelets. I use seed beads, small gemstones, or crystals as spacers to make them bend nicely and so I don't...
Components: As many as possible of these parts are from LB. The rectangles are carnelian, golden obsidian, Noreena jasper, Rose Quartz, Brioche Agate, and Brazil agate.


Here Comes The Sun

Yellow opal seemed like the perfect choice to highlight the sun.
Components: Chocolate shell pearls, Pietersite, crystals, Yellow Opal, stainless steel wire, brass clasp, Lipstick Ranch rusted pendant


Log Number One

I've had these Polymer clay logs for awhile..not knowing what I wanted to do with them. I'm not sure about this design at all.
Components: mystery stone, Indonesian glass beads, Polymer Clay flower, waxed linen, wire, seed beads.


Etching experiments

Thought I'd share some of my experiments with different etching resists (what you use to get the pattern), since many of you are keen on etching!...
Components: Copper sheet, black patina (Norit). Some of the pieces have been tumbled and waxed, others just rubbed with steel wool.


Little Chickadee

The little Chickadee bird from SummerWindArt was too sweet to resist. The colors were great for Fall.
Components: Bird focal by SummerWindArt, jasper, Agate, brown turquoise, Czech glass, copper chain and findings, pearls and shell.


Challenge everyone

As an answer to Frida's challenge, check the Fresh Picks and join :D
Components: Piggys, recycled glass, Howlite Turquoise L ima beads. Ceramic droppers Scorched Earth, Handmade copper earwires


Sparrow's Tale

I have been in love with work of Birgitta from Angel Whisperer, so when she approached me to do a trade her beads for mine I jumped at the...
Components: Sparrow pendant "AngelWhisperer "- Carnelian- Rustic Agate- African turquoise- Titanium Pyrite- Ceramic beads " Grubbi "- Antique brass clasp. Most of the gemstones are from Lima Beads


The Oak

Here is the finished piece with the oak leaf I made. I kept it simple, because the leaf is fairly small, and I don't want it to drown in detail....
Components: Bronze sheet metal 0, 4 mm: sawed, etched, hammered, patinated (Norit), and waxed (Conservators wax). And polished... Handmade findings of bronze wire. Waxed linen, 4 Toho beads to hide the knots, jaspis (all from LB, except for the chips).


Foxy choker

I've had this little Tiger's Eye fox for a couple of years, but could never figure out what kind of a necklace to do with him. I really wanted to...
Components: Tiger Eye, gold metal seed beads


Prayer Beads

My MIL asked me to make her some prayer beads. I did some research and found the design. I decided to use Howlite Beads due to their different...
Components: Howlite 6mm beads, 49 strand beading wire, simple wooden cross from local christian shop, wooden beads taken from a rosary bought at an estate sale.


Dread Wrap

My cousin messaged me the other day and asked me if I made Dread Wraps. My response was "I don't even know what that is..." Apparently, kids in my...
Components: copper wire, red wire, czech glass pressed daisy beads.


Fall Colors

I got these gorgeous Red Jasper beads...just in time for a Fall piece! The Sari Silk was an added plus, as it went well with the beads.
Components: Red Jasper oblong beads, Unakite rounds, Greek ceramic spacers, one glass green leaf, copper rolo chain and Sari Silk.


Lapis Chrysocolla necklace

Fun with a stone I haven't used before: lapis chrysocolla. Paired it with bright and antiqued copper for some visual interest.
Components: lapis chrysocolla, Copper


Celebrating

Celebrating a great day of making jewelry and four fun years of blogging about this adventure. Having a little give away over at my blog....
Components: Copper and Sterling silver, glass, crystals, pearls, howlite


The ultimate healer .. with a bonus!

The past few weeks I have been very unbalanced. So today I decided to take a day away from my lovely customers and focus on me. I put on my...
Components: Raw apatite specimen sunstone nuggets sodalite chips brass hamsa charm brass chain antique brass wire


Tropical Aventurine finished at last!

Cheery orange Aventurine flower pendant and rondelles mixed with silver rounds and three-hole spacers make this a sunny, tropical choker. It's too...
Components: orange aventurine, Silver, spacers, pendant


Some order, please!

Here's a bit of inspiration for those that have slightly too much jewelry, and don't know how to store it (but I'm probably the only one here ;-D...
Components: Weathered plank, twigs, nails (drilled holes for the nails first).


Bleu Zone earrings

And here it is the matching earring for the necklace.


Night with the Gypsy

This piece started off with the blue tear drop lb recycle glass pieces and the gemstones and it was only five pieces. But when saw what it could...
Components: Recycle LB glass pieces and Lb gemstones and rings and chain.


Frosty Leaf

I too wanted to make a(nother) fall piece, but this one I kept tweaking and redoing, at least thrice, and I'm not sure I'm quite finished yet......
Components: Brass sheet metal, patinated with Norit (before etching). Vintaj chain and wire, seed beads, (most from LB), Tiger jaspis chips.


Ollie the Owl 1970's Vintage Boho Necklace

I got this adorable vintage 1970's vintage owl pendant and wanted to make a long fall colors necklace to go with him. I got this gorgeous antique...
Components: 10mm antique Soocho jade, 8mm crazy lace agate, 16mm vintage Swarovski rhinestone bead, a 1970's vintage owl pendant, vintage silk French ribbon


Fall Agate and Crystal Skull Necklace

This is some more beautiful fall colors faceted agate that I got from LB awhile ago just sitting and waiting tor the right components and design to...
Components: Faceted agate barrels, a Swarovski crystal skull, 2 handmade fine silver links, 2 handmade sterling silver artist beads, stainless steel chain, rainbow quartz crystal, a handmade artisan oxidized sterling silver quote bead


Color Burst Fall Necklace

I got this gorgeous colors rainbow line agate from LB and this gorgeous artisan bead with drawings of hearts with arrows. I thought they went...
Components: 8mm faceted rainbow line agate from LB, rhinestone rondelles, oxidized sterling silver artist bead


Vintage Cross Necklace

I consider myself a spiritual rather than a religious person but I have had a love affair with crosses since I was about 17 years old. My friend...
Components: 8mm freshwater pearls, 18mm vintage Japanese seed beaded bead, rhinestone rondelles, a sterling silver vintage cross and oxidized sterling silver wire and chain


Red Red Wine

Been having fun making these beaded cuffs lately with Czech superduos. The colors remind me of rich red wine.
Components: Czech superduos in red wine, Czech superduos in bronze lined crystal, Miyuki silver lined dark amber AB 8/0 seed beads, TierraCast gold classic toggle from LB, 10 pound monofilament


Bright and Bold

I've been a little hectic lately and it seems like every time I make a bracelet, I tear it apart and start over. I know I'm just over thinking it...
Components: Polymer Clay, Copper Chain, Various Czech Glass, Various glass beads, and Toho seed beads


A Red Statement

Totally out of character for me and I don't really wear much red. Plus this is not what I envisioned when I started. But the beadcaps were...
Components: WinterBird Studios: Gray/black/red floral lentils. $1.00 bin Walmart: Red melon bead, red spaceship(?)beads, red flower connector, black rubber beads. Walmart: Red/black striped beads, black glass rounds, red ovals, silver beadcaps, black seed beads. LBS: Sterling silver rounds, black S-lon cord


Filigree Drop Earrings

I made these after I got a few filigree bead caps from a friend.
Components: I used ss ear hooks, filigree bead caps, moonstone, rose alexandrite, sparkle beads, two colored crackle beads, and mint bi-cones. The earrings in the 2nd pic have emerald green crystal, twisted cubes and drops.


Noodle Bead Bracelets

This is another design inspired by the Design Gallery, but with my own interpretation. You have to be careful with the beading wire. It needs a...
Components: 38mmx2mm plated noodle beads, Czech glass 2 hole beads, amazonite, agate and lapis beads, calla lily spacers(LB) on beading wire (LB).


Stonehenge

The focal by WondrousStrange was so other worldly that it evoked an ancient time and place. I added a skull because some people think Stonehenge is...
Components: Focal by WondrousStrange, Citrine, pyrite, Czech glass beads, silver and brass findings.


Study in Brown

An accumulation of different beads of like color. I thought it was kinda Fall like so I added a little bit of leaf chain.
Components: Marbled faceted wood beads, polymer clay bicones, red-stained clay beads, one glass bead, leaf chain, Patricia Healey copper toggle, brown waxed linen


Bead Dangle Design's Beaded Jewelry

All of my pieces are made with Beautiful Beads and Gemstones. HandCrafted and Designed by little old me.
Components: All Beautiful Gemstones in an array of colors and styles.


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