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Tropical Aventurine

This 3-strand necklace is currently a work in progress. Ran out of spacers and still need a clasp (given the weight of all the stone, will be...
Components: Orange aventurine, Silver, spacers, pendant

vintaj in color butterfly

Beautiful fall colors. Cute vintaj butterfly.
Components: Sea glass, vintaj butterfly, red corral, agate orange beads.

redcreek beauty

Redcreek jasper with leather.

old and rustic from days gone by

Dragonsblood focal wrapped gently in vintaj wire. Vintaj chain, peridot and serpentine tiny beads on ball end head pins.

love the blues

Shades of blues bracelet
Components: Leather wrapped with fabric, then wrapped in vintaj wire with moonstone beads. Little heart and arrow dangles.

pink baby

Leather with adjustable closure. Pink opal. Rhydochrosite focal center piece.
Components: Leather, Pink Opal, rhydochrosite, tiny pearls.

spun sugar

Rhydochrosite , pink opal bracelet. I love pink opal and rhydochrosite together. Reminds me of cotton candy! Little girls and big girls would love...
Components: Copper chain and clasp, pink opal beads, rhydochrosite beads with pearl drops. Flower is pink opal.

pretty bird

My first attempt at a hand made bird of clay. Leather neck with an antique button.
Components: Handmade clay bird, leather, bits of fiber antique button.

Fairy Door

My mom's birthday is on Saturday and I feel like I am constantly giving her jewelry. So, I wanted to do something a little different, and I had...
Components: Polymer Clay

Turning Over a New Leaf

I bought this graduated faceted amazonite strand from LB last year and it has sat on my workbench since then just waiting for the right pieces to...
Components: Amazonite Blk. Tourmaline graduated and faceted from LB, sterling disc spacers, sterling box clasp and cone ends and sterling large leaf pendant all from my stash.

Autumn Skies

O.K., I got distracted……again! Does this only happen to me?!
As often happens, I opened my bead cabinet to get out some supplies for my safari...
Components: Czech glass: Large faceted coins, faceted rondelles in Summer Squash & Rustic Stew (LB), caramel druks. Ceramic fluted rondelles, Blue Agate, Misc luster glass, glass faceted small coins(back), Antique Brass bead caps, spacers, lobster, accugards, findings.

New Zigs and a Zag

I've had such success with Ali's zigzag bracelet, that I tried a few more variations. These were made possible by all the large hole beads LB is...
Components: Amazonite blk tourmaline, blue impression jasper, leather cord, TierraCast all from LB. Flower stone and handmade clasp from my stash.

Silver Daisies in Pinks N' Pearls

I made the same bracelet like my Silver Bling Thing only I went pink.
This was the last three of my two hole
silver matted daisy bracelet...
Components: Three shiny matte silver two hole daisy bracelet connectors with a clear crystal rhinestone in the center of each one of them. A combination of the Czech SuperDuo's in Pastel Burgundy and the Halo Cherub with the Toho 8/0 in the Silver-Lined Frosted Black Diamond. The front pattern I used the Toho 8/0 Opaque Butter Cream Luster. A softer type of white I think. I used silver findings: silver beading wire, crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a silver two hole tube clasp.

Silver Daisy Bling Thing

I had these beautiful two hole bracelet connectors which are just the bomb that I purchased a very long time ago on Ebay from a seller in China. I...
Components: Shiny matted silver daisy with a clear crystal rhinestone in the center. I have 10 of them. I used three in this bracelet. I used my Czech SuperDuo glass beads keeping this pattern throughout the bracelet. A combination of Pearl Coat in Charcoal and Pearl Coat in Silver with the Toho 8/0 in Jet Black. I used silver findings: two four hole daisy spacer bars, silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a two hole silver tube clasp. I used my silver beading wire to keep everything taunt and in place.

Beige N' Gray Gem of a Donut

In my bead stash I have this really nice small gemstone donut. Speckled with lots of grey. I loved it when I first spotted it way back when. I...
Components: I strung with the white Wild Fire beading thread this necklace. I used the Toho 11/0 seed beads in the Opaque Lustered Dark Beige which matches the color in this donut 100%. I followed through with making this simple design to give my necklace some oomph. Very tiny silver daisy spacers incorporated into the pattern which is a combination of 4mm milky white rondelle white crystals, SuperDuo's in the Pearl Coat- Silver, and Toho 8/0 Matte Color in Opaque Gray. A small barrel clasp to finish it off nicely. Silver crimps, crimp covers, and wire guardians also used.

Abstracted in Gold and Black

I'm still playin' with my SuperDuo and my seed beads. I have these very tiny polymer clay tubes that I just purchased. They are "orphaned" from...
Components: My tiny polymer clay tube is my focal. It's a half inch long; but, it works for me. I used my two hole jet black Czech Mates with a combination of the SuperDuo in the Halo Sandalwood. Toho seed beads size 8/0 in Jet Black along with Toho 11/0 seed beads in Opaque Frosted Egg Shell. I used black Wild Fire beading thread. I went with silver findings : silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a small silver toggle with clasp.

Wooden Pendant with Orange Acccents

I 've been wanting to do something with this wooden pendant...I started hanging dangles on it then realized it was upside down. I think it looks...
Components: wooden pendant, faceted marble cubes, orange bone link, Carnelian, resin bead, two brown polymer clay beads, seed beads, copper chain, assorted dangles

The Blooming Autumn Necklace

Fall is so many people’s favorite time of year; for me it’s in a dead heat with early spring but autumn has so many of its own expansive charms...
Components: 10mm topaz cathedral beads, 10mm apricot faceted beads, czech beads, Czech maple leaf beads, Czech flower beads, Czech wheel beads, Czech saturn beads, Czech bellflower beads, Czech melon beads, Myuki Delica seed beads, antique gold heart toggle clasp, Czech rondelles

Aha moment or...

Recently had a kind blog reader let me know that it is possible for me to send an Paypal invoice via email to customers who are interested in...

Autumn in the Air

I was inspired by the beautiful colors of fall and the focal by FerrariOrignalBeads.
Components: Focal by FerrariOrignalBeads, Picture Jasper, Czech glass, pearls, Shell, copper beads and findings.

A Pair of Earrings

These are the earrings on display at the bead shop for my patina class. I really love the first pair, because the colors really pop!
Components: Vintaj natural brass blanks and patinas, crystals, purple quartz, Carnelian, brass ear wires.

One Step At A Time

This is my take on the conventional ladder necklace that was popular a while back. I have kept these faceted gemstone tubes stashed away waiting...
Components: Faceted Agate/Jasper(?) tubes; Black Agate cones; Fire-cracked Agate; Fancy Jasper rounds; Antique Copper: oval cable chain, bead caps, rondelles; Copper wire.

Re-do on the Fairy

I realized the Fairy would look better as a necklace.
Components: polymer clay birdhouse, pink Mykonos beads, sari silk, brass chain, Green Girl studio fairy charm, Rose Quartz nuggets, Rose Quartz butterfly, pink waxed linen

I'm into Autumn !

Even if the thermometer says otherwise, I'm getting into the colors and textures of Autumn. Finally!
Components: Rough Citrine chunks, leather, brass, Rainbow Agate, Turquoise

Frosty Morning

I love the Byzantine pattern, there are so many designs you can make from it. I also like just the plain classic version like this. This weave can...
Components: Anodized aluminum in gold and frost colors, gold plated clasp.

Picture Writing

This one sorta went off the rails.... It was another of the bracelet experiments that didn't pan out. I had it for ages before I figured out it...
Components: 14ga and 24ga copper wire, Chinese ocean jasper beads, 4mm copper beads, copper box chain

Just a Little Fringe

It has been a bit of a dry spell for me. Luckily I have all of these bits and pieces left over from experiments and things that didn't go right....
Components: copper wire, copper chain, copper toggle clasp, niobium ear wires

liquid sparkle

These lovely little earrings sold almost as soon as I posted them on Facebook!
Components: sterling silver, Czech glass rondelles, and S warovski crystal cones.

Bluebird of Happiness

Jess of SweetBirchDesigns designed a Mountain Bluebird for me. One thing led to another and we had pendants and beads and an adorable bluebird...
Components: The pendant is a tad under 1 1/2" with a copper bail and ~ 26-27 inches of beautifully beaded chain. I incorporated all the colors you can see on the pendant with agates, Swarovski, Czech, along with copper beads, copper bail, and a copper toggle clasp.

Blue and Copper Circle, Kaleidoscope, and a Finished Spider Web

I finally finished putting the spiderweb bracelet together, after a long couple of days getting my house a little better organized. Funny thing is...
Components: Polymer Clay, Czech glass, Labradorite, Toho seed beads, Freshwater pearls, Carnelian

Blue Fringe Necklace w/ Earrings

I wanted to make something that hung without getting tangled so easily. This is what I came up with.
Components: Plated chain, connectors, crystal beads and drops, and metal beads.

I'm Over It Now

Okay, I'm ready for autumn now and made this necklace today to celebrate. Although, I hear we're in for triple digits this weekend, so I'm not...
Components: Rainbow agates, copper leaf pendant and chain, turquoise, howlite rondelles, and Irish waxed linen

Copper cross

This cross pendant was hand sawn from copper sheet metal, filed and then etched to create the pattern on the cross. It is attached with handmade...
Components: 20 gauge copper. The beads used are ocean fossil nuggets, Honey Stone, Rutilated Quartz, and copper spacers (all from lima beads).

Steele bubbles

This nickle silver cuff was hand sawn from nickle silver sheet metal and filed to get rid of rough edges. Then it was etched, oxidized and sealed...
Components: 18 gauge nickle silver

Rectangles cubed

This pendant is made by stringing 3 rectangles stones on twisted wire. It is connected to handmade bead connectors then connected with copper...
Components: Pendant is rose quartz, prehenite and yellow jade, bead connectors are yellow hematoid Quartz, Old Yellow Jade, New Jade, strawberry quartz, green fluorite, Rutilated Quartz and czech glass. All beads from lima beads except strawberry Quartz. Copper chain, twisted wire and flower clasp.

the voyage begains

Full steam ahead, we are traveling back to the turn of the century via mister Well's time machine. To a time when everything was powered by steam...
Components: copper findings, copper beads, gunmetal jump rings, enameled headpins, assorted glass beads, turquoise colored chips (I think they are howlite) and niobium earwires.

Loving Autumn

I love Fall, and I love pumpkins... not to eat, that's all on my husband, but they are my favorite color. I love driving past the pumpkin patch and...
Components: Polymer Clay, Czech glass, Autumn Jasper, copper chain, Irish waxed linen

I just can't let go...

While I absolutely love the colors and themes in autumn jewelry, I just cannot seem to want this summer to end. Here's my last ditch effort to hang...
Components: Porcelain beads, glass and seed beads, Irish waxed linen cord, metal buttons

My "Safari" Never Began

I've had these donuts for so many years now that I had totally given up on them...until...I was inspired by Wanda's Fresh Pick entitled 'Copper...
Components: African Brown 'Rhyolite' Jasper donuts. I also picked out to use: copper chain, rust waxed linen, Czech rondelles, blue & red aventurine, red jasper, peach recycled glass, terra cotta seed beads, copper findings.

Something Is A Litte Fishy

A truly wonderful gift from a gifted person who beads. I was given this beautiful tiny Chinese cloisonné fish.
In my favorite color....the purple...
Components: Hand strung necklace primarily with the 11/0 Toho seed beads: Inside Color Grey / Magenta Lined. Four milky white Czech rondelle crystals 4mm size with 6 round gold 3mm metal beads. Since the fish has gold in it: I used gold to complement the fish. I used white Wild Fire bead thread with gold findings: gold crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, a gold barrel clasp. I decided to dangle my little fishy with one 6mm pale lavender crystal bead with two of the tiny seed beads on both ends of the crystal. A very delicate seed bead necklace. I did this fishy proud !!!