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Purple Passion

I first saw this pattern in a magazine, Then I went to the website and realized that the center of the pendant was a Czech button. I made my...
Components: My exact Zolo pendant is gone. But, It was similar to the Tibetan style Coin Focal that is on sale. I looked and saw many Zola Focals that could be used this way depending on the size of your pendant. I used Swarovski pearls, Czech beads, and seed beads. The little square gold Czech beads are from LB.


Triple Concho Bolo Necklace

Large hole beads, especially these Czech glass ones, make the perfect embellishment to a bolo necklace. I especially love using several bail slides...


Arrowhead Bolo Necklace

This arrowhead employs all the great colors of the Southwest that made bolo necklaces so popular while being fashionable and sparkly :)


Flower Bow Bolo Necklace

The simplicity of this bolo is what makes it so appealing and trendy. I combined silver and gold in the slides and opted for tying a bow rather...


Beat of My Heart Bolo Necklace

This heartbeat is perfect for a choker or a bracelet. Pair it with the icy blue microsuede and matte black cab concho and you have a funky yet...


Turquoise Nugget Bolo Necklace

This eye catching color is sure to get you ready for Summer! For this bolo, I chose to have 2 chokers with slides slipped onto the front centers of...


Turquoise Points Bolo Necklace

While most trending bolos out there right now are made with the 3mm cord, the 5mm offers the great option of giving you a heavier look. I love...


Copper and Jade..

My first go at a Y style necklace. I had been playing around and learning some polymer clay bead techniques and tried to make a pod style pendant...
Components: Antique Soocho Jade rondelle's, Czech orange flower beads, Czech seed beads, antique copper wire and leather cord from Lima Beads. Ball chain in antique copper also from LB, along with the small goldish/amber sea glass nugget pendant. Clasp, chain links, split rings, wire cord ends, made by me with 18 gauge antique copper wire and hammered for strength, all from LB. Green recycled glass disk beads from my own stash. PC pod pendant, made myself.


Yellow and cream..

The request for these arrived the late evening before she (my mother) needed them. To go with a yellow and cream floral type linen shirt for a...
Components: Beads: Czech glass flowers from Lima Beads. Yellow Czech maple leaf, also from Lima Beads, bought in the first ever batch of beads I ever ordered from here. Gemstone coin - I think they are Black Water Jasper coins that were part of the Crossword competition this year (thanks again for that LB!! I squealed like a little girl when they arrived). Metal components: Wire from LB. Chain (hidden under the flowers) and earring findings from the local bead shop from long ago.


Lilac Blooms

I used the jump rings to make a mobius chain and then suspend the "flowers" from it.
Components: annodized aluminum jump rings


Zola Blue

I love the Zola elements, but I just can't decide if I like this treatment or not. Thoughts?
Components: Zola pendant, annodized jump rings, Toho 6/0 beads


Joie de Vivre

This piece is to celebrate joy of life. The focal is a copper washer stamped "choose Joy"...I didn't stamp and patina it as my stamping skills...
Components: copper washer, bird, Chrysoprase, Apatite, African paper beads, African glass beads, orange coconut beads, Indo Lampwork, copper chain and sari silk.


You Are My Sunshine

I fell in love with Grace's polka dot on cream lampwork rondelle and wanted to build a piece around it.
Components: sky Eye Jasper, Lampwork rondelle, yellow African glass bead, Yellow enamel bead, Citrine nugget, copper lobster and waxed linen.


Dirt Roadies

Found materials in "big ole box of forgottens"...kind of love them again. They are super light-weight and make me a little happy.
Components: Copper tubes, Czech glass, copper spacers.


Colorful Calla Lily Necklace

Zola Elements Calla Lily Focal with gold plated chain and beaded links with greens, browns, blues, pinks, corals and golds....
Components: Zola Elements Calla Lily Focal, Zola elements round ball beads, twisted picasso Czech beads, sueded metallic faceted beads, Czech luster pink and brown beads, purple english cut facted Czech beads, gold toned bali style beads, teal rondelle beads, and gold plated chain and clasp.


Peacock Earrings

Love Love Love Zola Elements. I am having a blast with them. These are made using Zola elements "fans" with a variety of blue, green and brown...
Components: Zola Elements Fans, Czech beads, Gold toned spacer beads, gold plated earwires.


Tribal Elegance Necklace

I am having so much fun with Zola Elements. I loved this focal pendant and enjoyed pairing it with all types of beads and links....
Components: Zola elements focal, Mykonos watercolor rectangle beads, Czech picasso triangle beads, lampwork gold/green/blue rondelles, gold tone spacer beads, blue cube beads, faceted sueded and fire polished beads, Zola elements beads, gold plated eye pins and a gold plated lobster clasp.


Many colours

A bead loom bracelet, it has taken a while to make!! It wraps around the wrist 3 times.
Components: Seed beads 8/0 & Czech glass beads


LadyBug

I haven't made anything in a looooonnnng time! But I taught a class a couple of weeks ago, and I had a little inspiration left over...
Components: Golum studio lentil bead(LB), polymer daisy and ladybug from Sweetbirch Studio, Czech glass, Lucite leaves, horn discs and ring, coral barrels and clasp from my LBS. African glass from my stash. All knotted on braiding string.


Dapper Badger

My daughter is joining my Etsy shop. Dapper Badger is the name of her section in my shop. All her stuff is macrame hemp cord. The turtles are so...
Components: wood beads, lamp work glass, seed beads, resin beads, polymer clay turtles, on hemp cord.


Lotsa Dangles

This one took some time to complete....All those dangles!! LOL
Components: 6mm Czech and yellow agate beads, square Czech beads and antique gold chain from LB. Clasp from local shop.


Loads O' Leather

I have had so much fun making these bracelets.....I love them all!
Components: Braided leather cord, arrow bar, silver S clasp from LB. 10mm and 20mm flat cord, sliders and magnetic clasps from Etsy.


More earrings

I haven't been here for a long time, but I had been busy, those are a few pieces that I made in those weeks.
Components: All art beads are from my stash as some of the vintage brass components are, Czech glass chain, wire and copper sheet for the soldered pagodas and flower bead caps are from Lima Beads


Prosperity

I made this set with green Aventurine stones. Some interesting things I read about this stone. "Green Aventurine is a comforter and heart healer,...
Components: I used silver metal pins, jump rings and chain. I added small green glass beads for some added charm.


Next & Last for a while...

I have been wanting to learn how to wrap cabochons & stones for a while now. The brown is a cab with square copper & half round bronze wire. The...
Components: Biggs jasper cab, blue teardrop, pink pearls, Brazilian, regular & Peruvian amazonite nuggets, assorted wires


BATIK

I've been having a lot of fun combining chainmaille and beads. I love these Zola elements, so I added a beaded shaggy loop chain to finish it off.
Components: Aluminum jump rings, Toho round beads, Zola pendant


A Peach of a Pair

I finally finished these two bracelets. I was waiting for the agates ! I came up with these designs to compliment each other, or wear alone. The...
Components: 6mm agates(from Etsy and LB), Artistic wire round and flat wire for handmade wrap connectors, jumprings, and hook clasp, copper connectors from Etsy shop and lobster claw clasp from my stash.


Cherry Blossoms and a Summer Tree

I've done all four seasons! I've been having some trouble finding greens but finally located a web site that had gem stone chips AND glass chips!...
Components: gemstone chips, glass chips brass and copper wire.


Ammonite Mega-Weave

I absolutely love wirewrapping these ammonites. This is the first one I have put into wireweave. I almost always wrap them in vintage bronze but I...
Components: Very Large(3")Ammonite(this particular one is from a bead show but LimaBeads carries ammonites now), 20 gauge non-tarnish gold Parawire, 26 gauge vintage bronze Parawire


Gone Pecan

Why gone pecan? Because as soon as I finished this, my aunt scooped it up! We were visiting her & I always bring jewelry stuff to work on. This...
Components: 16 & 18 g wire in brass, copper & silver colored copper plus bronze 16g round & 22g half round for the donut & bail, black agate donut.


Feathered Cuffs

I found some new Sizzix products at the TG&M Show last week. I used their new 3-D embossing folder with my Big Kick to emboss this feather pattern...
Components: 10mm and 5mm flat leather, 20mm slides and cord ends, misc. clasps and charms.


Carefree

The shell discs inspired this creation. I used their color as my main color and picked various small beads to compliment.
Components: I made this set using sead beads and small glass beads and shell discs. I randomly picked the beads, but kept them in a color scheme to go with the shell discs. I used silver metal pins for each row of beads.


Soft Sea Treasures wrap bracelet

I just love, love, love this beachy, boho, feminine bracelet. The beautiful aquamarine gemstones from Limabeads was my starting point. I wanted...
Components: aquamarine rondelle gems, turquoise, freshwater pearls, seed beads (silver and brown), pewter sand dollar button, brown leather, copper patina shell charm


Cthulhu's Calling

A customer requested an octopus necklace and I saw this patina octopus from Limabeads and knew it would be perfect!
Components: Brass patina octopus, brass chain, Czech glass beads, shiva shell bead


Gypsy Charm

I made this using Tourqoise and Amethyst chips with Tourqoise and purple colored shell discs. I enjoy trying different color combinations and...
Components: Tourqoise howtite chips, Amethyst chips, shell disc, silver metal pins and silver metal jump rings.


Yeah, I got nothing

So I have decided to use things other than molds for my pmc. I made the pendant/Celtic medallion using a wax seal. Wasn't sure what I wanted to do...
Components: Garnet from LB, freshwater pearls, pmc focal 16 gauge ssf wire, LOS, beadalon beading wire 49, 18 gauge half round ssf wire for ends


Majestic Ammonite Necklace

Earthy and jewel-like together. A necklace an ancient Priestess Queen would have worn. I used the Gk bronze flower beads to pull the two strands...
Components: Fossilized Ammonite pendant, 8mm dzi-style agate rounds, 12mm smoky topaz faceted Czech glass rounds, Matubo 6/0 chalky white with travertine seed beads, Czech 6/0 deep garnet and lustered purple seed beads, Toho 8/0 frosted transparent dark amethyst, Toho 8/0 semi-glazed lavender, Toho 6/0 frosted bronze, Gk bronze "little flower" beads, heavy oxidized jump rings, .019 silver satin softflex, HEAVY 2x2 sterling silver crimps.


Copper & Vitrail

Here's my second attempt at wire working an entire piece. I used my resin pendant as the focal. The beads are fire polished vitrail rondelles in 2...
Components: 18g copper wire, Czech vitrail rondelles, 28g copper wire for wrapping bail, previously made pendant Edited to say the pics didn't come out the best. I'll try outside on a sunny day!


Red Creek Jasper

I picked up this gorgeous Red Creek Jasper cabochon at a local gem and mineral show a couple of months ago. Finished up the setting in class last...
Components: Red Creek Jasper, sterling silver and fine silver


Chatter

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

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    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »