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Bead Day!

So yesterday I finally got to do a Bead Day with my seven-year-old niece. We've only been attempting to get together since Thanksgiving, but...
Components: metallic gray-blue freshwater pearls, faceted glass rondelles, brass findings, gold findings, crystal pendant, seed beads, pony beads, manmade egg beads

Dreaming Of Maine Summers

I'd had this lovely Red Jasper carved Lobster pendant for awhile, and finally inspiration struck. I'm giving it to a friend as a "because it's...
Components: Red Jasper carved Lobster pendant, Red Jasper from LB, Tagua Nut beads, Vintage Czech glass beads & Vintage Acrylic beads from my stash, Copper beads and findings


Natural earthy tones with vintaj metals. Reminds me of the desert ! Im rady to go camping !
Components: Assorted pearls and natural looking gemstones, vintaj.

White Howlite with Red Lantern Bead Necklace

I picture myself wearing this on vacation to Bali. Red lantern beads are surrounded by white howlite coins and finished with an antique silver...
Components: White Howlite, stainless steel wire, red and silver seed beads

Summer Plums

It's about the title - summer and fruit. The leaves inspired it. I love it 'cause it's summery
Components: Acrylic small and large leaves, rainbow florite (very opaque low grade ones surprise!!! these are the 'plums'), green wood rondelles, large green glass circle embossed rondelles, and 5 or 6mm clear crackle glass beads

Slinky Peyote(s)

I finally got the correct beads to do this type of beadweaving. It was such a joy to have the pattern turn out perfectly aligned this time, Yea! I...
Components: Myiuki Delica 11/0 seed beads, Swarovski crystals, copper chain and clasp and black chain from my stash. Artistic wire black jump rings and 20g wire for handmade clasp from LB.

Old Watch Bracelets

My take (well, these watches were what I could find in my town) on beadaholic's famous watch bracelet.
Components: Old non-working ladies watches, split rings, clasps.

Beaded Hair Combs

My best friend is expecting her second child and I am over the moon about it. She loves wearing stretchy beaded hair combs but the only colors...
Components: Elastic cord, orchid seed beads, pearls, goldstone, czech fire polished rounds. I used a lot of leftover items from my stash to construct this.

In the name of BRASS

It's about the new brass washers I
bought - again. about 30" long to the dangle; dangle is about 4"
Components: yellow marble chips, dark purple agate 8mm rounds, GP 3mm beads, copper tubes, hammered large brass washer, PENDANT: large white acrylic rondelle, dark 5mm purple faceted beads, red aventurine chips, brass and GP chain, fancy brass lobster claw clasp

Under the Ocean of Blue

I think stacking the silk sari in wave-like fashion goes well with the octopus charms I purchased on etsy. A little artsy composition inspired by a...
Components: Lima beads 20g antiqued copper wire, indigo blue silk sari, 10 mm blue haze faceted agate beads, octopus charms from etsy store

Spring necklace for Mom

I was inspire by the lucite flower and leaf charms. My mother loves the color pink. I made it bright because her vision is impaired, and long...
Components: Lucite charms and recent acquisitions from LB.

Let's Get Married!

This is an 8 cord Kumihimo Braid using silk cord, sterling silver heart and big bling button closure.
Components: I used 4 cords of Nectarine Silk String 2mm and 4 cords of Teal Silk String 2mm. By putting the cords in the right spaces on the Kumihimo Disk I created this spiral design. I finished up with a big bling button and added a sterling silver heart dangle I call it "Let's Get Married!" since my step-daughter is getting married and these are her colors!

~ Spring Fling ~

I got home from work , kicked off my shoes and sat at my bead table. Ahh ;)

Happy weekend all :)

I liked the copper so I had to try it out...
Components: new jade 10 mm, vintaj copper parawire, copper disks and lobster clasp. sp wire, jasper ?, silver disks


The hot pink Czech daggers were my inspiration for this creation. They are a deep wine color with a pink center. I also used pink opal freeform...
Components: Czech glass wine colored daggers, pink opal freeform beads, wine pearls, two focal rounds, silver plated spacers and bead caps.

Friend or Faux?

These are some PC pendants I made. I wanted them to have the look of gemstones. I also made rings in this style, but they wont fit in my scanner!...
Components: Handmade PC pendants, acrylic paint and varnish, antique gold bails ( I was out of copper ones--will change them out later!) and copper.

camo times 2

Using the Ryolite beads I got from LB. The color - camo. I don't care for them - sorry.
Components: Ryolite - 6 & 8mm, either glass or acrylic triangles (can't tell with dentures - LOL), GP pewter teeny b'flies 'n flowers, copper (I made) coils and copper tube beads (didn't make)

Earrings Marathon

Sometimes watching the hockey game I have to work off nervous energy (love my hockey!). So one game I made all the frames in 16g, different color...
Components: 16, 18, 20, 24g wire (most from LB) Shell pearls, glass pearls.

Wrap Bracelet

I started with the intent of repeating my previous design but liked the look of the silver wire around the black cord, so instead I added beads to...
Components: black leather cord (1.5 mm), black Irish waxed linen (2 ply), silver plated wire (16 and 26 gauges), TOHO metallic cosmos (8/0 plus two 11/0)

Copper Rainbow Chicklets

I found the dyed quartzite at micheals discount section, they remnd me of chicklets!! I made the clasp from 12 gauge wire.I hammered it and patinad...
Components: 12 gauge copper wire, 20 gauge square copper wire, patina, howlite chips and dyed quartzite.

Recycled Heart

I found this heart at the shop where I have my jewelry.Another vendor had it in her spot. I had my eye on it for while.I restrung it with chain and...
Components: I had the same color yellow crystals in my stash and the matched perfectly with what was already in the heart.It was strung with a brown suede, I used my crysals in place of the suede.Copper chain and glass beads.

Irish Countryside

I made this for the March Inspired by Reading Book Club. You can read all about it on my blog (and get links to what everyone else made!). Next...
Components: Pendant by local artist Becka Beads; copper plated chain and jump rings from Nunn Design; waxed Irish linen; Vintaj artisan copper leaf charm, melon beads, and wire; dragon's blood jasper; yellow turquoise, Czech glass.

Rough Diamond

Handmade wire weaved bracelet

The idear was to create a bracelet that looked both rough and exclusive


It's about a SIMILAR, not same, one I saw on a site - and I liked, so I made mine
Components: brown hemp, wood, Bone, turquoise, Red Aventurine, brass pewter bear; and the little square dark metal 'pyramid' looking bead between the 2 aventurines is actually 2 pieces that, if you put them SOLIDLY between two beads they stay together - without twisting out of place

Sedona Sunset

I wanted to create a very earthy, multi-strand statement necklace in shades of red and orange.
Components: Czech beads, brass chain and findings.

How does your garden grow?

All of the wildflowers are starting to bloom here so I'm inspired to make something "Springy". I'm stepping out of my comfort zone again with the...
Components: Vintaj brass Parawire, chain, headpins and charms, lucite flowers, hand dyed silk ribbon and Czech glass from LB. Pink peruvian opal, amazonite, prehnite, cherry quartz, honey jade, peach aventurine from my stash. Ceramic flower pendant from Walmart.

Gothic Garnet, better pictures

Posted this previously and got a lot of people saying they couldn't actually see details. That was due to my cranky camera and bad lighting due to...
Components: Bloodstone, Garnet, gunmetal

Stainless Necklace

This is the stainless steel necklace that goes with the earrings I posted earlier. This necklace was textured with a framing hammer.
Components: 16 gauge stainless steel wire, stainless jumpring, framing hammer, zinc clasp.

Stainless Earrings

I don't think my customers are ready to pay for sterling wirework, so I found some stainless steel to bend.
Please forgive if you've seen things...
Components: Stainless steel 16 gauge wire, Czech glass beads, turquoise beads, some thin copper wire, on nubium wires.

Is It Spring Yet

I love the natural stone-like appearance of opaque luster Czech glass beads. I've been meaning to try some designs using some of the duo type beads...
Components: Czech Mates; opaque luster green triangle, super duo, and 2 hole lentil. I also used super duo ultra luster green for the cuff. Various copper plated findings, a Nunn Design bangle, and the Tierra Cast flower button as a clasp. Jewelry epoxy was used to glue the triangle beaded section to the Nunn bangle.

"Tickled Pink"

I love the look of cross pearls and these inspired me to create "Tickled Pink". The base of the piece has 11 cross pearls, flanked by two large...
Components: white cross pearls, two pink oval pearls, silver round frame beads, 12mm pink glass pearls, white stick pearls, fancy toggle clasp.

Hidden Strength

The leather cords were wound with copper wire before the Sari silk, enabling it to hold a round shape without being stiff, and inspiring the name...
Components: Sari silk, leather cord, copper wire, TierraCast copper angel wings

Gothic Garnet

So this is what I did with the remaining gray-and-dark red bloodstone strand I used for my wirework necklace and earrings: I paired it with some...
Components: Bloodstone, Garnet, gunmetal findings

More Etching Copper

In love with this etching stuff. I also found out that when the discs are in the etchant solution, it smooths the edges of the die cut discs…so now...
Components: Copper sheet metal, sterling silver wire, turquoise beads

Green Scene

The matching earrings for "Into the Wild GREEN Yonder." The Earwires are from a handmade artisan through a Jewelry making website. One pair...
Components: Solid Copper: Earwires, JumpRings, Brushed Copper Center Drilled Discs; Artisan Copper Wire 16 Gauge; Malachite Coins; Peridot Rounds

Into the Wild GREEN Yonder

This one took awhile, too. I like to think it's 'Asymmetrically Symmetrical.' The swirly links were made using a technique from the book "The...
Components: Solid Copper wire 12 Gauge; Artisan Copper wire 16 Gauge; Solid Copper Center Drilled Brushed Disks, JumpRings, and thin Eyepins; Artisan Lampwork Focal and two Large Green Rondelles; Peridot Rounds; Malachite Coins

Rather Southwest

It's about my love of Southwest jewlery.
Components: cream and brown speckled 6.0 beads, brown 8mm marble, magnesite trapzoids, cream marble ovals, white/black bone beads, PENDANT: multi-marble, copper wire work, blue apaptite.

Lets us just paint the world pink somemore

I had some more pink stones and decided to just finish painting the world pink.

Pretty in Pink

When I saw these pink gemstones from LB , I knew I had to get them . But noy where they challenge to work with , to get them in the right order for...
Components: All materials were purchased from LB.

Red Delight

I have been and I still am looking for the perfect little red dress to wear with gold accessories . And this is where my inspiration for this piece...
Components: All the materials recycled glass and beads came from LB.