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Golden Jupiter

I had this bead which was a lamp work glass bead that I purchased some time ago. It's about 10-12 mm in size. Very neutral colors with branding...
Components: Dainty one strand bracelet with my lamp work glass bead as the focal. The bracelet is strung with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads and the Miyuki seed beads. The SuperDuo is the Metallic Suede Gold with 11/0 Opaque Black Miyuki seed beads. The other seed beads used are the 11/0 Toho Gilded Marble Black. I used black Wild Fire beading thread along with my gold findings. Gold crimps, crimp covers along with a very simple small gold toggle with clasp. The daisy spacers are gold 3mm....not the real gold; but, the gold looking kind. I couldn't even afford the real stuff !!!


Tribal Vibe

I saw this wonderful focal from Pottery Girl and the colors were right up my alley. The piece was called Tribal but I am stumped as to what it...
Components: Focal by Pottery Girl, pearls, Czech glass, copper chain and findings.


Remberence of Spring

Amid the ice and snow of late winter the birds sing, wistful hope of the coming spring. Pale green the budding branches remember.
Components: Grass Green Turquoise, autumn agate flowers, African Opal, Czech glass in spring dew and spring garden, spring green recycled glass, and waxed linen. from LB. Seed beads and copper findings from my stash.


Mystic Blue

I love the new bezel links at LB. Fun stuff!
Components: Faceted glass bezel links, pewter beads, seed beads all LB products.


Triple Strand Bracelet with Southwestern Flair

It was really the turquoise color and the burnt orange color of the Indonesian glass beads that got me going on this design. I just love this color...
Components: Chinese turquoise, Kingman turquoise disks, Indonesian glass beads in colors of burnt orange and terracotta, crackle white antique African trade beads, African copper bicone beads, small raw hessonite garnet beads, tiny copper spacers, large copper ring, and handmade leather tassel.


Tribal Multi Strand Bracelet

I wanted to make a triple strand bracelet using the white and neutral colored African trade beads mixed with the lavender and purple beads. I came...
Components: Tiny excavation African trade beads that date over 600 years, antique white African trade beads, small purple and white frosted African recycled glass beads, lavender Indonesian glass beads, and small round African opal beads (from LB). The focal bead is a sterling silver Bali bead. The triple strand clasp is also Bali.


An unintentional acorn ...

So I decided to make another necklace in the style I made yesterday now I am enjoying the stamping! I chose this beautiful green African opal and...
Components: Green African Opal, Ocean Jasper, 2mm antique brown leather cord, green seed beads, copper blank, 18 gauge antique copper colored wire, 2mm copper crimp cord ends. lobster clasp.


Autumn & Other PC Pins

These are my latest polymer clay brooches/pins I made. I love autumn, so the leaf pin was a given....just did the others for fun! The painted...
Components: Polymer clay, pinbacks and acrylic sealer.


Time for tea

This is something you can wear on the days you want to be pretty and frilly. Pinks and copper and sugar and spice.
Components: Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl, crystals, copper seed beads, copper disks, and a copper focal that opens.


Nature walk

I had this gorgeous button from Lisa Peters Art and the beads from Happy Fall waiting for a right moment, when I got the Chrysoprase from Lima...
Components: From Lima ; Autumn Agate, Chrysoprase slices, Olive Agate, Gaea bead, Czech glass, Vintaj clasp. From my stash; LPA button, Happy Fallout beads, Czech flower buttons, Greek leather cord and of course my own polymer clay acorn charm.


Midnight of the Heart

I'm still playing with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads. Since I made that last bracelet using this bead pattern; I'd thought I'd go with something...
Components: Four strands connected by this bead design. Great pattern for stringing the SuperDuo glass beads along with the Toho seed beads. No needle or thread to deal with. Easy to make and lovely to wear !!!! I used the Czech SuperDuo beads in two colors: Metallic Suede Dark Blue and the Pearl Coat Silver. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 Metallic Hematite. The silver heart bracelet connector is from Michael's. It was just one of the hearts on a strand in their bead section. I love this heart as the detailing shows tiny stamped stars....hence the name of my bracelet. Midnight of the Heart. These beads gives me the feeling of night time dark with stars gleaming above. My heart yearning for romance. Well, it's still nice to dream about it. Not gonna happen...ah, the thoughts are there. Anyway, I finished the bracelet with silver findings: silver beading wire, silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and the two hole tube clasp. I also incorporated my four hole spacer bars to insure of holding everything tight. The bead pattern makes a really nice cuff bracelet; dainty and comfortable to wear.


Copper Bird, Green leaves and more

Just a few more bracelets I've made. I wanted to make some with magnetic clasp, because I know some people who cannot do a clasp by themselves. I...
Components: Copper Bird: Polymer Clay Bracelet bar and bead, copper clasp, toho seed beads, czech glass, Autumn Jasper. Green Leaves: PC, Czech glass, magnetic clasp, toho and miyuki seed beads. Red Butterfly: Small wrist bracelet (5.5 inches), PC, Toho seed beads, czech glass, freshwater pearl, tahitian silver toggle. Hematite Fern: PC, Hematite, Labradorite, magnetic clasp.


Two of a Kind

Two recent bracelets made with my PC beads and PC cane beads. These are small beads....therefore more tedious to make. These are my favorite...
Components: Handmade PC beads, 6/0 metal spacers, toggle clasps, jumprings, wire, and waxed linen cord.


Shine Bright free spirit!

So I keep seeing these wire wrapped necklaces everywhere. I love the look of them but instead of being shiny and silver I wanted to make something...
Components: Citrine, Amethyst, copper blanks, 16 gauge copper colored wire, 2mm antique brown leather cord. lobster clasp


4 Strands To Go!

I've been working on stringing this one for awhile....trying to lessen the seedbead tubes! LOL I managed to finish it while watching Ken Burns'...
Components: Assorted 6/0 glass and metal seedbeads, assorted 6mm round glass beads, waxed linen cord, antique gold wire, end cones, jumprings and toggle clasp.


Back in Time

This piece was made using a Roman Bronze Coin from Tunisia approximately 2000 years old. I purchased the coin in the dig site museum plus several...
Components: Coin, metal stamping, chain, black onyx.


Southwestern Strungout

Oh, I had a blast working these SuperDuo's stringing them into this very simple bead pattern. No needle or thread !!! Just good old bead wire and...
Components: Ok..here we go !!! Czech SuperDuo 2 hole glass beads in four colors: Picasso Opaque Light Blue / Star Dust Opaque Baby Blue / 8 of the Metallic Suede Gold / 2 of the Pastel Aqua. Cream matte finish 8/0 seed beads used in the front pattern with four tiny metal tube beads from my stash. Toho 8/0 round Opaque Terra Cotta. I used my silver bead wire. I also used my silver findings: silver crimps, silver crimp covers, silver wire guardians, and the 2 hole silver tube clasp. If you look closely there are also four spacer bars / 4 holes used.


Dark Chrome Delight

Still having fun stringing Czech pyramids !!! I found these 8mm Antique chrome 2 hole Czech pyramids
that grabbed my attention at my local bead...
Components: Now, I need to say that I don't have a lot of the gunmetal findings and such. The toggle clasp is a bit too large given the size of the bracelet. It will suffice temporary. I will be replacing it with a toggle clasp more in keeping with size. Ok, the bracelet is a combination of Czech glass beads. The jet black 2 hole tile beads and the 5 - 8mm Antiqued Chrome 2 hole pyramids. The design on the sides is two Superduo's in the Metallic Suede Gold with Toho 11/0 seed beads in black and the Gilded Marble Black. I strung this bracelet using the black Wild Fire beading thread. I used my gunmetal findings: gunmetal crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians. And that over sized gunmetal toggle and clasp.


Antique Butterfly

I have to admit, I'm not the necklace making type. I've made a few in my beading days, but I can count them on one hand. But a while back I made...
Components: Polymer Clay Pendant, Polymer Clay beads, Czech squares, Czech FP rondelles, Czech bellflowers, Toho seed beads, copper chain, toggle, headpins and wire.


Dragonfly Fields

I don't make very many bracelets for whatever reason...but I've wanted to try the knotted multi strand bracelets that seem so popular these days. I...
Components: Kazuri bead, brass bead, bone dragonfly, czech glass, chrysoprase, seed beads, brass lobster clasp and oval ring. All knotted on S-lon cord.


Boho

I have always wanted to do this pendant but didn't know where to start!
Components: boho pendant, Gilder's Paste, agate nuggets, brass chain, sari silk, small Agate rounds, grey, gray blue and blue drops, waxed linen in teal, brass hook


Tribute to Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year! I'm sure this won't be the first Fall piece I make.
Components: Polymer clay log, acorn, leaf chain..LB, assorted orange and green beads, polymer clay leaf, sari silk and Patricia Healey bumpy toggle.


Parts is Parts

Misc Parts such as a band from a broken bracelet, half of a toggle clasp, several niftys from the scrapbook isle, one fabulous LB Czech oval, the...
Components: leather, copper wire, gears, Czech Glass oval, misc parts.


Bead Garden

I have not been making many beaded pieces so this was another practice piece. I chose a variety of beads and colors. I had no idea what name I'd...
Components: Many of these beads and findings are from LB. Ceramic, Czech, Swarovski, with a variety of brass findings.


Sturdy Recycled Cuff

This is for the slightly more advanced... since I had to do quite a bit of soldering! Although one could do quite similar things just by wire...
Components: Recycled leather belt (it had somehow shrunk, to the point of being useless...), "button" thingy, 1.2 mm sterling silver wire (soldered, polished and tumbled).


Decorative Ceiling Fan Pull

A great little gift idea.....sparkles!


Diaper Party Favors!!!

These are the earrings I made for my friends Diaper Party. I made 6 pairs, since she didn't invite that many people. I also am in the process of a...
Components: Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint, Satin Glaze, Ear-wires, Eyepins


Guess the material... and a necklace to match (the color)

One of my projects this summer has been to try making my own bone beads. I also got an order for some clip earrings, and thought it might be good...
Components: Bone discs made by me, Adirondack ink (LB), earclip base (bought locally), bronze wire. Necklace: jasper (impression? -- I'm SO bad with stones!), and sari silk, all LB, bronze wire.


Colors of the Southwest

I reside in Arizona. I am not a native Arizonian; but, a transplanted retiree. My home will always be Chicago. I just get to shovel sunshine...
Components: This bracelet consists of turquoise that was mined here in Arizona. You can still purchase American turquoise; however, be prepared to pay top dollars for the better quality beads. This bracelet cost me twenty five dollars with just the turquoise beads and the spiny oyster spacers. I found these tiny sterling silver saucers spacers beads from a Native American craftsman in New Mexico. They weren't that expensive as I feared. It made a huge difference and enhancing the beauty of the beads. Very Arizona and Native American. I learned that most of today's Native American jewelry designers use different types of natural elements like the red coral, the orange spiny oyster, Amber, and gemstones like Charolite, Gaspeite, and turquoise mined either here or Nevada, New Mexico, and now Colorado. I am learning about this state and all that it has to offer.


Just Believe

I have the word bead and I have a small
silver cross. I wanted to make a dainty bracelet to wear which would not be so overpowering nor being...
Components: A very dainty bracelet with a silver word bead that is my focal. I accented the word by using my tiny silver cross which also accents the ornate silver metal beads. The inner design consists of the Denim Blue luster SuperDuo's and Toho 11/0 Hematite seed beads. I used silver findings: silver beading wire, crimps, silver crimp covers, and a small rope designed toggle.


Seraphinite Necklace

I love Seraphinite, the color and the way it shimmers. The Seraphinite in this necklace is from Lima Beads and is so beautiful. It was definitely...
Components: Seraphinite Beads from Lima Beads. Vermeil Beads, clasps, and findings and large focal bead from various suppliers.


Beuaty in Beige

One thing that was on my "to do" list is making myself a neutral bracelet that would go with everything. I did just that. Beige with bling. I...
Components: The bracelet was great to construct with this simple bead pattern. I used my two toned Czech brown and crystal fire polished 6mm glass beads. The inner pattern is the SuperDuo Czech glass beadsin the pastel Brown/Coca color and the tiny seed beads are Toho 11/0 silver lined clear beads. I used silver findings : silver beading wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers, and a very small simple shiny silver toggle.


Czecher Blues

I'm in a Czech state of mind !!! I guess because the Czech is in my blood literally. My dad is Czech !!! I wanted to bead with the other type of...
Components: Bracelet is made with the Czech 8mm Jet Silver Picasso 2-hole pyramid beads. The inner design connecting the pyramids consists of Czech SuperDuo in the pastel Petrol color. The seed beads are the Toho 11/0 Higher Metallic frosted Mediterranean Blue and the 11/0 Metallic Hematite. I used my silver findings: silver bead wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers and a very simple plain shiny silver toggle with clasp.


Golden Mauve Splendor

I wanted to make myself a bracelet using my Czech Mates that I had sitting in my bead stash for a very long time. I'm in the Czech zone !!!!
Components: Two stranded bracelet utilizing the Czech Mates in the Picasso golden mauve design. The tiny seed beads are the Toho 11/0 in Opaque White/Pink and the larger Toho 8/0 in the Silver lined frosted light Topaz. I used gold in my findings: gold bead wire, gold crimps, gold crimp covers, and a gold barrel clasp.


White Tiger Lily PC Components

I thought I'd try my hand at polymer clay. These pieces have a base of twisted black, white and translucent clay. Then I rolled them in herbs and...
Components: PC, acrylic, herbs, spices, matte sealant


Tree Frog Tryst

I recently purchased these green tagua slices and had to quick make something with them.
This bracelet reminds me of those sweet, tropical-green...
Components: Smoky lavender ceramic beads, metallic lavender leather cord, wooden button, copper oval jump rings, recycled glass beads, tagua nut slices


The Olive Donut

This is a re-do. I think this is better.
Components: vintage lucite donunt, Czech olive green daisy's, waxed linen, two resin nuggets, Tiger's Eye rounds and sari silk.


More Bracelets and some Earrings

Just a handful of new bracelets and a couple pairs of earrings I've made recently.
Components: Polymer Clay, czech glass, seed beads, shell pearls, freshwater pearls, handmade clasps.


Redo Pendant

This is a redo of a pendant for my friend. I just wasn't happy with the first try. (pic#1) So after 3 failed attempts and a lot of lost wire.!! I...
Components: !8 gauge copper wire, 24 gauge, and Howlite beads.


Silverfish

I love to wear this because it's classic and elegant.
Components: Lapis Lazuli, Hill Tribe Silver fish charms, silver plated wire, and a silver toggle clasp.


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