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Violaceous Sequins of Siam

A violet BLINGO stretch bracelet made with sequins! Sequins are an inexpensive alternative to the costs of African Vulcanite discs and give a...
Components: --Focal Kashmiri bead --Tonal foil glass beads --Tibetan Style Silver spacer beads --Handmade violet Tassel and Indian coin charm. --Stretch Magic and Sequins

Deep Sea Treasure

Green Treasure from the Deep! Leather cord bracelet with silver filigree button closure. One of my first experiments using leather cord and buttons.
Components: --Recycled African glass beads --Ghanaian sandstone trade beads --Tibetan silver beads --Assorted charm accents


This is the first time I patinated anything and I was super nervous that I was somehow going to destroy the etched pendant from Jess at Sweet Birch...
Components: CGB, African Trade beads, copper wire, pendant from Jess from Sweet Birch Designs at Etsy.com, handmade clasp and chain.

That's the Point!

I really like these Zola connectors but the large loops on the ends make the pieces shift a lot even if you use the tiniest jump ring possible....
Components: Zola connectors, 28ga wire, black metal daggers, ceramic daggers from BoHulley on Etsy, SS chain and clasp.

Modern Art Earrings

I don't know why, but these earrings remind me of the simple, modern, abstract art. I have put them on my Etsy store, StarOwlStudio, which is...
Components: Amethyst

Heart Felt Love

I made my mom 3 lightweight necklaces and 2 bracelets for Mom's Day. They were also inexpensive since she is so forgetful. The first one is a...
Components: From LB: Zola pendant, brass key, memory wire. From my stash: peacock beads, clasps, crimps. From HL: medallions that match Zola pendant, CG horse eye beads. From Michael's: 3 different styles of carved resin beads.

Last one for today!

Ok here's the last 2
Components: Copper wire, CGB, LB crystal

In Orbit

So here's another!
Components: SSF wire, CGB, LB crystal

More sprinkles of happiness

Here's another one!
Components: SSF wire, LB crystal, CGB

Fairy Sprinkle #1

I had some fun here..... Not sure about how I want to string it, might do simple leather lacing so it doesn't visually compete, but I might do a...
Components: LB tough crystal points peach, SSF wire 20g, and CGB beads in green something, and "fairy sparx"

A Southwestern Attitude

This one was made in steps, meaning I did a little, sat on it (not literally because that wouldn't be comfy), did some more... Design reminds me of...
Components: LB donut, Vintage wire, blue CGB from LB, and my other "go to" fairy sparx (yes that's their name) CGB

Raku Christmas

I made the first necklace for Christmas for another friend. My mom saw it and wanted one. I ordered another cross donut bail and made it for mom...
Components: XAZ Raku donut pendants, Patricia Healy donut pendant bails, copper slides, blue 2 mm leather cord from LB Autumn metallic rounds my stash

In Memory of Puckster

I made this necklace for a friend at Christmas. She had 7 cats, however she lost Puckster to an enlarged heart while she and her family were at...
Components: Golem Studio cat pendant, African sunset seed beads, Mediterranean seed beads, Ceylon snowflake seed beads, copper bail from LB, copper bead cones and magnetic clasp from my stash.

Jewel Beetle

I made this simple E-4in1 chain to highlight this gorgeous lampwork beetle. It was made by a fabulous Russian artist, Irina Sergeeva. I love nickel...
Components: lampwork beetle, nickel silver chain, gold plated clasp

Beachcomber Charm Necklaces

I live at the beach and this year during "Snowbird" season I designed several necklaces to sell to the tourists as "BeAcHy" souvenirs. I had a lot...
Components: Ribbon, ball Chain, bottlecaps, tiny bottles filled with sand, fimo flip flops, charms, tassels etc.

Up a Creek...

Red Creek Jasper to be precise. Finished up this necklace for the Adult School class. Another free form bezel to fit this one dollar stone....
Components: Jasper and sterling silver

Pineapple Perfection

Tropical feeling pieces with a fun mixture of colors!
Components: Pineapple jasper beads, sapphire jade, turquoise, Bali silver and sterling silver toggle clasp

Floating Globes

I found this beading chain necklace while going through the chain stash. I decided to try a simple floating bead style. I have a question. Should I...
Components: Beading chain necklace, fancy cut glass beads, solid brass beads, gold plated crimps.


This is a custom order I just finished. I still need to make the chain though. I am going to do a leather lacing with a section of handmade chain.
Components: LB donut, rose gold wire 20g, CGB

Giant Staples and Sand Cast Beads

Don't know if any of you were around when I made the first giant staple designs. I found this half finished piece using staples with other...
Components: sand cast glass beads, giant staples from heavy packing boxes, hard wood beads, hand cut copper discs, beading chain, lobster style clasp

Exotic Wood

This necklace has been in the works for many weeks. All it needed was a clasp but for some reason I just put it with unfinished work.

The wood...
Components: copper and wood

Czech Gls Button Wirewrapped Pendant

I had seen the Czech glass buttons before and thought they would be great for cab wraps. So, when I got this free from the Easter egg hunt I...
Components: Czech glass button, 22 gauge non-tarnish gold parawire


I am feverishly working on building inventory for an area fashion show in my area. This show is to benefit The Mountain Resource Center which does...
Components: Artistic wire (20 & 22), donut from LB, CGB (of course!)

Happy birthday schmoopi!

I made this pendant for my BFF's birthday. I suspect that you guys might recognize the donut from LB :)
Components: donut (LB), seed beads, (what, no CGB?!?!?!?!?!?) and artistic wire (20 & 26)

Turq Temptation Chunky Charm Necklace

A beautiful necklace with a bazillion handmade charms in turquoise tones, all hanging from a silver Phoenix charm catcher.
Every time you wear it,...
Components: Oh dear..I used everything but the kitchen sink on this one.. beads, bottles, charms, fabric, crochet flowers, tibetan style silver beads, tassels, chain etc. etc...

Squiggly Seas Bookmark

I wanted to make a bookmark with squiggles and patina, so I used this brass wire to create it and hemp for flair.
Components: Wire

Azure Atmosphere

This piece gives a feeling for the eternity of Africa in a unique and beautiful color combination. I love the way the way the mixture of textures...
Components: -Azurite Heishi beads -Tibetan Style Focal -African Sandstone Trade Beads -African Clay beads -Rough-cut Granite beads -Handmade tassel & charms

Blues Flea Market

This is one of my favorite pieces for the summer. I love the "cool" bead tones mixed together and worked with the horn toggle and leather loop...
Components: --"Cool" color family mixture of beads including glass, chevrons, fresh water pearls, howlite, and wood. --Tibetan style silver beads and colorful jump rings. --Finished with a leather loop and toggle closure. --Handmade tassel and shrinky dinks charm give a unique finish to the piece.


First of all, thank you again for all the kind words regarding my son. Jacob had his surgery done and is healing well, still very sore, but in good...
Components: Ceramic components are from Petra, enamel flower bead caps Gardanne Beads, lampwork beads Beads of Passion, Garden of Beads, Meital Amy Hall, Outwest, Serena Thomas, A Beaded Gift and Unicorne Beads. Tektite, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Czech glass, seed beads, jump rings, Saki beads and earwires, waxed linen, Mykonos, Carnelian, sari silk, silk ribbon are all from Lima Beads. Peach Aventurine and recycled glass from my stash.

Cloisonné Anyone?

I absolutely love cloisonné. I used size 8 perle cotton for my kumihimo braid, using colors that matched the pendant. It took longer than usual to...
Components: Pendant, cloisonné, gold-finished copper with enamel, multicolored, 52x37mm rectangle from Fire Mt., perle cotton (which is much like embroidery thread, if not the same), gold-plated toggle & fold over cord ends.


Got a new camera. Curious to see how these pictures look on the website. I made this bracelet for all the ladies that love neutral colors.
Components: The three beads are from Lima and ate Czech beads. I used brass spacers and brass findings.

Red Creek Jasper

Another Rosy Coral colored fog horn with a terrific Red Creek Jasper focal stone, and Glden Fluorite Rondelles to finish out the piece.

Foghorn Cross

Here is one more piece using black fog horns for the side pieces and a large Ethiopian cross

Exotic Safari

I chose a striped horn pendant & worked from there, added Tibetan brass and color coordinated Czech beads.

Sticks & Stones

Use of smaller denim blue colored foghorn pieces combined with blue sponge coral, burgundy dyed jade, and a few funky sticks to catch the eye.

Sand & Sea

I love working with foghorns (the long side pieces of the necklace). I recently found this beautiful lampwork focal bead that matched the foghorns....

Two More Fini!

The first one was made immediately upon receiving that gorgeous varigated rayon satin cord! I started the kumihimo braid & added Miyuki 6/0 seed...
Components: #1: see above plus a JBB antique brass toggle, Tierracast cord ends & Vintaj brass jump rings. #2: copper-gold filigree cones' Tierracast bails, copper triangle bead (from Fire Mountain), 2 copper beads with peridot crystals, rectangle pendant of Moonlight Jasper, varigated nylon satin cord "Forest"


My fluorite kumi was a bit too long for a bracelet so I made a short necklace.
Components: Kumihimo described earlier, silver plated textured rollo chain, periwinkle sea glass beads, silver jumprings, silver cord ends, Tierracast toggle clasp all from Lima ❤️

Bronzed Rose

So, I delved into another bead loom project that I had in my mind. I am enjoying working with the Czech two hole bar beads. A tad larger than the...
Components: Czech Mates 2 holes bar beads in the colors of: Luster-Opaque Rose Gold / Bronze and the Dark Bronze. Toho round seed beads size 8/0 in the color of Bronze. I used my Jewel Loom by Beadalon. WildFire beading thread in black was used. I finished it by using my 20 mm gold ribbon crimps along with a simple gold rope toggle and clasp.

So excited I can't wait!

I got an idea to try & mimic the colors in rainbow fluorite with seed beads doing a kumihimo braid. After stringing 4 strands I thought I'd...
Components: 6/0 seed beads in various colors, C-lon Tex 400 in Petal, rainbow fluorite chips, C-lon size A thread in teal