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Designs by Karen aka kidsauthor

Three Hearts

I absolutely love hearts and try to incorporate them in alot of my designs. Here, I had two brass hearts and three glass puff hearts I had in my...
Components: Czech glass Peanut Butter & Jelly Fire polished rondelle 6x9mm, Czech glass puffed hearts, brass hearts x2 10mm & 7mm, brass chain & claw clasp and matching earrings with brass tassels.


Mardi Gras

I loved the colors indicted in these beads and I really like the Impression Jasper! I wanted to make this just as fun as the beads are, so I...
Components: Mardi Gras mixed Impression Jasper Ladder Pendant fro LB, 4mm square Swarovski crystals multi colors, gold-plated bead caps square, toho beads and gold plated chain with lobster claw clasp...length is 17-18" long!


Renaissance II

Another one of my Renaissance pieces; love the red but next time will try using blue or purple. On August 9th I will be in a fair -fundraiser for...
Components: Picasso Turbine Czech glass beads 11x10, Rondelles-Oxblood Picasso 6x9mm, Hematite rounds Czech glass 8mm, Gunmetal chain and toggle clasp.


Renaissance

We have the Renaissance Fair going on through the summer here in Wisconsin; I also like the period in history; when I created my pick for this I...
Components: Gunmetal roped cable chain, Gunmetal Tierra cast gunmetal Fleur pendant, Czech glass hematite rounds 8mm, Garnet oval 10x14, Antique silver oval setting, Garnet oval 8x10, Antique silver mini ornate oval bezel link 24x15, Garnet Picasso Czech glass Turbine 11x10mm, gunmetal toggle clasp


An Antique Heart

I found the brass heart at St Vincent de Paul, could not resist it. I love "old" jewelry. Bought it home, cleaned it up, removed all the old...


Fall Leaves

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Mother Nature really knows how to display her talents. This necklace reminds me of all the beautiful colors...
Components: LB Czech glass Autumn Afternoon leaf drops 8x12mm in various colors of Fall, seed bead 11/0, 4mm orange/shell rounds, simple leaf gold toggle clasp


Vintage Flowers!

Wanted to make a vintage necklace...really did not have a plan for this one, made it up as I went along. I had all these filigree flowers from...
Components: Brass, silver plate filigree components, Swarovski crystals 3 & 6 mm peach, pink ribbon threaded through the chain, 2 Mother of Pearl charms


Lucious Watermelon

One of the first picks I did were these colors and the cabachon. I blended the beads with the copper & here is the result!
Components: Most of these beads are from LB! Malachite cabachon & setting, 8mm dk pink shell coins, Czech glass 6mm prairie green squares, 4mm firepolished round-hematite, copper chain, round spapcers & clasp. The necklace is 20" in length


Seed Bead Designs

Always wanted to do something a little more creative with seed beads. I worked with a gal who taught me this design in 20 minutes while on break,...
Components: Round 11/0 size seed bed, various colors, 3mm pearls and 2-3mm Swarovski crystals, Fireline string and sterling silver clasps on all three necklaces.


My Amber in Gold

This the one I made with gold and amber acrylic. I loved working with these beads, wasn't quite sure about working with such a large mm bead, but...
Components: Acrylic amber 22mm, 8mm gold beads, seed beads in shades of amber, gold-plated chain and clasp.


My Amber

I fell in love with these amber acrylic beads and came up with a couple of designs, I think this one is one of my favorites as I prefer silver or...
Components: Acrylic amber 22mm with shades of amber/gold seed beads, 10mm nuggets, silver-plated spacers 10mm


Forever Pearls

I had this bow focal point for some time and just sat down one day, recently, and came up with this! I really like the pearls with it, kind of...
Components: 22mm brass bow with dark purple rhinestones, Top-drilled fresh-water pearls in amethyst, sea green & ivory. Brass lobste claw clasp, and 2 brass leaf spacers.


The Jaded Rose

I found these faceted rose beads, fell in love with them (remember, I love sparkles) and had the jade stones...put them together and found that the...
Components: Swarovski Baroque crystals 16mm & 18mm, swarovski bicone rose, Jade rounds, 6 & 4mm, rose faceted glass 12mm, Antique silver clasp


"Swamp Water"

I really enjoyed working with the new beads from LB. Recently watched an "old" movie "Swamp thing", and was inspired to create something with the...
Components: LB new Peruvian Opal Groovy Rectangle, new Margarita fire polished rondelles, gold plated bar links, gold plated toggle clasp


July's Fire

My husband's birthday is in July and I wanted to design a piece that displays my love for him. He is so supportive of my "hobby" in designing...
Components: Acrylics and Czech glass beads, 3mm Swarovski crystals, gold-plated link chain and clasp.


Chatter

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “After reading Crystal Canary's comments, I had to do a double-take ... fabulous composition and beadwork!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “For my American Friends”:
    “Thank you, Annie! Your designs would make any American proud! And Happy Birthday to Canada!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “Gorgeous work and composition! Really like your choice & mix of colors and beads with that…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Early Sunset”:
    “Really pretty and not overdone. The Tibetan beads really take center stage!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Koi Pond”:
    “How cool is this? You do amazing things with these challenges and this is no exception!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “Oh. My. This is fabulous!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Ooo! What a striking piece! You done good!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Mysterious”:
    “WOW! You nailed this! LOVE IT!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Love the brighter blues pop against the darker hues! Lovely design.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I just love how you do those wrapped circles! Do you wrap them around something? They…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “More Bones and Leather”:
    “You have good bones! Love everything here! There is a lot to look at but it…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “One the Wings of a Vintaj Butterfly”:
    “One of the things I love about Vintaj is the "old made new" look. Sometimes it…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Early Sunset”:
    “Wonderful color scheme and great design! So nicely done!…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Koi Pond”:
    “This is such a great concept! I love the challenge given to you by your husband.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I want to say ditto to everyone's comments above. This is so well done. I've looked…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “This is definitely a work of art. Great piece!…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “This is asymmetry perfection. It is so visually interesting. The colors and textures work so well…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Mysterious”:
    “Oh. My. Gosh. Wow. This is incredible. You have rocked my face off, blown my mind...…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “WOW!!! This is amazing! I love how you carried the necklace design down under…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Donna, I just love the way you combined the Tibetan agate beads with the Czech ivory…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful necklace - love all the blues together.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
    “Love it, love it, love it. From the mystery focal to the chainmaille to the…” read »

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    C Wathen on “Hidden Treasures”:
    “Likw your designs and having the directions are nice.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “Thank you! ;) What intrigues me is the wire wrapped part. I am just…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Mysterious”:
    “Thank you so much for all the kind words!! :) :) :) …” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Thank you for all your comments and kind words. Hey, Little Round Chick, you should me how…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
    “You all are such artists! i really am starting to spread my wings. Your kindness. is…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
    “Kye, another amazing piece of magic! Love everything about your wirework and moss agate to match…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
    “Everybody loves a mystery and this is no exception. The focal is unique and gorgeous.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
    “WOW! This is fantastic and definitely exotic! Love the color, the beads and the…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful color, great design. Love it!! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “pclrbecky Please feel free to borrow part or all of the design idea. I'm a…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
    “Wow, I love this! That focal is exceptional and you've complemented it perfectly.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Very, very nice, Donna! I love the asymmetry and the balance!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I love it!!! I might have to ask your permission to steal a bit of this.......…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
    “Very, very cool!!!!!!!!!!! I love your wire/maille work but in this piece it is the…” read »