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Crystal Dragon

I love this dragon clasp, so what could I do? Another of my beaded shaggy loop chains.
Components: Dragon clasp, aluminm jump rings, 8/0 seed beads

Pineing for Green

I have a green dress 👗 and wanted something to go with it. I also like the tassel,when they come out I like them immediately. The Zola pendant...
Components: Zola pendant, green rondals I have no idea where I got them, SW bicone pendant, green tassel, fruit cake daggers.

Cool Waters

I was rummaging thru my stash yesterday and found a shorty strand of aquamarines that I had forgotten about. Inspiration for me these days is a...
Components: Aquamarine discs, pearls, murano glass, swarovski crystals, and a gold tone clasp.

Send in the Clowns..

A bit of a hodge-podge and they remind me of the colours at a circus or a carnival. I was literally playing with the beads and wire, and somehow...
Components: From Lima Beads: All the wire (22 gauge for ear wires, and 20 -18 gauge for the rest) - bare copper wire that was aged with liver of sulfur, the bigger Czech beads (faceted round nugget beads - bought from here last year), and the Czech Glass Ivory Picasso Turquoise Melon beads also from LB. From my own stash.. The seaglass pillows in the turquoise and the clear Czech beads and the tiny beadcaps that were coloured with turquoise gilders paste. The tiny Anissa Picasso Czech seed beads are from my own stash.

Copper Sheets and Washers

Have been in a bit of a funk recently.

Before everything went into a bleh spiral, I had tried some copper etching. Being the impatient and...
Components: From Lima Beads: All the wire, which were used for the ball headpins and then turned into ear wires and hammered and aged in LOS. Czech beads, and the tiny sea glass beads and the gorgeous amber coloured seaglass dangles. Recycled glass beads, as well as some of the Czech Anissa Picasso seed beads, copper sheet which I hacked into with shears and washers from my own stash.

Dragon's Cave

This is a group of necklaces I have made in the past. I am in the midst of redoing my work stations. I am going to do more metal and wire working....
Components: A lot of the components came from Lima Beads. Components you don't recognize came from my stash. The Dragon necklace highlights buys from L.B. to make up what I imagine a dragon's cave might look like.

Lotus Necklace

Designed by Tierracast using their new line "Soulful Spirit". Soulful Spirit was inspired by the richness and traditions of cultures from around...

Prosperity Necklace

Designed by Tierracast using their new line "Soulful Spirit". Soulful Spirit was inspired by the richness and traditions of cultures from around...

Elemental Necklace

Designed by Tierracast using their new line "Soulful Spirit". Soulful Spirit was inspired by the richness and traditions of cultures from around...

Meditative Bracelet

Designed by Tierracast using their new line "Soulful Spirit". Soulful Spirit was inspired by the richness and traditions of cultures from around...

Nobility Necklace

Designed by Tierracast using their new line "Soulful Spirit". Soulful Spirit was inspired by the richness and traditions of cultures from around...

Leather lessons...

Playing with pre-made leather straps and leather scraps. Learning to use the rolling mill and paper crafting embossing plates to make beautiful...
Components: Leather, Ren Wax, bracelet bars, buttons.

Pink Peacock

More fun with the Vintaj/Ranger Rose Gold Patina paint!
Components: Vintaj Fussy Peacock pendant w/ rose gold patina, Rose Quartz, Czech glass, etched matte seed beads, Vintaj findings.

Look Mom No Chainmaille

My mom's birthday is coming up so I made her this necklace. I found the Aqua Marine beads half off in a cool little shop and thought she would...
Components: 8mm Aqua Marine rounds, 8mm Celtic metal beads, cross focal, magnetic clasp, and other components from my stash.


Black shell MOP and hematite welcoming cooler days and nights of Autumn.

Turtle medicine

With all the chaos happening all around, I wanted to make something with my turtle charms. "Turtle medicine" is very grounding and reminds us to...
Components: turtle and leaf charms, Picasso beads, ceramic beads

Sea Stones - Tide Pool

I wanted to make something out of recycled glass and a wonderful pendant I found.
Components: Anti-tarnish artistic wire, round lava stone beads, recycled glass beads in varying shapes, Gaea Ceramic Rustic Blue Bead Bar 7x19mm (Lima Beads), Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Freeform Ring 17-26mm (Lima Beads), India glass round beads and clear bead rondelles.

New Kumihimo

I’d been wanting to try some different kinds of top drilled beads with kumi. These are prongs. They were a pain in the bootie to use but I like the...
Components: Iris purple prongs, 8/0 seed beads in gorgeous metallic gold iris (something like that), varigated nylon purple cord, Anna Bronze end caps, Greek bronze toggle, 3 tiny oval bronze tags that I stamped just for fun

Flamboyant Tree

This was one of my creations for this month's Inspired by Reading book club and was inspired by the descriptions of the Flamboyant Tree in the...
Components: Patricia Healey copper pendant; Carnelian (nuggets and two sizes of faceted rounds); Red Aventurine; Czech glass rondelles, rounds, and English cut beads; TierraCast copper plated clasp

Double Wrap or Necklace

I knew I wanted to make a knotted leather bracelet & this is what evolved. Another "kitchen sink" piece! It's a real hodgepodge mix & I like how it...
Components: Maybe I should list what is *not* in it! 2mm Tamba leather, Czech button, ceramic beads, Xaz & Greek raku, Burma jade, jasper, dichroic, Swarovski rondelle, Grace lampwork, copper beaded rondelles, brushed copper with purple luster--all large hole beads, assorted copper bead caps, hand dyed silk ribbon by moi. Most components from Lima.

Playing with leather

Now that I knew that those scrapbooking texture folders worked on copper, I was interested in seeing how they worked with leather. I have no...
Components: leather, brass, turquoise, stamps

Boo Bear

I made this bear into a was just too I made it into a necklace! Good chance to use my u shaped bail.
Components: PC bear, brass "u" bail, Red Jasper, Orange aventurine, Indo Lampwork, Red Creek Jasper, Grace Lampwork, Nut?, Carnelian, sari silk, Buckskin strap, No clasp

Lilly Pop

This piece started out to be a bracelet with just the smaller amethyst stones. Wire wrapping is a new technique for me. After having made the...
Components: Oval lavender stones, rhodochrosite pendant and gold plated 24 gauge wire . The clasp is a gold plated magnetic diamond shape.

Brass Attack!

I've been collecting these antique gold plated brass beads & decided I wanted to create a necklace with them. I began with knotting them onto...
Components: 1mm metallic violet leather cord, brass beads, Czech firepolished beads, lilac stone, 2 beautiful amethyst rectangle beads from Lima, crystal bicones in purple & CAB, brass rollo chain, Tierracast spacer bars, 2 cord slides to feed the 3 leather strands to the amethyst (that took some thinking & testing, then glue)

Fall Earrings

I love making Fall jewelry and a good start is earrings.
Components: polymer clay pumpkins, Unakite, falling leaves chain...LB, copper bead cap, carved Carnelian leaf, tin earring components, vintage seeds.

Slide Chokers

Make quick and simple chokers using a flat cord and a slide. Finish simply with fold over ribbon ends, glue in cord ends or just tie it!

Arrow Earrings

These lightweight arrow tips are great for finishing off a lariat or bolo necklace made with 1 - 1.5mm cord. Because of their light weight I felt...

Lattice Choker Collar

The lattice focal is flexible (to an extent) so making it fit to your neck is really quite easy. To make this necklace, all you need is a 2 meter...

Silver Nugget Necklace

These nugget drops can be used individually or in a group. For some reason, I kept picturing a ring of druzy, so I decided to try and replicate...

Metal Feather Earrings

These new paddle focals are fantastic for making a quick embellished necklace or a great pair of earrings. I decided to make earrings but added a...

Cicada Necklace

Here is the first of two Cicada necklaces!
Components: The Cicada is Vintaj from Lima Beads. As is the nice big, easy to use 15x9mm TierraCast antique copper lobster clasp. Two colors of 6mm Czech druks; Opaque Black Picasso and Opaque Olive Picasso. I used 8/0 Czech Charlotte (1 cut) Metallic Brown Iris, 6mm dark natural coconut rondelle spacers, etched round buri seeds, Czech 6/0 brown iris, Toho 6/0 matte raku olive/purple, Toho 8/0 Toho matte Cassiopeia, 8/0 Toho matte black, heavy jump rings (oxidized) from Unkamen, black glossy iron jump rings in mixed sizes, heavy 2x2 sterling silver crimps, and good ole trusty .019 silver satin softflex.

Ruby sunset

This is one I made out of the red with green Picasso rectangle Czech glass beads. Haven't finished the set yet.
Components: Red with green Picasso Czech glass tribal rectangles, English cut turquoise Picasso 8mm rounds, and faceted 6mm ruby red Picasso rounds in one of my own mixtures of Toho seed beads. Antique brass beads and findings.

Tribal blues

I absolutely love these 'tribal' rectangles from Czech glass! Here's a necklace I made from them. I also included the bracelet and one pair of...
Components: Czech glass tribal rectangles and 6mm druk rounds, with brass beads and findings.

Single tear drops

I thought of something different one is bicone the other is round,
Components: Precosa bicone, precosa round, 4 mm, precosa black pendant.

One black crystal

I liked the black crystal so I built around it, also wanted it to go with my silver earrings.
Components: Zola pendant, rondals from lB, precosa round crystals, SW small pendant, coin Czech. One black crystal

found it in a coffin

I spent too much time sanding, painting, distressing, gluing, lining, etc these little coffin boxes. But boy did they turn out cute. All so I could...
Components: Howlite, Greek pewter fish skeleton, tierraCast gunmetal bat, skulls of all kinds, Hematite ankhs, sterling silver ear wires, sterling silver ear post, gunmetal ear wires, black niobium ear wires and much more.

food for thought

Gearing up for Halloween! I chose mostly pink beads to match the brain. The black water jasper adds just a touch of neutral.
Components: Rhodonite, Black Water Jasper, "brain in a jar" ceramic pendent, metallic pink seed beads, and silver plate findings

Tapesty Bracelet

Another seed bead/faceted glass bead bracelet made on the loom. This is a gift for a friends daughter, who likes all different hues of blue!
Components: Seed beads, Czech glass, silver components

Who knew? Not me!

Found these paper embossing folders cheap, cheap, at Tuesday Morning this week. I don't have an embossing machine nor do I do paper crafting. But...
Components: copper sheet metal, sterling silver, Chalcedony, turquoise heishi beads, recycled glass from Ghana

Things are Coming up Rose Gold!

I've been going gaga for the new(ish) Rose Gold patina paint from Vintaj and Ranger. I just couldn't stop painting more brass components with this...
Components: Variety of Vintaj charms, pendants, findings with Rose Gold added to them. Lots of Czech glass and other goodies.