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Winter Feather

As part of the Adornments Retreat, we were paired up with another participant and given matching post cards with pieces of art. This is my...
Components: Polymer clay feather by Humblebeads; etched copper; druzy rounds; Bronzite; Czech glass; Vintaj brass jumpring and eyepins; Nunn Design jump rings, chain and clasp.


Eclipse

I got this ocean jasper cab from lapidarytreasures on Etsy last week and decided it looked like it might have its own little eclipse going on. It...
Components: Ocean jasper cab, copper wire, silver filled wire


Donut del Sol

This crazy lace agate donut is gorgeous! After seeing kye's beautiful granite donut necklace, I just had to make one! Thanks for the inspiration...
Components: Crazy lace agate donut from Etsy, Czech beads and crazy lace agate beads from LB. Handmade chain and deertan lace "bail". Rivet from LB. Other assorted gemstone rounds from Etsy.


Flight of the Monarch

I made the polymer clay butterfly in a class with Heather Powers at the Adornments Retreat last month. I wanted to try some different things with...
Components: Polymer clay butterfly by me; recycled glass rounds, Czech glass flowers, Vintaj butterfly filigree, findings, and chain.


Fruitcake with bees and bird

I love the Czech faceted "Fruitcake" rondelles! I used the Vintaj bee connectors with their little bird pendant. It looks like a birdbath to me.
Components: Czech glass Fruit Cake fire polished rondelles--6x9mm, 5x7mm, and 5x4 pinch beads. 4mm? sueded Flax Czech faceted beads, Vintaj natural brass Bird Garden Cameo pendant, Vintaj natural brass Queen Bee connectors, Nunn Design antique copper plated textured jump ring 9mm, TerraCast Antique copper plated Czech style round button, 6/0 Czech matte purple round seed beads, 8/0 Toho semi-glazed Honeydew rounds, 11/0 Toho Opaque Pastel Frosted Mudbrick rounds, 11/0 Toho Metallic Dark Copper rounds, I covered the crimp beads with 6/0 Toho Frosted Transparent Medium Amethyst. .019 Silver Satin Softlflex, Heavy sterling silver crimp beads


Feather and Flowers

To avoid needing to put this second feather focal away, I made a long necklace! Productive procrastination to the rescue!
Components: Green patina feather focal, Czech glass rondelles and flowers, Vintaj brass findings and chain


Beach Day Necklace Set

"Waste not want not", right?! That is sort of the theme with this necklace. Once I was done making the Campfire & Sunrise on the Water Acrylic...


Classic Acrylic Chain Necklace

Tortoise shell acrylic has been a staple in my life since I began wearing eyeglasses in the 3rd grade ... large, thick tortoise shell glasses....


Campfire Acrylic Necklace

I felt this marbled swirling mix of fiery oranges needed a warmer natural tone of chain to pair with, so I chose antique brass. Using this color...


Sunrise on the Water Acrylic Necklace

The watery color of this acrylic chain was begging for me to finish it off the Shibori Borealis ribbon. All this necklace needed was for 3 links on...


Navy & Gold Acrylic Set

Who knew acrylic could look so sophisticated?! Frosted Navy Blue graduated curb chain finished with a large gold curb chain and hook. This necklace...


Fall Feather

I wanted to combine this fun, fall feather pendant with something so I paired it with a freshwater coin pearl and long chain. I love the mixture of...
Components: patina feather pendant, freshwater pearl, pewter ring, stainless steel chain


Love & Protection necklace

A customer requested a necklace made with this unique pairing of gemstones. I love the calming rose quartz paired with the bright malachite beads....
Components: rose quartz pendant, malachite beads, pewter soon bead, sterling silver bail and brown leather cord


Ode to Summer Passing

This is probably the last really Summer type piece I'll make....complete with flowers and a bird.
Components: Lucite yellow flower, copper bird, verdigris patina, gemstones...Moss Agate and Yellow moss Agate??, ceramic yellow bloom, brass vine, gold Gilder's Paste, Verdigris Gilder's Paste, Apatite Nuggets, vintage tiny wood twigs, handmade hook, turquoise leather lace.


Terrace Dragonfly Necklace

Necklace with a vintage 50s feel.
Components: Vitaj Art Deco dragonfly pendant, 6x9 mm Czech Spring Day Opal Picasso Fire Polished Rondelles, 11x12mm Czech Safari Ornamental Rectangle, 2.5x4mm Czech Agave Trica Beads, 8/0 Toho cool bronze, 8/0 Toho semi-glazed dark red, 8/0 Toho matte black, 6/0 Toho sand-lined crystal, 11/0 Toho opaque vanilla, 6mm white wooden rounds, .019 silver satin Softflex, Heavy sterling silver crimps, matte silver toned hook and eye clasp, small verdigris dragonfly charm. [pendant and Czech glass, some of Toho, and Softflex from Lima Beads]


Once Apon a Time

I fell in love with the new Green Girl Studio Storybook House---my design is kinda weird, but I think in a way it should be--or at least I think so
Components: Green Girl Storybook House, Garnet, Lucite flower, Czech Glass leaves, GGS skeleton key, silver chain, Handmade hook


Green Mosaic

I found this neat little mosaic kit online. I added some beads to the chain and....voila! I kept the pendant design simple, as this was my first...
Components: Mosaic glass bits, bezel, grout and chain from online shop. Czech and gemstone beads from Etsy shop and LB.


Channeling VanGogh

This has been one of the most fun artistic journeys I've had! It was a surprise at every turn...alcohol inks are amazing. The photos don't do...
Components: Handmade pendant and beadcap by me using alcohol inks onPC, hemp from LB, handmade copper toggle by me, and glass Pandora style bead from my stash.


Bronzie

Did ya miss me??
I finished this Kumihimo piece a while back in between caring for my elderly aunt in New Orleans. She's never been married & is a...
Components: 1mm leather cord, bronze findings & swirl beads, bronze zebra jasper, amber crystals & seed beads.


Jade dream

After being dormant for a couple of years, the beading virus has awoken again 😉 I just love working with jade and green in general. It felt good...
Components: Materials used: rhyolite, burma jade, canadian jade, silver plated beads and clasp, green snakeskin jasper, fresh water pearls


Copper Rose

I love the way green works with copper, so I decided to try this pendant with some twisted rings. I like how it turned out
Components: Patricia Healey pendant, twisted anodized jump rings, solid copper jump rings, copper clasp


Proud Peacock

Another fun piece for my husband's Honey Do List challenge from July! This one is vibrant and funky! See all my other peacock inspired designs...
Components: Polymer clay focal by Staci Louise Smith, gemstones including carnelian and plated druzy, Swarovski pearls, Czech glass, copper plated chain and findings by Nunn Design.


Fancy Feather

This is one of my designs for the Honey Do List challenge my husband gives me (and anyone who wants to play along with us!) I happened to discover...
Components: Patina green feather pendant, faceted blue green quartz coins, bloodstone puff squares, bronze colored seed beads, TierraCast brass plated clasp with Vintaj patina paint added.


Anna's Grace

This pendant was inspired by my beautiful Daughter Anna,her kindness, beauty, and strength inspire many :-)
Components: Square copper wire, 28 gauge round copper wire, glass cabachon


Primal Beginnings Second Necklace

Well, as I promised, here is the second necklace to my ‘Primal Beginnings Set’ that I posted the beginning of the month. This complementary idea...
Components: Tektite drops, Quartz shards (LB), Agua Nueva & Steel Fire Agate (LB), ASP Steel rounds, Tierra Cast wavy rondelles (LB), crystal rondelles, ASP findings, ASP chain (LB), Steel Handmade Clasp, seed beads.


Granite Donut With Agate & Jasper Sprinkles

I've always admired gemstone donuts but never quite knew how to incorporate them in my work. When I saw this one at a bead show it inspired me to try.
Components: Jump rings for the Twist of Fate chainmaille links, Picture Jasper 4mm cubes, 6mm & 8mm rounds (LB), 8mm Tibetan Banded Agate, Tibetan Agate Rondelles, Table Mountain Granite donut, deerskin lace leather & a clasp I made.


I did it with eggs!

Four wire wrapped pendants that I antiqued with hard boiled eggs! Someone else, awhile back, had posted about using eggs for antiquing metal and...
Components: One dozen eggs, a plastic zip top bag, toothbrush, steel wool, and a wee bit of elbow grease.


Look Homeward Angel Redux

I love thus pendant from Wondrous Strange on Etsy, and made a different necklace, but I was never really satisfied with it. Today I took it apart...
Components: Raku pendant from Wondrous Strange, lampwork beads, polymer clay beads from Winterbird Studio, raku beads, pearls, green garnets, Swarovski crystals, roman glass, horn, labradorite, aquamarine, and white bronze toggle by Saki Silver.


Ocean knots

I made piece for my mom. She likes funky elements so I thought she would love the octopus focal bead. I designed around it with various moonstone,...
Components: Green girl studios octopus pendant Peach moonstone Jasper Agate Glass beads


Primitive Sparkle

Those of you who know me know I haven't been around lately, and even was considering selling off my rather large stash. BUT, it's really hard to...
Components: Iolite nuggets, moonstone nuggets, pineapple quartz, pearl nuggets, and Thai silver clasp.


My Best So Far

To me, this is the best copper work I have done so far! It took hours to make...but well worth the effort!
Components: Handmade copper focal, S connectors, clasp and jumprings....by me. Assorted Czech beads from Etsy and LB, deertan lace from LB.


Bee Dream

I fell in love with this flower, and my husband fell in love with the bees, so this is the result. The wonderful lampwork is by Russian artist Alla...
Components: anodized aluminum chain and wire, glass flower and beads


Peace & Love

This necklace was made for a special young woman in her 20's that loves the 60's era style and music. I wanted to make something that would reflect...
Components: The Twist of Fate chainmaille links are made with Weave Got Maille 4mm ID jump rings. The rest of the necklace is made with various shapes of dyed Howlite.


Inspired by Koi

I was inspired by the sidewalk artwork of the koi fish to make this necklace with Diane Hawkey's amazing koi pendant for the Inspiration in...
Components: Ceramic pendant by Diane Hawkey, Czech glass, ceramic rounds, cracked quartz, teal paisley jasper oval, Vintaj copper beads, size 8 seed beads, Nunn Design copper plated jump rings, TierraCast copper plated clasp.


Tibetan dragon

I love this little dragon charm, and I wanted to pick up some of the same colors. The earrings highlight 1920s koi glass pendants
Components: Tibetan dragon charm, glass beads, vintage glass koi pendants, aluminum jump rings


Jungle Foliage

This is my entry for the July Art Bead Scene challenge. You can read more and see the inspiration artwork over on my blog:...
Components: Pendant by Lesley Watt paired with beads made of Czech glass, ceramic, vintage plastic, paper, and blonde wood; Vintaj natural brass chain and findings


Folded Copper Pendant

This my first attempt at folding metal---not too bad, huh? LOL
Components: Leather cord from LB--copper sheet metal, 16g copper wire, Czech round and rondelle beads, glass headpin--also made by me.


Lagdelte

In this piece, Becky Nunn layers different kinds of metals. She uses gold and copper open circle wire frames and a copper jump ring, chain, and...


Matua

Created by Becky Nunn of Nunn Design, this piece is simple yet elegant. Use the silver design as a reference or make one of these necklaces using...


Natural High

I love the look of chunky jewelry even though i dont wear it! Stick and gradual beafs are my favs
Components: Natural amazonite stone stick beads separated by bead caps on wire and some chain


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