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Golden Baubles Necklace

Golden baubles adorn this woven necklace.

It's been extremely cold here for the last 3 weeks or so. Negative numbers in the teens and twenties....
Components: Seed beads 11/0 - Toho Gold Lined Rainbow Crystal 4 mm Czech Fire Polished Tropical Topaz Rounds 6 mm Czech Fire Polished Tropical Topaz Rounds 8 mm Czech Glass Topaz Crown Beads 18 x 9 mm Tierracast Magnetic Clasp Hammertone Gold Plated


One that grandma would like.

Wanted to do something with the African donut beads from LB. When I was done, my mother was checking it out and said that this was something that...
Components: African donuts in the green/blue/white, cobalt blue ovals from my stash, picasso green beads from LB and silver spacers. A simple silver hook and eye clasp to finish.


Sunflower in shade

I see you reaching
When the light is bending low
Sunflower in shade
A haiku by Cindy Smith
Guess what?! I definitely planting sunflowers this...
Components: Sunflower pendant from Etsy. Flower ocean jasper 8 mm, paper bead, Czech bird, 2 different types of honeycomb beads, bee mood bead, Seed beads. I made the big fabric bead, rosary chain, black leather strap. Gold findings. I think I’ll change the clasp to a lobster clasp.


All Puffed Up and Nowhere to Go!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Since this is a pendant, I categorized it as "necklace", not sure if that is where it belongs.
Components: Pink puffed glass heart, round pink glass bead, 18g square silver wire, 21g half round silver wire and 20g round wire


Sunflower

I’ve had my eye on this bird for a long time. I finally broke down and got it. I’ve also had this polymer clay log for awhile. Still in my nature...
Components: Gaea bird (LB), polymer clay log, Czech glass dahlia beads, the yellow flowers and melon round with blue wash. 6mm pacific opal shimmer beads. Antique brass findings. Linhasita wax cord for the nest.


My Favorite Brass Pendant

I made a necklace using this pendant as a past Christmas present for my friend Debbie. I thought it turned out well..so I thought I would make...
Components: Brass pendant, Citrine, seeds, Czech leaves, brass flower, ceramic beads, some kind of Garnet and patina..most all from Lima


The Moon and Stars

I'm not at all sure I like this. As usual...it didn't turn out like I had planned.
Components: Gray Agate pendant, Gaea moon, Amethyst, Lavender Amethyst, brass stars, silver chain, farfalle and waxed linen...most all from Lima


Leafy Web

I love these sea green jump rings, and I wanted to highlight them. I've had these little gold leafs around forever, and never could decide what to...
Components: sea green aluminum and brass jump rings, gold plated leaves, plated clasp


Mood Swings Necklace

I created this necklace that will match whatever mood I'm in:)This necklace has interchangeable components. I used lobster clasps on the necklace...


Modern Coin Necklace

This necklace showcases the modern style of the Moss Agate Coin by wire-wrapping it onto the curved focal bead. It's simple, wearable and I love...


Purple bird

As y’all have rightly guessed, I’m on a nature kick with my jewelry making. We have so many beautiful birds wintering here. Including 2 bald...
Components: I used a polymer clay bird with tiny Czech flowers below her. I made the chain with different Czech flowers, bicones and crystals. The secondary chain is a piece of rosary chain. I used antique brass findings. Added a little patina to the clasp.


Mr. BeBe the squirrel

We were talking about misplacing things the other day on this blog. This squirrel is what is lost in my bead room. So I just ordered another one-...
Components: Squirrel pendant from majoyoal. Calcite square beads. Paper beads with bead caps that I painted with green patina. Disc beads, picture jasper 6mm rounds. Acorn and pine cone charms. Antique brass findings


Honeycomb

I was inspired by this beautiful pendant and my love for bees and all they do for us.
Components: I started with this heart shaped pendant with a honeycomb design . Next, I wired some flowers in the hexagon shape and placed that above the pendant. There are yellow African beads, ceramic beads, Lampwork beads, seed beads, bee charms. Antique gold chain and a lobster claw for closure ( I painted it with patina).


Ornate Golden Necklace

Sparkly golden necklace with aqua and pink contrasting colors.
Components: Seed beads 11/0 - LB Toho Gold Lined Rainbow Crystal, Opaque Lustered Lagoon, Lustered Crystal Terra Cotta Lined 8/0 Seed Beads - Silver Lined Translucent Lilac 3 mm LB Czech Fire Polished Crystal Rounds Apollo (Gold) 4 mm Czech Fire Polished Light Metallic Rhubarb 3 mm Smooth Round Pearls - Cocoa 4 mm Czech Druk Pink AB Smooth Round LB 4 mm Leaf Green AB Crystal Faceted Rondelle 6 mm Cream Baroque Glass Pearls LB Tierracast Toggle Clasp 12mm with 18 mm Bar


Midnight Ruminations

So much suffering in the world, and when in touches us personally—it can be hard. And, sometimes we face difficulties that we can't get out of our...
Components: Czech black/blue twisted ovals/druks & lt. blue druks (LB), Larvikite rondelles, Labradorite (LB), Blue Agate (LB), Lava Rock (LB), Blue ceramic coins, various shapes black glass, SP faceted beads & findings


Turquoise pendant set

This is a necklace/earring set I put together for a friend. She had the big chunky turquoise pendant for the focal piece and knew how long she...
Components: Turquoise colored Czech glass flowers, mini turqoise chunks, bronze chain, TOHO beads.


A Little Old A Little New

You all my recognize the pendant part of this necklace...I decided to elaborate on it and use some of the wood beads I had. I patina Ed the leaves...
Components: Resin/wood pendant, Carnelian, Red Agate, wood beads, brass chain, Vintaj brass pieces and brass lobster


Golden Dragon

This is one of my dragon necklaces. I have quite a collection of them. Lol
Components: TC golden dragon pendant and dragon beads, dyed green and yellow jade beads, small gold beads, crimp beads and covers, toggle clasp


Golden strands

This is a double stand necklace. The last time I wore it was to the ballet in December 2019. We were celebrating Kitty's birthday.
Components: Assorted sized crystals, gold cube beads, TC 2-in-1 links, crimp beads and covers, clasp and jump ring


Mom's lariat

My mom likes to wear her lariat necklaces to the side ...as if wearing a scarf with a pin on the side if that makes sense .....it was strange to...
Components: Czech bell flowers in various sizes and shapes, seed beads, czech fire polish rounds in 3mm and 4 mm, Green girl ring, green girl large dragon fly bead, green girl dragonfly link, small czech hibiscus flowers, wildfire thread


Ocean Feather Necklace

I wanted to show how to use this Gaea bundle in a necklace. I absolutley love her boho style feathers. You could make bracelet & earring set instead.


In Love With Raspberry

I can't ever figure out how I'm posting these pictures...I think they are usually upside down. I do love the color raspberry and while...
Components: Gaea heart, Ruby Crazy Lace Agate, silver links, Rock Crstal, Czech glass and silver toggle...all from LB


Mookaite Musing and a Mushroom

I have several unfinished pieces hanging on my peg board (after I organized, of course). And, I have pulled them off and walked around with them,...
Components: Mookaite focal beads, rice carnelian beads, tiny greek copper spacers, a length of chain and a lobster clasp.


Lavender and Stars Necklace

I have some beautiful cut crystal beads with bronze accents. I loved the way they looked with the transparent stars. Three strands.
Components: Seed beads 11/0 - LB Toho Rainbow Crystal with Gold Lining and Vintage French Opal Violet, 8/0 Seed Beads - Silver Lined Translucent Lilac, 5 mm Czech Glass Daisy Spacers Topaz, 6 mm Czech Glass Crown Picasso Light Sapphire And Antique Bronze, 12 mm Lumi Brown Glass Star Beads, LB 10 x 3 mm Czechmates Beam Matte Metallic Goldenrod, LB 13 x 17 Tierracast Magnetic Antique Gold Plate Temple Stitch Clasp


Shadows

I love the contrast of the crystals and the Czech glass against the cool matte stone. I have been a little anxious to use my stone focal, but I...
Components: Picasso marble focal set, 6 mm Chinese crystals, 3mm fire polished rounds, silver jump rings, silver lobster clasp, silver chain, silver crimp beads, Beadalon illusion cord.


Midnight Glitz Necklace

I received a beautiful knitted cap for Christmas and it inspired this necklace. The shiny beads are contrasted by a matte black background. Looks...
Components: 11/0 Seed Beads - Toho Transparent Lustered Light Topaz and Matte Opaque Black, 3 mm Frosted pink Smooth Round Czech Glass Druks, 3 mm Cocoa Smooth Round Pearls, LB 3 mm Czech Glass Apollo (Gold) Fire Polished Rounds, 4 mm Czech Fire Polished Crystal Light Medium Rhubarb, 18 x 12 mm Toggle Clasp Antique Gold Garland Tierracast


Fungi in the Storm!

We had storms roll through last night and our 11 year old dog was sooo anxious so guess who stayed up with him? Right answer, but no prize!...
Components: Handmade Lenca (People group in Honduras and El Salvador) ceramic beads, copper wire 14g(HD) and 20g Vintage Brass Parawire (LB), Toho seed beads in a variety of colors 8/0 (LB).


Trials of the Yoruba Bell Ring

The bell ring necklace. I am still working with this one. I like the tiny seed beads but I realize that they are too small. I may try using some...
Components: Brecciated Jasper 8mm rounds and 25mm wavy diamonds (wherever I could find them). Gold plated bicones, somewhere. Now for the Yoruba bell ring, Brass, somewhere in Nigeria or eastern Africa (not LB but available from traders). Toho seed beads and demi rounds in blues and bronze and some Myuki seed beads, 6/0 in picaso finishes. Those beautiful round glass beads from Africa with some of the dark blue donuts (both from LB) and some of the brass rondelle spacers (LB or other). Then the Krobo sand cast beads that were later painted with yellows and blues and whites (LB or somewhere). Oh, and the mustard jasper bicones that I have had forever from a friend dealer. I love those.


Out of the comfort zone here.

This is one of those that I started with a photo from someone and really tried to do something with the style she was asking for. This is about...
Components: Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic brass Cross, African Brass Ring beads or spacers 2.5-3x8-9mm (LB), African Hand-Painted in White on Green Powder Glass (Krobo) Bead 13-16x11-13mm (Similar ones on LB), African Recycled Glass Burgundy, Bottle Green, and Dark Purple Mini Donuts 13-14mm (here LB and there, Gamafro most likely), 10mm Amazonite round beads, 8mm and 6mm Brecciated Jasper rounds. Eventually there may be a clasp.


Is it summer or winter in Houston?

I wasn’t going to post this till spring, but this past week it got into the 80 here. So … next week it’ll be in the 30’s. Anyhoo…. Here’s to y’all...
Components: I used a Suzieqbeads ceramic cuff. Ceramic beads, a wood bead, a sea glass bead, Czech glass beads, a gaea bead and Linhasita wax cord and silver plated findings. Silver plated chain and coral cup chain. A silver plated sun and shell charm.


And a Happy New Year

Made this for New Year's Eve. I will wear it as I sip a glass of champagne here at home.
Components: LB 15/0 Seed Beads - Toho Silver Lined Milky Topaz and Toho Semi Glazed Rainbow Honeydew 11/0 Seed Beads - Toho Transparent Light Topaz 3 mm Cocoa Smooth Round Pearls 4 mm Glass Pearl beads 6 mm Glass Cream Pearl Hammered Baroque Pearls 4 x 6 mm Czech Glass Rice Beads Light Topaz 6 x 8 mm Czech Glass Milky Lumi Pink Bellflowers with gold accents 18 x 12 mm Toggle Clasp Antique Gold Garland Tierracast


Joy

I bought the beads in this piece over a year ago, and I’ve been looking for a focal that would really work well with them. Especially with the...
Components: I used the ceramic pendant by Suzieqbeads, yellow bead is gaea (LB), Lampwork beads ( I think they were from dancing frog jewels)a yarn bead, silver plated findings and chain. The flower, bird and green beads are by Darcy Wishard.


Staples and Africian Beads

Several years ago a friend gave me bunch of large copper colored staples that she had taken from the bottom of a large packing box. She said,...
Components: copper coated staples, African powdered glass beads, antique copper beading chain, 3/0 seed beads


Crooked Bezel

I know these photos are going to be upside down...but I don't know how to fix that. Anyway, the image in the bezel is a little crooked. And it's...
Components: Brass bezel, Pink Crazy Lace Agate, Prehnite nuggets, Czech glass brass spacers, Rock Crystal, gold chain gold hook.


Night life

This is a free gift I received from a ceramic artist. At first glance, I thought what in the world is this. Then the more I looked at it- I saw...
Components: I used transparent purple Czech glass beads. Black glass rondells, aquamarine wheels to break up the color. I put a pretty lamp work bead at the top and attached it to a silver plated chain. Silver plated lobster claw clasp. Silver plated findings.


Daintiness

Dainty golds and blues make up this fun necklace. Guess I was influenced by KR. I added a few bellflowers. You'll never guess who ended up with...
Components: 8/0 Seed Beads - Rainbow Cream Soda, 11/0 Seed Beads - Toho Gold Lined Rainbow Crystal, LB 15/0 Toho Semi Glazed Rainbow Honeydew (dry green for leaves) LB 4 mm Czech Glass Crystal AB Round, 3 mm Cocoa Smooth Round Pearls, 3 x 5 mm Czech Glass Pinch Beads - Blue Apatite with Bronze, 3.4 mm drop beads Matte Transparent Capri Blue AB, 6 x 8 mm Butterscotch Bellflowers, 18 x 12 mm Toggle Clasp Antique Gold Garland Tierracast


Captive Hearts Necklace

Started this necklace with the strands of rice beads between the netting and thought they needed something extra. Then I realized I could hide some...
Components: 8/0 Seed Beads - Transparent Rainbow Cream, 6 mm Round Pink Glass Beads, LB 2 x 5 mm Czech Glass Opaque Bali Style Daisy Spacers, 8 mm Cat’s Eye Pink Hearts, 6 x 4 mm rice beads - Light Gray and Montana (Dark Gray), 8 x 10 mm Black Onyx Glass Hand Cut Rondelle, 12 mm Black Glass Faceted Bead, 6 mm Round Black AB Beads


Another try

I think that did it. But...I don't know about the light. I was tempted to give this to Holly...but then I thought I'll keep it for my shop.
Components: Brass flower, Kyanite, copper bezel, crystal shard, copper moon bezel, vintage pink beads, pink crazy lace, Agates, Czec glass, leather lace.


Flower Child

Wondering if these are even going to show up...they are not jpeg.


Fungi Fun Necklace

Browsing through my stash I came upon these lovely lampwork mushrooms. They are so colorful and fun. So I decided to make a necklace. I also used...
Components: 8/0 Seed Beads - Transparent Rootbeer and Transparent Emerald Green -, 12 x 20 mm Lampwork Mushrooms - Red, Green, Orange, Blue, Purple and Brown -, 3 x 11 mm Teal and Silver Picasso Daggers LB 6 mm Lentil Beads (one hole) Matte Berry Mix and Yellow Ivory Mercury Finish -, 10 x 22 mm Magnetic Tierracast Oxidized Brass Clasp


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