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Clusters? Drops ? Dangles?

A friend suggested I make different designs of these (what ever you call them) that could be switched between long chains, short chains, neck...
Components: glass beads, seed beads, stone, crystal, metal pieces, clay, tiger eye. turquoise and pearls


Designed by God

Not jewelry, but I have to share how God (& Nissan) saved our lives. My husband, daughter, her husband, doggie & I were on our way home from...
Components: Totaled car :( Alive bodies:)


Easy Pieces

While on the road I quickly made two necklaces and some bracelets to wear to events I was attending. Later in the trip I gave one necklace as a...
Components: The necklaces are both mixed glass beads strung on waxed linen from Lima Beads, in a color to go with the chosen scheme. They both have barrel clasps, attached with knots inside the clasps. The bracelets are all simple glass bead stretch bracelets.


Scrap Pile

So I wanted to share something. A truth if you will. Often times when I or anyone else shares a "finished" piece we assume that the person just sat...
Components: Copper and stick to it 'tiveness


It's a Wrap Beads, fabric beads

These are my hand made beads. I loved the fabric beads out there, but I wanted them not to look like fabric. Really it started out as a fluke. Then...
Components: Fabric dye, paint, glaze, foil, Flatbacks, rondells, any embellishments you want.


Handmade silk tafetta beads

These are beads made from silk tafetta, they are stuffed, around a sturdy wire, sewn, embellished with sequins, 2mm crystals, various Swarovski...
Components: Silk Tafetta, sequins, 2mm crystal beads, seed beads, wire, batting, Swarovski flatback crystals, various other beads, headpins.


Coin and Cross Kilt Pin

A way to use up miscellaneous bits.
Components: Kilt pin. Coin and cross charms (Lima Beads), Czech flowers, stray lampwork bead, Toho and Czech seed beads, brown wire (too thick but I managed.


Pink and green bling earings

These are made with green stones and my cylinder beads that I perfected for 10 years of finding what will make them durable, hard and colorful....
Components: My "It's a Wrap beads", crystal rhondels, wire and apple green teardrop stone.


Not jewelry...but...

So I made a lapel pin for my granddaughter's prom date. Volunteered and had never made one before. I had a very long 3 and 1/2 inch wide strip of...
Components: fabric scraps, tea light, pin back, fabric leaves, glass pearl


I'm a Fool for a Good Looking Rock

I like to shop for rocks. My stash has many, many stone pendants and the next time I see an out standing one I'll have to add it to the...
Components: various agate and jasper pendants, photos 1 and 4 have vintage chains


Seahorse anklet

One of the prizes in the Easter egg hunt was a foot of this chain. I added a seahorse charm and a lobster clasp to make my sister an anklet!
Components: Zola Elements angel skin pink coin chain, TierraCast antique gold plated seahorse charm, and a lobster clasp with jump rings. All of this is on sale this week!


Key focals

Before Christmas I made a bunch of keybands/lanyards, which I didn't have time to photograph properly then -- a friend of mine took them to a...
Components: My handmade wooden focals, painted with Gilders paste (LB), patterned with wood burning tool. (The last one isn't patterned, I just stained it lightly to bring out the growth rings, of the leftovers of an old Christmas tree!) Various beads, mostly from LB. Hooks from local stores. Cotton cord.


Something Different

I decorated these tote bags for my daughters for Christmas. They come with the design printed in black & are made to paint/color & embellish. I...
Components: See description.


Snow Angel

This 2.5" little angel sparkles and shines as decoration or a small pendant.
Components: You will need (1) 12mm faceted round bead, (2) crystal leaf drops for wings, 20 gauge wire, (14-16) 6mm rondelles or 4-5mm rounds. Round nose pliers are great for finishing the loop.


Wolf's pride

I made this thinking about earrings, but when I got done it looked more like a pendant or keychain. I ended up making a keychain fob out of it.
Components: size 15 seed beads, leather backing, findings


Starry Night Brooch

Starry Night brooch. Art history has always been a love of mine and Van Gogh brushstrokes are replicated in this brooch with a needle and thread...
Components: Nunn Design Antique Gold (plated) Rectangle Ornate Grande Brooch 28x46mm


PMC Made from a rose

I made this with pmc more than 20 layers and fired in the kiln!
Components: ((( fine silver


African Tenner Chaplet

Here is the other piece from my Pick about chaplets. Very textured. Color scheme of matte black, matte olive, matte frosted bronze.
Components: Almost everything from LB. 12mm black lava stone rounds, African metal trade bead, 6/0 matte olive green and matte black "jet" Toho seed beads, 8/0 Toho frosted bronze. Tiny textured bronze plated cross. From sources other than Lima Beads; I used two 6mm Czech druks in a color called "Forest Mix" to either side of the Pater bead. This Czech bead has swirls of the same tones of black, olive and cool bronze. Tiny 2mm dyed bone spacers to control the large holed Pater bead, heavy oxidized jump ring, little black iron jump ring and the usual .019 silver satin Softflex--from LB. 2x2 Heavy sterling silver crimp beads.


Matte Botswana Rosary Chaplet

From my last "Rosary Chaplet Pick." A smaller rosary you count ten times around to reach a rosary. Used where carrying a rosary could cause...
Components: The matte Botswana agate is worth every penny. Warm shades of plum through grey with a touch of purple. I matched it with two 6/0 Toho seed beads; silver-lined frosted light tanzanite and frosted transparent med. amethyst. Two 8/0 Toho seed beads; a transparent frosted plum from an "Ambers Mix" and frosted transparent dark amethyst. The cross is two-sided silver-plated "Talvera" by Nunn. The Pater bead is a silver-plated coin bead "Primrose" by Zola. I used a purple enameled copper jump ring and a tiny black glossy iron jump ring. Softflex .019 and Heavy sterling silver 2x2mm crimps.


Here comes summer!

Just some summer fun - to mix and match with bathing suits at the beach. I got the idea for the circle design from You Tube.
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Components: C Lon cord, embroidery floss, craft cord, seed beads


Photo purse charm

I have been experimenting with photos and setting them in bezels. This is a pic of me with my two sons last Mother's Day. I made it into a purse...
Components: bezel connect, laser-engraved stainless steel charm, large swivel lobster clasp


Jacaranda

Oh, no! It's another tree!

One of the prettiest trees in Southern California is the Jacaranda. There are several here in my neighborhood and...
Components: 14 and 24ga red brass wire, amethyst chips, chrome diopside, emerald glass, peridot chips


Felted Beads!

Hello beaders, its been awhile. I have been insanely busy with school, so I haven't been on here much, but I really wanted to share these with you....
Components: wool, glass beads for spacers


Funky Purse Tassel

Spice up your boring purse or favorite bag with a funky over-sized tassel.


New Work

This what I have been working on this week. I have always wanted to make my own headpins, so I watched a few tutorials and here is the result. I...
Components: Pure copper wire, PC, acrylic paints and sealer.


Plummer

Rebecca Nunn designed these adorable lapel pins with astrology in mind. These are so cute and zodiac signs are on trend.


Cherry Blossoms and a Summer Tree

I've done all four seasons! I've been having some trouble finding greens but finally located a web site that had gem stone chips AND glass chips!...
Components: gemstone chips, glass chips brass and copper wire.


Ammonite Mega-Weave

I absolutely love wirewrapping these ammonites. This is the first one I have put into wireweave. I almost always wrap them in vintage bronze but I...
Components: Very Large(3")Ammonite(this particular one is from a bead show but LimaBeads carries ammonites now), 20 gauge non-tarnish gold Parawire, 26 gauge vintage bronze Parawire


Bookmark gifts

I wanted to make some little gifts for my book club friends for our December meeting. They are all different and were quite fast to put together!
Components: Most used a decorative headpin with the various beads strung on them. The one with the feather has beading wire which allowed me to make the loop


Shaman Prayer Beads

Pagan prayer beads are like a strand of worry beads. The idea is to have lots of interesting to touch and see beads to help you focus on the moment...
Components: 10-11mm Tibetan style lined rounds, 8 mm Tibetan style zigzag rounds, green zebra heishi (love this as a subtle stone separator), etched and striped 6/0 Czech beads, Czech double key tabs, a Czech black with red picasso melon, TierraCast paloma bead, three rough old glass beads, 11/0 matte metallic olive Toho, Heavy 2x2 sterling crimp, .019 silver satin soft flex.


Itsa Key-per!

I needed a new keychain/fob, and couldn't find exactly what I wanted. So I made one and I love it!! I know this isn't exactly jewelry, but it's...
Components: Leather fob from another of my old, unworn leather belts! Tree of Life and dragonfly charms from an Etsy shop, rivets from LB, and large jump rings and centerpiece from my stash.


Bookmarks

Still loving working with wire, although it's been almost a year.I've been making the cord markers for friends, lots of fun!
Components: Copper wire, glass beads. Waxed cotton cord.


Bronze Birds and Red Creek Supplies

These are what I ordered to match my pick! The Red Creek heishi beads are unbelievable. Substantial at 10 mm with a great range of reds, green,...
Components: Red Creek heishi, Nunn Shenandoah Bird in bronze, mixed wooden beads from the Philippines, Czech seed beads in two browns and matte opaque brown Toho seed beads, simple Greek toggle. Most from Lima Beads.


Coming Attractions

These are the latest pendants and bracelet bar I made using PC and then decoupaged some favorite textiles onto them. The beads are some I will use...
Components: Handmade PC textile pendants and bracelet bar. Assorted Czech beads from LB and Etsy shops.


Moogie, the Mad Scientist!

I took out my Sissix, leather, metal strips & blanks, Vintaj patinas, Swellegant, alcohol inks, etc. Here are a few discoveries I made: you can...
Components: In the collage, there is a pic of the painted embossed leather strap. The pink strap shows the back of the original after embossing. I embossed a thin brass strip with basketweave, then colored with Swellegant dye oxides & silver metal coating. I used Swellegant Sky Sapphire patina (carry this one, Lima!) on an inexpensive antique silver plated filigree bracelet. I plan to layer a few embellishments on it. I have a coil of aluminum 4mm flat wire (thinner than 20 gauge!) that I embossed & will glue & rivet onto a brass cuff. The silver bracelet is the one that didn't emboss through the Sissix & possibly messed up my folder. So I whacked it with a texturing hammer & formed it using the ImpressArt bracelet bending tool. Then I poured Swellegant Tiffany Green Gold patina into a zip bag with a brass cuff & left it in there overnight. Whew. Then I crawled into bed! More to come...


Blue Nebula

well the first panel at least. it is pretty much 3 inches by 6 inches and is the first side of a clutch purse. (the blue nebula pic was for this...
Components: (1) 18mm dark blue rivoli (2) 10 mm dark blue rivoli (1) 20x15 mm light blue chalcedony (2) 12mm blue-green chalcedony (1) 18x13 mm oval faceted titanium electroplated Rose cab. teal soutache, pale aqua soutache, 2mm aquamarine cord, 1mm metallic blue leather cord, 1 mm copper metallic leather cord, (1) 11 mm 12 ga gold colored jump ring, (6) 7mm 20 ga sapphire colored jump rings, (1) 7mm 22 ga sea green jump ring, (1) 6mm 22 ga sea green jump ring. 41 mm of 20 ga sapphire colored copper wire, 1mm hex antique aquamarine beads (Italy) size 12/0 antique pearlized beads (France), 16/0 antique pearlized beads (Italy), 10/0 antique greasy blue beads (Italy), 13/0 Czech beads in gold, blue Iris and Bronze Iris, 10mm antiqued bronze artistic wire mesh, 10mm gold artistic wire mesh, 40 ga copper wire, 32 ga copper wire, pale sea foam organza, iridescent rainbow organza, pearlized ivory leather, stiff stuff, toho Higher metallic dragonfly 8/0 demi, Toho 15/0 inside color navy amber, Toho 11/0 metallic sea green round beads, toho 15/0 Ceylon celery round beads, 11/0 toho ceylon sea foam round beads, 15/0 metallic nebua round beads, blue iris super duos, 3mm dark bronze Czech fire polish round, 4mm dark bronze Czech fire polish round, 4mm bronze Czech fire polish bicone, 6/0 ceylon pale blue beads, 12/0 antique aquamarine rocaille (Italy), 13/0 pearl luster greasy white antique beads (France), gold metallic leather, 12 ga cold colored wire, and dark sapphire silk embroidery floss. (I think that's the complete list.)


New Idea

I have had these beads for a while and wanted to use them as a focal. So I got out my copper patina sheets and wire and here it is! I cut out the...
Components: Two Czech picasso "stones" from Etsy, copper wire and handmade jumprings, copper patina sheet from LB.


Autumn is Here!

I've been thinking about making an autumn tree since I made the winter one. The biggest problem was finding gem stone chips that were transparent...
Components: 14 and 24ga red brass wire, yellow glass chips, citrine chips, natural carnelian chips, garnet chips


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