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Unusual Pairing

I have no idea where the photos went so I’m trying again!
Lima had a strand of large beads I’d never seen before. They’re 12 or 14mm rosetta lace...
Components: Rosetta Lace Agate, gray moonstone, Red Aventurine, silver shade crystal, Swarovski crystal copper, copper bead caps & 3mm bicones (so adorable!), gunmetal & antique silver findings, antique silver & copper chain interwoven, and those delicious pink & yellow jade beads Lima had for a while. Hope they get more of the jade & rosetta lace soon!

Chrysocolla Delight!

I love the colors in nice chrysocolla. I’ve had these beads for quite a while so decided to use them.
Components: Various sizes chrysocolla, gold plated brass beads, faceted crystal ab, Tamba leather cord, Greek patina button, C-lon microcord, aqua ab coated quartz—almost all materials from Lima

The Flapper

A duo of flair, bracelet or necklace.
Components: 3mm rondal, purple tassel, Zola beads and focal, mixture of beads from Michaels. Zola clasps.

Green leaf complete set

So many yummy green beads here! I haven't posted anything here in a while, so I thought that I would go totally overboard with this complete set!...
Components: Czech glass (leaves and rounds), double fluted vintage brass plated steel, and 14k gold fill clasps, earwires and findings

Rustic Fall Foliage

Designed for the November color palette challenge in the Artists Create Together Facebook Group.

You can read more about it over on my blog:...
Components: Pendant and earring charms by Artisticaos; Czech glass rounds, English cut, rondelles, & leaves (most from Lima); Mocha plated hematite; Wild Horse jasper puff coins; Vintaj brass colored wire, brass & arte metal jumprings, arte metal eye pins, & chain; brass plated leaf clasp

Carolina GameCocks Fan!

I have a son who just started at the Univ of SC this year. For parents weekend last month, I wanted to have some school-inspired jewelry . Since...
Components: Necklace: black, garnet and white shell beads, ceramic black patterned bead, tassel Earrings: garnet cork material sheets cut into teardrops Bracelet: Black and garnet beads, seed beads, pewter toggle clasp

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.

Blue Moon Walking

I thought of the Moon and the Beads and glisten in the light.
Components: Zola elements dragon focal the focal does not hide the wire, Swarovski 4mm beads, lagoon 6mm, a some black gems


Here are a couple more wooden beads. I'm not completely happy with the designs -- the focal of the necklace is not quite where I'd like it, and not...
Components: Birchwood, Gilders Paste in White and Damson (LB), assorted leather cord, Tierra Cast triple spacers (LB), large hole jasper beads, waxed linen, decorative nails and decoupage glue (to fasten the bark) for the twig.

Cary's SS JPL Tourmalasper

I love silver Chainmaille Jens Pind linkage, Dalmatian Jasper and tourmaline round smooth beads and schorl. I sit down with some beads, some wire...
Components: Sterling Silver, tourmaline smooth round beads and schorl, dalmation Jasper and leather.

Honey Do List August 2017

Another installment in my husband's Honey Do List challenge! I had some more fun with Vintaj patinas and layering.

You can see my other...
Components: Vintaj round and flower blanks, scarb beetle, patinas, findings, & chain; Czech glass flowers, English cuts, rondelles; Swarovski pearls; faceted prehnite coins.

Pretty Pastels

I made this set at the Adornments Retreat in Galena, IL last month for the Bead Soup challenge they gave us. I shared the color palette they gave...
Components: Pendant by Erin Prais-Hintz (Tesori Trovati); Czech glass, Amazonite, Rose Quartz, seed beads, clasp by TierraCast

Primal Beginnings Set

I've been trying to work on the plethora of unfinished projects I have waiting for attention!

The inspiration for this set was creating a more...
Components: Fire Agate, Lava stone, Picture Jasper, Czech glass, recycled glass, TierraCast wavy discs & toggle bar, crystal rondelles, ASP findings--most from Lima.

A penny for your thoughts! :)

Some time ago FreshBaked posted a few pieces she'd made with copper and solder. She then stamped the solder while still hot with a rubber stamp....
Components: Canadian copper pennies (1996 and prior), solder, torch, rubber stamps, copper heart, chain, various beads, leather, copper sheet, glass cabachon, glue

Fiesta Time

I made this necklace for a special order. They wanted a necklace set that they could wear for Fiesta while riding on a parade float.
Components: It is made with various types of multi-colored beads, primarily glass beads. Each set of beads were randomly placed on a pin. I used pins with loops and then used needle nose type pliers to make loops on the other end. I them used a flat head pins to add a bead to dangle. I used small and medium jump rings and attached to metal chain.

Teardrops and swirls

Tibet beads made of red coral and turquoise, paired with brass Ethiopian padre beads and Onyx.

Gold Cream Summer

I have a family wedding coming up in a couple weeks, and needed jewelry to go with my dress. I tend to stick with silver or copper elements...but...
Components: All are from Lima Beads. Hammered Links, Chain, czech glass beads, eyepins, jump rings, clasps

Beaded Hairpins

Fun hairpins for easter or prom
Components: Pearls ans assorted beads wired onto hairpins

I think I like it?

Hmmm. I had this wonderful piece from Annabronze, that was a gift with my first purchase (wow!). And I wanted to do an elaborate boho piece with...
Components: See above. Let me know if you have any questions ❤

Adventures in Agate

This was inspired by a "fresh pick" I saw on LB, as well as a bit of serendipity. I wish I could remember who's pick, but it had the crazy lace...
Components: Crazy Lace Agate, pyrite rings and small beads, Czech glass beads-all from LB. The clasp is white bronze from Saki Silver, as well as the white bronze spacer discs. Leather cord, jump rings from my stash.

Southwest Style

Turquoise just makes me sooo happy.
Components: Turquoise, tiger eye beads, Swarovski crystals

Circlesnsquares Springs in the Air!

Thinking warm thoughts and sundresses!
Sunny yellow and clear day Czech glass squares mixed and matched with silver plate open circles and...

Ready for Spring?

These were made at separate times but I suppose one could wear them as a set. The necklace is knotted on green bamboo cord, finished with crimp...
Components: Large assortment of beads, most from Lima--African, brass, lampwork, Czech, Saki, Swarovski, gemstone, ceramic, gold-plated.

Learning a New Skill

I've been wanting to explore more wire work & metalworking. So I bought a few books & hit YouTube. The wire book I got is Artisan...
Components: 10mm & 6mm crazy lace agate, 6/0 African Sunset Toho, 18 & 20 gauge copper wire. The caged beads are made with a coated copper wire from my father-in-law's electronics stash.

Smile at the Birdy :)

Just a fun little set to remind me that Spring is only a few months away. Birds and flowers. :)
Components: Copper chain, copper coloured metal, Coral, turquoise coloured magnesite, czech glass, jump rings, headpins, wire


My cousin was going on a cruise and needed some jewelry to go with a dress. This is what I made for her. It turned out really nice and she got...
Components: Blister Pearl focal, peacock pearls, zola components, crystal, headpins, wire, metal beads, chain, clasp, jumprings

Giving back..

My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and for my birthday (which is on NYE). My response was instant.. Recycled glass beads from Ghana....
Components: Recycled glass disk beads (Turquoise), recycled glass tulip flower beads from Ghana Treasures. Recycled glass round bead in Turquoise from Lima Beads. All wire, including those to make the ear wires and wire wrapping, leather (1.5mm dark brown) and Czech, gemstone chips and coconut rondelle from Lima Beads. Gemstone chips used were Larimar, Malachite, Apatite and Jasper tumbled chips (some were sold as stretch bracelets from LB which I obviously ermm.. cut the elastic to get to the chips for this - sorry LB!). Thread is C-Lon in orange and red from the local bead store, which I waxed repeatedly with beeswax and then used a warmish iron and a thick piece of calico on top to melt into the thread and wiped them down with cotton to remove the excess wax.

More Presents..

The set with the round drop earrings are PC (translucent with blue ink and copper solid coloured PC) were for my sister-in-law. The long dangly...
Components: Polymer clay beads in the necklace and earrings, made by me (translucent with teal and blue ink with a bit of solid copper PC added when shaping to get the two contrasting tones), as well as the copper PC disk bead/washer.. Czech beads - round teal and aqua nugget bead in the long drop earrings from Lima Beads. The 3 window beads and Picasso rondelle (4mm) from my own stash. Wire and leather from Lima Beads. 22 gauge wire for the ear wires were also from LB and shaped by me. Earring findings in the stud earrings and split rings, as well as the thin chain and lobster claw clasps from the local bead store. Recycled glass tulip bead from Ghana Treasures on Etsy.

Gifts for Mum..

I was trying my hand at polymer clay drops, mixing different colours, with a design idea for my mother in the colours I know she loves. I may have...
Components: Pink Czech beads, melon beads, blue rondelle and red round beads and antique copper wire from Lima Beads. Ceramic raku beads also from LB that I had been hoarding for a while now, as there were only two when I bought them. Polymer Clay drops, beads and disk beads, made by me. Chain and earring findings from the local bead shop. The dark blue 3 window Czech beads from my own stash.

" Winter Bird "- Merry Christmas everyone

It had been a while since I posted, but last 2 months were extremly busy, that does not mean that I did no beading just opposite. This little...
Components: Magatams seed beads, Czech glass, waxed linen and chain from LB, rest from my stash.

Smoke and Fire

I made this a while back and love wearing it. It is a necklace I always feel good in. The smoky tones and the fiery tones complement each other...
Components: Smoky Quartz, Agate, Carnelian, Brass

Garnet Gunmetal Set

This all started by finding those Czech turbines from Lima. And this set was born. I made it for moi!
Components: Various gunmetal beads and some called patinaed copper from FMG, Czech garnet druks, turbines, ovals, Czech firepolished gunmetal glass beads (nice sparkle:), .8mm stretch cord, gunmetal findings

Bronze Beauty

This set came from my love of bronze metal & receiving the gorgeous copper rutilated quartz chips. I also wanted to work in a few special beads...
Components: Bronzite, Sodalite, & copper rutilated quartz gems, Czech lampwork bead, Grace lampwork cobalt celestial, Greek ceramic raku oxyhedrons, & a mixture of bronze chain, findings, Greek bronze, & a bit of brass & antique gold plated pieces. Most from Lima, some from Etsy & my stash.

By The Sea..

The colours of this set remind me of the sea, sand, and the lush palms and plants that dot our beaches and everywhere around my home and local...
Components: The focal beads in the necklace and bracelet are Feldspath Faceted Freeform Oval (from Lima Beads that I picked up in the "last chance" deal). African recycled glass beads, Blue Haze Fire Agate, Matte Pink Quartz rondelle, coconut spacer beads (big and small), Czech blue glass beads, 18 gauge wire and 22 gauge vintage copper wire, leather cord (in necklace and bracelet), C-Lon cord, round size 6 Toho seed beads are all from Lima Beads. Ear wires I made myself from the 22 gauge wire (my first ever ones!).. Clasp, split rings and findings are from the local bead shop.

Fluorite Fantasies

I was inspired to try this necklace design from another website using my own ideas about beads & color. The bracelet came from having epoxied the...
Components: Necklace--Assorted fluorite beads, seed bead fluorite mix (my own), gold plated stardust beads, findings & brass beads (2.5mm) & chain. Bracelet--Swarovski pearl & CPS rivolis, beads & gold plated findings.


I just fell in love with these rainbow glass beads...they Have a mystic feel to them. A customer loved them but wanted a Druzy pendant...
Components: Rainbow glass beads, Druzy connector, gold chain, gold leverbavk earwires

MInoan Bull

Here are the pieces I made from my "Minoan Bull" pick. The bull is a choker and the long heishi shell and opalite necklace was designed to wear...
Components: Golden Pyrite "wolf" pendant-LB, Black Water Jasper 8 mm rounds-LB, Moss opalite 4 mm rounds-LB, Czech dark purple pearl 6/0, Toho 6/0 matte Jet-LB, Toho Transparent Frosted Ruby 8/0-LB, Zola Antique Silver (plated) geometric Diamond charms-LB, oyster heishi.

Hard to Photograph!

I pulled out my gemstones in blacks & greys & strung 3 sets. And actually finished them! The first is labradorite in alternating dark & light...
Components: Most gemstones listed above from Lima, antique silver & silver plated or filled findings & beads, clear crystal rondelles, Czech UFO beads in clear & silver from an Etsy shop

At the Beach

It's the end of the season and time to close the cottage this weekend until the May long weekend. I always miss being able to go up there during...
Components: glass, brass, wood

Gunmetal Mania

I got bit by the gunmetal bug so I had to make something for myself! These gemstones are called kiwi or sesame jasper. I fell in love with the soft...
Components: Sesame Jasper, gunmetal chain, beads & findings, crystal & blue faceted beads, antique silver end caps