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Scaly dream

Deco rules! I used these tiny scales to make my version of a flapper necklace. I have matching earrings (around here somewhere).
Components: Aluminum scales, aluminum jump rings, plated clasp

Because I just had to...

I really do appreciate all the kind comments about the simplicity and elegance of design in this necklace. I agree...but my eyes just kept...
Components: brass and opalite

Lima's brass is the best!

I took advantage of the recent sale that LB had on brass components...Love! I did tweak the butterfly by giving it a polish to expose the brighter...
Components: Brass and opalite

Back to work...

It's been a long time since I posted anything new here. It's been a dry summer, jewelry wise. These leaf components caught my attention the other...
Components: Brass with howlite, Czech glass, horn beads

Chainmaille Kumihimo??

So, I was working on a bracelet and I started wondering....What would it look like to add beads to a roundmaille weave? Could I make it look a bit...
Components: Jump rings for the Twist of Fate and Turkish Roundmaille chainmaille weaves, 20 & 22 gauge Antique Brass Artistic Wire, deerskin lace leather, seed beads, feather charm, 10mm Autumn Agate (LB), and a Brazillian Agate focal.

Dzi Bead Bracelet

Received my 1st order from Lima Beads a few days ago. Oh, all the beads/findings were just beautiful..esp. the Dzi beads. Tried a variety of ways...
Components: Dzi beads, Tierracast antique gold coil beads, Greek 1.5mm leather cord, button and goldplated findings from my stash.

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.


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...

Skinny Stackers

More pc pieces painted with alcohol inks. Very simple, but great stacked together, or with other bracelets. Very light and comfortable to wear!
Components: Czech beads from LB and Etsy, deertan lace and clasp from local shop, and focals and jumpings made by me.

Turquoise moon mix

Made this bracelet with the thicker leather & had to think how to finish it off. I did this by gluing it & then sewing it with an ordinary sewing...
Components: Labradorite, Pink Opal, pink turquoise, Czech glass faceted beads, Mardi Gras & leather with silver findings.

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

Beach Bound

I just love creating pieces with a mixture of beads. This one has such soothing colors and a fun variety of charms
Components: lava beads, impression jasper, recycled glass, pewter beads, Amazonite, freshwater pearl, patina beads, silver plated charms

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.

Here Be My Dragon

The Green Girl Dragon Medallion is flanked with Czech glass firepolished rondelles, Tierra Cast beads and aligners, spacers, and clasp. I love the...
Components: Green Girl dragon medallion, firepolished rondelles, Tierra Cast metal pieces.

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

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.


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

Something for Halloween

I saw these beads and had to buy them because they look like the eyeball gumballs we used to get for Halloween. I think they are adorable.
Components: glass eyeball beads, matte black head pins(LB), matte black lobster claw clasp(LB), and black aluminium chain.

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

Flora and Fauna

I found myself with alot of birds lately...which is good...I love birds!
Components: Ceramic flower link, vintage buttons, brass coin chain, Pink Opal, Larimar nuggets, Saki toggle, Green Aventurine, neutral leather cord, ceramic birds, C-Koop flowers, ceramic lumbar link, ceramic components, Wax linen, Patricia Healy toggle.

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.