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Designs by Karen aka kidsauthor

Three Hearts

I absolutely love hearts and try to incorporate them in alot of my designs. Here, I had two brass hearts and three glass puff hearts I had in my...
Components: Czech glass Peanut Butter & Jelly Fire polished rondelle 6x9mm, Czech glass puffed hearts, brass hearts x2 10mm & 7mm, brass chain & claw clasp and matching earrings with brass tassels.

Mardi Gras

I loved the colors indicted in these beads and I really like the Impression Jasper! I wanted to make this just as fun as the beads are, so I...
Components: Mardi Gras mixed Impression Jasper Ladder Pendant fro LB, 4mm square Swarovski crystals multi colors, gold-plated bead caps square, toho beads and gold plated chain with lobster claw clasp...length is 17-18" long!

Renaissance II

Another one of my Renaissance pieces; love the red but next time will try using blue or purple. On August 9th I will be in a fair -fundraiser for...
Components: Picasso Turbine Czech glass beads 11x10, Rondelles-Oxblood Picasso 6x9mm, Hematite rounds Czech glass 8mm, Gunmetal chain and toggle clasp.


We have the Renaissance Fair going on through the summer here in Wisconsin; I also like the period in history; when I created my pick for this I...
Components: Gunmetal roped cable chain, Gunmetal Tierra cast gunmetal Fleur pendant, Czech glass hematite rounds 8mm, Garnet oval 10x14, Antique silver oval setting, Garnet oval 8x10, Antique silver mini ornate oval bezel link 24x15, Garnet Picasso Czech glass Turbine 11x10mm, gunmetal toggle clasp

An Antique Heart

I found the brass heart at St Vincent de Paul, could not resist it. I love "old" jewelry. Bought it home, cleaned it up, removed all the old...

Fall Leaves

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Mother Nature really knows how to display her talents. This necklace reminds me of all the beautiful colors...
Components: LB Czech glass Autumn Afternoon leaf drops 8x12mm in various colors of Fall, seed bead 11/0, 4mm orange/shell rounds, simple leaf gold toggle clasp

Vintage Flowers!

Wanted to make a vintage necklace...really did not have a plan for this one, made it up as I went along. I had all these filigree flowers from...
Components: Brass, silver plate filigree components, Swarovski crystals 3 & 6 mm peach, pink ribbon threaded through the chain, 2 Mother of Pearl charms

Lucious Watermelon

One of the first picks I did were these colors and the cabachon. I blended the beads with the copper & here is the result!
Components: Most of these beads are from LB! Malachite cabachon & setting, 8mm dk pink shell coins, Czech glass 6mm prairie green squares, 4mm firepolished round-hematite, copper chain, round spapcers & clasp. The necklace is 20" in length

Seed Bead Designs

Always wanted to do something a little more creative with seed beads. I worked with a gal who taught me this design in 20 minutes while on break,...
Components: Round 11/0 size seed bed, various colors, 3mm pearls and 2-3mm Swarovski crystals, Fireline string and sterling silver clasps on all three necklaces.

My Amber in Gold

This the one I made with gold and amber acrylic. I loved working with these beads, wasn't quite sure about working with such a large mm bead, but...
Components: Acrylic amber 22mm, 8mm gold beads, seed beads in shades of amber, gold-plated chain and clasp.

My Amber

I fell in love with these amber acrylic beads and came up with a couple of designs, I think this one is one of my favorites as I prefer silver or...
Components: Acrylic amber 22mm with shades of amber/gold seed beads, 10mm nuggets, silver-plated spacers 10mm

Forever Pearls

I had this bow focal point for some time and just sat down one day, recently, and came up with this! I really like the pearls with it, kind of...
Components: 22mm brass bow with dark purple rhinestones, Top-drilled fresh-water pearls in amethyst, sea green & ivory. Brass lobste claw clasp, and 2 brass leaf spacers.

The Jaded Rose

I found these faceted rose beads, fell in love with them (remember, I love sparkles) and had the jade stones...put them together and found that the...
Components: Swarovski Baroque crystals 16mm & 18mm, swarovski bicone rose, Jade rounds, 6 & 4mm, rose faceted glass 12mm, Antique silver clasp

"Swamp Water"

I really enjoyed working with the new beads from LB. Recently watched an "old" movie "Swamp thing", and was inspired to create something with the...
Components: LB new Peruvian Opal Groovy Rectangle, new Margarita fire polished rondelles, gold plated bar links, gold plated toggle clasp

July's Fire

My husband's birthday is in July and I wanted to design a piece that displays my love for him. He is so supportive of my "hobby" in designing...
Components: Acrylics and Czech glass beads, 3mm Swarovski crystals, gold-plated link chain and clasp.