Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kumihimo Braided Necklace with Beads

Kumihimo is the ancient Japanese art of braiding. In fact, kumihimo means "coming together of threads" in Japanese.

Using the book NECKLACES BRAIDED ON THE KUMIHIMO DISK by Karen DeSousa and taking a class at Beads in Tampa I was able to complete my first necklace.

The beads in this example are a mix of 3 mm pearls, chips, #5 triangles, #6 seed beads, 4 mm cubes, magatama drops, 3.4 mm drops and 6 mm crystal rondelles

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rainbow Wave-3 Drop Peyote

All beads used in this bracelet are Delica Duracoat Galvanized #11 seed beads in the following hues:  Light Pewter, Pink Blush, Hot Pink, Mint Green, and Dark Sea Foam. The bracelet is finished off with a 20mm Tube Clasp with Bar in silver. 

I've discovered these new tube clasps with bar to finish off this peyote stitch bracelet. I found the clasps on Etsy at the shop "mindmyownbeadsness".  These clasps finish off the peyote bracelets in a much smoother way, then clasps I've used in the past.

Building a rainbow.......

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wire Coiled "Jelly Bean" Bracelet

The "Jelly Bean" Bracelet is made using Artistic Wire's Coiling Gizmo and drop beads. 

The drop beads I used in this bracelet are Cobalt Blue TR, Berry TR, Yellow TR, Crystal/Aqua and Lime Green TR. As you can imagine the color variations are limitless. 

The coiling gizmo's part in the bracelet design...

Example of the coiled bead sections being used in a necklace....
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

3 Drop Peyote "Tropical Dreams"

Using the new Luminous #11 Delicas the tropical flowers really pop in this 3 drop peyote pattern.
This photo shows the bracelet in progress using Dusty Blue as the background with Magenta Blue, Sea Foam Blue and Mango for the flowers....
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fun with Tilas

These colorful earrings make a nice gift for special occasions or to say I'm think of you....

Pattern inspired by earrings seen on Pinterest Board......  
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Ocean Turquoise Trail Ridge Spiral

Variation on Marcia Balonis's pattern "Chunky Spiral", always produces fabulous necklaces. Go to Marcia's web page to see her designs and purchase her wonderful patterns. I have been very lucky to take several of Marcia's classes at Beads in Tampa, FL. 

This spiral necklace came together using 8 mm Ocean Turquoise rounds, #8 Bronze & Matte Patina Iris seed beads, #6 Aqua seed beads, #6 Pink lined Orange Luster Hex Japanese seed beads, #11 Matsuno Iris seed beads and 4 mm Preciosa Montana AB rondells. The Ocean Turquoise Spiral is a custom piece and not available for purchase. 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Enamel Jewelry Work

 Enamel is one of the most versatile sources of pure, luscious color. Powdered glass can be applied with great precision onto a variety of jewelry metals, including silver, gold, and copper.

Jewelry enamel, also known as vitreous enamel (from the Latin word for glass, vitrum), is made when powdered glass is fused to a substrate by firing

I took an introductory class in Jewelry Enameling with Holly at BEADS in Tampa and the Necklace and Earring Set are the results....not bad for a first try!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Citrine Turquoise Switchback Spiral Necklace

The Switchback Spiral is a fun mix of  #11,  #8 , #6, and #5 seed beads, Czech Republic Preciosa Olivine AB 4 MM bicones and 8 MM yellow turquoise rounds.

The Switchback Spiral pattern is my take on Marcia Balonis' Chunky Spiral available on her website

The Lemon Drop Earrings were made to compliment the Citrine Switchback Spiral Necklace. Necklace and earrings are available upon request as special order items only. Please contact Jan at for pricing and to discuss your individual requirements. All pieces are individually customized for each of my clients.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Earring Designs

Tila Star and "Loop d Loop"  Earrings crafted to coordinate with the Lentil Strata Rolled Necklace...

 The Tila Star earrings are my variation on Fusion Beads pattern Shooting Star using 4 MM Czech Fire Polished Orange/Copper rounds, #11 Duracoat Sea Foam, #8 Topaz rounds and Tila Sage Metalic Rainbow Mate

"Loop d Loop" Earrings uses a brick stitch pattern woven with #15s, #11 Delicas, #11 seed beads and  #8 seed beads. Both earring sets were finished off with copper ear-wires.

Lentil Strata Rolled Necklace made with the new 2-hole lentil beads as the core.
Other color variations of the Tila Star and Loop d Loop Earrings....lots of possibilities.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lentil Strata Rolled Necklace

Corkscrew layers of 4 MM Fire Polished Czech Orange/Copper Glass Beads and #6 Aqua Seed Beads move around a core of 2 hole CzechMates Lentils in Copper/Turquoise Picasso Glass Beads. Also, in the spiral mix are #15, #11 and #8 seed beads topped off with with a  17 MM Antique copper round leaf button by TierraCast, as part of the clasp. This design is a variation of Marcia Balonis's pattern in August 2013 "Bead and Button" magazine, page 30-31. The price of $125 includes shipping and handling.

This necklace is NLA, but special orders are taken upon request.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Superduo Duo

Superduos (sometimes written as "SuperDuos" or "Super Duos") are oval-shaped, two-hole glass beads made in the Czech Republic. The "Ruffle" Bracelet(left) and "Los Peyote Cosen" Bracelet(right) are two fun examples of how you can use these new versatile beads.

Using Crystal Sliperit Super Duo Beads, #5 Surf and Sand Triangle Beads, #11 Light Gold Seed Beads,  #15 Dark Golden Brown Round Seed Beads and 4MM  Semi Precious Cat Eye Rounds the "Ruffle" Bracelet dresses up any outfit.

The "Los Peyote Cosen" is made using a modified even count peyote stitch. Capri Gold Super duos join with #11 Duracoat Galvanized Sea Foam and Galvanized Dark Mauve to make an interesting variegated gold and teal pattern. 
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Trail Ridge Switchback Spiral Necklace

The Trail Ridge Switchback Spiral Necklace was inspire by Marcia Balonis' pattern "Chunky Spiral" This design uses a woven right angle weave core of  #8 seed beads to twist back and forth like the hair pin curves on Trail Ridge Road on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake, CO.

A great mix of colors and sizes of turquoise, green and bronze beads all from Holly Hancock's shop, Beads in Tampa, FL, make this a fun necklace to make as well as wear. Marcia Balonis' pattern for the Chunky Spiral is also available at Beads.

This necklace is NLA. Please contact Jan at to special order your own custom made Trail Ridge necklace.
1st Place at the 2013 WIT TN State Rally Craft Show Handmade Jewelry Division 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

SuperDuo Turquoise Ripples

The Turquoise Ripple Bracelet is my variation on Marcia Balonis's "Ring Around the Rosie" pattern.

The 8MM Turquoise rounds are set off nicely with SuperDuo 2.5MMx5MM Aqua Capri Gold two hole beads, #8 Lt Blue/Dk Teal Triangles, #8 Duracoat Galv Dark Mauve, and #15 Plum/Teal Charlottes.

The bracelet is finished off with a self beaded toggle to keep with the overall theme of "Turquoise Ripples". This fun bracelet is already spoken for, tho, special orders will be taken on request.  Pricing will usually range from $60 to $85 depending on the 8MM round semi precious stone chosen. Send your inquires to Jan at  
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