Friday, August 28, 2015

Native Cuff

Variation on Christina Neit's BEADWORK Dec 2014 pattern "Line'em Up Bracelet" pgs 26-28. Thank you Heidi for the suggested worked out GREAT!

"Native Cuff" uses #15, #11 & # 8 seed beads, Super Duos, and 2-hole Triangles in a combination of peyote stitch, right-angle weave and netting topped off with a copper shank button as it's clasp. Sorry,this bracelet with matching earrings is already taken, but custom orders can be placed on request at  . Pricing begins at $55 for bracelet alone, $20 for earrings alone and $70 for bracelet and earring set. Prices include shipping in the USA.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Memory Wire Bangle

This memory wire bangle was taught at BEADS in Tampa, FL by Maryann, owner of Beads n' Stitches.

This is a fun bracelet to make and wear. The base, of course is memory wire, embellished with  #6, #8 & #11 seed beads and  4 MM rounds or crystal bicones..... 

There are limitless color possibilities...

Rock Mountain Sunrise Collar

Rock Mountain Sunrise was inspired by Alice Kharon's "Boardwalk Necklace" in August/Sept BEADWORK pg 56-58.

The collar comes together using Ladder Stitch, Square Stitch and Right-Angle Weave.

Materials include #15 & #11 seed beads, 3 MM bugles, 5 MM Tilas, 4 MM preciosa bi-cones and copper magnetic clasp.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Silvered Pearl Cuff

Lana May has  wonderful right angle weave bracelet patterns. This is my interpretation of her "Bracelet with Nielloed Silver". Lana May teaches out of her studio in Phoenix, AZ.  

I changed the pattern by working in silver bugle beads in place of some of the delica embellishment. The supplies I used in this cuff: Silver Delica Beads, # 11 seed beads,  size 3 bugle seed beads, 8 MM glass pearls, 10 MM glass pearls , button,  and 8 lb Fire Line.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Indian Sunrise Bracelet

Fun pattern by 2014 Designer of the Year, Christina Neit, which can be found in BEADWORK Dec 2014 edition

Color way for Indian Sunrise: 6 mm 2 hole Triangles in Rose Gold Topaz,  #11 Bronze Metallic & Opaque Tea Rose, #8 Metallic Dark Raspberry, #15 Aqua O/L, and Iris Gold Super Duos 
15 mm button

Christina Neit's pattern as written calls for 48 2-hole triangles for the bracelet's base. Using 48 triangles gives a finished bracelet base of 6 1/2 inches. With the button clasp the bracelet measures just over 7".  For a wrist over 7" I would recommend increasing the bracelet base to 50+ 2-hole triangles, which will increase the over all bead count.

The superduos are used to finish off the back of the bracelet, which makes for a very clean looking, tightly woven & solid finished bracelet.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Copper Lace Cuff

Copper Lace is my take on Susan Council's "Indian Summer Bracelet" pattern published in BEADWORK  August/September 2014, pg 54-57.  

The embellished netting and daisy chain bracelet works up very quickly using the following supplies: #11 seed beads, #8 seed beads, two different colors of super duos, 21 6mm rounds and a magnetic clasp.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Victorian Diamonds-----Odd Count Peyote

Victorian Diamonds an Odd Count Peyote pattern is my interpretation of "Double Diamond" taught by Maryann of Beads N' Stitches at BEADS in Tampa.  

With moving into a in home, unpacking and getting settled it took me awhile to complete this bracelet, but the results were well worth the wait. The incorporation of four different sizes and shapes of seed beads gives the bracelet wonderful movement.

The following supplies were used in "Victorian Diamonds":
 #11 seed beads= Burnt Cinnamon, Dark Sea Foam, Opaque Tea Rose
#8= Light Rose/Dark Rose ICL
#8 Hex=  Delica Lined Lime AB APX
#6= Clear/Aqua ICL
4 mm Preciosa Fuchsia AB Rondell
TierraCast Antique Copper 3/4 inch Hook Clasp

Bracelet with clasp measures 7 1/2 inches

Inquires for special orders of this bracelet, in your choice of color path, can be made at  Pricing for this bracelet begins at $75 and could increase depending on your choice of beads

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wrapped Wire Bracelet

Thanks to Cookie, member of the OTOW Polymer Clay Group, for sharing this wrapped wire bracelet pattern. It a great way to feature Polymer Clay Beads that we have made.

The bracelet uses 12 gauge aluminum wire,  22 gauge silver wire and 7-9 round beads(# depends on  wrist size).  The polymer beads I used were 12 MM, but can be adjusted depending on the size of the wire loops you make.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Polymer Clay

This Winter I took an Introduction to Polymer Clay Beads class through the "Master the Possibilities" Program in Ocala, FL. The photos in this post are to show some of my early attempts making polymer clay beads and charms...

Homemade baking tray using aluminum tray and folded card stock... 

After baking the polymer clay beads you can glaze if desired.  Photos of homemade drying tray...Styrofoam and tooth picks. 

Beads, charms and parts for earrings and pins..

Polymer clay group meeting in "On Top of the World", Ocala, FL

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fused Glass

Fused glass pendant with custom glass bead necklace....

I was fortunate  to be able to take a class with Beth Cox, visiting glass artist, through "Master the Possibilities" program at "On Top of the World" Communities. Beth spends her summers in Bark River, MI at Perronville Glass Works.

Above, left photo of my before buttons & a pendant and right photo before earrings and pendants....

Fused glass pendants and earring after firing...

Fused glass buttons after firing, which I hope to use as clasps for my handwoven beaded bracelets. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aztec Sun Bracelet

Several weeks ago I drove to Tampa for Bead Week at BEADS. I took a class taught by Anne Hesse, who will be one of the featured instructors at the "Bead and Button" Show at the end of May into June 2015 in Milwaukee, WI.

The photos above are my version of Anne's "Mayan Sol".  The circles are build around an 8 mm bead using #11, #8, #6 and cube seed beads. I finished off the bracelet with a toggle clasp using #15 seed beads and #11 delicias.

Anne is in the center of this photo taken at BEADS, Tampa.  Below is Anne's sample bracelet, which she finished off with a snap for the closure.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Aztec Sun Pendant

The Aztec Sun Pendant is based on Anne Hesse's "Mayan Sol" pattern. Anne uses her smaller medallions in her "Mayan Sol" bracelet.

In the last few months I have been working with polymer clay. The center bead is one of my clay beads. The polymer clay bead is surrounded by #11, 8 & 6 seed beads and # 6 triangles.

The basic technique used in the "Aztec Sun" Pendant is the brick stitch. Peyote stitch is used in the loop for top.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Peach Fuzz

Thank you, Marcia Balonis, for this wonderful lacy pattern, which uses two hole tile beads, crystals, seed beads and a Luna Soft Cabochon.

Marcia Balonis taught one of her newest patterns "Moonstruck Bracelet" at BEADS in Tampa this past Saturday.

"Peach Fuzz" is my variation of Marcia's pattern and incorporates the Bezeled Luna Soft as the bracelets clasp. The body of  the bracelet was woven using two hole Czech Glass 6 MM Tile beads in Apollo Gold, Red Luster SuperDuos, #11 round galvanized rose seed beads, #11 Delica duracoat dark berry, #15 dusky lilac seed beads, 18 MM oval Luna Soft Cabochon Lt pink,  Preciosa Rondell 3 MM Amethyst cryatals and Preciosa Rondell 3 MM Lt Amethyst crystals.