Sunday, September 7, 2014

Petit Jardin Bracelet

Embellished RAW with Swarovski crystal flowers.... A variation inspired by a Lana May pattern.

Embellishment built on RAW crystal base.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Copper Canyon: a Tila and SuperDuo Bracelet

What a great pattern from OUR FAVORITE STITCHES 3 by Holly Hancock, owner of Beads in Tampa, FL. Holly calls her pattern "Center of Attraction" and is on page 4 of her book.

"Copper Canyon" was woven with Copper Metallic Rainbow Matte Tilas and #11 Copper Delicas  as the base and the following as embellishment: #11 Duracoat Galv Dk Berry, #8 Topaz, #15 Lime Green, 4 MM Olivine Preciosa Rondells, and Copper SuperDuos.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kazuri Bead Necklace

Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful' produces a wide range of hand made, hand painted ceramic jewelry that shines with a kaleidoscope of African colors and Kenyan art that reflects a culture and appeal to a worldwide fashion market. Kazuri's beautifully finished products are made to an international standard and are sold worldwide.  I have purchased the beads I used in this necklace from Antelope Beads in Boulder, CO.
The beaded chain is my variation of Cindy Holsclaw's pattern "Diamond O" free on Cindy's site Bead Origami. My variation uses the new "O" beads, #11 Seed Beads (two colors) and #8 Seed Beads.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Flipside Bracelet

This is a fun double sided spiral bracelet. Each side has it's own personality. Work up using #11, #8 & #6 seed beads using a variation of Ellen Tihane's pattern in August 2012 BEAD AND BUTTON page 26 and  27.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Camping Out" Series Bracelet #1

"On The Road Again" Bracelet is made with 14 different shades of #11 Delica beads.
This bracelet is the first in a series of "camping out" themed bracelets I'll be working on over the next year. Since we are now full timing in our motor-home  it is fitting that the first bracelet is little class C motor-homes.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

OH! OH! Bracelet

The "OH! OH! Bracelet is my variation of a Potomac Beads pattern taught by Heather called the Ripple Bracelet. My color palette  "Terracotta Sunset" comes together with turquoise Swarovski crystal bicones and earth tone Japanese and Czech seed beads.The bracelet uses almost 8 grams of the new "O" beads, hence the name "OH! OH!"    

"Terracotta Sunset" supply list: Copper Super Duos, 4 MM Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Bicones, #11 Matsuno turquoise(#399) Japanese  seed beads, O Beads Czech glass Jet Bronze, Rulla Czech glass Bronze Luster, 4 MM Burnt Orange Druk Beads, and TierraCast Antique Copper Oval Shell Button.
Sorry this bracelet is already spoken for, but I will be glad to create a similar bracelet for you just name your color palette and wrist size. The price of $40 includes shipping and handling.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Study in Green and Pink---- 2 Drop Peyote Cuff

Vivid Delica #11 seed beads in Bright Fuchsia TSL, Bright Lime Luminous, Crystal Watermelon ICCL, and Black Matte make this cuff POP! Finished off with a silver plated tube clasp with bar from the Etsy shop "mindmyownbeadsness" this cuff is like wearing a piece of art...

Friday, May 2, 2014

Peyote Patriotic Flag Bracelet

 A special request from one of my clients had me pulling out one of my all time favorite patterns. It has been a long time since I have made the peyote waving flag bracelet and I had forgotten how much fun it is to weave. The bracelet  comes together quickly with size 11 seed beads and making those flags wave is always a treat.  Thanks to my beading buddy, Barb Booker, for sharing this pattern with me several years ago.

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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