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 
beadsbaublesandbracelets@gmail.com  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.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Netted Raspberry Bronze Lavalliere

Back in Tampa and my favorite bead shop, BEADS on West Hillsborough Ave.  Holly Hancock, BEADS owner, has created a learning center with great teachers and wonderful selection of supplies.



"Netted Raspberry Bronze Lavalliere" is my variation of a pattern taught at BEADS. The pattern was worked up using Amethyst Gold 12 MM Bugles, #8 Matte Metalic Gold , #8 Dark Raspberry and finished off with large super strong magnetic clasp. All the beads and magnetic clasp used are available at BEADS


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.