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.

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.
Special Order only $35 includes shipping

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