Saturday, July 27, 2013

New jewelry

I don't think I showed you this new necklace yet. I started with my etched copper pendant  with a  fish bone design on it. I love the tribal feel of it.  I added a dangle with one of my round lampwork beads done in earth tones  and one of my disk beads wired together.  It looked too long for the fullness of it so I made the copper oval which I hammered some texture into and patinaed then sanded to highlight. I wound ball end wires I had made around the oval like a vine growing on it then hung two earth tone beaded dangles from  that.  I patinaed a copper ball chain with liver of sulfur and brushed the tops of the balls to bring back copper highlights.  It is 20% off right now in my Etsy store!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!

Well, I thought this was a great idea that Lori Anderson came up with!  How many of us jewelry designers have tons of stuff stashed because it's too expensive or the inspiration hasn't come yet? So here we have over 160 people sharing their designs made with hoarded beads, components, clasps, etc.  - and here's mine. Thanks Lori!

I rarely use sterling anymore due to the cost and I am worried that it will be priced higher than folks are able to pay so I pulled lots of sterling silver out of my hoarded stash!   First up I have the above necklace made with vintage color swarovski crystals - three different shades of pink!  and sterling silver beads and clasp with matching earrings. Yummy! What should I charge for this?  A million dollars! lol 

 Secondly, a pair of earring made with clear crystals and peridot set in sterling silver. Gorgeous, I love peridot!

  Here I have a necklace made with classic colors red coral, black onyx and sterling silver beads.  And matching earrings below. :o)

Last, another pink piece with a handmade lampwork bead by me in the center, 2 hugemongous sterling silver beads and beautiful matching pink fresh water pearls! Looks good enough to eat! 
I still have tons more hoarded but this felt good as if I had permission to use some if it! lol
If you like lampwork beads in your designs all of mine are 20% off in my Etsy store right now!

Please enjoy visiting other blogs in this blog hop to see more beauty!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Peruvian Opals! Yummy!

I love Peruvian opal! Green, blue or pink  - it is all gorgeous!  But there is no blue bead like blue Peruvian Opal.  A customer bought earrings I made with the blue opal beads like the one in the pendant. Then she wanted a matching necklace! I made each section wire wrapping the beads together and then connecting the loops on the ends. It has great movement and the beads are SO pretty! I love the blue opal with sterling silver. I added Swarovski crystal 4mm bicones as accent beads. Gorgeous color for summer!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rain Anyone? New Boho Necklaces Anyway!

It has been raining here for three weeks! We have had a few short breaks - a whole day a week ago - so I have gotten the grass almost mowed. lol
The weeds are taking over the garden and I can't take any pictures because I use natural light and need to be outside to get the most accurate colors.  Well, that leaves me more time for creating beads and jewelry.  Except that the rain makes me very sleepy! Wow!

But I do have a few new pieces finished and more in the works. I have a new series using sea glass pieces - earring and necklaces! I love the boho look so I made dangly charms and used recycled sari silk along with some handmade lampwork beads. The charms have crystals, opal sticks, Czech glass flowers and more.  I love them and so does my daughter so that is a super vote of confidence from her! We did have a few hours of break in the rain so I got some quick photos of new pieces. My daughter was sweet enough to model for me.
I will share them with you even though I want to take more pictures to list them for sale.  If the rain ever stops.....Email me if you are interested in any of these pieces. I have earrings to match! The length of  these necklaces are adjustable at the clasp. 

This piece has a soft pink sea glass piece to which I added a beautiful lampwork glass flower made by a friend of mine. I used Czech glass flower beads to make the dangle which hangs on a dainty diamond cut copper chain.  handmade copper clasp.  $44

I love the humor of this piece. The aqua blue sea glass  circle has sari silk ribbons complimenting it in beautiful aqua, brown and cream colors. The dangle is a pewter fish chasing an orange Czech glass fish that is chasing a fisher man's hook which I wire worked for this piece! The second dangle is sea glass rounds and crazy lace agate! The orange fish is not neon - lol - it is just the lighting.  Handmade copper clasp.   $39

This pretty piece is an aqua blue rectangle that I wire wrapped using a clear etched sea glass pebble and a swarovski crystal. As dangles I used a Czech glass clam shell and aqua crystal. The other stick dangle is opalescent milk glass. Copper lobster claw clasp.  $28

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth Everybody!!

I want to say happy 4th to you all. I hope you have a great day whether working or relaxing.

I am trying to make up for all the lost posts from when my DD unintentionally deleted my old blog .  So, I want to show you the beads and jewelry from one of the Bead Soup Blog Hops that Lori Anderson hosts. This was the sixth blog party that that Lori hosted and I exchanged soups with Shari Replogle whose blog is

I sent her this :

And she made this fabulous boho necklace!

She sent me this super bunch of charms and makings that she creates herself.

And I made this charm necklace. I have to say that we did not speak about what we were going to make. It seems that the brass tube charms lent themselves to tassel pendants!

I had so much fun on this blog hop. I hope you enjoy seeing the goodies. :o)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Flower beads

I an an avid gardener so it follows that I would love flower beads.  I have practiced in the last year or so various styles of flower beads!  I have yet to try sculpting flowers but that may come.  For now I am having fun making disk flower beads, murrini flowers and 3 petal flowers. These are all available in my Etsy store and are on sale right now!

This is a set of my Fun and Funky Disks beads that I indented to give them petals.

This focal bead is called Night Pond in which I used murrini as flowers.

I added silver glass dots to this disk flower beads.

This is a beautiful colored silver glass 3 petal flower on a large focal bicone bead.

I used silver glass frit as a background for this 3 petal flower focal bead.

This set is called Summer Garden in which I mixed my own frit blend to act a background flowers to the larger murrini flowers.