Sunday, March 29, 2015

I am participating in this years Bead Peeps challenge. My partner is Kathleen Breeding. She was Extremely generous with what she sent me to play with for this challenge. This pic shows aluminum wire,  pink chain, focal and gears, acrylic beads, pearls, sea glass, flowers, stickers, seed beads, cloisonne, hearts, butterfly, brass clasp, wishbone, earwires, and frames. This is just the start. She pack a priority mail box.
Next came seed beads galore including two hole duos, piggy beads, peanuts, and bugles.
Aren't those polymer clay beads yummy? Just look at those peocock beads, they spoke to me right out of the package.The yoyo beads are interesting as well as the faceted brass squares. I am intregued by the cork and I know I need to find something interesting to do with it. The jump ring opener was a nice inclusion.
There are several focals in this pic that I can choose from including the black and coral heart, seed bead bezeled polymer piece, and the wire wrapped focal.
Several more seed bead tubes to choose from.
Stones galore in this pic including magnasite, calcite and rose quartz. Shell rounds and mother of pearl too. Several types of flowers to play with also. Didn't I tell you she was extremely generous? I have so many ideas floating in my head. Now I just need to get busy. I will be sure to pass on lots of my extras to other beaders.





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Last year I got to go to the Bead & Button Show for the first time. I was lucky enough to get a kit from Toho beads  and became a member of Team Toho. I was asked to create something with my kit. I wanted to do something different than the usual necklace, earrings, or bracelet. I came up with the idea of a fascinator and that is what I created. I sent for a buckram form but it got lost in the mail so I made a wire frame to support the beadwork. I made flowers from the petal shapes, triangles and seed beads as embellishments and stitched flower trim around the edge too. I made wire and seed bead accents and added two feathers from my friends cockatoo. The inside is finished with pink ultrasuede. I am pleased with how this turned out. If you would like to see what the others made with their kits here is the link http://teamtoho.net/challenges-and-contests/2014-toho-challenge/  Most others focused more on the blue beads but I was drawn to the metallic pink. Our bead group was well represented as 5 other members also participated in this challenge.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I am participating in  the Bead Peeps Blog Hop. This is what I sent my partner Kathleen Breeding. I bead embroidered the pendant. My friend Cindy gave me the stones. I believe that they are goldstone. They are copper colored with black, navy blue, and sparkles. I also made the clasp and  links. I used magnetic copper wire for these. Magnetic copper wire is used inside electric motors. It has a coating on it that makes it darker and richer looking than regular copper. The coating also makes it not turn green like regular copper. I included some of the 20 gauge magnetic wire for Kathleen to use in my package. The black nuggets are stone that I got at Dakota Stone and I believe the marquise shapes are carnelian. The rounds above the black nuggets are red jasper. I am not sure what the strand of rounds in the upper right is but the color seemed right for this mix. Under the carnelian is shell discs and a pair of cabs I got in a mixed bags of goodies. All of the items to the left of the pendant are vintage. The tan two hole discs I got in New York City at CJS Sales. The other beads in the box with them had tags that said made in Czechoslovakia In 1989 the tags started saying made in Czech Republic so they are older than that. The large orange pearls, faceted cabs, and orange luster pieces all came out of the Bead Hoard boxes I got from A Grain of Sand. I includes size 11 copper seed beads and the two colors of size 15 seed beads that I used in making the pendant so she has something matching to play with. She said that she preferred copper and orange was her favorite color. I hope that she likes what I send.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


A Hint of Mint is the challenge for today. I found this theme very inspiring and I created a whole collection. Above is the first set. I used the brass leaf as the focal. The green nugget barrels and white rounds were in the kit. I added the brass tubes, chain, and clasp from my stash. Then I made earrings to go with the necklace.



The second set I used the sea glass tubes, white rondelles, and rice shaped pearls from the kit. I added sea glass rounds and made the focal from my stash. The earrings were made with bicones, discs, and seed beads to match the focal.

This set is my favorite. I used the mint barrel nuggets and large white pearls from the kit for the straps. There are brass spacers next to the barrels. The focal started with a thrift store earrings. I bead embroidered around it using the white rounds from the kit and beads I had. Then I added fringe to finish it. The earrings where made with brass squares and crystal rondelles from my stash and the barrels and large pearls from the kit.
The large frosted rondelles from the kit were so yummy that I needed to use them and so this bracelet was created. It pairs well with any of the necklace and earrings sets.
A chacha bracelet came next. I used brass chain the same as first necklace and made dangles to suspend from it. I used beads from the kit and also from a bag of mixed green beads I had bought. It too could be worn with any of the necklaces.
One last pair of earrings to finish off. I used the last two frosted rondelles and brass connecters. Then I made dangles with spring green pearls, to finish them.
This is the kit that I started with. I used almost everything in it except the clear rounds and the brass wings. I had such fun creating this collection. Thank you to Lisa Lodge for including me in this challenge. To see what the other participants made please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/451621684975514







Monday, February 23, 2015

Today I am showing my Winter Dreams necklace. I won the button focal from Tari Sasser of Clay Buttons. The lovely snowflake button is also the clasp. I made multiple strands of light blue, clear, and white beads as the straps and lightly braided them. The fringe  below the button is made with mostly white and clear beads with and a few light blue accents above the drops. I thought the colors looked like a sunny winter day.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Creative Spark Winter 2015 has gone live. Here is the link to it http://joom.ag/sFfb  In case you don't know what that is I will tell you. http://www.znetshows.com/ publishes an online magazine 4 times a year. It features their designers(which I am one of) using their products. The earrings in the pic above are the ones I designed for this issue. It is my first time publishing a tutorial. The Znetshows people are great to work for. They are known for their cultured sea glass which I used in my earrings. Here is a link to see their extensive line of cultured sea glass products http://www.znetshows.com/gemshow/retail/sea_glass_beads.asp The cultured sea glass has unlimited design possibilities and is fun to work with while being very really reasonably priced. I also used some of their Chinese crystal beads in the earrings and here is the link to them http://www.znetshows.com/gemshow/retail/chinese_crystal_beads.asp .  They also have gemstones and glass pearls. My earrings used tiny white pearls too and this is the link to their pearls http://www.znetshows.com/gemshow/Retail/ptvlstsuba.asp?ProductsubType=glasspearls . It is worth your time to check out the magazine for inspiration and ideas. Also please visit http://www.znetshows.com/ to see great jewelry making products that are very reasonably priced. There is a pic of the cover above for an idea of what you can see inside. Enjoy.


Friday, February 13, 2015

I am part of the facebook group Bead Peeps. We are having our first Swap and Hop. This is where we exchange beads with our partner and make something with those beads. I truly enjoy this type of challenge. My partner for this hop is Kathleen Breeding of 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall. Isn't that a cute blog name? She works and teaches at Michael's in Las Vegas.  Above is a pic of my favorite piece that she made. I have fallen in love with fascinators since I made one for the Team Toho Challenge. I think her fascinator is way cool. It was a commissioned Piece.
Here is another piece by Kathleen with a sunflower pendant. She makes really unique jewelry and I am lucky to have been partnered with her. If you would like to see more of her work you can go to her blog at http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/ or her facebook page. I am excited to see what she sends me to work with.