Sunday, April 22, 2007

Beaded Cabochon

This was given to me by a glass blower friend. Sometimes the blown pieces don't make it to the kiln without breaking. He takes the pieces and flattens them so they can be used as cabochons or drilled for jewelry. Well, this pretty purple piece was sprayed with titanium before it broke. Because it is translucent I didn't want to glue it to anything. So I made a beaded edge that grabs the cabochon but it can still be viewed with light shining through it.

This piece came to be after working on the "Scream" with delicas. I was making great progress on the "Scream" and had to change threads. Well, I broke some beads in the middle of the piece and decided to work on something different. I am going to look for a thinner thread to use when making delicate pieces.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pink Rose

I have been playing with the rose design. This rose is about 1 and 1/4 inches wide and about 1/2 inch tall. I really like the dimension that this new style has. It appears to have petal upon petal and looks like a very full and healthy rose.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A Rose Bracelet

I just decided to try this last night. This is the second rose that I tried. I like this one better than the one I posted last night. It has an extra layer of beads in the rose.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


This is a flower that I thought my work for bridal jewelry. I finally got a chance to try the idea. I haven't seen one like this before, but I had to try it and see if it would work. It is four layers of beads done in a netting style.

New pendant

This is one that I started working on when I was at the state tournament of Destination Imagination in Kearney. I finished it this morning and wanted to share the picture. The stone is drusy quartz where someone vaporizes metal onto the stone. This one is a rich purple that I think is awesome. I used iris seed beads to make a netting for the cabochon. Then I stitched a peyote back with a beaded bail with the same beads. I beaded the bottom of the peyote piece into a 'v' shape and the top is tapered up to the bail. Lastly, I added branched fringe along the bottom.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Well, I am working on jewelry for two weddings right now. I am hoping to post some pictures of the jewelry later this week. The first wedding is in July and the colors are Sapphire Blue and Cornflower Blue. The second wedding is in November and the colors are ivory, gold, burgundy and a dark green. For the second wedding I am also making a purse for the bride. It will be beaded in the wedding colors and lined. I picked up some of the fabric for the purse tonight, but I need to find a satiny fabric for the outer layer and the lining. Looking forward to posting some pictures for all of you to see. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Color shifting flowers and more

This necklace has flowers that change from purple and blue to smoky and clear. The flowers are so cool in person that the picture doesn't do them justice, but you can see some of the colors come through on the flowers.

Also, I have a spectrolite pendant that will fit on almost any chain. There are two cabochons in the pendant that have flashes of blue fire (the stone is also called labradorite). The end of the fringe has small blue/grey teardrops.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Amulet Bag

This was my first attempt at making an amulet bag. I made this without any instructions and before I had studied other people's bags. I have learned a lot since making this.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

New Picture

This is a picture of some bracelets I made in the fall. It shows a style of bracelets that have been quite popular. The bead show for this weekend is over and I am already preparing for the next one which is a month away.