Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Glass Ovals

Can't decide on what color to wear today? These make it easy! Multi colored glass beads alternate with Bali silver heishi spacers and silver plated rounds. The bracelet has a pewter toggle while the necklace has a pewter S clasp decorated with flowers. Necklace $28, bracelet $18, earrings $8. All have been SOLD.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Jasper comes in so many varieties. These stones are a mix of browns and black. Click on the picture to enlarge it to really see the details in the stones. The bracelet is accented with gold plated rounds and black seed beads as well as a simple gold plated clasp. Bracelet $20, earrings $10. All have been SOLD.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Longer pearls

A friend wanted her pretty pearls a bit longer. So I added 3 inches on each end using a similar color smaller pearl as well as Czech crystals to match the existing crystal teardrops. Worked perfectly!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Add sparkle to your ears!

Swarovski crystals are the large bead at the bottom of these sparklers. The accents are Czech crystals. There are many more color combos - all are just $10 each. All have been SOLD.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Remake, restring, redo

This year I have been doing quite a bit of custom work. Everything from restringing a broken necklace, changing a clasp, adding more length to completely remaking a necklace.

Recently I turned a plain necklace of bone beads into a collar length lariat. We talked about the look my customer wanted, sorted through possible accent beads and came up with a preliminary design. She is very happy with the result. And there were enough beads left that I also made a bracelet and earrings.


A friend recently told me how much she likes her topaz colored memory wire bracelet. She wears it to work. She is a welder in the shipyard. How is that for indestructible jewelry!!

They have been poplular with my motorcycling friends also. No clasp to come undone or struggle with to put on. They don't bend or break.

These easy to wear bracelets come in a variety of colors. My supply changes constantly depending on my mood and beads on hand.

Most are 3 coils wide and a few are 5 coils wide. You can wear them alone or wear several at one time. Mix and match! And they are affordably priced at just $12!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iolite & Agate

This necklace is made with Iolite and features an Agate teardrop. One version has silver plated balls midway (second photo) and the other has the addition of dove grey seed beads (first photo). Both have a silver plated toggle clasp. Necklace $45, Earrings $10 All have been SOLD.

A bit of trivia about the stones:
Iolite is known as the Vikings' compass due to it's ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate safely.

Agate is the birthstone for Taurus, April 20 - May 20. It is also the stone for the 12th wedding anniversary. Agate is a cooling stone, it reduces fever, quenches thirst, and is beneficial in the stomach area. It quiets the pulse and insures good health and a long and prosperous life.

Agate guards against danger. Wearers become cautious. It helps one view themselves with more clarity and see the world through a broader viewpoint. Wearing Agate is believed to cure insomnia and to insure pleasant dreams.

Monday, June 15, 2009


My goodness has it really been more than 2 weeks since I posted anything?! Been having too much fun digging in the dirt and riding my motorcycle I guess. I will try and make up for my lack of postings this week.

I thought it might be fun to post a couple pictures of my bead studio. I have a small room in my home dedicated as my studio. The walls are a warm terra cotta color and the ceiling is suede brown! It is small so organization is key. Local folks can come and shop here as everything is out rather than packed in boxes.

I have work tables, plenty of lights, and all my tools and supplies are accessible. What does not show in the pictures is that the window to the east has a nice view of the Sound.