Monday, January 30, 2017

Since I make so many cabochons I wanted to learn  how to  make bezels around them . Here are some of my first attempts. Each time it gets a little easier to do.
Will probably take this one apart and redo it.

Turning this one into a brooch.

This will be added to an ornament later on.

Making it straight & properly aligned is kind of difficult.

Really pleased with the way this one has turned out.

This was the last one I attempted.

Here she is after antiquing & painting the facial details.

Learning to work with seed beads and patterns. So many beautiful projects out there for beading. 

With all the crystal beads as background, this really shimmers when hung in the window.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

H e l l o A g a i n - Time has flown by

Hello again, Time has flown by it seems.

 You were probably wondering where I went and what I was doing.

Life handed me some medical issues that had to be taken care . Surgery and physical therapy have taken up a greater part of the last two years.  All was successful and I am ready to pick up where I left off. 

Upon returning to the worlds of art, polymer clay and jewelry making, I see  many things have changed. Loads of new products and fascinating techniques to work with !  I can hardly wait to  immerse myself in new projects.

 So I have joined a few bead swap events, enrolled in a  year long polymer clay workshop, and reading up on all the news of these medias. 

Should be an interesting adventure. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Several pieces that I finished up . I enjoy working with a variety of beads and found objects. Love the combinations of  materials and the way textures and colors work to make an item POP !

Bracelets are fun  and a great way to explore new colorways and use up smaller sets of beads.

It is a rewarding challenge to sculpt face cabs. Some are to be sold. Others I use to place on bottles, boxes, tins, dolls, and anything else that needs a stronger personality.
These are areas I want to expand my skills in.
All require attention to minute details.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

7th Bead Soup Reveal

Remember the Bead Soup sent to me by Rose Thorn ?

Now you will get to see the creations I made by adding a few goodies from my own collection and using the beads and findings she sent.

The cat clasp was just too precious to not be front and center !  The nice sheer ribbon was sent to me as a Christmas gift From Julie Panusis. It was the perfect accent for the large beads.  Here is a closer look.

There was a beautiful glass bead focal in the soup. Paired it up with a shiny silver background and it popped.  The colors matched a shell bead that I had created and the union was heavenly.  Also used the other clasp that was included in the soup.

I still had beads left to play with.  Rose was very generous !
I paired the pretty red glass beads with  a set of polymer clay beads I had recently created.   


Matching bracelet

And since there were still beads rolling around in the tray .....
I decided to try my hand at adding beads to an applique and creating a choker . And some sassy earrings too !

Believe it or not there are still a few beads rolling around in the tray. It has been a fun month of exploring the options with this bead soup and letting my imagination run free. Thank You Rose for the wonderful bead soup !
Hope you  have enjoyed these.

You can see what Rose made with my bead soup at her blog
I hope Rose had as much fun with the soup I sent her.

If you would like to see the other incredible designs you will find all the reveals of the
7th Bead Soup Blog Party  at

Many thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting this wonderful event.  She goes above and beyond as a host.