I almost missed it!

•October 13, 2017 • 3 Comments

The deadline for latest Fire Mountain Gems contest featuring Swarovski Crystals was October 8 and I finished this neckpiece just in time to enter! I had been so busy finishing up my latest geometric beadwoven bracelet that I’d forgotten the contest was closing. I had originally thought of doing a bead-embroidered piece, but with less than a week to the deadline, I had to come up with a project that would work up quickly. Frankly, I couldn’t be more pleased…I love this neckpiece! I’ve titled it “Flight of Fancy”. Contest rules specify that at least 50% of the project must contain the featured materials so using an abundance of Swarovski crystals (Marguerite Lochrose Flowers, Bicones, and Crystal Pearls) I’ve strung them on sterling silver wire and added tiny polymer clay butterflies here and there to impart an ethereal “flight pattern” so to speak! I won’t know for a month or two whether my submission will make it to round two…that’s when FMG requests that the piece be sent in for final judging. I’ll keep you posted when I know more!

It’s that time of year…

•October 6, 2017 • 2 Comments

I love Autumn! Daylight now has a different glow with the sun lower in the sky. The prairie is awash with brilliant shades of yellow as goldenrod, native sunflower, and black-eyed Susan are in full bloom. Trees are sporting leaves in shades of gold and crimson. The dog days of summer have now become pleasantly warm followed by refreshingly cool nights. I’ve packed away my lightweight frocks and sandals and traded them for cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots. With the change of season I’ve been inspired to create several new pieces of jewelry. The antique-finished “Nature Talisman Necklace” shown here consists of a 10″ long handmade Sterling silver chain suspended from a stamp-textured silver neckring. An antler tip, natural pearl, faux tourmaline resin crystal, and two fine-silver metal clay seed pods Talisman charms dangle from the chain. I love wearing it against my neutral-toned sweaters! 

The Kit and Tutorial are Listed!

•September 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Have you been eager to bead a project composed of Warped Squares, but didn’t know where to start? Then you might be interested in my Geometric “Staggered Warped Square Bracelet” design…it’s composed of six staggered warped squares (inspired by the books Geometric Beadwork and Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) worked in mosaic and confetti-like patterns that are joined together and connected with a sliding clasp. You can stop there if you like, but I’ve also added triangles to this design to make the project all the more interesting! Large full-color photos as well as seven color charts for beading the warped square and triangles accompany the step-by-step tutorial. The beading kit contains Delica and seed beads in fifteen vibrant colors plus a silver-plated 31mm long sliding clasp. You’ll find kits and tutorials in my Etsy shop…I think you’ll have a lot of fun making this “eye-catching” bracelet!


It’s been a long time coming, but…

•September 24, 2017 • 4 Comments

Here it is…my “Staggered Geometric Warped Square Bracelet”. I’m extremely pleased with the finished design and feel it was definitely worth the time it took to execute. The geometric bracelet is composed of warped squares (inspired by CGB and CB) worked with Delicas and accented with seed bead edging. Optional triangles are worked into the design as well providing additional interest and embellishment. I love the vibrant colors! A
tutorial is in the works…I hope to have it ready later in the week with kits to follow.  Stay tuned! Continue reading ‘It’s been a long time coming, but…’

Here’s a Sneak Peek…

•September 16, 2017 • 4 Comments

I’m on the “home stretch” with this “Staggered Geometric Warped Square and Triangle Bracelet”.  Had I stopped with just the warped squares, it would be finished and ready to wear, but I wanted the design to be a bit more complex and dimensional so I’m in the process of adding triangles now. Granted, I had hoped to have it finished by now along with a tutorial, but the past two months have been so busy that I just didn’t have enough days to devote to beading or jewelry-making of any kind…I’m dying to get back to making more resin jewelry!  I hope to have it finished by the end of next week, but I won’t make any promises…the coming weeks are going to be busy as well!


Oh, My!

•September 11, 2017 • 2 Comments

I could not ask for a more perfect day to be on the screened porch beading to my heart’s content in the company of cats!  I’m surrounded by the glorious colors of a fast approaching autumn, the humming of bees as they dart from flower to flower, a chorus of cicadas, and wasps buzzing as they fly to and fro bouncing against the screen. A gentle breeze is whispering and tree frogs are singing. Squirrels scurry up and down trees as they collect their hoard for the winter. In the distance I hear geese honking and the gentle whistle of a train rolling on the tracks along the Mississippi River.  I sip my chocolate-sprinkled cappuccino and smile to myself with contentment, knowing I am so lucky to live in the middle of a woodland surrounded by prairie and enthralled with the beauty of nature. If only I could capture this moment in a bottle and store it away to reopen on the cold winter days that lie ahead!

Another Find…

•September 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Aren’t these the cutest little glass bottles ever! Look at how tiny they are next to the tube of Delica beads! These are another “find” from my latest antique shop excursion. I have no idea how old these are but judging from the yellowed tape and typewritten labels they date back several decades. I’m not sure of their original purpose, but several contained a jumpring or two so these may have been vials for storage of jewelry findings and watchmaking parts. Nowadays, plastic bags and containers have become the ubiquitous method for storage of jewelry findings and such, so these little bottles are a treasure and the perfect vehicle for carrying beads in my travel tin!

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