They’re Ready!

•October 23, 2016 • 2 Comments


pdf_geometric-warped-square-arrow-drop-earrings-beading-kitMy “Geometric Warped Square Arrow” Drop Earrings were such fun to make that I will want to create several more pair in different colors!  I’ve finished the tutorial and assembled several beading kits.  The kit is composed of Delica, seed, and Charlotte beads, Swarovski Crystal Rivolis, and sterling silver ball-tipped ear wires and all are neatly tucked into a 3.5″ x5″ travel tin fitted with a velour beading mat…just toss in your bag and go to your favorite place to bead! Also included…the easy to follow step-by-step tutorial and a 4″ x 6″ color photo. You’ll find the kit and PDF tutorial listed in my Etsy shop!

Another take on the Warped Square…

•October 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment


geometric-warped-square-striped-drop-earrings-signedI’m almost finished with my tutorial for the “Geometric Warped Square Arrow Drop Earrings” that were featured in my previous post, but I just had to take a break from proofreading to create another pair that is slightly different. This time I’ve tacked two tips of the warped square together and suspended it lengthwise from a Swarovski Yellow Opal Rivoli. I’m eager to further explore the warped square and hope to find time next week to create several more pair of earrings…asymmetry would lend itself well, I think! But now, it’s time to get back to proofreading the tutorial and gather up rivolis, Delica and seed beads to assemble into earring kits. I’ll have them listed in my Etsy shop in a few days! Stay tuned!

My Take on the Warped Square…

•October 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

geometric-warped-square-arrow-drop-earringsThis may be the start of a beautiful friendship…with the warped square! Inspired by Kate McKinnon’s book, “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork” and Jean Power’s “Geometric Beadwork”, I started beading geometrically several years ago, but I had never experimented with the warped square. I plan to explore this design extensively…bracelets and necklaces are on the horizon, and more earrings for sure! I have several more riffs in mind for this “wouldn’t lie flat if my life depended on it” wonky square design and can’t wait to play! Aside from Metallic Bronze Delica beads that surround the Swarovski 47SS rivolis, I’ve solely used 15/0 seed beads for this project with the exception of a few teeny 18/0 Charlottes that form an attachment for the sterling silver earwires. They measure 2″ in length and 1.25″ in width…they are lightweight and have lots of swing and sway! The warped squares are folded in half to create 3-D double-sided arrow-shaped drops. You’ll be pleased to know that a tutorial is in the works for this design. I’ve taken step-by-step photos and  plan to include an alternate earring design. I’ll let you know as soon as it is ready. Stay tuned!

I love the mix of bright red and black beads accented with ivory, metallic bronze, silver, and matte pewter. I’ve also discovered these earring are the perfect companion to several of my bracelet and necklace designs! The earrings are absolutely perfect with my “Tibetan Inspired Beaded Rope Necklace”.


I can also wear them with my “Safari cuff. 


And they go well with my “Empress Ming” cuff (shown below). Lucky me!


 Tutorials and beading kits for the above three designs are available in my Etsy shop!





•October 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

All I want to do is bead, bead, and bead some more!


I’m playing with a selection of 15/0 Toho seed beads and trying my hand at the “warped square” inspired by Jean Power’s “Geometric Beadwork”, which differs slightly from Kate McKinnon’s “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork” Volume I in that increases start on the second row rather than the first. I find it better secures and firms the start of the square.  I’ll post again in a few days and hope to show you a several pair of new earrings!


•October 8, 2016 • 2 Comments


A bit of “eye candy” to start the weekend…I’ve just assembled three more “Sea Garden” bead-embroidered brooch kits in an array of glorious colors!


Each kit features a beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade sea-themed resin cabochon! Beading foundation, leather backing, pin back, adhesive, and a variety of Delica, seed, and embellishment beads, pearls, and Swarovski flat-back crystals are tucked into a handy travel-sized tin. It’s the perfect weekend project! A step-by-step tutorial is included. 


You’ll find these beading kits in my Etsy shop!

Bronze Metal Clay…

•October 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment



It seems like forever since I’ve worked with it…months have gone by without playing in this medium. But I had run out of the Bronze Flower Disks that are used for embellishment in my “Bollywood Bling” Beaded Ruffle Cuff, hence, although the tutorial has been available, the kit has not been listed in my Etsy shop for quite a while. Requests for this kit in the past week has been the impetus I needed to start working with metal clay again and I’ve managed to create enough Flower Disks to fill five kits. Hurrah!


Now I need to make bronze metal clay seashells and buttons so I can once again offer my “Tide Pool” Cuff design…look for the kit late next week!

I’ve decided…

•September 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment


The project I take on my next vacation will consist of Delica, seed, and Charlotte beads and a collection of beautiful Swarovski crystal cabochons. These beauties just arrived and they are absolutely breathtaking! I’m ordering more in other colors, shapes, and sizes…12x12mm square cushion-shaped, 18x13mm oblong and several rectangular crystal cabochons as well. Beading bezels around these beauties will be great fun and the project will be so portable! Everything will fit neatly into one of my little travel tins that I can toss in my bag and take on a plane. I think I’ll make a cuff, but these would also make a gorgeous collar! And several of the smaller cabochons would be lovely as earrings hooked together on hammer-textured sterling silver “S” clasps or as drops from long coils of silver wire. Hmmm…decisions, decisions, so many ideas and never enough time!

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