Saturday, May 21, 2016

Leaf & Berry

How many times have I made this style earring?
Probably 100 plus.
I call them 'leaf & berry.'

Sometimes with the little seeds, sometimes without.
Sometime sterling, sometimes bronze, or like this pair a bit of both metals.

I think the yellow beads are Vetrofond 'banana cream special odd.'
The little transparent green leaves have some random Val Cox frit and were made 'off mandrel.'
The stones are wee hand faceted garnets.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chained Earrings

I have a new earring design.

Every once and awhile you make a pair of earrings that you just know you will make over, and over, and over again.

So simple, just my lampwork beads put together like rosary chain and hung from an earring finding.

I have a hundred ideas for color combinations.

Really loving this style of sterling leverback.

For all the makers out there - the wire is 18g sterling and the construction is simple 'rosary chain' made with small round nose chaining pliers.

The glass colors are all sorts of blue and green and teal transparent shorts that were in the bowl by my torch. Use your shorts!

Saturday, May 14, 2016


"Peacenik" earrings - yellow dyed stone skulls, green rhinestone rondelles, lampwork glass beads and black enamel peace sign charms recycled from a pair of garage sale earrings.

Friday, May 13, 2016

I Got Your Baja Blast Right Here

Q: What are you doing with your Thursday night?
A: Stamping our pop can spangles for earrings.

Friday, May 06, 2016

In The Unicorn Grove

Currently all I want to make is big charm bracelets.

This one has lots of glass beads and leaves, a sterling silver clasp and bronze links, brass unicorn charms, brite jumprings, one huge quartz bead and tribal bells.

This one makes the best jingle-jangle noise.

Proof that I need stronger glasses for when I am stamping out tags.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

My Buddy

A future painting?

Love the shadow.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Spring Bouquet

A mess of new spring earrings.

What would I do without my Cim's pinks?
(crocus and gelly's sty)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brownie Bits

"Brownie" charm necklace

bone skull, smokey topaz rondelle, lampwork bead and vintage girl scout charm

Ring-a-ding-ding Toe Rings

Here's what happens when you generously bring me a big pile of old jewelry to re-purpose into new jewelry. I pay you back by taking your collection of sterling silver hippie toe rings and making you a super-fun necklace.

I'm not naming names because you might not want the whole world to know about your toe ring thing.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Darling Clementines

"Clementine" bracelet

lampwork glass beads and leaves
vintage rice pearls
sterling silver

Don't you love it when a clasp turns out just the way you envisioned it?
The little things in life...

I even had enough leftover glass bits to make a pair of matchy-matching earrings.

These beads sat in a baggie next to my workbench for months.

I just felt like the glass was not enough but I just couldn't come up with that extra something I knew the design was lacking.

Whilst wandering around Pinterest I saw this piece of orange crate art.

And I knew just what the bracelet was lacking - orange blossom buds.
I added the tiny white pearl,s on sterling silver headpins, to the design and it was just right.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Rattling of Bones

"Bone Charms" bracelet

48 civil war era 2-hole bone buttons (they're underwear buttons)
lampwork glass beads (dark ivory rolled in dark ivory frit to give them a more mottled look)
bronze wire (18 and 16 gauge)

It makes a fantastic sound - the rattling of bones.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pearly 'Corns

I got a special request from my daughter for unicorn and skull earrings.
Nailed it.

Made with vintage pearly hoops scavenged from some other old earrings, brass unicorn charms, my glass beads, vintage brass rondelles and smokey topaz skulls.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Forbidden Planet

I love making pendants.
Big ones that you can hang on a cord and fiddle with all day long.
Talismans, amulets, what have you.

This one has an extra fancy bead cap I made from an old sterling plated serving tray.

The base of the bead is a bunch of dark glasses, mostly black shorty bits that were on my bench.
I smothered that in fine silver foil and added some opalescent frit and dots of Double Helix 'psyche.'
Melt, melt, melt and reduce.

It's is available in my 'Belvedere' etsy shoppe.