Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Special Effects for Classic Tubular Peyote Stitch

The Bronze Beaded Necklace

Using glass triangle beads with a classic tubular peyote stitch pattern creates
 added texture and dimension in this necklace.


 In more subdued light you can see the added sparkle of tiny delica beads
 over stitched onto the necklace.



New for fall.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Clouds Building

Technically speaking, our Arizona summer monsoon rains begin during mid-June. By early August big storm clouds can be seen building up nearly every afternoon. Some days it rains and some days the clouds pass along to drop their precious water in other places. On this particular afternoon we saw beautiful sunbeams but missed the raindrops.


Wouldn't you love to see what's on the other side?


Let's try to imagine.



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Green Beaded Cuff

 Flat Herringbone Stitch


Flat herringbone stitch makes a beautiful cuff bracelet. This cuff was stitched together with 
glass triangle beads trimmed with cubic hematite along the edges.


Its very flexible with a soft touch and wonderful to wear.



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Recycled Gemstone Americana

Fordite Pendant


Fordite (sometimes also known as motor agate) is an interesting material that I have just been made aware of over the past few years. It is actually the cut and polished result of many layers of baked paint enamel left over from an old manufacturing process for painting cars. Various sized cabochons and beads can be found in a beautiful array of colors and swirling patterns. You can even pick out which layers of paint are flat among other layers with metallic flecks within each polished "stone". Compared to other stones, it is a soft material so be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and potential scratches. Treat in a way similar to how you might care for a pearl.



This fordite pendant comes on a 40 inch beaded rope necklace made with 
tiny 15/0 seed beads and a matching copper clasp.



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Love That Long Necklace

What can you do with a 44 inch chain?
Opera Length Plus


Wear it Long...

 

Or Double It ...



Of Course.

This one can even be knotted, if you like.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Getting Ready for Summer...

Even if it's only April.


Two connected strands of glass and shell beads in shades of beige with a touch of blue.
Blue Sari Silk
Little White Elephants
Perfectly Fun for Summer


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Life in Chains

Some things take time and you have to love the elegant drape of this big beaded chain over a wide cuff.


Silver and gold glass seed bead chain sewn onto a flat herringbone stitched cuff in metallic dusty lilac. 
Add pearly glass beads to make a lovely button clasp closure that fits snug to the wrist.


The  perfect fit for a 6 1/2 inch wrist.


 A one of a kind piece. Find it and more at my Etsy Shop.