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A Little Prayer


img_4240Now that the season of insanity (also know as Presidential elections) is over in the US, it’s time for everyone to say a little prayer.  We survived!

Though I’m sure many folks watching overseas were getting quite the chuckle from the goings-on.


A Virgin of Guadalupe cameo, bezeled round with beads and bugles.  She’ll trumpet a new beginning.  Get it.  Bugle.  Trumpet.  I couldn’t resist!

I was a bit nervous before starting this brooch, but it turned out even better than I expected.  The twisting beads that make up the border add just the right pop of color, don’t you think?

As do the peach beads surrounding the cameo.  Not all blue.  Not all white.  Just a little different.

Surrey with the Fringe on Top


IMG_4074Every time I see this brooch I am reminded of that song from “Oklahoma!”.

Needless to say by the time it was finished, I had driven myself quite crazy from humming the tune no end.

Ecru and shiny copper seed beads, along with some lovely beige glass pearls.

It’s a bit difficult to tell from the photo, but the little 15° beads that cap the pearls are triangular.  Yup! Teensy, tiny triangle beads.  I think they add a bit of the unexpected.



IMG_4097Amidst the foggy night of Olde London town, she dashes down the cobbled streets, stopping to listen for following footsteps.  The tabloids have said Mad Jack is back…

While this brooch has nothing to do with Jack the Ripper or anything else from turn of the century London, that’s where the inspiration came from.

The focal is carved resin, maybe 3 inches long.  Large by beady standards.  The surround is a mix of 8° and 11° seed beads.  The fringe has a lovely red cast.  Reminds me of stained glass windows.

Crystals and copper charlottes finish the edges, with faux leather and a pin on the back.



Crowning Glory


IMG_4086A brooch.  A pin.  A little something to dress up faded denims and what-have-you.

Collage image under a glass cabochon, peyote bezeled with seed beads, delicas and little 15°s.  Yes, I was pulling out all the stops, size-wise.

The scalloped edge is clear crystals doing a loop-de-loop.

The image in this one isn’t accented with anything; no sparkles.  I thought the musical notes in the background were enough.  If I print it again to make another, I may put a little somethin’ somethin’ on the dragonfly wings.

This brooch will remain subtle.

Dragonfly Lotus


IMG_4089I’ve been seeing a lot of dragonflies this summer.  Some flitting around the back patio, others (alas) in the garage.  I suppose it’s due to the wet Spring we had.

Seeing them inspired this brooch.  The cameo is very dimensional, standing out from the blue background at least 1/4 inch.

Seed beads of various sizes make up the peyote stitched bezel.  No lotus under glass this time.

The edge-work is pretty simple, having a running band of beads with crystal picots every so often.  It needed something more, so I added fringe, but not too much.  Just right, as Goldilocks would say.



IMG_4058I’d originally thought of calling this post Dr. Lizardo, but really?  These reptiles aren’t masculine at all.

BUT!  Leave a comment if you know what movie Dr. Lizardo is from.  Bonus points if you know the actor who played him.

And with that, not much else to say.  I think the blue bellied sap sampling lizard turned out particularly well.  The silver accents just pop!

Froggie is more demure.

Sweet Skull


IMG_4081For those who’ve been reading this blog for a while, it should come as no surprise that I’m fond of Day of the Dead.  This extends to many things skull-ish.

I stumbled on this image while smurfing the web, and had to make it my own.  Flowers.  Gears.  Glitter.

The glitter is on the flowers, though it’s difficult to see.

I continued working outside my chromatic comfort zone, this time with greys and pinks.  I am not a pink person.

The image and gears are covered with a glass cabochon; the whole beaded round into a brooch; faux leather and a pin back complete the piece.  I suppose if one wanted, a person could thread the pin on a ribbon and wear it as a necklace.  That works too!