img_4360This necklace reminds me of pink camellias.  Some fully open for viewing, some just buds waiting warm weather, and others fading past their prime.

The same beading pattern was used in Pinot Noir, however different colors create a totally different look.  Matte o-beads are mixed with crystal AB seeds and silver grey faceted crystals.

The innocence of the pink beads have a sweet clasp to finish.


Pinot Noir

img_4335Still riffing on the exploration of color.  Another necklace stitched with the same pattern as Saturnalia and Moon over Miami.

Looks completely different.

Round duo beads in a matte grey, accented with dark red crystals, silver o-beads and a touch of pink.  What you see when swirled red wine around in a glass.

I think this necklace has legs, to paraphrase sommelier speak.

I also find it interesting that with all the two-hole beads  that have recently appeared on the market, I can relate to these.  Most of the others, not so much.


Can’t Elope

IMG_4142or would that be cantaloupe?  As in melon?

Either way, a very melon-colored necklace.  All the bright colors of fresh fruit.

Still using tile/tila beads, this time with some great chartreuse seeds and bi-colored crystals.

The curves remind me of melon slices, sweet and refreshing!

Primavera Firenze

IMG_4117Not to be outshone by the Medici Rosette the Albizzi family of Florence commissioned their own jewelry.  A necklace to celebrate the spring wedding of their daughter, perhaps?

I have no idea, but the story is intriguing, isn’t it?  A necklace in Spring colors, fit for a merchant princess.

Rosettes of crescent beads and lentils with crackle glass centers.  There’s a hint of fresh peach that shines through from the back.  Each rosette is stitched  to it’s neighbor with another crackle accent creating space, motion and wearing ease.

Cosimo, fetch me a cappuccino!


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.



Pompeii Pyramids

IMG_3036I’m not at all sure what Pompeii has to do with the Egyptian pyramids.  The phrase just went together in my head, and there you have it.

I stumbled on these lavender chrome pyramid beads at the local bead shop, of all places.  Never having seen this color in any of the on-line stores, I snapped them up.

This bracelet is more about color play than technical experimentation.  The chimeral quality of the pyramid beads with the satin bugles, mixed with the violet crystals went together so well.  I couldn’t resist!  The clasp is a copper magnet, which, believe it or not, accents the bead colors perfectly.

Definitely a case where the outcome is more than merely the sum of the components.

50 Shades of Crystal

IMG_2945When White is not White

This bracelet was another exercise in using some of the new bead shapes that have come on the market.  Though now that it’s finished, it very much reminds be of a painting in the Phoenix Art Museum – 19th century woman wearing a long white day dress.  Closer inspection shows the white dress to be anything but.  There is pink and blue and lavender and yellow.  I want to say the painting is by Gainsborough, but that is probably wrong.

So, this bracelet was supposed to be made all of crystals, except they look so very different when put together.  The large central beads are part white / part crystal, then there are crystal clear rizos (the new bead shape) as the dangles; the small round druks have a bit of a mercurial finish to them, seed beads with a silver lining.

I am pleased.  It came out much better than expected.  Hmmm, I wonder if there are other color combinations hiding out in the bead boxes that are more than they appear.  What do you think?