Satin Doll

IMG_4152More experimentation!

This time with some lovely silver matte two-hole coin beads.  I think the formal name for them is Disc Duo. A new offering from Potomac Beads.

Unusual for me, I could actually think of ways to use these, which I generally don’t with the multi-holed beads.

So, satin silver, chrome daggers and great crystal/copper seed beads.  The necklace is hefty without being heavy; a nice quality feel.

The most difficult part?  Keeping my seed bead counts straight as the secondary fringe grew.

Wear it with that silk charmeuse dinner gown, or a T-shirt!


Mother of the Bride

IMG_3593This is the companion necklace to Wedding Bells.
It is was made for the Mother of the Bride.

Weddings are such happy occasions!

Wedding Bells

IMG_3590I am so excited!
Today someone is being married, and they are wearing this necklace.

They requested a commission after trolling through my blog, selecting the Necco Wafer style, but in their color way.  Fabric samples were sent.  The bride is wearing a gorgeous peach satin gown with ecru lace overlay, which this necklace will compliment most appropriately.

Congratulations A, and all the best to you in your new lives together!

Emerald Isle

IMG_3523I picked up a mix of faceted glass beads the other day, totally taken with the bright greens that were in there.

Of course, once I got them home, there was aqua, smoke and clear crystals as well, but fluorescent lighting is not the best to show these nuances.

I mixed in some clear drops, and came up with this necklace.  It’s a bit longer than my usual (18 inches less the clasp) but it all works.

This is the same beading pattern as Josephine, but it looks completely different.  Different beads.  Different drops.  Different colors.

That’s the beauty of beading.  Slight, or major changes to one’s materials creates something new and unique each and every time.

Sour Razzleberry

IMG_2937Shades of lime, pink and purple.  Toss in some magenta and blue, and another confection is born!

These are part of the same group of buttons as Sour Blueberry and Sweet Hearts.  The last of them too.  This will probably also be the last button bracelet for a while.  I feel I’ve gotten them out of my system.  At least for now.

Loops and loops of seed beads in blue.  Silver-lined magenta with blue drops and, of course, the buttons.  A dark lobster claw clasp hooking into some purple rings.  Good enough to eat!


IMG_2587I am stumped.  I have no idea what to call this piece.

It’s another triangulation, stitched with a combination of herringbone and peyote.  The beads are a mix of delicas, crystals and drops.  It can be worn as a brooch (there’s a pin back) or as a necklace – that’s the gold loops showing at the top.  Very versatile.  Very bright.  Very…confusing.

Rather than leave it un-posted until my wracked brain comes up with a name, I thought it might be fun to involve the greater Blog-o-sphere community.  So, it’s time for a little reader participation.

What should this piece be called?
Leave a comment!
Tell me it’s name!

7/4/2014: First off, a huge thank you to everyone who suggested a name for this piece.  I liked them all, which made it a difficult choice.  In the end, the winning name is a combination – I now present to you:

Sun Drops

Cha, Cha, Chain Maille

IMG_1924I don’t, in general, do much wire working with my jewelry.  The odd eye pin or head pin from colored wire, perhaps.  Lately though, I’ve felt a need to do something with sturdier tools than a needle and thread.  Enter these chain maille bracelets.

They’re a lot of fun to wear, having heft and swagger to them.  If you’ve read any of the beading blogs or magazines, chain maille has taken off like a storm.  There are all sorts of intricate patterns that can be made.  Basically, it’s not your SCA re-enactors territory any more!

This is my simple dip into that realm.  I probably won’t do much more than this. I know, never say never.

Anyway, these are made with borosilicate drops (or they could be buttons), each of which is threaded onto a jump ring, then the jump rings closed around each other to form links. Add enough links, and you get a decorated chain.  Add a clasp, and you have a bracelet.

They’re a lot of fun to make.  I enjoyed wielding pliers (one in each hand), making sure each and every ring stayed round, true and closed with a crisp snap.