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img_4382I had picked up some hot pink beads on a whim.  Wasn’t at all sure what I’d do with them.  It’s the dead of winter here, so perhaps is was just a desire for something bright and lively; the promise of Spring to come.  Don’t get me wrong though, I like winter here in Sierraville; it’s lovely!

What to do with these pink beads?  My mind doesn’t move in a “pink” direction.  It does, however, do yellow and blue, which are also colors  in the beads.

The spiral accent is a mix of seed beads and drops.  Yellow drops form a sharp V rolling forwards and back.  The necklace is a mix of yellow rice beads and small crystals.  Pink coins are interspersed along the length.  It’s bright and fun and springy!



img_4325 implied by Varro, and is positively affirmed by Seneca, Augustine and Servius
Wife of Neptune.
Ruler of the Seas.

All the time and effort that went into this necklace certainly make it fit for a Goddess.  A Goddess of the Seas.  Colors of the ocean, seen from the sea floor looking up at sunlight.

Truth be told, I got a little carried away.  I had so much fun working on Seychelles, playing with how the various bead sizes could create dimension, I didn’t stop to think how much time it would take to create a necklace using the same principle.  With the same bead sizes.

Perseverance paid off.  I present Salacia.




img_4302Doesn’t this bracelet remind you of sea shells in the Seychelles?  Those lovely oyster colored beads, fresh picked from the beach?

I had a bunch of delica beads that have been singing their siren song “Choose Me!  Choose Me!  Stitch with Me!” for quite a long time.  I finally succumbed, and Seychelles is the result.

The primary band is a mix of green and chartreuse delicas.  The individual shells have their dimension created by stepping up the bead sizes:  11°, 8°, 6°.  Then stepping back down again.  They are quite dimensional.

Everything waves like fronds of sea grass.

Leaf Link Stem


IMG_4021I knew I wanted to do a second rendition of Red Rover using some silver chain.  Perusing the bead stash, I pulled out these bright spring-time greens.

Ok, it wasn’t so much a perusal as a massive dive amidst small plastic baggies of delicas, fending off playful paws with cries of “No!  You can’t have that!” whilst the Hellboys ran from the room, small plastic bags in mouth.

Gotta love those furbots.  They are ever so helpful.  Especially when I don’t want them to be.  All baggies (and the beads therein) were recovered unscathed, if a tad worse for toothy punctures.

The light green chain was all made by hand, using colored aluminum wire.  One hardens the wire so it keep it’s shape by pounding on it with a mallet.  Great for getting rid of frustrations, if a tad noisy.

The beading reminds me of leaves, the stem is the silver chain, all linked together with a touch of green.  It’s one of those forget-you-have-it-on pieces, light and bright.

Red Rover


IMG_4019I thought to try my hand at incorporating more chain into my work.  This necklace is one of the experiments.

The chain (circles and ovals) was purchased, then deconstructed (aka cut apart) and refashioned.

It was fun to play around.

I created peyote stitched tubes around the oval links.  Then had to decide whether to use the circle links.  Answer: Yes.  Everything was put together with red aluminum jump rings.  The very ends are hand-made chain.

I’m not sure which took more time – working with the pliers to fashion the chain, or stitching the peyote tubes.  Either way, it was fun!

And I have no idea why the name “Red Rover“.  That’s just what came to mind.

Pearled Posts


IMG_2581More Triangles!

This set is a pair of earings with post backs, and a brooch.  If one wanted to turn the brooch into an necklace, it could be pinned onto a ribbon or a satin cord of some sort.  Simple enough to do.

In my mind, the colors are both demure and vibrant.  Interesting combination to have in the same piece.  Not sure how that happened, but there you go!

The center pearls are glass, rather than actual nacre.  I suppose I could have used real pearls, but they always seem rather delicate to me – be careful with detergents, oils, make-up, etc.  I much prefer a no-fuss no-muss direction in my beadwork.  That just makes life so much simpler.

Satin Spiral


IMG_2463Every so often I need a palette cleanser.  An amuse bouche for beads, if you will.  Such was the case after completing Something’s Fishy.

These spirals are fun to do, and don’t really require a lot of thought.  More time is spent auditioning beads in most cases.

The diameter variations of the spiral come from using different sized beads.  They range from large 6s for the center spine all the way down to 15s for the little peach and white checkerboard.

IMG_2460The cord is purchased, though I think it works well.   It makes the necklace roughly 18 inches long, which is right for the beady spiral to sit nicely with either t-shirts or blouses.

The one caveat about doing these is that I need to be sure the central hole (the spiral is a hollow shape) is large enough to fit the cord, but small enough so as to stay put.  The image of a floppy spiral is less than appealing.