Tango in Teal

After all those brooches, it was time for something a bit more refreshing.

I re-discovered the hand-blown teal focal in one of the beading bins, and it said “Show Me the Light of Day”.  So I did.  I tell you, sometimes beads can be really bossy!

It’s edged with copper seed beads and teal crystals, accented with a large crystal drop.

The necklace is a mix of crystals, faceted druks and copper seed beads.  It’s a long necklace.  I envision it worn with a bias-cut flapper dress, maybe with some fringe on the hem.


Walk like an Egyptian

I don’t know why, but this whole necklace seems very Egyptian to me.  Maybe it’s the black and gold color scheme, or the hand painted focal. Either way, I hear the muezzin calling and feel the Nile sand between my toes.

Quite a feat, given it was only 37 degrees here and snowy.  It helps to have a lively imagination, I suppose.

Hand painted focal with gold seed beads and black crystals accented with a crystal teardrop.  The necklace is crystals of various sizes, seed beads and gold metal spacers.

All together now, “Foreign types with hookah pipes say Walk like an Egyptian”.

No offense to The Bangles.

Complimenting Colors

We’ve all heard the phrase opposites attract.  Electrons and positrons.  Yin and Yang.  Sweet and sour.

Colors have opposites on the color wheel too.  Complimentary colors like yellow and purple, red and green.

This is my experiment with complimenting colors.  We all know the standard, red & green for Christmas.  But I wanted to see if they cold play nicely sans season.

I think they do.

This necklace has a magnesite focal disk with some unbalanced embellishment (and aren’t we all a little off-kilter these days?), topped by red crystals.

The greens are antique chinese pressed glass.  I used milky white crystals and accents to bring everything together.  Finished with a fish clasp because, why not!

First Fire

One evening a week or so back I looked out the window to the north and saw flames coming down a hillside.

The first fire of the season!

We were not in danger, the fire being several miles away, but in the evening light, it was spectacular, eerie and primal all at the same time.

Those flames were the inspiration for this necklace. The oranges and yellows as well as the movement of the tassels makes the whole piece feel alive.  Fire is alive too, but this is much less dangerous.

Each tassel has a peyote bezel of mixed yellow beads, then they’re strung with various other colors – cracked glass beads, matte topaz seeds, orange druks, even some glass pearls.

Just right for summer.

Ursa Major Redux

Sometimes, it takes a while before components come together.  I blogged about Ursa Major quite some time ago, but wasn’t at all sure what it would become.

A brooch didn’t seem right.  It was too long for a necklace (or so I thought).  Than was until I said those very words, “It’s too long for a necklace” to someone, who replied “Not for me!”

Which got me to thinking…  I use my body type as the basis for sizing jewelry, and not everyone is my size (aka bird bones).  Some people are larger.  Some smaller.  Was this tunnel sizing doing a disservice to the beads?

Those three words, “Not for me!”, was all it took.

Ursa Major was finished!



Not a real word, though it sums up this necklace rather nicely, don’t you think?

Something completely different, as Monty Python would say.  Do I date myself using that phrase?  Who cares!

Funky tassels with their tips dyed orange, blue and pink.  Each tassel is bound with a peyote band of silver beads.

The necklace is strung with glass druks and silver beads in various sizes.  It’s very light.  Suitable for summer.


Even though they’ve been out for a couple years, I remain enamored of the spike beads.  There’s just something about them that speaks to me.  I have no idea what.  That’s why the opportunity to acquire a bag of mixed color spikes was too much to pass up.  Of course, that lead to the question of what to make with them?  There weren’t enough of any particular color to create a whole piece.

This group of warm colors reminded me of the recent news from Hawaii.  Hot lava.  Molten earth forming otherworldly shapes.  All the reds, oranges and yellows of an eruption.

Mixed into the equation are some silvery pink bugles, peach AB crystals and seed beads, because after all, what’s a necklace without seed beads?  Rather than have the spikes continue full circle, the back of the piece completes with matte silver chain.