Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
delica - they really do look like a shimmery, satin sheet. The pairing of decadence & wild earthiness make this piece special.
Tigress is the result of trying out a new concept. I worked the top of the pillow beads in patterned herringbone and worked up the back and sides with a modified peyote, using the idea of short rows (used in knitting) to make the half-dome shape. It worked out beautifully! The beading on the toggle and bar finishes the overall look as well as physically balancing it. I know you'll have as much fun wearing this as I did creating it!!!! **AVAILABLE**
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Labradorite rondelles I found at my local Gem Faire. Once I got them home, I rummaged through some books to start up the idea process, and again the book Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald did it for me. The project for Trilliums (the little flower in the necklace) really inspired me. It's very fun and fast to create. (Relatively - as fast as seed-beading can get!) I added the Russian Leaf off the side to offset the three Trilliums, and the pendant was off a necklace that I've loved for years! The metal components are sterling silver plated. Of special note is the clasp which is the vintage-style design (which works like a box clasp, but in an orb shape). This would be the perfect something old (recycled pendant), something new, something borrowed (maybe not), something blue (definitely!) for that special wedding!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The pendant reminds me of mist rising from the ocean. I was discovering how fun it is to mix colors with polymer clay and made a few donut pendants. Then I added the peyote swirl (which is a lot of fun, and easy to do), which culminates in a cascading chain of glass drops. The metal components are entirely copper to keep the brown and blue color-scheme. The clasp is a filigree-toggle design that makes the length of the necklace adjustable - just drop the "T" part of the toggle through whichever part of the chain you like! SOLD. (If anyone wants one of these, I still have one more pendant like this and can make another necklace - special order.)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
criss-cross style established in the bracelets (which I call cable-style herringbone). This necklace features delicas and swarovski crystals that end in a leaf-style pendant. **Available**
- This would probably look really classy in black and white. Remember to contact me if you're interested in a custom necklace. Just click on the envelope logo to send me an e-mail.
bananas! Oh well, these earrings were really a lot of fun to make and still make me happy just to look at them. The french hooks are sterling plated, but the body of the work is mostly made of Delicas. (If you are wondering about the inspiration for the design, look at the book Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald. It's really good.)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Talk about adventures in beading! This design was the real epiphany! I wondered if some traditional knitting cable-patterns could also be translated to beadwork with the new herringbone-cable technique. Excitedly, I tried it out, and voila!!.. This bracelet emerged! The waving edges are just a product of the technique. The same amount of beads are used throughout the width of the piece. I used cubes (1.5mm) for the background, matte triangle beads for the edges and size 8 two-cuts (I believe) for the rope pattern, and size 8 delicas for the end sections. I later added the berry-colored button pearls for a finishing touch. **AVAILABLE**
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I love the colors in this set! The triangles the entire set are made with sparkle and refract the light - at different angles you see a hint of a different color. The openwork style was refreshing and very elegant and feminine. I call this the Leaf Set because it reminds me of a stylized leaf that you might find in a stained-glass window. The french ear wires are gold-plated, and the bracelet has a cloisonne button-loop closure. **AVAILABLE**
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This is called the "Victorian Panorama Purse" despite the scene of a chinese bridge & almond blossoms because its overall style strikes me as more Victorian. The netted fringe is done in the style of a chandelier. It contains seed beads, glass drops, fresh-water pearls, fire-polished rondelles, garnet briolettes, and rose quarts. The body of this draw-string purse measures approximately 5"x6". It is lined with a chocolate-colored Shantung dotted with charlottes on the inside edge.
This little treasure took approximately 4 - 6 months to actually create (not including planning stages) and is probably one of the most extensive and challenging projects I've designed! The bead fabric was made using circular herringbone and was inspired by a scene found in a book at the local library. This particular project has a special place in my heart! Enjoy!
I call this Duplicity because it is reversible. I was trying this easy bead-knitting technique I learned from one of my favorite beading magazines. The gold lame cording used to knit this bracelet shows through and adds to it's sparkle. The triangle beads used on the one side make it more fun and casual, while the hex beads on the other side are a little more serious. It's very versatile, and because of this, is one of my favorites!
This was dubbed the "Flamingo Bracelet" because of the bold hot-pink beads in the center. This was a lot of fun to do - pink and black always seem so playful. I included a close-up of the button-closure so you can see it from all sides. This bracelet is done in herringbone weave and has a very supple drape to it. **SOLD**