Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vintage paperweight button ring

Nice cluster of glass paperweight buttons on a Sterling silver ring blank. Reminds me of the big, bold mid-century cocktail rings.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Leather beaded wrap

Seen a lot of these around etsy so I decided to try making one myself. Turned out nice! I used 2 mm brown leather cord, Nymo size D brown beading thread, 6/0 Czech brown color lined luster seed beads, and lemon-lime Czech Picasso rondelles 9 mm X 6 mm, and a "pewter" flower button.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Euro Bracelet Bali Sampler

I don't want to offend any Pandora (or other Euro bracelet) purist by this post; their beads are beautiful and I think the idea of creating your own custom bead bracelet has been a huge success and I've seen many smashing combinations; mostly from their website and store displays.  I still cannot bring myself to buy a single bead starting at $30 each, especially when the sales lady can't tell who/where the bead was made; only that it is sterling and authentic.  I am more willing to buy a collectible bead at that price if it comes direct from an artist or is a rare vintage/antique piece I love. That being said, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the Pandora starter I received.  I broke down and bought the "clips" to keep the beads from sliding around; they are integral to the design and substitutes are difficult.  After that, my starter bracelet just laid around for a year begging for more.  I was browsing the web for another project when I realized a solution to my starter bracelet problem. For the cost of roughly three-four Pandora brand sterling beads, I filled my bracelet with 20 sterling silver beads from Bali. It turned out as nice and maybe even better! is the site; click on large hole beads. Make sure you select the hole size at least 4.5mm so it will pass over the threaded portions of the bracelet. They ship direct from Indonesia via FedEx for $15 and you will get your beads in about three days!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stretch bracelets

Ever come home with random strands of beads? You didn't have a specific project in mind; just bought them 'cause you loved them. A project could be figured out later. Well, don't stash those beads away! Wear em! It's fast and easy to string those beads on stretch cord and wear as a bracelet until you come up with a permanent home for them. Stretch cord is cheap and easy to snip and release the beads for use elsewhere.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bead bracelet

A quick little stretch bracelet with rounds as a band and a focal.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Beach Beads

So I have to give a shout out to my old buddy Chad Sampson who was 12 years old when I moved across the street from him in Matthews, NC in 1981. Now, thirty years later, he is an AWESOME lampwork artist, along with his wife, Heather, and they own a little bead shop in Surfside Beach, SC. They sell their beads on line and teach beading and lampwork classes. Drop in to Beach Beads if you get to Myrtle Beach next summer...

Chad torching glass
Chad's Work

Borosilicate glass bead

Heather's work

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jewelry display

Found this cool ballerina sculpture in Marshalls...perfect to hang my bracelets at the end of the day.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Glass tile pendants

These are so fun and quick n easy to make!  An excellent last minute gift for someone special... 

I used Japanese washi papers for two of the pendants and the bird pendant was made from markers, ink and stamps I had on hand... 

You can use just about any type of paper:  scrapbooking paper, vintage postcards, etc.   I like to seal my papers with Modge Podge to make them more durable. 

If you're the lazy type like me, you can find complete tile pendant making kits on etsy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is in the air...

The warm weather has me thinking of spring...  Here is a lovely floral beaded bracelet made from a kit I purchased at French General's online store.  I added a few vintage glass beads I had on hand to make it a bit more unique.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green is good!

A little St. Patrick's Day bracelet...