Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ethiopian Cross necklace - for sale

Ethiopian Cross necklace with trade beads

This piece is made primarily with trade beads from Kenya and a resin material that is called Somali amber.  It is definitely NOT real amber!  The pendant is an Ethiopian cross, which you can read about at the link.  I originally made this for a magazine article, but now I've brought it back out because it is a perfect match for the colors this season:


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My secret obsession...

Maleficent's Dragon, made for Disney by
the company my daughter works for!

You might think I was a 13 year old girl...I have never gotten over my obsession with dragons and other fantastical creatures.  So what to do?  Start a Dragon Pinterest board of course!  I know this has very little to do with jewelry making or mixed media art, but at least most of the pins are of dragon jewelry!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night - a beaded necklace tutorial

Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night
Polymer clay, agate, jasper, unakite, ruby zoisite, glass
I used a variety of teals, blues, and greens to create Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night.  My inspiration for this piece was the cute little polymer clay bird made by my friend Heather Powers of Humble Beads.  If you'd like to own the original necklace shown above, he is for sale here


Each of the accent beads is surrounded by two small dyed stone beads that perfectly match the popular Shaded Spruce color that is everywhere this fall.  This ties all the bead links together.  I feel good about using this palette, because I know that these colors tend to be perennially popular and won't look dated after just one season.


Here are some materials suggestions for you:
Shaded spruce bead mix
Leather cord
Chain + wire


1. Choose beads for the top (shortest and smallest) strand.  Cut wires for each link and begin the wrapped loop turn on one end.  All the strands will look best if you pick an odd number of beads.

2. Decide on the arrangement and link them together between two hammered oval links.  Use a jump ring at each end.

3. Do the same for the middle (medium size and length) strand.  Choose either slightly larger beads or, if you want to keep them the same size as step 1, add a few more of them.


4. Add a length of chain for the bottom (longest) strand.  Make sure your chain has an odd number of links so you can add your focal to the middle link.


5. Add a few dangling links to each side of the bird.  Cut some leather cording (or similar non-animal material if you prefer and tie it to each oval link.  I've used a small soldered ring to keep the cords together near the top.  Make the cords long so you can adjust the length depending upon what you're wearing. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Facet Jewelry Box will launch in January!

People have been asking for it, and now they can have it... two complete new projects every month, all materials, patterns, and instructions (curated and vetted by the editors of Bead&Button and Facet!), by subscription!!

And right now, you can enter to reserve a spot, with no obligation to subscribe.  Entering now will enter you to win over $300 worth of jewelry supplies!  Go to the link below and enter your email.  Again, you will be under no obligation to take a subscription, but you will be in line to be able to.                        

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night - for sale

Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night
Polymer clay, agate, jasper, unakite, ruby zoisite, glass

There will be a tutorial for making a necklace similar to Bluebird Singing in the Dead of Night next week.  But if you'd like to own the original, here he is!  He was designed to take advantage of the gorgeous Shaded Spruce color that is so popular this Fall.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Jewelry design board on Pinterest

I've set up a new board on Pinterest on the topic of Jewelry Design.  It explores color theory, design elements and principles, and how they relate to creating unique jewelry.  If you want to design for yourself, this is a good place to start!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Bead embroidered pendant update (leopard skin jasper)

Leopard Skin Jasper Pendant Tutorial
I was looking at how well this pendant from about a year ago fits the Fall 2017 color palette, and I'm especially sorry that the stone doesn't seem to be showing up anywhere in my searches.  So I went to find some new, currently available stones that might work for you if you want to try making one of these!  Use my original tutorial, linked above, to help you figure out what seed beads to use.  It's fun to work with multicolored focals, and not at all intimidating if you keep it simple!

Tempered glass oval cabochon

Orange marble patterned jasper

Desert jasper

Tempered glass rose cabochon

Lucite cameo

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Bali Hai - for sale

Bali Hai
Bloodstone, fancy jasper, & Bali sterling silver

Bali Hai is a continuous strand of polished bloodstone nuggets, interspersed with small bloodstone spacers and larger rounds of fancy jasper.  The large Bali sterling silver beads are stunning with the deep greens and bronzes of the stones.  The handmade beaded necklace is 32 beautiful inches long.

Fall/Winter 2017

If you'd like to learn how to make a claspless necklace like this one, there is a free tutorial at the link!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Steampunk style

Mixed media steampunk-style jewelry just never seems to go out of style, at least not with those who love mixed metals, industrial chic, retro styles, and fantasy!  Here's a piece that I made years ago that I still enjoy wearing.  Super easy!  The tutorial is at the link above.

If you are a lover of all things steampunk too, you are welcome to follow my new Pinterest board called Steampunk accessories
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