Saturday, January 29, 2011


Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet from the  Sun in our Solar System. Named for the Roman God of the sea, it is the fourth-largest planet by diameter and the third-largest by mass. Neptune is 17 times the mass of Earth and is slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus, which is 15 Earth masses and not as dense.
      A dear friend sent a lovely strand of large Angelite beads for Christmas. As soon as I saw them they reminded me of a picture of planet Neptune.  I decided to make a bold necklace to go with these bold beads. I shaped and hammered 12 Gauge wire in to pattern of circle segments and then wired them together into a chevron style. An additional coiled wire dangle was connected to add movement.  I used a home made recipe to oxidize the copper wire to a dark blue color which compliments the beads nicely. I wired the beads with black oxidized steel wire to match the antique look. Leather cord was attach to the necklace with hand made black wire clasps.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

fleurs pastelles

This necklace has the colors of pastel flowers. I crocheted piles of spring, pastel colored beads in random fashion to form this chunky necklace. I used a mixture of precious stones and swarovski crystals both old and antique. The clasp is a silver toned leaf that accents the pieces well.


Walter is a "work in progress". I still need to add the chain and his little nose. This little guy is smaller ..approximately 2 inches long. His eyes are much bigger than his heart shaped body. The eyes are made with rhinestone buttons and the body is shaped and hammered and dangles with jump rings.
Walter is all done! I added copper chain linked with crystal beads, a little garnet chip for a nose and a squiggly that dangles.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Black Labradorite

The necklace is loaded with beautiful natural stones . Large  labradorite, tear drops make wonderful focal beads for this double stranded necklace. It has hematite, agate discs and deep blue faceted glass beads. Has the colors of a stormy sea. The clasp is a heavy silver toned magnet clasp.It has already found a new home.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bird nest earrings

These earrings are a little experiment. I've seen many, many wire birds nests and thought they were so adorable. I was thumbing through a book at borders and saw this design. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the artist or author of the book. So, this is just an attempt at a design I saw by memory.  I used brass 20Ga. for the ear wires and 22 Ga for the wire nest. The beads are faceted blue glass.


Isis or in original more likely Aset (Ancient GreekἾσις) was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the matron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers.[1] Isis is the goddess of motherhoodmagic and fertility.                  As soon as I finished this pendant, I immediately saw an "Egyptian look."  I shaped and hammered a pyramid frame from copper wire.  It has rich and deep colors of reds, gold, green and yellow. I decorated it with red faceted glass beads, copper and bronze colored seed beads, mother of pearl, citrine, jade and quartz crystal. I added a natural quartz crystal that I coiled and lace netted to the pyramid. It measures approximately 3 in. x 1 3/4 in. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Makailah the little Goddess

This piece is named after a special baby. The centerpiece is a natural quartz crystal . I wired wrapped it with Nugold (red brass) wire. The interlocking pieces are made of crystals nuggets, aqua blue shell beads, citrine nuggets, crystal beads.

 I named the necklace after my beautiful niece, Makailah. This little goddess was born on 10/11/2011. 

In Irish, the name Makaylah means- like god. The name Makaylah orginated as an Irish name.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

Better late than never. I just want to wish all my fellow bloggers a Happy New year filled with happiness and blessings.

It is a time of excitement and planning new goals. A time to reevaluate my life, my ideas and my dreams. They have said, "Out with the old and in with the new". But sometimes it's just a matter of revamping the old or spicing up the old. As a woman growing older , I like to see beauty and potential in "weathered" things. :) So, one of my goals is to go through all my old, abandoned trinkets, scraps, unfinished jewelry, broken pieces and to find a new way to recreate them and save them. Cleaning my work place is a good way to begin.. another new years resolution. ;-) (organizing my desk) So, happy planning and dreaming in 2011.
Many blessings to all,