Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Reveal

I had the pleasure of being paired up with Dolores Raml of Crafty D's Creations.
She is a multi talented creator in many craft mediums.  I really had fun going through
all the wonderful things that she included in my swap design kit.  This is what I received:
Here is a close up of the clasp...a bird sitting in a nest!
And the pendant I received was created by Dolores from a spoon!  How cool is that?
Any time you can recycle something is great, but to make it into so beautiful is amazing.
Here is a close up picture of the pendant:
I used everything included in my design kit except for the dove charm, 4 lamp work beads
and a few spacer beads.  I added from my stash the waxed linen stringing material, antique
silver chain and earring wires.  This is my finished design:
And a close up shot of the earrings:
I plan on gifting this jewelry set to my Mom for Mother's Day because she loved the spoon
pendant so much.  Please visit Dolores's blog at
to see what she created with the ceramic bead goodies that I sent to her!  Also, a big
THANK YOU to Linda Anderson for organizing our swap this year.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Beading Back Before Time - Early Human

Last time it was all about fossils for me - this time it is all about dinosaurs!
Cave men and women did not have to fear my friendly dino....
When I was in Tucson this year, my booth neighbor, Michelle Davis from
Tangible Light Studio, made the cutest lamp work dinosaurs.  There
was my inspiration for the second installment of the Beading Back Before Time
design challenges!  And in green, too....(one of my favorite colors)

I made two 12mm hand rolled ceramic beads and glazed them lime green to accent the
dinosaurs spots.  I used cats eye beads, crystals, silver spacer balls, waxed linen, silk,
closed rings and a lobster claw clasp.  Since the dinosaur bead hole was vertical, I made
a tassel under him with 3 strands of waxed linen.  What a fun necklace!

Here is a close up shot of the dinosaur.  He is even smiling!  If you'd like to see more
of  Michelle's lamp work beads, her website is and if
you'd like to see more of my ceramic beads, check out my etsy site at  Please hop around and check out some other
cool Early Human jewelry designs!

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