Archives for March 2015

Working on Projects

I always have several projects that I am working on.

I sell my lampworked beads and jewelry.  So I am always working on beads for my jewelry designs which I sell in galleries and my online shops.

But I also love to work with seed beads in bead weaving projects.

I like to knit.

I dabble in art journaling…

So I find that I usually have several projects going at one time.

(and keeping them all under control is another topic)

Some projects are for me, some for gifts,  and some for my business……..
Today I want to talk about a cool project that I started that will be FOR ME!

Project: the Boho Trend look

The magazines have said it – and I couldn’t be happier

Boho is really in for spring this season.

And I have fallen in love with the Italian designer ETRO.



If I could afford [Read more…]


Stick Pearls

stick pearls

Freshwater pearls are best known for their interesting shapes and wide variety of sizes and colors. The character of a freshwater pearl is found in its distinctive surface texture and glorious lustre.  In addition to the traditional white body color, these pearls come in a rainbow of natural colors as brilliant as lavender, peach, mauve, some greys, pink, and every shade in between. Their varied shapes include potato-shaped and stick pearls, toothpick, rice-shaped and button pearls, coin-shaped, square, rectangular, heart and drop pearls, off-round and round pearls.  My favorite shape right now is the “stick”.  And I love when I find stick pearls that are center drilled through the length of the pearl.  This pearl is becoming harder and harder to find because drilling through the center of those slender pearls is difficult.

While I was in Santa Fe taking classes at Beadfest, I also did some shopping.  Stick pearls were on my list and was delighted when I found these….

stick pearls


I plan to design a simple yet elegant infinity necklace with these pearls, some metal beads and of course a lampworked bead.  I want it long – perhaps 36 inches.  Hopefully I have enough pearls to make 2 – 3 necklaces so that I can keep one for myself and offer some in my shop.

creating the desert in glass and metal


ombre necklace


From the French meaning to shade……………

To make this month’s featured necklace I color mixed the glass in the flame to produce a gradient of the color teal.  Ombre is having colors or tones that shade into each other from light to dark.  I love the effect.

I made the various tones of teal in the flame by mixing a rod of dark teal with clear in different ratios and pulling a rod  of that mixture to make the bead.  Even the clear beads at the end of the necklace have a tinge of teal.

Ombre fabric is fashionable and in textiles, you can achieve the ombré fade through dip dying.

ombre fabric


You can see this ombre necklace in my shop

creating the desert in glass and metal