Archives for September 2015

A Little Bit Boho

boho necklace
I  just finished this boho necklace to take on vacation.

The Lampworked Bead – A long slender bead

I used to sell all of my long beads ( sometimes known as cigar beads) to Chicago jewelry designer  Steph Korsage.  But I withheld this bead for my own stash.  Last I heard Steph was not creating jewelry anymore but has gone back to school.  A loss to the jewelry world….

Okay – the trip – is to Provence with my one of my daughters – a bi-annual girls vacation event.  Usually both of my daughters attend, but this year life has interfered for one.

Anyway, I wanted to make some new pieces to take with me and this necklace was inspired by the beautiful boho pieces created by Etro for spring 2015.  Of course I have to make some coordinating pieces to layer – a look I love.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Buying gems

buying gems

The Tucson Gem and Jewelry Shows are famous.  Every year in February thousands of vendors flood to Tucson to sell their wares.  I consider myself lucky to live here for these events.  It’s also fun to have my friends visit and shop with me.  I used to have a booth to sell my lampworked beads.  But I gave that up a few years back.  Now I concentrate on the shopping.

A smaller version of the gem shows are here in September.  And this year the show was really small.  I’m wondering how much longer there will be a fall gem show.

But of course I had to check it out and I managed to pick up a few things.

gems and pearls

Some great pearls

labradorite cabs

labradorite cabs

sapphire cabs

rose cut sapphire cabs

turquoise gems

some turquoise beads encrusted with bling

These should keep me busy for awhile.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Saddle Rings

Everybody knows that a saddle is a supportive structure for a rider, fastened to an animal’s back.  It is an iconic symbol of the west.



Interpreting the West in Jewelry

Saddle rings are an interpretation of this western icon and many saddle rings are set with turquoise and have even been dubbed the “Western cocktail ring”.  (photo from internet)

saddle ring with turquoise


My Saddle Ring

I have just finished reorganizing my metals studio, and it is a pleasure to work in again without all the clutter.  Here is a saddle ring that I just finished.  It has 2 pieces of textured metal with a circle of twisted wire separating them.  The band was created separately and soldered on.  I plan to create the next ring as one piece.

saddle ring by Louise Little

The 2 pieces of metal were sweat soldered together.  I love taking online classes to help me perfect techniques.  And I just finished a course with Connie Fox on sweat soldering.  The course helped me to finesse my execution of some simple sweat soldering joins.  The class is on Craft University if you want to check it out.

Can’t wait to make another.

creating the desert in glass and metal