Archives for November 2016

Bead Museum – what an honor

bead museum

This is a bead from my Artifact Series that I donated to the Sweeney Collection Bead Museum back in 2015

I am proud to be part of a group of extraordinary glass artists.

bead museum

A Contemporary Glass Bead Museum – the Sweeney Collection

The Sweeney Collection Museum is a new museum based on a collection of beads started by Linda Sweeney. The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of this amazing medium of miniature glass art and recording the history of the artists. The collection is currently housed in Glorieta, NM. There is also a lampwork studio where classes of up to 8 students can be held.
Their Mission Statement:
– To educate people about the medium of lampwork beads
-To record the history of the American glass bead movement
-Become a resource of information and networking for artists, students and historians
-Promote artists’ work and market art glass beads
-Support lampwork artists in any way possible
-Support bead related and community charities

Bead Museum – Glendale, AZ

The Bead Museum in Glendale, AZ was founded to establish a haven for a permanent collection of beads and adornments of all cultures, past and present, which would provide an enduring opportunity for the study and enjoyment of these magnificent examples of art and ingenuity.  The museum was founded in 1984 by Gabrielle Liese and housed an international collection of over 100,000 beads and beaded artifacts. It closed in March 2011, and the collections were donated to the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California.  One of my Desert Bloom beads was part of this collection.


Shops Updated

My online Shops

I still have 2 places to shop online for my art jewelry.  

A goal for next year is to move all shopping directly to my website but in the meantime here are my two shops….

Big Cartel



I have just started to list some items in both.

Thanks for looking

creating the desert in glass and metal


Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks – I am Grateful

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and I would like to give thanks to all my family and friends who are helping me on my life’s journey.  I have so much to be grateful for.  My closest friends know that this year has stressed be almost to a breaking point, but I am taking what life has thrown me and moving forward albeit with a heavier heart.  Even in the darkest hours I have hope and approach each new day with vigor.  

A very dear friend sent me a quote

“When you think things are falling apart they just might be falling in place.”

My art is my peace

So I have been venturing into the studio each day where melting glass in the flame or striking silver with a hammer has eased my pain for awhile and put a smile on my face.  Making things with my hands makes me happy.  I have even added some pieces to both of my online shops

Big Cartel Shop



May all my family and friends rejoice in a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving this Thursday.

In the meantime …..

creating the desert in glass and metal

Mesa Necklace with Hollow Bead

Mesa Necklace with hollow bead

This necklace has a sterling silver pendant etched with a hand drawn image inspired by the mesas of Arizona.  I added an amber hollow bead.

The necklace is long without a clasp – great for layering on a fall sweater

The necklace measures 28 inches

The silver pendant and bead add another  3 inches

The pendant measures 3/4 inch by 2 inches

The lampworked bead measures 14mm by 20mm

mesa hollow

mesa hollow

mesa hollow

mesa hollow

mesa hollow

It’s in my Etsy shop now

creating the desert in glass and metal

Four Corners Ring – a work in progress

Making the Four Corners Ring – a work in progress

Here are a few videos made in my studio while working on the Four Corners Ring – a work in progress







Ok I have sawed out the ring…..  stay tuned for the next steps in a later post.  If you subscribe to my blog you will be notified of new posts.  But I am trying to post every Tuesday and Friday..

creating the desert in glass and metal

Staying Organized – one great tool I use


I can’t help it; I like to be organized.  I like lists.  I like to check off things on my lists.  I even add tasks on my lists so I can check them off….  (did I really admit that?)

I have tried a lot of things to help me stay organized, planners, apps, software;  I have tried bullet journaling.  And no, I have not found the one perfect thing out there for my needs….but I have come close.  So I do utilize a few things for my organization madness, but I want to tell you about one.  [Read more…]

New York City

New York City – the Big Apple

My husband and I just spent a week in the Big Apple.  This time we stayed on the upper East side – 64th just off 3rd ave.  It was a great location.  A short walk to Central Park and the Met

New York City

And lots of great restaurants around.  Tony’s di Napoli was a favorite

New York City

Of course we took a long walk down Fifth Avenue and stopped off at the Apple store.

New York City

We eventually ended up at the Empire State Building

New York City

New York City

New York City

And we took in the play Beautiful

New York City

Accidentally came across a store called Metalliferous, where I buy a lot of my supplies for metalsmithing.  It would have been nice to visit but it was already closed

New York City

Of course a visit to times square.  

New York City

And some shopping on Madison Ave.  Walking around the streets of the upper east side was awesome.  Everything was decorated for fall and Halloween

New York City

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It was a great trip.  I even got some inspiration for some jewelry pieces.  But I am glad to be back in the warmer climate of the Southwest.


Four Corners – a new series

New Project – Four Corners

I am currently starting to work on a new series – the Four Corners – so I thought I would take you along on the journey from beginning to end.  So first is the inspiration.  Something pops into my mind that I want to explore.  This time its the Four Corners.  The Four Corners is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico.  It is the only location in the United States where four states meet. Most of the Four Corners region belongs to semi-autonomous Native American nations, the largest of which is the Navajo Nation, followed by Hopi, Ute, and Zuni tribal reserves and nations. The Four Corners region is part of a larger region known as the Colorado Plateau and is mostly rural, rugged, and arid. In addition to the monument, commonly visited areas within Four Corners include Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The most populous city in the Four Corners region is Farmington, New Mexico, followed by Durango, Colorado.

Four Corners

I decided that the first piece of jewelry I wanted to create is a ring.  I also decided that I wanted this ring design to be adjustable because they are easier for clients to purchase than a fixed size ring.  I plan to wear this ring on my middle finger which I know its a size 7 – ish so the ring shank has to be about 58mm.  The ring would not have much of an opening for a size 7 but could be adjusted wider up to maybe an 8.5 where there would be a little space in the band where it met on the backside of the finger.  Then I decided I wanted this ring to be one piece instead of a shank and a top.  In order to get a template I like to design in Adobe Illustrator.  By no means am I an expert on this software, but I can get some simple designs sketched this way and then they are easily printed off so I can reproduce the design without having to start drawing from scratch.

four corners design

I then print the design and cut the shape out and try it on to make sure it is what I had in mind.

four corners template

I have decided that I am going to add wire embellishments along the shank and from top to bottom which will define the four quadrants.  And I drew in 4 dots where I am contemplating adding 4 stones using a gypsy setting.  I have done a gypsy setting only a few times and not in awhile so this will be a little challenge for me.  Also forming this syle ring takes a little patience and strength.  But it will be fun.

four corners

Yep… just what I wanted..

creating the desert in glass and metal