Bead Soup 2014 is Served!

My partner, Barb Solem, sent me some great soup to work with. Very industrial chic in nature. I pondered and tried a few ideas before arriving at this result:


I took her amazing metal heart focal and added it to some very heavy gun metal link chain and then added her steel gray wired hook and loop clasp to that. Part one finished. To that I added a chunky, heavy strand that included the soft gray rondelles, the dark gray lava like rounds, interspersing the sparkly spacers…all sent by Barb. I included a strand of BIG Fools Gold nuggets that I got in Tucson years ago and never knew what I’d do with them. Voila! Industrial Chic is complete.

Here’s a few more shots, including matching earrings that used the “spring” connectors that Barb sent.


Close up of the focal.


And the clasp.DSC02934 And some matching earrings.DSC02936


Be sure to check out what Barb did with the soup I sent to her. You can find her here.

And then check out Lori Anderson’s blog page for the scoop on this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party and a list of other participants!

It’s coming! Bead Soup 2014

Mine will be up by morning…check back to see what I made with the great soup I got from my partner Barb Solem.


Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop Reveal

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwest. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the Halloween,  All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. That’s the basics.

Sugar Skulls and marigolds are central to the theme and along with painted faces and decorations, those elements make their way into jewelry. It’s time to reveal what we made for the Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry blog hop! sponsored by Suburban Girl Studio.

I’ve got cuffs! Lots of etched cuffs with sugar skulls, marigolds and bright colors.





All of the above were etched and colored by me. Colors are from Color Me This metal patinas.

In addition to the etched versions, I have some amazing glass sugar skulls from Torch by Night Lampwork. One is ring size and the other is cuff size. Both are on interchangeable Sirius System findings from McDuck Creations.


I hope you’ll visit all the blogs in this hop! Lots of creative minds have come together. You can find them here:

Diana Ptaszynski

Staci Smith

Kathleen Breeding

Sue Kennedy

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Linda Landig

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Lynn Jobber

Michelle McCarthy

Karen Totten

Jayne Capps

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Joan Miller

Melissa Meman

Melissa Trudinger

Kari Asbury

Inge von Roos

Andrea Glick

Stephanie LaRosa

Lola Surwillo

Jennifer Cameron

Diane Hawkey

Kristi Harrison

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Tanya Goodwin

Shai Williams

Sandra McGriff

Sarajo Wentling

Marie Covert

Lisa Stukel

Laurie Vyselaar

Sherri Stokey

Pam Traub

Lori Dorrington

Kristen Stevens

Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Sally Russick

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

Artisan Whimsey Patina Sunset Challenge

Slipping in under the wire with this challenge on Artisan Whimsey…I’ve been out of town for a short, but much-needed break with my parents in Colorado Springs!

Rita from Toltec Beads reminded me about this challenge and how perfect it would be to take part in with Color Me This patinas…I loved the beauty of heat patinas but I didn’t love the fact that I couldn’t replicate them at all, much less get great results regularly. I’m sure it was something I wasn’t doing, but given the fact that I love colors and also had a need to attempt to replicate some colors on design sheets for other designers, I went the route of working with some of my own blends and cold application patinas that are now on Etsy. More about those another day…

For Melinda Orr’s challenge on Artisan Whimsey, I decided to submit one of my newest creations and part of a series that will grow as the ideas are overflowing (more than the time available to implement them!)

I have been making etched copper and brass cuffs for a couple of years now, selling them on Etsy, Facebook and at shows. I love the etched textures and I love coloring them. One of my favorite patterns is a background of peacock feathers.

This is one of several color variations I’ve come up with. It features Turquoise and Sapphire over Burgundy and Plum (all from the Original set of Color Me This 6-pack). I’ve swirled and layered and sanded and played til I got something that I liked. This particular one not only mimics the colors of peacock feathers, but also has some great sunset colors with the Burgundy and Butterscotch shades. On top of these, I’ve added some  luster with some shimmer dust powders and played some more.  You can find others on my Facebook page. Check out other Patina Sunset Challenge participants


7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal is Here!

It’s finally here! Seems like the time flew by but I managed to get both my creation and my post done while it was still daylight! Here’s a refresher of what my partner, Mallory Hoffman, sent me:


I thought her Bacon and Egg beads were so cute that I kept the theme going. I used mixed metals: brass wire, copper and brass jump rings, brass chain and lots of dangles. I’ve been making Cork Pendant necklaces for a few months and kept looking for a cork that had a chicken or something “fowl” on it. I ended up finding this one from Rex Goliath Pinot Noir that says “Free Range” on it… a stretch perhaps, but it works for me. BS1 Here’s the close-up shot of my pendant with Mallory’s focals, a cute, tiny crocheted chicken, and various other brass and copper dangles and baubles. I made some of Mallory’s other glass beads into “egg” dangles, too. BS2 Here’s the full shot showing the silk ribbon for the necklace hanging off the toggle that Mallory sent me. I like using toggles this way in front and it makes the pendant detachable, too.


I hope you’ll check out Mallory’s blog, “For the Love of Beads,” to see what she made with the beads I sent her. And then settle in to check out a couple hundred other participants! You can find the links here at Lori Anderson’s blog. And there will be two more BSBP reveals coming in the next few weeks!

PS. The cute crocheted chicken is by Cori Ruszkowski…check out her work here.

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal! (almost)

Welcome to 2013….I’ll update where the heck I’ve been in another post, but for now I could have sworn I posted about my Bead Soup Blog Party partner Mallory Hoffman before this. Mea culpa, Mallory!

Mallory is a wonderful online friend and glass bead maker who I’ve known for several years. She was a tremendous help in my booth at Bead & Button last year…my first chance to meet her in person.

This is what Mallory sent me: The greatest Bacon and Egg focal beads along with a silver toggle and various other colored glass accent beads.


Here’s a sneak peek at what I  came up with! What do you think? :)



Check back tomorrow to see the real reveal!

Winner, Winner!!!!

Thanks to all who stopped by to comment on my blog and to shop in my store during the Artisan Whimsey sale! It was a busy week with lots of great sales going on. Stop by the Artisan Whimsey site and look around, too. Lots of great information there.

I’m happy to announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Carolyn Collins of Sparkling Waters Studios. Congratulations! Have fun shopping! I’ll be in touch with details.

AND I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to find out that my Bead Soup Blog Party entry for Kalmbach Jewelry Books was chosen as a winner among the office staff! I’ll be receiving a copy of the new Crystal Jewelry Inspiration book in January.

The necklace is on its way to my mother’s for her 81st birthday (along with some matching earrings). She’s been my biggest supporter and fan of my jewelry efforts for years and years. I know she’ll be pleased to know that others loved it too.

Happy Holidays!



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