Don't Get Me Started!!

I bought a bracelet in April 2010, while in Borrego Springs, California, it is turquoise and copper and I thought afterwards, "I could have made that". It is a beautiful bracelet and I still love it, but now I am making beautiful pieces.

Please email me if you are interested in a piece, I would be so pleased to hear from you!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Michou, resides in Hamburg, and she is, without a doubt, rather amazing. Her lampwork beads are the most beautiful and bright beads to be found. I know that my camera does not catch even a hint of their life, which frustrates me. Maybe I will figure out a way to get better pics one day. Her other interests are also very colourful, she is also an actress among other things.

I hope that you like what I have done with some of her beads.
The beads in the blue necklace are the last of a set of 5. You will see another necklace and a bracelet with the others of the set in a past posting.
The other beads in these necklace are from Kazuri, the Nairobi bead factory that has given work to women in Kenya, and from Ginnovations. I always think, once I have tumble polished a piece, that it is my favourite and it happened again, these are now my favourites! Cheers!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Some Kazuri beads, Lampwork beads by Ginnovations and Sterling Silver which has been hammered on the focal and the two other twisted pieces. Cremes and browns always easy to wear and great with black.

Newest Cold Connection Bracelets

I had a few Sterling bracelets from Mexico holidays that I have not worn in a while so I took them apart. One was red and the other was purple. I used some of the links and rivetted them to bracelets, here is one with the purple links. I love butterflies and hearts so I did bracelets with those themes.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Three Necklaces from the same Kazuri Bead Family

Classic Black and autumn golds with Sterling. And who does not like the animal print theme!

Some new necklaces!

I do love hearts and they keep recurring in my work!

this lampwork heart of turquoise and purple was made by Leah Nietz and the others beads used are Kazuri beads.
here are two different earring options, both Sterling, and I have more still in turquoise as I love that colour!

This green, gold and silver necklace is a combo of Pendragonfyre lampwork and Kazuri beads, lots of twisted sterling and the gold accents on the beads give this necklace a bit more versatility in what it can be worn with! Sterling earrings to go with!

New and improved!

I decided to remove the rubber choker off of this focal piece which is in an older post. I thought then that I should not have used black rubber as its cord and I finally got around to making the silver and Kazuri bead neckpiece for the focal.
I like it better, the focal is large and the rubber cord was not bold enough for it. I still like rubber cord for the right piece, just not this one!

Bracelets, who does not love them!

Apple green and purple beads by Kazuri, with Sterling. The earings are sterling hearts, though the photo does not show them as that, something is reflecting in the silver and giving it a dark look even though it is bright sterling silver!

Pink and gold lampwork beads by Ginnovations, Texas. It is hard to see that the large beads are gold with pink but not hard to see in person! Ginny makes the nicest beads, I really like her work!

Lampwork beads by Darlene, Pendragonfyre in New Brunswick. Matching earrings also in Sterling. Pink and grey always elegant!

Mixed metals, Sterling, brass and copper bangle charms with black Kazuri beads

Lampwork Beads again by Ginnovations, with sterling silver and again so much prettier in person!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sterling Necklace

This piece is made with a Michou Pascale Anderson focal bead and Kazuri Beads with lots of

twisted sterling.

Amazing with jeans!

And the Bracelet

One pic in the shade and one in the sun, still playing with how to get a good pic!
The sun really shows the colours in the focal lampwork by Michou Pascale Anderson. The bracelet has green turquoise squares, just make it not a perfect match to the necklace, and Kazuri beads. The clasp is Thai Karen Hill Tribe Silver as is the lily that is used with a Kazuri bead as weights to keep the bracelet right side up on the wrist

Classic Black and White, Classical Pearls, Timeless Sterling Silver

Still playing with the background and light for the pics!

This Bracelet is an easy choice, jeans or evening attire. A necklace to go with will follow in the next weeks.
Lampwork focal bead from Ginnovations and the other three are Kazuri.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cold Connections and Butterflies!

I love butterflies and I think everyone does, so I thought I would do a bracelet with an assortment of them! cheers!

Pouncing Rain

Pouncing Rain is in Bellingham, Washington and is a Jewelry School and Lab. I went there last weekend for a 3 day course doing things I have not yet done and made this very large broach, suitable for keeping a shawl wrapped around you! The new techniqes were cutting metal out from within a piece of metal with a jeweler's saw, soldering with acetylane torches and the other new thing was soldering a bezel around a stone. I was a great class and intensive. We also made a bracelet, a narrow copper with embilishments soldered on. I really enjoyed it as I could read how to do things forever but seeing and doing makes all the difference. Thanks Judi Gauthier, you are a great teacher!

A Bracelet for the last necklace

One of the beads is the same as those in the last necklace that I made so this could be considered a match! I am not a fan of perfectly matching accessories so one bead the same works for me. The big centre silver bead is a Karen Hill Tribe bead (Thailand) and the others are Ginny Schmidt's handmade lampwork beads. I love the look of the silver jumprings that I have twisted, looks Southwestern to me! Cheers!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I decided today to do this blog!

So I took a bunch of pics, which as you will see I was not happy with, took me a long time to figure out that the black background that I put the jewelry on was the problem...... Oh well!!

I hope that you enjoy these entries. I have only done a fraction of what I have made and for some reason pretty much left out earings! Another post, another day!

I have tried to give information as I go on the sources of my beads and how the metal working is done, if you have any questions just email me!

I hope that I keep this up and do not have to do a whole lot of batches at once ever again!

Thanks for looking, cheers,

Sterling with Turquoise and Orange!

I have used a Lampwork Focal of Michou Pascale Anderson from Hamberg, Germany , she is a designer of extremely exceptional beads and is reknowned for her work.

I also used some turquoise stones and smaller Lampwork Beads of Ginny Schmidt from Texas, who is another of my favorite lampwork artist. She does beautiful work!

Sterling Silver and Kazuri Beads

So this photo is one of the best so far, up to now I had been using a black background and that I think was what was making the camera turn the silver white or to lose the colour of the beads, yahoo.... from now on the pics will improve I think!!

Summer Necklace, Sterling and Lampwork Beads

Some Thai Karen Tribe Sterling nautical pieces (they use very pure silver it is greater than the .925 that sterling is) , Lampwork Beads in turquoise and yellow, great with a long white shirt!

Sterling Silver Focal with Kazuri and Lampwork Beads

So in the first pic I am wearing it and the colour is true! the second is my that problem of picking silver detail or colour and not getting either one right!!
Anyway this is a rubber choker, I am still not certain if I am going to leave it on that or make some sterling links to finish it instead.
You can see all the coiling, done with my handy Home Depot drill and custom made mandrels for this purpose. Fun to create, there is no plan just add, twist and quit when it looks done!

Sterling Focal with a Lampwork Starfish

I wish that I could have got a good pic of this one, it is stunning. The starfish is wrapped up with a lot of Swarovski Crystal, a Thai Karen Tribe silver starfish and glass beads, the nautical theme continues on the necklace with a Karen Tribe turtle and Kazuri beads. I wish that the silver did not look just white but I have yet to figure out how to get better shots, I have been outdoors, indoors, macro, no flash and still!!!

Cold Connections, Mixed Metals, my new love!

This was my first one, made in a workshop with Eugenia.
Using metal shears and copper sheet, sterlingwire, brass charms, texturing hammers, found pieces, rivets, tiny screws, it is really a lot of fun to make Cold Connection pieces. I have bought a saw but have not yet used it, but I will be taking a class in metalsmithing using it this coming weekend!

copper and silver rivetted earings

And another one, they are all joined by Sterling Silver jumprings. These jumprings are made by coiling the sterling wire on a mandrel with my electric drill, then cutting them indivually from that coil, workhardening them and Bob's your uncle. Who would have thought I would have had the patience for this!

I have a disc punch now to punch out circles and one of these links has a silver link out of a sterling bracelet that I had bought some time ago in Mexico of silver and red links, it worked out great and I still have many more to do something with..... earings???

I just finished this one. this time I used rivets for the jumprings
All pieces of copper or sterling jewelry are patina'd or antiqued. They are first dipped in Liver of Sulphur which turns them black. then using 0000 steelwool to polish off most of the black but leaving the crevices black! next the piece goes in the tumbler for polishing.