Monthly Archives: January 2009

i heart handmade Valentine Show

Now through February 8th, I’m participating in an online craft show.  It’s called the i heart handmade valentine show and is put on by the American Craft Guide.  I think they’ve done a nice job putting the show together, they … Continue reading

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Many to One Necklace

This necklace design is called a “many to one” necklace, meaning that part of the necklace has many strands and part has one strand. The first time I saw one of these that was handcrafted, I asked the designer – … Continue reading

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Leaf Bead Bracelet

A week or so ago I wrote about some glass leaf beads I was experimenting with.   At the time, I wasn’t sure what I would make, only that I wanted to stack or layer them in some way.  Well, I … Continue reading

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Beaded Purse

Most of the time I make jewelry, but occasionally, I make other items like the little purse shown here.   I made each of the flowers, leaves, and other items using peyote stitch, brick stitch, and a stitch or two I … Continue reading

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A Sense of Hope

After yesterday’s historic inauguration and President Obama’s speech, I feel a sense of hope about my country that I have not felt in a long time.  As I watched, I felt a renewed commitment and a willingness to do my share … Continue reading

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Jewelry Photography

Thrift stores and yard sales are excellent places to find items to use in jewelry photography.  Little boxes, dishes, vases, frames, and other items can add dimension and interest to photographs.  Early on, I found photographing earrings to be a … Continue reading

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Leaf Beads

I bought these glass leaf beads a while ago and just love them.  I was able to get them in a few different colors and they just feel wonderful because of their rounded edges and matte finish.  I’ve used them … Continue reading

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My carpet eats beads.

I swear it does.  I don’t drop beads often, but when I do, they disappear.  Sometimes they reappear later in unusual places – how they bounce or roll where they end up, I’ll never know.  Other times, they’re gone, vanished … Continue reading

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My Pliers

These are my pliers – I use them for beadwork, wirework, and metal.  When I first starting beading, I only had two pair of pliers and one cutter.  Over the years, as I sought to learn new techniques or finish … Continue reading

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Another Found Object

I love shopping for beads – can you blame me??  I also love using found objects to create jewelry.  The thought of using something cast aside, something washed ashore intrigues me. This necklace features a pottery shard found on a … Continue reading

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