Sunday, November 18, 2012


I've added off-white Howlite beads to the Vintaj flower I had altered with patinas, added a Vintaj chain and wire wrapped beads in the colors of the patina.  I like how it looks but think it needs something else to be finished...

Saturday, November 17, 2012


This necklace was based on a design by Lorelei Eurto published in Stringing magazine.  I made the pendant from polymer clay and imprinted SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY on it before baking.  I bent the piece of silver tubing around a bottle top and used a cut-off blade on my dremel tool to angle the edges.  I read Lorelei's blog several times a week.  She is very original in her mix of beads and designs.

Squares of Copper

This was fun to make, winding the copper wire around a square piece of wood.  I've never worn it, not quite my style.  I would like to give it an antique finish and different beads inside the squares.... maybe then.

Friday, November 16, 2012


I like to make jewelry from other pieces of jewelry, either things I no longer wear, bargains at the department store, or thrift shop finds.  These simple earrings were made with silver links from a necklace I owned.  It was easy to attach a wire wrapped bead and ear wire.  Quick and easy!

Vintaj Patina's by Ranger

Can't sleep so one more post...

I was excited to try the new Patina's Vintaj sells along with their brass jewelry components. 

First I used the patina on a filigree flower from Vintaj.  I combined colors from the Rusted Hardware set along with the Weathered Copper set.  I am in the process of adding some beads to the piece and then will use it in a necklace.

My other project was a vintage flower pin from Avon.  It was a bright shiny gold with the large rhinestone center.  I didn't care for the gold so I went over the surface with all 3 colors of the Weathered Copper set.  The flower now looks rustic and casual.  I will probably use it as a pin on a purse or scarf. 

It was fun experimenting and I'm sure I'll do more with the patina's.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to make pink earrings for my co-workers.  I did complete 3 pair, not enough, but maybe by next year....

The long dangling pair with the pink sequins are upcycled from Goodwill.  I removed a large pink bead that was above the dangles and added new black earwires.

The round silver pair on the right have a lot of bling and seem fit for royalty.  I think they are fun looking.

On the 3rd pair I bent vining bead caps to fit around a diagonal plastic bead.  They are nice and light.

The cut crystal glass was a wedding gift from my husband's sister and spouse who purchased it while stationed in Germany....  29 years ago.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Latest Work

I saw a bracelet similar to this in Bead Trends magazine and knew I had some great beads to use in this type of design. The blue beads I used are a dyed stone.  I also liked that it used Vintaj jump rings, bead caps and clasp as I really like the look of antique brass.
The silly owl bell modeling the bracelet below I got at St. Vinnie's on a treasure hunt.  He actually does ring!  Stamped 1978 Enesco on the inside.