Saturday, February 6, 2021

Cameroon Inspired Necklace

The African Millefiore beads 
which dominate the top neck cord 
and each hanging strand 
were the gift of Myrle Borine. 
The large rich brown stoneware bead 
in the center of the waxed linen neck cord 
was made by BHClaysmith as were 
all the many ceramic beads in the strands.

  The eight necklace strands or tassels 
are complete with Salwag discs, hand cut glass discs, 
carved horn/bone beads, Czech glass elephants, 
wood bi-cones, metal beads, glass seed beads, 
African powdered glass beads and Trade beads. 
Black leather cords wrapped in copper wire finish
the sides and attach to a heavy copper chain 
which can be shortened if needed.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Amy Hart SUN GOD Pendant

An AMY HART Vintage hammered silvertone 
Sun God face pendant 
suspended from a bamboo root topper, 
Bon seed beads, 1930's sandcast Trades, bamboo beads
 and natural mine rough amber chips...
The Sun God face is 4 1/2" round 
suspended from a 5 3/8" dried bamboo root.


Saturday, January 23, 2021


Pictured above, both sides of the Tatanka Wicasa
Necklace pendant...

At the Oklahoma City National Memorial,
the site of the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building, 
stands the Survivor Tree. 
The Survivor tree is an American Elm
whose leaves adorn my Tatanka Wicasa pendant.

A Talisman Pendant with Two Faces
looking in opposite directions 
personifies change as well as transitions;
it suggests being able to see into the past with one face 
and into the future with the other.

Double faced beads are symbols of a ‘middle ground’ 
where the individual can feel centered 
and exist totally in the now.

A pendant made up of two separate ceramic rings
united as one with comfortably-wrapped
copper wire coils. Irregular Red River Jasper stones 
& rounds spaced with Bon trade seeds 
make up the necklace from which
the interlocking circles hang...
The earrings have opposing lizard accents.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Yellow Fluorite chunks

And a pair of complementary earrings...

A 72" NECK WRAP of African Trades,
Bon Seeds & Salwag discs

And a pair of complementary earrings...

The two yellow Fluorite necklaces
worn together...

The African Trade Necklace wrapped twice...

This picture reminds me of myself as a child, 
playing with my mother's jewelry and putting all
of her necklaces on at once 
then proudly wearing them
all down to dinner!


Monday, January 4, 2021

A fan or two of Daggers

Yes, I never really had a good grasp of how to use
these neat little glass drops; that is until I found
these Mykonos oxidized fans...

Then it all clicked!

I also found that the daggers looked super with
stacked rows of Trade & Bon seed beads...

But you've seen these in my last post
and in my Google album already!


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Make It Memorable! EARRINGS

Hand painted ceramic Spirit Hole discs dangle from
a copper wire swing under a hand cut Emily Cohen
cultured blue beach glass disc. The ceramic discs
are finished on both sides so you look good
both coming and going...

Hand cut Emily Cohen red glass hearts hover over
a pair of cultured freshwater pearls. They are accented
with copper discs and red crystal bicones...

Two faced ceramic beads - one looking forward the 
other looking back - so the wearer can stay safely 
in the present!

Royal Copenhagen porcelain shards tumbled over
100 hours to smooth the edges, accented with blue 
cultured sea glass elliptical drops...

Turquoise art glass hearts from Emily Cohen on a 
silver bail and accented with speckled Wasser glass
rectangles beneath...

Spirit holes in clay each with four bites out of their 
edges and painted on each side with colorful
patterns. The cultured sea glass daggers make their
own point!

Matte mushroom glass beads in aqua are clustered
over scroddled clay Spirit Holes playfully

This time, the hand painted clay spirit holes are 
accented with cultured sea glass triangular rounds
making a statement all their own...


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Pottery Shards Transformed...

Found Wood Topper with copper wire wrap bail
and copper curb chain.

Before these were shards, they were a demo pitcher
from my last class at Community Arts Center
in the Spring of 2020.

A selection of these shards are available at
Blue Santa Beads, Media, PA.
The necklaces and earrings are there too,
to give you some inspiration.


Copper Nugget Statements...

Bon seed beads, bamboo from my garden, 
fool's gold chunks & larger hollow copper chunks 
form this easy-to-wear double strand necklace 
with complementary earrings.

These were the nuggets left from making the two
necklaces pictured below...

Two necklaces designed to be worn together for
a full impact fashion statement. I used my favorite
Bon beads, Copper nuggets, my own hand painted and 
handmade ceramic tube & spacer beads.

Earrings to complement!