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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Owl on a Branch

Hooty-Hoot!! Such a sweet silvered owl. He's got just the right amount of silver glass to give a shine to his wings and the top of his head. This is one of only three owls I have this summer, each one quite different - it's hard to figure out how many pieces with a specific theme to make. But, too much of even a good thing is boring, right? I'd rather make something different every day, that's kinda why I'm doing this whole glass thing anyway. Thanks for looking.

Silvered Fish

This little fish has a whole lot of silvered glass on the surface, lots of shimmer that doesn't show up well in my meager photography attempts. But he's as cute as he can be and will be waiting for those 2 special 'fish' collectors at the show in Myrtle Beach - they always stop by to make their fish purchases a soon as the show opens.


Such a beautiful pendant - wish I could photograph the shimmery blue to show better at the mid section, much more sparkle in person. Fine silver stars in the sky, mossy growth on the sandy river's edge - such a pretty, unique piece. One of a kind. Once it's gone, it's gone.

Abstract Cactus

Abstract Cactus front and back - great shimmer in this large focal. One of a kind! Once it's gone, there will be no more!! So pretty.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Here We Go! Take A Look. New Earrings!

Please take a look, it's been so long since I've posted new earrings. There are new ear wires, and new bead designs. Most are one of a kind, so once they're gone, they are gone!

Here we go! Earrings all lined up.

New earrings, new ear wires and new designs. All lines up for you to see. Come see them all in Myrtle Beach - if they last that long. Most are one of a kind, this is it!

Earrings! Here They Come.

All in a row, lots and lots of earrings. It's been so long since I've had some new ones. New ear wires and new beads.

Earrings! Earrings! Earrings!

New ear wires and new beads. I haven't showed earrings in such a long time. Most of these are one-of-a-kind too, so once they're gone, that's it!  Come see them in Myrtle Beach in July, that will be their debut.

New Earrings!!

 Haven't showed any earrings here in a really long time, so enjoy these new ear wires and new beads. 

Ocean Sea Shell

This is the newest shell and I like it so much better. The addition of the ocean, waves and sun was a last minute decision, but it worked. Getting ready for a show in Myrtle Beach, so there'll probably be a couple of these. Hope you like it too.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Simple Shell

Gearing up for the Show at Myrtle Beach warranted a simple shell pendant. Hopefully someone will be drawn to it on the first Day. 

Feathering Feathers

This is my second feather pendant, and I like it even better than the first. It's a much larger version, and I just love the purple dots (EDP). STILL a difficult color to work into a piece, but it's still a favorite. A really nice piece that will make it's appearance at Myrtle Beach. Always a great show. 

Kitty Cluster

These are just so cute, they had to be pictured together. Fun kitty pendants for all those cat moms out there. Brand new efforts for teaching "Critter" beads at NC State University this Fall. I pretty much like each outcome and hope my new students will as well.

Fantasy Flower

This is a real first for me, a fantasy flower. Marcy Lamberson demonstrated this flower and I wanted to give it a try. She gave excellent instructions and her soft and soothing voice calmed any trepidation I had. It turned out pretty well, altho it needs tweaking in several different directions. But it was really fun to do and gave a boost to the day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chubby Puppy Bead

The first little puppy bead turned out so well, thought I'd give it another shot with a second one. This chubby puppy has brown and black fur that's been etched for a soft brushed finish. But his little nose and his little dark eyes are bright shiny and cute. He looks a little bewildered maybe, but I'm happy he's here.

Rowan's Puppy Bead

My niece got a fluffy puppy for her daughter Rowan so I thought to make a bead for her. It turned out pretty well actually, Rowan thinks it looks just like 'Roo' and she loves the pendant. She made me feel so good calling to thank me for it. Yes!  ** S U C C E S S **

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Light As A Feather

A new bead design for the Summer - Feathers. A pretty purple base (my personal fav) with deep turquoise raised dots. I can see more of these - lots of different color variations for the background. This is a new bead I'll be teaching at BeadCamp in Florida. Will be there in October of this year and again in March of 2017. I so look forward to these classes. It's a pleasure to teach all the enthusiastic students. And we have So. Much. Fun.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Little Touch of Enamel, Please

Haven't used enamel in years but I really, really like the results with this attempt. A new technique for the sun gave me just the depth I was looking for, and the blue enameled sky with a subtle layer of green enamel at the base of the bead gave the soft contrast I was seeking. I really like this use of enamel and guess I'll have to break our the old respirator and give it another shot. Am loving experimenting again. Thanks for looking.

Abstract Ocean, Moon and Stars

My attempt at layering the ocean waters, sort of stacking them all in a row to achieve more of an abstract result, instead of blending all the colors together as I normally do, didn't quite give the the desired affect . But still not bad. Might not be obvious, but there are 9 different colored layers to the ocean waves. The moon is surrounded by several fine silver stars, and the whole image is duplicated on the reverse side. Thanks for looking.

Todays Tree of Life

Today's Tree of Life - warm sun, luscious pastures, gentle breezes blowing the clouds in the sky. Oh my gosh ... I sound like a Lifetime Movie!! Maybe it's time to get outside a bit and go for a walk!!

May Palm Tree

Summer palm tree, ocean breezes, but it's still May!! Last month was warm enough to feel like summer and started my brain thinking of cooler days at the beach. Anyway, here's todays results and there's even a little piece of coral that I found in Florida this Spring while teaching at Bead Camp.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Something new from me … Angry Birds! No, wait …. Hooters!  No, wait … sorry, couldn't help it. Have been working in the studio all day and I'm a little whack-o. Two cute big eyed owls. Have been wanting to do an owl series and it looks like this is the beginning. Hope you like them. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sea Shell & Bunches of Beachy Beads!

Getting ready for another show at the Beach, so you know what that means … lots of beachy beads! This beautiful conch shell is made using DH silvered glass and some SIS on the surface. Some new pendants made using hollow beads filled with sand I collected and some pretty natural pearls too. Quite nice if I do say so myself. Please stop by and see them - all of them. And, thanks, ahead of time.

Peacock Feathers

Back by popular demand. At the first show this year, there will be just a few of these beautiful peacock feather pendants. There are just a couple more using different bird feathers, but trust me … they will be around for only a very short time!

New Trees for 2016

As always, a couple of new designs in trees. Am liking the multiples, and the big moon in the sky. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

End of Summer Fallen Leaves

This is such a beautiful necklace and earring set. Soft shades of pale chestnut and raku mixed with pale smokey amber crystals and lots of sterling silver. Very smooth and almost 'soft' to the touch, most comfortable to wear. This matched set will be showcased this weekend in Raleigh at the Mistletoe Market Place. Hope to meet lots of new people, as it's my first time at this show. Thanks everybody!

Deep Sea Jellyfish

Something else new, a Jellyfish. A beautiful transparent deep coral jellyfish with flowing tentacles (is that what they're called?), floating in a sea of teal blue. Wish I'd had some of these at the Myrtle Beach show a few months ago. Rest assured this design will be a new addition in future shows.

Blue Leaves

Time for Fall Leaves of Color - this time they're blue. A beautiful matched set of leaves with sterling silver leaf earrings. So smooth and almost 'soft' to the touch. Very comfortable to wear and most striking to see.

Winter and Summer Trees

Beautiful summer Elm trees - another tree bead that went to it's new home this past weekend in Columbia, SC. Windswept clouds in the distance and a bright Summer sun in the sky … absolutely NOT what we had over the weekend. A rainy, stormy, wet and chilly weekend with fabulous support from the Columbia residents and beyond.

A graceful lakeside summer tree that also went to it's new home somewhere in Columbia, SC. Thanks to all who came out on such a cold and rainy weekend to support all the vendors and the Craftsmen's Classic Show this Fall.
This evening summer Oak tree bead with a huge rising moon in the background will be at the Mistletoe Market show in Raleigh this weekend. I hope there will be a great crowd there, it is my first time at this show and I look forward to meeting new people. And my granddaughter will help me with this show, she's a freshman and NC State this year - SO, much to look forward to this coming weekend.

This beautiful lakeside evening Winter tree is calm and serene. It will also be with me this coming weekend in Raleigh. The huge rising moon in the background offers a peaceful backdrop.

Ancient Image

Was thinking of cave drawings when I made this bead - sort of looks like that's what it could be, right? Silvered glass stringer work on the surface of pale ivory. Something to wear every season of the year, nice and smooth, lays nicely on the skin.

Etched Fall Colors

Here's a new design using subtle Fall colors, orange, olive, lavender, chestnut, cranberry - all encased in clear and layered with a spiral wrap of ivory. They're sort of wistfully see-through. Lots of sterling and Swarovski crystals, matching earrings, and I think there's even a bracelet too … somewhere. Took this picture at the show last weekend and it's not as crisp as it should be, but it needed to be shown on this page because it's really very pretty. A technique that will most certainly be done again.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sea Turtle

Have been thinking about making a sea turtle for quite some time - don't know why that time took so long in coming … but here it is. Am pretty pleased with the outcome too. Think I might have to add this particular bead into the curriculum in my glass bead making classes - especially the ones in Florida. It wasn't too difficult, but packs a punch. Let me know what you think.


He just looks like a 'Humphrey' to me, maybe it's the expression on his face. A cutie, none the less. There's a heart on the back, just incase people don't realize you're a dog lover by the image on the front!! HA!

Beachy Beads

Sand Piper alert! Keeping up with the beachy themed beads, here's another. Trying out some different blue mixtures for the sky and appreciating the 'calm waters' look of this bead too. Back to the torch to try for some more.