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~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ


~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

“My Favorite Things” Necklace

Don’t you just love wearing your favorite things around your neck? One day back in 2007, I gathered a few of my favorite pendant charms and hung them from the toggle clasp of a single cord necklace.

Favorite Things Pendants Necklace

You can make your own collection of favorite things and turn them into a simple, easy-to-do necklace. Here’s how I did this one.

Materials:

1 crystal AB 11mm Swarovski pendant
1 siam 6mm Swarovski cube
1 light rose 4mm Swarovski round
2 clear fire-polished 3mm glass bead
1 Bali silver 13mm novelty “pig” bead
1 Bali silver 8mm fancy round bead
1 Bali silver 5mm tube bead
1 sterling silver 6mm heart bead
1 sterling silver 3mm round
2 sterling silver 2mm round
4 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
1.25” sterling silver fine cable chain
2 sterling silver 1.2mm crimp end
3 sterling silver 2” head pins
20” sterling silver 24 gauge wire
19” fuchsia 1mm waxed cord

Step 1: Attach crimp ends to the tips of the braided cotton cord. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the loop of the crimp end. String 2 daisies and form another wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat for the other half of the toggle clasp.

Step 2: Use a head pin to string 1 silver 2mm round, the pig bead, and 1 silver 2mm round, then close with a wrapped loop. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the wrapped loop of the pig bead. String the silver heart bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 3: Use a head pin to string the Swarovski cube, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to one end of the cable chain. Use a head pin to string the silver fancy bead, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the other end of the cable chain. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the chain at about 1/3 of its length. String 1 crystal bead, the silver tube bead, and 1 crystal bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 4: Use sterling silver wire to hang the Swarovski pendant with a wrapped loop. String 1 silver bead and close with a wrapped loop. Attach a wrapped loop then string the light rose Swarovski round and close with a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Favorite Things Cord Necklace

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“Almost Autumn” Necklace

This is another revival piece from 2006. It was the time I discovered seed beads. And multi-strands. I found luminescent “rosebud” glass beads and a pair of glass leaf pendants, all synchronized in color with the seed beads, and went for asymmetry with the toggle clasp along the side.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace

Now let me share the materials I used and the step-by-step tutorial for your reference.

Materials:

42” medium orange 11/0 seed beads
45” lime green transparent 11/0 seed beads
14 rosebud vitral light topaz 8mm fire-polished glass beads
2 yellow/green 25mm glass leaf pendants
6 sterling silver 4mm daisy spacers
2 Bali silver 10mm cones
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
2 sterling silver 2” eye pins
11’ of waxed nylon thread

Finished size: 19”

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Glass Leaves

Instructions:
Step 1: Cut the waxed thread into six 22-inch strands. Hold the 6 strands together and attach to one eye pin with a tight square knot. Dab a drop of glue on the knot to secure. Holding the strands together, thread them into the beading needle and string 1 rosebud and 1 daisy 5 times. String 1 more rosebud then remove the strands from the needle.

Step 2: Hold 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud, 1 glass leaf, 1 daisy, 1 glass leaf, and 1 rosebud; set aside.

Step 3: Pick up the 4th strand and string 3 lime green seed beads. Repeat with the 5th and 6th strand. Hold these 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud. Separate the strands again and string 3 lime green seed beads on each one.

Step 4: Gather all 6 strands again, thread through the needle, and string 1 rosebud. Remove strands from needle. String 2 inches of medium orange seed beads each on 3 strands and lime green seed beads on each of the other 3 strands. Repeat entire step three times by stringing 3 inches, 4 inches, and 5 inches of seed beads after each rosebud. Gather all 6 strands again, string 1 rosebud, and attach to an eye pin using a tight square knot. Dab glue to secure.

Step 5: Use one of the eye pins to string a cone and 1 lime green seed bead. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat entire step for the other half of the clasp.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Toggle Clasp

Tip: To secure the seed bead strands, tie a tight knot after each rosebud bead and slip the knot into the bead hole to hide.

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Mexican Flag Bead Necklace

A few months ago, I received an email from a lady who said, “I had been searching the entire web for a beaded Mexican flag necklace, when your site popped up.” She found a photo of my beaded amulet bag of a Mexican flag. It was a custom project back in 2005.

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

The lady asked me if I could make one for her. I admitted that I have a day job and I’ve had to decline requests for projects that would require a lot of time, like this beaded flag. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and said she would be happy to wait for as long as it takes. So, then I couldn’t turn her down. I agreed to work with her.

I beaded for a few minutes a day until I was done. Because she wanted a necklace, not an amulet bag, I had to device a way to keep the beads in place as a pendant. Enter my polymer clay skills, et voila! The polymer clay backing and a sterling silver bail completed the necklace.

Here are the photos that I sent her before I shipped the item.

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - 2.5 inches wide

2.5 inches wide

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - polymer clay backing.

Polymer clay backing.

She said, “I really love this necklace. Thank you so much for taking time to customize this for me.”

I’m happy.

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Black As Night

My copy of the Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 finally arrived. I couldn’t wait to see how they presented my “Black As Night” necklace.

"Black As Night"

"Black As Night"

I’ve always liked this piece because of its simplicity — what the magazine editors asked for in this issue. The ring design is my original — I’ve used it with various color themes and in several special order pieces. In fact, my pair of earrings with this ring design was featured in a back issue of Stringing Magazine. I like this design because it’s so easy to make, yet it lends a hint of drama to the necklace and to the wearer.

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011

Here’s a snapshot of a section of the table of contents:

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 Table of Contents

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 Table of Contents

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Glass Pendant

I chanced upon an artist sidewalk show at the “antique district” of downtown Orlando yesterday. A number of jewelry artists displayed their fabulous work. It was a difficult decision but I chose to pick up a Mondrian pendant from Jan Tunnell (first time I met her). I plan to use her pendant in my next necklace design.

Jan Tunnell Pendant

Jan Tunnell Pendant

Meanwhile, check out her website for all her beautiful creations: jantunnellcreations.com  

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Spiral Pendant

One fine morning, I was surprised to get a request from my son. He wanted to know how to make a spiral pendant. He said he’d seen it somewhere and is sure I could teach him how to do it. He wanted to encase a game dice in a wire spiral and hang it as a pendant on a leather cord.

It just so happened, I knew how to make a spiral to encase a game dice! Hah! Because my son lives in another hemisphere, the best way I could teach him how it’s done was to share step-by-step photos of the process. So, here are the shots I took of the 10 easy steps:

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Avalon

One of my first tries at wire wrapping is this piece I call “Avalon.” My brother said it looked Persian/Indian. I created this back in June 2005. I was never able to use it until Feb of this year, as an accessory to my attire for a Star Wars wedding.

Avalon

Avalon

My costume was a takeoff from the blue dress worn by Breha Organa, the Queen of Alderaan and stepmother of Princess Leia. The costume had a veil and it needed a pendant to hold the front ends together just above the knees. I tried looking around for pendant beads but this old wire-wrapped moss agate piece fit the bill perfectly.

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Sometimes it takes years for a piece of jewelry to do what it was meant to.

Follow the stories here:

The Rosero Star Wars Wedding

My Breha Organa Star Wars Wedding Costume  (The Making)

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