Sunday, December 8, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #22 & #23

These playful lampwork beads above made by Jennifer, are lavished in copper petals and finished with leafy lampwork headpins.  A little bit of lampwork and little bit of copper!

These simple little handmade rectangles have been textured and embellished with a flourish and Swarovski crystal on top.  They sparkle as they move!  Check out Artisan Whimsy to see the other entries.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #21

These adorable earrings above are made by Jennifer.  Torch-fired enameled filigree balls, fun fiber, and vintage findings make the perfect, but "funky" match!
More fun earrings from Gianna!  The peyote stitch surrounds these sparkly chatons!  Crystals form the ruffled edging.  How cute are these... and oh, so pretty in pink!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #20

The vintage findings on the top of these earrings above look so pretty with the lampwork beads and the torch-fired enamel leaves!  All hand-made by Jennifer,  love the look!

These woven lacey earrings are made with Swarovski crystals, glass pearls and seed beads.  Fun to make and lightweight to wear!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #19

These earrings above, made by Gianna, are hand-cut, hammered with texture, and gently shaped.  The lovely jade is the perfect touch of color.
Before adding the cat's eye cabs, the filigree in these earrings were hit with the torch to add a flame patina.  They have been finished with enameled copper disc.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #18

Cat's Halloween spirit is coming out in these gravestone earrings above.  The gravestones were cut from nickel, then textured and stamped.  They have been finished with iron "ghosties".  A proper haunt for any earlobe!
In keeping with the Halloween theme, I made these black and dark purple earrings.  The swirling lampwork is made by Jennifer and they have been paired with Crystal Satin drops.  They remind me of dark candelabras, fog, and brooding vampires.  (A little bit "Twilight".)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #17

Teaching at our store yesterday was Melanie Rees, a wire-wrapping artist from Kansas City.  It was a fun day indeed!

This first creation above was made by Jennifer.  She wire-wrapped purple AB chinese crystals on gently curved silver-plated wires.  The perfect finishing touches are the beautiful lampwork beads, also made by Jennifer.
As for myself...these carefree earrings above were fun to make.  I looped the wire into swirling petals, attached a couple of buttons and topped them off with Vintage Rose Swarovski crystal flatbacks..... Ta-Dah!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #16

These interesting wire creations above are made by my granddaughter, Catherine.  She meticulously wire-wrapped the center of  open brass gears using copper wire.  A faceted, "rose quartz" colored, chinese crystal drop dangles from the gears.  When not in College, persuing her Graphic Arts degree, Cat runs the front of the store, and makes beautiful custom jewelry.

My granddaughter Gianna's designs above are a joy to see.  A perfectly, imperfect, organic design!!!  The findings are made from brass sheet, that has been cut, soldered, filed, then Swarovski Crystallized!  These findings are perfect for the Cloisonne donuts.  Gianna, knows where "everything" in the store is!  She pulls internet orders and keeps track of our Etsy Store.  She is very creative, and makes the most beautiful, unique and fun pieces.  Gianna aspires to one day become a "designing" Pastry chef.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

AJE Earring Challange #15

These beautiful blue lampwork beads, the ceramic leaves, and the "Earring Creations" themselves above, are all made by Jennifer.  A little added Swarovski sparkle and some Sari Silk just make for a fun pair of earrings!

I made these copper earrings by adding lampwork flowers by Steve Rhoades of Bokomo Designs.  I attached them with lampwork headpins by Jennifer...a little hand-dyed ribbon brings them together.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal #14

These earrings are made by my granddaughter, Gianna.  I must say, she mixed up a pretty cool pair of earrings!  She cut, pounded, and torched her findings, then crystallized and added a lampwork bead made by her mom, Jennifer.  These fun earrings are one-of-a-kind!

I most definetly got "hooked" in the bird's nest class!  These earrings are copper with moss agate eggs.  Dangling from the copper chain are Jennifer's beautiful lampwork leaves.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bird's Nest Pendant Class

What a fun class of building unique and colorful little bird's nest pendants!  Kristin Girard of Kristin's Laboratory taught us today that with a little wire and patience, you can creat an original work of art!  One thing for sure, you'll want to make more!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge-Reveal #13

 These earrings are so cute!  Made by Jennifer with her torch-fired enameled filigree balls.  The Vintage Rhinestone balls and the hand-dyed Vintage Seam-binding ribbon just added that little extra panache.

Cat's been painting with patina again, bringing color and interest to the foliage of these findings.  The enameled copper rings pull these earrings together for a beautiful tropical look.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

This necklace has been designed with "a little bit of everything" from 15 years of bead hoarding.  I used Swarovski Crystals, Czech Glass, Quartz Crystals, Cloisonne, and more.  But of course, the "Pièce de Résistance" is the beautiful borosilicate lampwork pendant bead, made by Steve Rhoades of Bokomo Designs.  Thank-you Lori Anderson, it was fun designing this necklace, and fun reminiscing while going through my "amasses of stashes". :)

Be sure to visit these other bead hoarders!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Layered Flower Collage Class

Yesterday, July 13th, we made riveted flower layers, added some patina, and "Voila", a wonderful array of colorful necklaces were created.  Many thanks to Kristin Girard, of Kristin's Laboratory for such a fun and inspiring class!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Joplin Vintage Market Treasure Trip


Today we were treasure hunting at The Joplin Vintage Market located at the John Q Hammons Center.  There were plenty of fun finds, and one of our favorites was Tarnished Charm, where Ivy Hagedorn makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind upcycled jewelry.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #12

Still fascinated with the Peyote Stitch, which I used to bring these beautifully faceted Crystal Volcano Square Rings together.  Nothing beats the dazzle of a Swarovski Crystal!

My granddaughter, Cat, who also photographs our Earrings, made this fun pair of Giraffe Earrings.  They were painted with patina, and finished with lampwork by Jennifer of Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  A little bit of fiber adds that perfect finishing touch.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Pendant Necklace

What's not to love about this charming little Book Pendant?  The Pendant features antiqued layered pages encased in copper and embossed with birds, then finished with blue and purple patina and plenty of charm dangles.  For more information on this necklace check here in our Etsy Store.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge-Reveal #12

These beautiful Lampwork Beads and Earrings are made by Jennifer of Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  The glass is from Striking Color Glass.  They pair so well with the copper and just a touch of patina.

I made these Sterling Silver Earrings with some Lampwork Beads that Jennifer made for me a while back.  The Swarovski Crystals just set them off!  My Grand-daughter, Cat, took all the pictures this morning among the growing and climbing Crypress Vines.  Looks like summer!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sea Glass Seashells

Add color and texture to your jewelry creations with our latest collection of Sea Glass Seashells.  Check out all our Sea Glass here in the Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry Website.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Crystals!

Check out the beautiful new Crystals here in our Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry Website.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Just The Basics

The perfect class for a beginner, yet fun for any skill level.  This beginner's class teaches you all the necessary basic steps of making beautiful jewelry.  The jewelry above is just a sampling of what was made during our class taught last Saturday by Kristin Girard.  Such wonderful colors!

Monday, June 10, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal # 11

These blue and peach agates have a crackled texture.  They are combined with peachy caramel  lampwork beads by Jennifer of Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry, then accented with daisy spacers.

Jasper and Jade, a lovely pair.  They are combined with mixed metals and patina, which  highlights the stones earthy appeal. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Silver Caramel Lampwork

This beautiful set of six lampwork beads are a warm and creamy caramel, adorned with dotted trails of fine silver.  These beads have been kiln annealed for durability.  For more information check here in our Etsy Store.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blue Ceramic and Jasper Necklace

The beautiful soft color of Aqua Terra Jasper compliment this necklace which features a ceramic flower focal.  A very arty, yet vintage look.  For more information on this necklace check herein our Etsy Store.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sea Glass Cabochons

These beautiful frosted Sea Glass Cabochons have doomed tops, flat bottoms, and no holes.  Great for wire-wrapping or bezel settings, they just have unlimited designing potential!  Come by and check out our beautiful color options here in our Etsy Store. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Jasper is an impressive gemstone that looks beautiful when used in jewelry.  The appeal of Jasper is in its many interesting colors, patterns, and formations, making each piece unique.  Jasper frequently has a discriptive name from the area in which it is found, such as ocean and rainforest.  Also named for it's color appearance.  Jasper is also thought to promote relaxation and a sense of wholeness. :)  Check out our Jasper selection here on our Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry Website.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Local Jewelry Artists

It's been fun showing off some of our local talented friends/customers this week.  This evening I will dote on my granddaughter, "Gianna".  She can take unusual ingredients, a little wire, and mix them all together, creating jewelry like this stunning necklace.  Her creativity and style certainly do show in her approach to making jewelry!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Local Jewelry Artists

I love wearing this sterling silver and rhondonite necklace, designed and created by Peggy Lierheimer.  Peggy is an experienced artist who creates beautiful wearable pieces of art, using natural stones, irregular shapes and beautiful colors.  Very intricate and lovely.  You can see more of Peggy's jewelry on Peggy's Jewelry Page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local Jewelry Artist

Tisha Doyle of Goodie Two Shoes Designs, creates custom stamped sterling silver and copper jewelry designs.  Tisha specializes in personalized sports jewelry, like this adorable baseball mom charm bracelet, creating unique and timeless keepsakes.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Local Jewelry Artists

This silver filigree pendant is made by Heather Jones of Select Jewelry Designs on Etsy.  A beautiful,  delicate and highly detailed design.
Even though Heather works mostly with silver, she also works with copper and brass, making gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal #10

I love the colors in these beautiful lampwork beads made by Jennifer.  The lampwork pairs beautifully with the flower link topped with the sparkle and color of the Swarovski Vitrail.  The perfect finish is the lampwork dangle. 

Since we had the Peyote Class in our Store, I can't stop thinking about Seed Beads.  The colors in the Metallic Burgundy Seed Beads seemed the perfect pair with the purple Sea Glass.  So light to wear,  yet so pretty!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Dangling Flower Earrings

Filigrees and Flowers, what a lovely combination!  The pink, yellow and green color combination is so warm and cheerful.  For more information on these earrings, check here in our Etsy Store.