Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pink Pearl Hoop Earrings

These feminine 50mm hoop earrings are silver-plated and wire-wrapped with pink freshwater pearls, pink crystals, and white seed beads.  The wire-wrapping adds just that bit of edgy glamour to a traditional hoop!  You can find them here in our Etsy Store. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Glittering Pearl and Crystal Necklace

A beautiful glittering pearl and crystal necklace that shimmers with every movement.  Large glass pearls, chinese crystal ovals with clusters of crystals mixed with organic, freshwater keishi pearls.  This necklace can be found here in our Etsy Store.  Or create your own necklace with one of the designer strands that you can find here in our Store.  These pre-strung strands are indeed a treasure!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vintage Style Soldered Pendants

This vintage inspired hand-soldered pendant necklace is so charming.  It has added embellishments, such as filagrees, ribbons and resin flowers, and is finished with pearls and crystals.  This pendant necklace can be found here in our Etsy Store.

Another beautifully soldered pendant with the look of yesteryear!!!  This hand-soldered pendant has a vintage crystal flower component embellishment with a silverplated leaf dangle that is adorned with a pink resin flower and finished with a silver-plated chain.  It can also be found here in our Etsy Store.  Either necklace would be a beautiful addition to anyone's jewelry collection.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pink Flower Power Necklace

This vibrant and cheerful necklace abounds with pink flower power!!!  The beautiful mother-of-pearl is unique and interesting.  The flower is so very cool.   It's a hand woven French silk beaded flower with a vintage button in the center.  What a special necklace!  You can find this necklace here in our Etsy Store.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Glass Rice Pearls

We love the classic look of pearls. These glass rice pearls are so beautiful and come in so many colors, they are a wonderful alternative to freshwater pearls since their size is always consistant.  They are oval-shaped to resemble grains of rice and you can find them here in our store.
We hope to inspire you with this beautiful bracelet.  There are many exciting patterns that incooperate rice pearls. This pattern and many more can be found here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Steampunk Snitch Necklace

Inspired by the Golden Snitch of the "Harry Potter" genre.  This special enchanting necklace combines a pearl orb and a pair of silver-plated snitch wings, that hang from a 20inch adjustable gold plated chain, adorned with pearls and crystals.  This necklace can be found here in our Etsy Store.

New Classes

Beaded Crochet Bracelet 
Our guest instructor Kristin Girard will be teaching the Beaded Crochet Bracelet.  I love the look of these bracelets, the mixture of color and bead shapes and sizes always make an impressive looking bracelet when you see them finished.  This is a fun beading technique to learn.  This class is being held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-5pm.  You can find the information about signing up here in our store.
Wired Heart Pendant
Make this seemingly intricate heart while learning wire-wrapping techniques with instructor Peggy Lierheimer on Saturday, February 9, 2-5pm.  You will learn how to make a frame, about hammering and basic wire-wrapping techniques.  Being creative and using your imagination is so much fun.  You can find the information about signing up here in our store.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Orange Crush and Turquoise Necklace

This necklace reminds me of drinking an orange crush while floating in a sea of turquoise!  This is  the new silverplated cross pendant, which can be found here, the pendant has been filled with crystals and then combined with web jasper which can be found here.  This finished necklace can be found here in our Etsy store, along with the matching earrings.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

AJE Week 1 Earring Challenge

These woven handmade beads made by Peggy Lierheimer using Chinese Crystal, seed beads, and pearls. The woven bead was then combined with Swarovski Crystals to make this beautiful and interesting pair of earrings.

Week 1-AJE Earring Challenge

These colorful, one of a kind, funky lampwork beads are made by Jennifer of Dry Gulch Beads And Jewelry. It's always a surprise how the glass colors mix!! They are combined with sterling silver and Swarovski Crystals.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chain and Leather Bracelet Class

There is so much to talk about that I don't know where to start. The woven chain and leather bracelet class was taught by our guest instructor, Kristin Girard.

Loved the contrast between the chain and leather as they all were really nice color combinations.
And then...

…we topped off our class with a little Chocolate Mousse.  What a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon!
You can see more of Kristin Girards beautiful designs here.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Chinese Crystal Coins

Do you like crystal?  These beautiful 8mm faceted Chinese Crystal Coins will add so much sparkle to your jewelry.  These crystals come in an array of colors and can be found here in our store.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Believe In Pink

Sea glass, lots of sparkle, and PINK!  This vintage inspired necklace is youthful, fun and can be found here in our Etsy Store and the light pink sea glass can be found here.  Pink is the color of happiness.  Pink is light-hearted and yes, "I believe in pink!"

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Findings, New Possibilites

Look what's new!!!  Ornate rhinestone curved cross links in many colors and finishes, which can be found here.  Also, there is a blank, silver-plated, roped cross pendant and a dotted heart pendant, which can be found here in our store.  So many possibilites!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Interesting Pea Pods Created

The Pea Pod Pendant jewelry class was a huge success as seen in the above photo.  Beautiful and interesting pea pods were created as the ideas and designs flowed.  As always, it was great having Peggy Lierheimer, a very talented metalsmithing artist, teach the class.

And then, everything goes with a cupcake!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Button Bracelet and Earrings

Button, button, who's got the button?  This bracelet and earring set certainly does - and more!  Lately, we seem to be fascinated with buttons.  They really make the most interesting and vintage-looking jewelry.  The buttons are set on silver-plated filigrees which can be found here, and then linked together with jumprings and finished with a beautiful toggle.  The bracelet can be found here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Torch Fired Enameled Leaf Earrings

These earrings, made with handmade happiness, were created with torch-fired enameling on antique brass leaf charms and have colorful hues of blue, yellow, and purple.  These earrings are 2½ inches long and can be found here in our Etsy Store.  The antique brass leaf charms can be found here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pea Pod Pendant Class

Guest instructor Peggy Lierheimer is back at the store to teach the Pea Pod Pendant class. In just 3 hours you will walk away with a beautiful finished piece. You will need sheet metal, wire, beads, metal cutters, files, hammer and a bench block. If you need any of these items they can be purchased in our store. This class is being held on Saturday, January 12, from 2pm to 5pm. You can sign up here.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Starting the New Year Off Right

This first week just flew by. It was filled with lots of creativity and new ideas.  We always enjoy hosting beading parties at our store and on Saturday a wedding party came in and made jewelry together, and they were all very fun and creative.  Watching them reminded us of all the reasons we love beading.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

3 mm Chinese Crystal Cubes

New!!!  Beautiful 3mm Chinese Crystal Cubes.  They are available in many fabulous colors and can be found here.

Then came the really red Chandelier Earrings.  Made with the 3mm Siam AB cubes and red velvet rondells, wired together with antique brass.  These antique brass chandelier earrings can be found here and the antique brass findings can be found here.