What’s Old is New Again

Happy Wednesday!
I am finally getting to the posting of my “What’s Old is New Again” blog challenge from Artbeads.
This set of elements gave me some challenges, which led to a bit of a creative block.
I am finally happy to show you my pieces.
I really love working with rolo chain, it is actually one of my favorite chains. In the past I have used the sterling silver, but this gunmetal one is great also and looks awesome mixed with the sterling silver.
In this piece I also included some white beads from a necklace that was once my grandmothers, some of my pink glass headpins and some silver chain.
The pink flower beads that are attached to the silver chain I doubled on a silver headpins along with the white vintage beads and glass headpins that I made.


The photo in the bezel is of my grandfather with a silver key charm and a Bahamian coat of arms from an old stamp set in resin.
I finished the back of the necklace with some soft pink, silk ribbon.
This necklace needed a pair of earrings to go with it, and this is what I came up with.
They are very light and fun.
I added single pink resin flowers on the rolo chain. There are three strands in different lengths and at the top one of my handmade glass headpins.
Also from Artbeads I got the cutest metal bicycle pendant and made this casual necklace from this piece, also complimented with some of my grandmother’s beads.
I love the mixture of metals in this piece. It is going to be great with jeans and a casual shirt.
Artbeads has a variety of these metal pendants with other themes and they make a quick, cute pendant on a necklace.
So here is where my real challenge came in……
I got some large transparent resin roses from Artbeads as well, and when they arrived there was no hole to string them or attach them. (if I would have read the description properly I would have known this before hand)
I tried to attach them to silver rings with epoxy and they didn’t hold.
Then it hit me …… add it to a mixed media piece!!
What took me so long to come up with that?!?!?!
I love how this turned out and I was sorry I didn’t have anymore resin flowers to add to more mixed media pieces.
Here is a close up of the flowers. The rabbits look like they are feeding amongst the flowers.
After making this piece I thought the flowers would make great additions to an art quilt. So I guess I will have to order some more!
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!



The Artbeads.com products in this post were provided as a promotional gift by Artbeads.com, as part of their Design Partner & Blogging program. I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion – good or bad. My comments and opinions about these products are my honest, personal opinion and I have not been paid for any endorsement.

Creative Project #13 ~ Artbeads Winter Enchantment Challenge

As you know from previous posts I am an Artbeads Design Partner.  The challenge that was recently sent to us was “Winter Enchantment”.
Down south, in the tropics, we don’t see snow and cold is in the 40’s if we are lucky!
On cool, crisp days all the colors seem brighter and more vibrant.  The ocean beams and the trees are screaming green because it is a comfortable temperature for them.
I went with a blue, green and silver color palette.
The design was simplistic with sterling silver chain, a sterling silver toggle, some sterling coiled wire and my lamp worked beads. This toggle was perfect because it looks like a branch from the trees who’s color I was trying to capture.
There are so many neat toggles at Artbeads that it was difficult to decide which one I wanted to use.
I am calling this necklace and earring set “Winter Colors”.
I am so in love with the diamond cut rollo chain that I got from Artbeads that I have already ordered more.  It is on sale right now so hurry over and stock up!
These earrings are so light that you cannot even feel them on.
The bead just floats below your ear.
I went a little crazy adding beads to the toggle, but I was having so much fun with the beads being the perfect color and adding the coiled sterling silver wire for some fun and texture, that it was difficult to stop.
This design is a lot simpler than I normally do, but it seems that the designs I have in my head to do now are headed in that direction.  We’ll see what happens!
Hope your weekend has been fantastic!


The Artbeads.com products in this post were provided as a promotional gift by Artbeads.com, as part of their Design Partner & Blogging program.  I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion – good or bad.  My comments and opinions about these products are my honest, personal opinion and I have not been paid for any endorsement.

Fall Inspired Jewelry

I have been a bad blogger again!  It was terribly difficult for me to do my last post, about Maya, and it is just as hard to put up another post over this one.   To keep me moving forward it is time for my ArtBeads Design Partner Challenge.
ArtBeads challenged its blogging team to use the Pantone Fall Palette to create a piece of jewelry.  Of course I was drawn to the blues and greens in this palette.
From ArtBeads I ordered Natural Wood Rectangular Bead Frames, which I love so much!  These frames the perfect compliment to the glass beads that I make and they come in a round shape as well.   I also ordered a Hill Tribe Silver Hammered Spiral End Toggle and some Bali Silver Hollow Round Beads with Flattened Swirls.
I think I may call this one “Opposites Attract”.  The round beads with the rectangular frames; the wood with the glass; the silver with the wood….you get the picture!
The other half of the necklace is a combination of the Bali Silver Hollow Round Beads, some fine silver wire that I antiqued and then coiled and then the Hill Tribe Silver Hammered Toggle.
One thing I love about this necklace is that it can be worn with the wooden frames in the front or with some of them in the front and some of the softer links in the front.  The clasp is pretty enough to be a focal also, and the entire necklace is very light weight.
Back to the work bench for me.  I leave for a show on Thursday and I never complete what I set out to complete.
The Artbeads.com products in this post were provided as a promotional gift by Artbeads.com, as part of their Design Partner & Blogging program.  I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion – good or bad.  My comments and opinions about these products are my honest, personal opinion and I have not been paid for any endorsement.

Summertime Creations

Summertime is a favorite season for so many people.  It is when beaching and boating are most popular, and everyone works on their summer tans.
This month at Artbeads.com their theme is “Summertime”.  I am now a design partner with Artbeads.com so I was able to choose some items from the Charms, Glass Beads or Pendants categories to work with, review and blog about.
Being a lamp worker I was very happy to pick from the glass beads category.  I picked the 14mm Crystal Fish Bead in the Silver Shade; some Czech Glass Nautical Shells; a Picasso Square Bead Strand in cobalt, white and purple; and TOHO Round Seed Beads 8/0 in Lined Aqua Opal, Lined Dark Aqua and Lined Cobalt.  Glass has the right amount of sparkle and shine,  I was not disappointed in any of these products, and would like to order more for my *stash*!!
Then finally, I chose a few Sterling Silver Mermaid Charms to complete my summer pieces.
Here is the first piece I made…..
I filled the heart pendant with sea glass and shells, then sealed it all in with resin.  I also hung one of the mermaid charms in the front of this pendant.
I used 3 strands of the TOHO seed beads and mixed the Crystal Fish Beads with them.  I then continued the necklace with the Picasso Square Beads and the Glass Nautilus Shells beads.
On the other side I did some sterling silver wire work along with some of my lamp worked beads and a glass disc and sterling silver hook for a clasp.
I absolutely loved the nautilus shell beads and the square glass beads and will be ordering more of these.  The heart bezel pendant will also be in my next order.  I was making these myself from sterling silver, but these are so easy to work with and can keep my costs down.
Here is a close-up of the pendant…..
And another picture of the entire necklace…..
I also think the Crystal Fish Beads work so well with the seed beads and add just the right amount of sparkle.  Who doesn’t like *sparkle*!?
Of course no necklace is complete without a matching pair of earrings, so here is what I made using the seed beads and Sterling Silver Mermaid Charms. These mermaid charms are the perfect size for earrings.
From another angle…..
Still having beads left over from Artbeads.com and ideas popping into my head I came up with this abstract, art quilt which I am calling “Bahama Bubbles”.
After piecing and quilting this art quilt, I hand stitched the seed beads on to look like bubbles and then stitched on the Nautilus Shell Glass Beads, as if they were on the ocean floor.  Both the lined seed beads and the glass shell beads add just the right amount of quirky-ness to this piece which measures about 7″ x 11″.  Here is another picture of the quilt before I added the blue nautilus shell beads, and when the sun was out…….

So even if you are a quilter, or mixed media artist, remember to try out other objects on your artwork.  Even items that are normally considered for jewelry artists!  Think outside the box!
I hope these items inspire you to make something summery and get ready for the summer season!


The Artbeads.com products in this post were provided as a promotional gift by Artbeads.com, as part of their Design Partner & Blogging program.  I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion – good or bad.  My comments and opinions about these products are my honest, personal opinion and I have not been paid for any endorsement.