Mar 312015

I hope you all are having a happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

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I’m kinda bummed because I left my laptop on the living floor and look what somebody did. I’m amazed that it’s still working at all.

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Wait a minute, how did that exact same splat end up on my workdesk?

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April Fool! This is what a devious mind can do with some craft glue & a bit of acrylic paint. 😀 Every laptop in the house is going to get this treatment at some point today. Mwuahahaha.

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Today’s real work desk shows me working on this week’s dragon, #13. It’s hard to believe we’re one quarter through the year already! Check back tomorrow to see the completed project.

Also on my desk are the audio cds for the sixth book in the Outlander series, all 48 of them! As I’m working on the clay, I’m ripping the cds to my computer so I can put them on my mp3 player. Then I listen to books while I do mundane things, like housework or cooking.

Between the cd cases you can see last week’s dragon, Virgil, clinging to his pen on his fancy, shmancy pen stand. 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for this week. If you wonder why I’m sharing a photo of my desk, it’s this fun little blog hop game we play over at Julia’s called What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Mar 302015

moonglow earrings silver

In these earrings, the wire wraps aren’t just holding it all together, they play a part in the design.

moonglow earrings patina

Wire spirals make bead caps for the crackled glass beads and funky messy wraps almost have the appearance of another bead above the grey oval stones.

moonglow earrings side by side

On the left you can see the earrings in their shiny metal state. On the right you see how a patina in Liver of Sulfur and then a polish of the high points really brings out the details.

Enjoy the video and happy creating. 🙂

You can watch the Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 2 purchased or handmade ear wires
  • 2 18x8mm oval beads
  • 2 8mm crackle glass beads
  • 22 gauge sterling silver filled wire, 2 6.5-inch pieces + 2 4.5-inch pieces


  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • file
  • bench block or anvil
  • chasing hammer

See video for complete instructions.

Mar 272015

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Many of you have expressed interest in my use of copper wire that was reclaimed from discarded electronics.

green serpentine & figure 8 chain

The fine gauge wire in this pendant came from an old television set.

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The heavy gauge wire in these bangle bracelets is from old romex electrical cable.

bead wrapped hammered wire earrings still

And these earrings (click here to watch the Bead Wrapped & Hammered Wire Earrings video) use both the heavy and the fine gauge wire.

In the Reclaiming Copper Wire video I’ll give you some tips on where to find copper wire, how to make it usable and help you decide if it’s an avenue the you personally would find worth pursuing.

How you use it is up to you! 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

You can watch the Friday Findings-Reclaiming Copper Wire video over at YouTube.

Mar 262015

This week’s dragon is a practical little guy.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

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His name is Virgil, can you tell what he’s doing?

Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I am making a dragon every week.

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He’s guarding my pen for me! Such a clever fellow.

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He may look cute and innocent, but just you try to steal it….

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If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest boardjust for them.

Mar 242015

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday once again!

Look at the view out that window. You can actually see the ground at the base of the stockade fence. Just a couple weeks ago snow was nearly up to the top.

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Today finds me working on this quilt for a friend. She made the top quite some time ago. Judging by the colors and fabrics it may have been in the “70’s. 🙂

Anyhow she asked me to finish it by adding borders & backing and doing the quilting.  I’ve put off the work for too long now and decided today was the day. I was going to spend all afternoon & evening and get this baby done.

Half an hour after this photo was taken my sewing machine ceased to behave. I did everything: changed the needle, rethreaded, changed the bobbin, clean out lint, nothing worked. Now it’s time to bring it to the repair man. I suspect it’s a timing issue, which means it’s in need of a tune-up anyhow. So much for best laid plans!

Since I can’t be productive in my preferrred way I’m going to finish this post and go watch another couple episodes of Outlander. So there. 😀

If you’re wondering why I’m sharing photos of my desk, well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all get together at Julia’s and take a peek at each other’s creative goings on. It’s always fun and often inspiring. Join us if you have a the time.

Mar 232015

Gold n Pearls Bracelet

We’ve made strung jewelry and we’ve made wire wrapped jewelry. How about combining the two by adding wire wrapped dangles to a strung bead bracelet?

These mother of pearl leaf dangles add some great movement and the simple color scheme keeps it elegant.  Want it even less busy? I think 4 or 6mm Swarovski crystals would be lovely as well.

Enjoy the video and Happy creating!

You can watch the Gold ‘n’ Pearls Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 5 8mm pearls (House of Gems)
  • 4 12mm crackle glass lentil beads
  • 10 5mm antique gold plated fluted spacer beads
  • 5 4mm antique gold finish spacer beads
  • 5 15mm x 20mm mother of pearl leaves
  • 5 head pins
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • 11 inches bead stringing wire
  • toggle clasp


  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers

1.  Slide a 15mm x 20mm leaf onto a head pin, followed by a 4mm spacer. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits spacer bead.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.

Repeat to make five dangles with 15mm x 20mm leaves.

2.  Onto one end of bead stringing wire slide a crimp, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Add one end of your clasp to the wire protector. Slide the wire end back through the crimp and bring crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Trim excess wire. Cover crimp with a crimp cover by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimp and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape cover into a round bead shape if necessary.

3.  String onto the wire the antique gold plated spacers, 8mm pearls, wire wrapped leaves and glass lentils in the following pattern:

spacer > pearl >wire wrapped leaf > spacer > lentil >

Repeat until you have four pearls and four lentils strung, then finish with a spacer, a pearl, a wire wrapped leaf and another spacer.

4. Repeat step 2 to add remaining piece of toggle clasp to other end of bracelet.


Mar 202015

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In today’s video I share with you some of my favorite sources of jewelry making information and design inspiration.

In addition I do have a jewelry inspiration Pinterest board, but don’t think to check it very often.

Although I’m am always inspired by other people’s work, I try very hard not to make exact copies unless I’m copying to learn. (And then always give credit to the original designer.)

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One way to get from a copy to “inspired by” is to make rough drawings of the pieces you like in a sketchbook. It’s likely that when you go to make a piece based on a sketch you will add your own personal spin and it may not resemble the original at all.

I tend to lean towards wire wrapped designs, but there are so many other things you can do: chain mail, steampunk, mixed media, resin, gem cutting & setting, this list goes on.

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I highly recommend if you can that you use your local library to see all the different areas of jewelry making you can find and further research the ones that most interest you. If you are in an area that has inter-library loan, you can just sit at your computer and reserve stacks of books on any topic you want. (One of my very favorite activities.) 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Jewelry Books and Inspiration video over at YouTube.

Mar 192015

A few weeks ago I made a big dragon (Rosalita) looking at a tiny rose. This week I have for you a tiny dragon inspecting a huge rose.

Why am I making a dragon every week? Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

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Meet Priya, Hindi for “beloved.” (Any Tiger’s Curse fans out there? You’ll recognize one of the nicknames Ren likes to call Kelsey.)

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Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

And just why does her rose appear to be in danger of running away?

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Well, this is a walking pod, a clay inspiration by Christi Friesen. These fun conglomerations of crazy legs and plant life were the class she taught last week over at the Polymer Clay Adventure.

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This little dragon makes me think of a bee, flitting in to check out this bizarre plant life. Is there any nectar in there?

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If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

Mar 172015

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

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Today’s desk show me working on the walking pods from Christi Friesen’s class over at  Polymer Clay Adventure. All of the pieces are currently in the oven. I’m hoping to add this week’s dragon #11 to it. Nobody will be more surprised with how it turns out than me. 🙂

Since I’ve been showing you jewelry in progress for the past several weeks I thought you might like to see a few completed projects.

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These copper and silver pieces are awaiting warmer weather when I can patina them outside. (For some reason my family objects to the strong rotten egg smell that liver of sulfur gives off indoors.)

The latest project from Wire Jewelry Masterclass is that ring. I didn’t really care for it in the book, and definitely don’t like my completed version. Ah well, it was supposed to be a learning experience, and it was. However, I pretty sure those beads will soon be getting snipped off and the silver recycled.

To see what other creative people from all over the world are up to, make sure to check out What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. The party starts at Julia’s!

Mar 162015

When I saw these cute little Lucite flowers, all I could think was to make dangly earrings with beads coming out like stamens.


They didn’t come out exactly the way I pictured, but I think they’re rather adorable.


Anyhow , let’s celebrate spring flowers!

You can watch the Dainty Dangles Flower Earrings video over at YouTube.


  • 8 4mm bicone crystals
  • 2 8mm bicone crystals
  • 8 4mm pearls
  • 2 8mm pearls
  • 6 3mm silver plated round beads
  • 6 silver plated headpins (or 4 head pins and 2 eye pins)
  • 6 10mmx6mm lucite flowers
  • 2 silver plated ear wires


  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Onto a headpin string a 3mm silver bead, two 4mm pearls, a lucite flower and three 4mm bicone crystals. Repeat on another headpin stringing only one 4mm crystal.
  2. Trim wire above last crystal to 3/8-inch. Grasp wire with tips of round nose pliers and twist to form a simple loop.
  3. Repeat to make a simple loop on other head pin.
  4. On an eye pin string a 3mm silver bead, an 8mm pearl, a lucite flower and an 8mm bicone crystal. Repeat step two to make a simple loop.
  5. Open one loop of this unit and attach the two flower dangles made in steps one through three.
  6. Open other loop of this unit and attach an ear wire.
  7. Repeat to make second earring.