Nov 182014

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, everyone! It’s hard to believe next Wednesday will be the day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S.

2014 11 19 woyww spiny knotted bracelet (2)

Today’s desk shows I’m working on a knotted bracelet, this one will have over 100 beads on it.

ssersich necklace

I’ve long been a fan of Stephanie Sersich’s lush full bead bracelets and necklaces.

ssersich bracelet

At bead shows I’ve even gotten to handle some of her knotted jewelry, and they feel just so wonderful. But I never was able to take one of her classes to learn how to do it.

Don’t know how I missed it, but six years ago she wrote a book explaining the process, and I just discovered it, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads.

I saw her at the bead show I attended last month. Now I wish I’d bought some of her little flower beads. Ah. well. 🙁

2014 11 19 woyww spiny knotted bracelet

So that’s what I’m up to today, listening to an audio book and knotting away at the Spiny Knotted Bead bracelet.

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

spiny knotted bracelet

P.S. Just before posting this I finished the bracelet. Meh.

I’m not thrilled with the results, but it was fun to be able to use a glass button I’d made a while back when I still had a lampworking studio. 🙂

Nov 172014

Today’s necklace uses leaf charms in a different sort of way, strung onto beading wire, along with some metal cubes and green serpentine beads.

leafy green serpentine necklace

After I finished I thought of several variations you could make. How about making a cluster of leaves at the center, hanging each one on a different length of chain? Or you could have each leaf on a bit of chain, perhaps graduating in length from the center out. How about using all different charms, like the ones for a charm bracelet?  Oh, the possibilities. 🙂

Since the serpentine beads are heavy, we use two crimps on each end for added security.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Leafy Green Serpentine Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 10 12mm round serpentine beads
  • 9 10mm x 15mm leaf charms
  • 18 3mm metal cube beads
  • 3 inches 3mm metal cube beads
  • 3 inches 4mm clear glass beads
  • 18 inches bead stringing wire
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 4 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • 6 inch piece of chain
  • 8 inch piece of chain
  • clasp


  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • Bead Stopper
  1. Onto bead stringing wire slide two crimps, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Slide the wire end back through the crimps and bring one crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Leave enough room for crimp covers and flatten second crimp next to first. Cover crimps with a crimp covers by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimps and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape covers into a round bead shape if necessary.
  2. Onto stringing wire slide 3 inches of alternating 3mm cube beads and 4mm glass beads.
  3. Onto stringing wire slide a pattern of one 12mm serpentine bead, a 3mm cube bead, leaf charm and another 3mm cube. Repeat until you have 9 leaf charms. Finish with one more 12mm serpentine bead.
  4. Repeat step 2, then repeat step 1 to finish beaded section of necklace.
  5. Attach 6-inch piece of chain to one wire protector. Attach clasp to other end of this chain.
  6. Attach 8-inch piece of chain to other wire protector.


Nov 142014

I’ve been in love with alcohol inks ever since I discovered them in the paper crafting world. The fact that they can be used to add color to non-porous items like glass, plastic & metal still fascinates me and I’m always thinking of new uses for them.

friday findings alcohol inks

In today’s video I show you a few of those uses. I hope you find them exciting and inspiring!

The alcohol inks used in the video are:

If you’re thinking about playing with alcohol inks I highly recommend you add the Snow Cap mixative and the Gold and Silver Metallic Mixatives to your stash.


The snow cap is a white with a more opaque look than the rest and can be mixed and marbled for some great effects. If you mix it with colors you get a look of sort of like enamels, like on the flowers in this clay wreath. Those flowers began their lives as metal bead caps, btw.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings – Coloring With Alcohol Inks video over at YouTube.

Nov 112014

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, everyone!

Click on any of the photos to get a closer look.

2014 11 12 woyww polymer clay pendant

Today’s workdesk shows several projects in the works. That pile of mostly pink fabrics in the center back is silks, ready to be hemmed with rolled hems and made into scarves to keep my neck warm this winter.

The curtain pattern is back, as my church wants a few more curtains to match the ones I made this summer.

sylvie peraud tribal pendant class

But the main thing on my desk today is the one you can hardly see, as it’s white clay on a white tile. I’m taking Sylvie Peraud’s Tribal Pendant class over at and learning all the techniques in this piece. I just hope mine comes out half as nice as hers!

autumn doll

Last week I was working on this autumn doll, based on Sandrartes’ tutorial on YouTube. (Even if you never plan to make this sculpture, it’s rather fun to watch the process in the video.)

autumn doll feet

I only changed a couple things from Sandra’s design. I made the shoes a little different and added buttons/bells. There are gold and copper Gilder’s Paste accents throughout.

autumn doll leaves

I made the pumpkin skirt more rustic and added some texture. I also thought she needed a couple leaves on her skirt and a sprig of berries in her hand.

autumn doll head

I made the acorn cap a different shape, basing it on an acorn I picked up in my yard. And, of course, nobody who knows me would be surprised that she got a purple shirt rather than a green one. 😀

In other news, I’m having a jewelry supply giveaway over at my YouTube channel since I just reached 5000 subscribers. Please feel free to join in for a chance to win!

See the 5000 Subscriber Jewelry Supply Giveaway video for all the details.

That’s all I’ve got today. If you’d like to see the sometimes messy, sometimes neat, but always interesting desks of other creative people, check out the blog link party over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Nov 112014

So, some time last night my YouTube channel hit 5000 subscribers. Yay!

Thanks so much to all of you who like my videos enough to subscribe to my channel. I especially appreciate you who leave comments telling me what you like (or dislike) about them. 🙂

jewelry prize 2nd

As I promised a while back, I have two awesome prizes of wholesale beads from House of Gems to give away. See the 5000 Subscriber Jewelry Supply Giveaway video for all the details.
jewelry prize 1st

Thanks again and happy creating!

Nov 102014

tribal swirl bracelet

Sure we’ve had fun making our own jewelry, but have you ever thought about making your own beads?

Just think of the possibilities,  you can choose any colors for the base, any colors for the accents, make them any size and shape you want. What’s not to love?

In this video I’ll show you how to add the swirl pattern that gives these beads their tribal feel. I highly recommend using metallic or pearlized clays for this step. I’ll also show you how to make perfect, consistent size & shape beads using a bead roller.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Tribal Swirls Beads & Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials for beads:

Materials for bracelet:

  • 6 9 mm x 16 mm oval beads (purchased or made yourself with tutorial)
  • 7 4 mm glass bicone beads
  • 14 4 mm x 6 mm copper rondelle spacer beads
  • 2 inches copper chain
  • lobster clasp
  • jump ring
  • 11 inches bead stringing wire
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors


  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers

See video for complete instructions.

Nov 072014

friday findings coiled wire beads

In today’s Friday Findings video I show you several things you can do with a Coiling Gizmo.


Not only can you make your own jump rings and bead spacers, you can dress up many of your findings with wire coils, like this toggle clasp.


And you can make cool coiled coil beads like these.


If you don’t feel like going out and buying a coiling gizmo, just shape a wire coat hanger into a similar shape. The only disadvantage is that you’ll have to hold the left side in your hand, rather than having the support.

Make sure to share your creations on our Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Hey! Many thanks to all of my wonderful YouTube viewers. We are fast approaching 5000 subscribers! Don’t forget that I have a fantastic giveaway of beads & jewelry making supplies when that happens.

In the meantime enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Coiled Wire Beads video over at YouTube.

Nov 042014

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesdayeveryone!

2014 11 05 woyww autumn doll

Today’s desk shows, that although I spend a lot of time thinking, planning and designing my own projects, sometimes it’s nice to take a “brain break” and work on a kit, or a project already thought out by somebody else.

autumn doll sandrates

A month or so ago Sandrartes posted this adorable Autumn doll polymer clay tutorial on her YouTube channel. She was so utterly cute, that I decided to make my own.

2014 11 05 woyww autumn doll close

I’ve decided to prebake her in sections, just to keep from messing up parts I’ve already done. That’s one good thing about polymer clay, you can bake it as many times as you need to.

Next to do is her shirt, I’m thinking purple instead of Sandra’s green. We’ll see.

So, that’s what I’m up to, listening to one of the Outlander books and making a polymer clay doll. A relaxing time, indeed!

The crazy busyness will catch up to me tomorrow, no doubt. 😀

In the meantime, if you’d like to see what’s on the workdesks of creative folks from all around the world, be sure to check out our weekly blog hop party over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Nov 032014

Don’t you just love how a little bit of wire can totally transform a couple of simple beads?

(Click on the photos for a closer look.)

teardrop & hammered wire earrings (1)

These faceted blue teardrop beads are quite pretty all on their own, but with messy wraps and a hammered wire shape they become even more interesting.

teardrop & hammered wire earrings (2)

If you use silver or copper wire you could patina it with liver of sulfur and then use pro-polish pads to shine up the high spots. Ooooo, the possibilities. 🙂

So, what beads do you have that could use some dressing up?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch Teardrop & Hammered Wire Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 10mm x 15mm top drilled teardrop beads
  • 2 4-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 18-inch pieces 26 gauge wire


  • chasing hammer
  • bench block or Mini Anvil
  • wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • cup burr
  1. Use cup burr to smooth all ends of 20 gauge wire.
  2. Grasp one end of 20 gauge wire with round nose pliers and make a small loop. Use chain nose pliers to hold loop and continue to shape wire into a loose spiral that is the same width as widest part of teardrop bead.
  3. Use round nose pliers to make a loop on other end of wire, facing in the opposite direction. Shape into a spiral until it meets first spiral.
  4. Place wire shape on bench block or anvil and hammer until evenly flattened. Use rounded end of hammer to give texture on both sides.
  5. Slide 26 gauge wire through hole of a teardrop bead, leaving one inch sticking out one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole.
  6. Bend both wires at 90° angle. Use round nose pliers to make a loop with these wires. Wrap remaining wire around bends and down to cover bead hole. This can be done with neat, tight wraps, or in “messy wraps.”
  7. Slide loops of wrapped teardrop onto larger hammered spiral so it hangs from outer ring of spiral. Use chain nose pliers to open loop of ear wire and attach to top of hammered shape. Close ear wire securely.
  8. Repeat all steps for second earring.