Monday, December 31, 2007

Colourful choker

I was shopping with Caroline yesterday and we came accross these great memory wire chokers (for great prices I might add). I thought I would try to make them but my memory wire is too weak for the job really. I have stung it with cord. This bust is small so it isnt sitting well. It is quite round on the neck.

Coral Bracelet cuff for Mum

I made this with the Wire Knitting Nancy I have. It is so nice and is very light to wear. The wat ch will be changed I think.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Teeny tiny byzantine dragonflies

I have made these for Cathy in the canteen. She goes away next year and will be missed :)

She like the byzantine links in my bracelet so I decided to make some links and discovered that nothing other than my 4mm jump rings would work...... some silly thing about aspect ratios, internal diametres and wire gauges!! But they were so cute. Fe had sent me some gorgeous little wings so I made these earrings.

And they are sooooooo cute!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Designer Quest 12

Here is my entry for the latest designer quest. I forgot to save pictures of the 2 pack choices but one was red and green and the other was a pink and purple. Obviously I picked the Christmas one. Be sure to check out Creative beading cause it will be in one of the next few issues..... since I WON!!!! - Again... hehehehehehehehe.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Famous Market Stall

Thought I would show you a few pictures of my market stall set up.
This is the whole stall.
Bracelets and earrings

Giftwares, beads and kits etc.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Buttons, buttons, buttons, buttons.......

There seems to be a pattern occuring!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Chain Maille anyone???

Ok, the story behind this is that someone asked me if I could make armour!..... well being my father's daughter I thought..... I could give it a red hot try.

I did a little bit of research and discovered that standard maille mesh is often European 4 in 1 weave. So I found a tutorial on you tube and went for it. This is the result (with enormous rings mind you).

Anyway, I have since found out that I have managed to do a spectacular job at weaving it sideways. Now I know what I am doing I will attempt it again with smaller rings. So whilst it might take me days to complete an entire hood, I had fun with the "idea".... not sure yet where I will take it. You might just have to stay tuned.

Bootiful Butterflies

I made these with the ladies at craft. I have since made 2 more that I must photograph. They are quite stunning.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Buttons galore

Stay tuned for many of these. Send all your old buttons my way!!!!!!!

The first pic shows how the choker sits and the second is a better look at the buttons.

Wired bangles

Another new style for me. Wired Bracelets using 20g artistic wire.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A new style

I have been wondering how to use the mega gem chips that Mel gave me, and I wanted to use the big glass nuggets I bought at the bead and gem show without using too many of them in a necklace (I am so stingey!)

But here is what I came up with. I love them. They started life as bracelets and ended up as these.

I made one with colourless glass and rutilated quartz chips but sold it to Amanda of Intimo befrore I had a chance to photograph it.
I have made her these earrings to match.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Finally.... a showing

It mut be 3, maybe even 4 years down the track, I have finally had a jewellery party!
See, I take a while, but I do things eventually. It was quite successful and kicked off the start of a very busy November. I have 3 market stalls and another party between now and the end of November. Wish me luck in the lead up to Christmas.

Monday, November 05, 2007

More Holiday beading

Well, as you may have expected, I took A LOT of beading supplies away with me during the holidays. While we were in Brisbane at John and Dale's place Maddie showed me a gorgeous lizard she had made in Bead Club at school. She let me take a copy of the instructions and the to little guys below were born once I got down to New Brighton! Thankyou Maddie, they were great fun to make. Uncle Johns Mum was making one too by the end of the week...... (you gave me an excuse to buy more beads too)

Yes they are made from seed beads, allbeit large seedies, but seedies all the same. Hope you are all proud of me. Most of you know how much I LOVE seedies LOL.
These are a few bracelets I whipped up during that week as well.
Sorry for the very dodgy photo, my light box was full of stuff the day I took my photos.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Angles and Icicles

New Christmas decorations - I am going to have to make a few of these to fill up mum's old tree!!!

Holiday Hairsticks

I made these great hairstick dangles while we were on holidays.

Chain Maille

I got this in kit form from the lovely Rachael at Silver Maille.
It is sterling silver rings and Amethyst Swarovski woven in a Byzantine link pattern.
I am now officially addicted to Maille.

Summer exchange

The instuctions for this exchange was Summer themed non jewellery items.

I made this book mark which was received by Mel LOL.
I received these BOOTIFUL polyclay beads from Dani...... what to make, what to make??

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mum's birthday lariats


I made these for my mummy's birthday. There were from bead soup mixes I got from Fe at Vine Creations. Nice decent beads in there too. They look and feel great. They are nice and looooong.

Designer quest 11

These are the 2 packs to chose from.
And this is my creation. I didn't enjoy this one as much as previous ones.... having seen some of the creations from the carnelian pack, I wish I got that one!! The pack I chose had amythest, smokey quartz, clear quartz, pearls and aventurine

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bianca's Lampwork Beads

My friend Bianca (I can call her my friend I think.... she is cyber fwend though!)

Anyhoo, she made me these beautiful lampwork beads. They have a silver fleck through them which I think the glass ladies call "Cosmic".

The beads are divine and I wanted to pick up the colours in them. I know my style is "simple", but I hate "plain" so this was hard for me to show off their beauty.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Mum's coral

Many Thanks to the Blue Quoll for taking some pics for me.

Mrs Q and I put these together last weekend. The larger one is soooo heavy and the coral chunks are huge. The faceted nuggets in the smaller necklace are about 20mm in length and the black beads are 10mm if that helps put it in perspective.

Monday, August 27, 2007


The ladies at craftworks were making these gorgeous bookmarks.... well I couldnt help myself and went off to get some tassles this afternoon. I love these!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Jacqui's Wedding!

Here is the happy couple with their speech. You can see her BEAUTIFUL dress and the jewellery. The pearl necklace she is wearing was her Nonna's. I made her bracelet, earrings and haircombs.

Here are more piccies of the wedding with the jewells in action!

Next photo is John, Jacqui and Me
Can't believe my lippy was still on, this was near the end of the night
Next is me doing a reading as part of the ceremony and Jaqui and Gary in the background I tried to explain that John that a "FULL SHOT" needs to include shoes!!! So here are my shoes I wore :) The wedding was so much fun.

Here is the pic of her jewells and these were mine

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Year of the Jewellery - INTERACTIVE

Every week the forum has a different theme for their Year of the Jewellery competition.

I have made this entry for the theme INTERACTIVE. The idea is that you put whatever words you like on the neckring. I had lots of fun with different combos.

So this is just a bit of fun (of course I was procrastinating again..... should have been getting ready for classes tomorrow and hanging out the washing!!)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Beading Challenge - "chocolate, coffee and cream... on the forest floor"

Ok, here goes nothing. After being very stuck for ideas this morning I have created this one for chocolate, coffee and cream............on the forest floor, the new beading challenge.

It is a bracelet and is designed to relflect the colours of lichen, moss and leaf litter with the swirls of creamy coffee and chocolate mixed in. Like the forest floor you will find a bit of everything scattered in amongst the leaves. There are vintage beads, czech glass, MOP, autumn jasper, glass pearls, acrylic, spectral, moss agate and much more.

VERY happy with this one!

That blue and copper wire pendant

Has now become this wonderful piece.

I just love the forum!!!! This was in the lot of wired pendants I made. I put a picture of them up in the forum and I was pondering in that post what else to do with the coiling gizmo.....Well Patricia (Pats Creations - mightycat) told me how to do these little coiled beaded beads. THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!!! and this is what I did with the pendant, with my 2 extra beaded beads on some wire added to some rubber cord and then the spiral ends made with the coiler and a clasp!!!!! They coiled beads are now referred to as Mightycat Coils LOL

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Some wiring about

I have whipped up some wire pendants to show the class this week. They are just designed to show you that playing with wire makes your possibilities endless. You are only limited by your imagination and the amount of wire you have.

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