Sunday, November 5, 2017

New Colors

I have several new glazes, fun colors with a hint of sparkle.  The colors have a lot of dimension and texture even though the glaze is smooth.  Rich tones of green, blue and a tomato red.  I have a few more but I haven't had time to fire those pieces yet.  Listed in my shop with lots more options.

This shade sure looks great with turquoise



Also two new this purple shades.  The first is more of a cranberry and the second a true deep purple.



Please send me photos of your finished products using my beads and I will post them on a upcoming blog.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

No shoes for the shoe makers children, no jewerly for the bead making potter


Have you ever heard the old proverb about the shoemaker who was so busy making shoes for his customer that his children went without shoes. Well that applies to me, except my children have shoes I just don't often have time to make myself jewelry.  Which is silly considering I have 100's of beads and supplies.  
So here goes a crazy story....
I went last week with a pottery cuff bead to the local craft store to buy a few beads to coordinate with one of my sea green beads, which are actually more brown than green but that's the glaze color so to keep me from being confused I use the glaze name.
ramble --- ramble  
While I am holding my bead up to the round beads on display trying to find a match while frustrated with the terrible fluorescent lighting blaring down from over head.  A nice lady shopping at the same time commented on how much she liked the bead and she proceeds to tell me that she donates 100's of bracelets to benefit cancer patients.  Knowing I had more of this bead I offered her the bead as a gift, which she declined but instead wanted me to make her a bracelet with the beads I had just chosen and the cuff bead tin hand.  
So I made this for the nice lady and I will get it to her later this week.  
LOL  I am glad she is getting a treat for herself since she gives so much to others.
Now on to the shoe proverb...
I made her a bracelet, I made one for a friend and I made a handful for a donation to a scholarship fund raiser.
Wait, I didn't make one for me yet.
But I will...

I did not take photos of the process but wanted to explain the details.
Open up a jump ring for each side of the bead, then I knot the elastic thread onto the jump ring and I hide the knot in the cone shaped bead next to the jump ring.  I then thread on how many beads you need for your wrist side and end with another cone.  I then stretch the elastic and tie a knot which I loop on to the other jump ring and that knot is hid under the cone.  I close up the jump rings, and apply a dot of glue to the elastic knots, let the glue dry overnight and then cut the end of the elastic that is left from tying the knot.  I can make one in about 15 minutes.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bracelets Ready for Summer

What a delightful bit of eye candy!!!  Lyn Schultz sent me these photos of the bracelets she made recently with my beads.  I love the colors she used and her little details.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  If you have photos of your designs using my beads please share and I will add them to the blog.  Happy May! Cindy



Monday, April 17, 2017

Beautiful Bohemian Necklace

Marlee Loves Roxy made a striking necklace with tiny Czech beads and one of my cross pendant beads.  It is a lovely design that would compliment many outfits.  Please shop her store for beautiful romantic Boho pieces.  Enjoy!






Saturday, March 18, 2017

Succulent Pots

I just love all the succulents you can buy at the local plant stores and the great variety that is available.  I made a bunch of little pots to display these wonderful specimens.  They are all small about 3 x 3 inches and are glazed in a copper brown that has gold flecks or sparkles.   The pots are hand built with a organic feel, with curves and crevices in free form designs.  Made of clay, shaped, dried, fired, glazed inside and out and fired again before becoming one of a kind pots.  They were glazed with a food safe glaze and should be hand washed only.  The pots are listed in my shop, the succulent are not included and are only shown to help showcase the potential of the pot.  Succulents are available at your local nursery and can be easily added to the pot.




Monday, December 26, 2016

Mixed Media-Pottery and Weaving

I just finished some pendants where I added holes in order to be able to weave in the opening.  I will be listing the pendant frames in the shop soon.  You will be able to weave the middle yourself.  I wanted to give you a peek at them and a brief tutorial.
Each of the pendants has an odd number of holes.  Take embroidery thread, or thin wire and start with one hole and cross over to the opposite side.


Continue in a clock like fashion of crossing over to the other side until you have used all the holes.  At this point I tied off the thread and later added a dot of glue to insure it would stay tied.
A image of the back.

A image of the front.  I then took yarn that I had and used a bobby pin to make it easier to weave the yarn over and under the thread.


With this image you can see the design starting to take shape.  Continue to weave over and under to fill as much of the opening as you desire.
I left a tail of the original thread and then added a yarn where I wove over the first thread to help secure it.  I like the contrast of the texture adding the yarn.

Another shot of the front and I think I could have event added some seed beads as I was putting in the original threads so they would have hit at the holes if I wanted to add a little more texture and bling.


 When I was done with the yarn I tied it off in the back and added a dot of glue to secure the knot so it wouldn't unravel later.


Here is another example where I used a heavier cord for the base and sari ribbon to weave through the cord.

On this version I used a thin wire as the base for weaving and added a ribbon and a fuzzy yarn.

A close up of the one I used for the tutorial and below all three examples together.  I think you could add a ribbon or leather cord and wear as is or let your imagination run wild.

I will have these in my shop soon.

Lyn from 2Simplify sent me these photos of two bracelets she made using some of my Elli beads and I wanted to share these as well.  Notice the cure coin and charms she used on the back of this piece, when you do something similar with your designs it helps to balance the weight of the piece and lessens the chance that the bracelet will turn on your wrist as you wear it.


This is the worldly mix color, one of my favorites and the texture was made with a vintage piece of tatting.


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Tale of Two Texas Gals

Another Texas gal, Kerry Best with Kerry Best Designs is from Allen Texas about three hours North of me.  She has been making some great wrapped designs with my cuff beads.  Kerry commented on using my Captured Moments Pottery Beads " I'm also in Texas and love making all kinds of jewelry, but beaded wraps are probably my favorite. Your cuff beads really add a unique look, and everyone loves the quotes. The last set was so popular, I sold them before they were finished."   Well you can see why they sold so quickly as they really are cute.  Kerry has other fun wraps in her shop at Etsy.  If you have photos of designs you have made using my pieces send them to me so I can showcase them on the blog.  If you have sent photos in the past and I haven't used them please send them again.  Enjoy!

This one is in Stormy Blue


Malachite Green
Copper Brown