Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This has already been a very long, hot summer....

Wish I was at the beach...

What does Summertime mean to me? St. Augustine with my family; enjoying the sun, walking on the beach, stunning sunrises, beautiful sunsets, wonderful food, and above all, my Grandsons.

This summer, ArtBeads sponsored a Summertime design challenge, and I was really excited to participate.

The glitter of the ocean in the morning sunlight on a hot summer day. The depth of the blues and greens of the ocean, as the reflection of the ocean foam on the waves, all inspired my concept.

Many, many design ideas come to mind. I finally choose a necklace with blue and green glass beads, reflecting the beauty


Now I can’t wait for fall to arrive!

The Legal Stuff: I have received the glass beads free-of-charge from Artbeads.Com. I am reviewing the products honestly, from the above mentioned company, and the above post represents only the personal opinion of the blog author. I am not being compensated by for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cubic Zirconia Revisited

In November, I became a blogging partner with ArtBeads, and I had an opportunity to play with wonderful colors and shapes of CZ's.

Many months have passed, and I have finally replaced my computer and reloaded all my files, photos and above all, I'm learning how to use my new Mac, so I thought it was about time I shared my creations.

I hope you enjoy my creations, I certainly enjoyed the creative process, and love the unique sparkle and glitz of the cubic zirconia.

What's next?
I'll be working on a new selling site, my own website, and more blogging and creative projects.

The Legal Stuff: I have received the cubic zirconia beads free-of-charge from Artbeads.Com. I am reviewing the products honestly, from the above mentioned company, and the above post represents only the personal opinion of the blog author. I am not being compensated by for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Just Fell in Love with CZ's...

Cubic Zirconia
"A synthetic gemstone, optically flawless, with a close visual to a diamond"

I recently had an opportunity to browse www.ArtBeads.Com and viewed their wonderful selection of cubic zirconia beads. I must admit, I have never owned a CZ, nor even knew that they were available in such beautiful colors, let alone in bead form.

What a pleasant surprise! Wonderful colors, wonderful shapes; rounds, square cushions, teardrops, coins, rectangles, all with beautiful sparkle!!

My selection of colors moved into the fall color spectrum and some of my very favorite colors. I believe that the orange faceted teardrops might just be my favorite of all the color shapes.

Design note:
I'm currently recovering from cataract surgery, and I can't wait to have the opportunity to make some beautiful creations from these beautiful gemstone beads. Check back soon and see how I have used these lovelies in my designs.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Friend Wilma keeps me on my toes…

I have a very dear friend Wilma Travis, the very talented artisan

behind Wilma’s Whimsey.

Wilma and I both participate in a very successful Etsy Social Marketing Arts Guild. The eSMArts Guild, is a global collaborative of mixed media artisans intent on further understanding and applying eCommerce advertising and promotion techniques.

I doubt that Wilma even knows that she seems to always keep me on my toes when it comes to the eSMArts team, she seems to always remind me of the social marketing aspects that I’m often neglecting.

Wilma is a self taught, passionate lampwork bead artist, and oh do I wish I lived close to her, she could then teach me the wonderful art of lampwork. I too, dream of learning to melt glass and become a lampwork artist.

Her work is currently evolving in new directions, as she starts dabbling in making jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Chain Maille, and Viking Knit, and the use of Gemstones in her creations.

Please stop by Wilma’s blog, etsy shop and website and see her beautiful lampwork creations, and her progress into new jewelry endeavors.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Experiments with My Tumbler

My Egyptian Necklace really needed some sparkle so today I decided that I would tumble the necklace, and try a new technique. Again used the stainless steel shot, water and a squirt of Dawn, but put the necklace into an organza bag as suggested, and tumbled away for 3 hours. I was disappointed with the results, just didn’t improve the shine like my Springs and Coils Necklace.

So back to square one...

This time I’ll go back to the original technique, stainless steel shot, water, and a squirt of dawn. This necklace will need a lot of tumbling, 14 gauge Gold Parawire, looking to really improve the look of this design. Just had to check to see how the tumbling was going, after two hours really looks great, but have put the necklace back to see if I could see if I could achieve more shine. Just completed another two hours of tumbling, really like the shine…

Rice: Another option...

Another suggestion was to tumble with Uncle Bens Long Grain Converted Rice. So I couldn't wait to try the rice tumbling. If you try this method, do not add water, this is a dry tumbling technique. I decided to tumble two of my Fabula Brooches, one in dry rice, the other in an organza bag.Tumbling for three hours, neither brooch was as shiny as I expected, and

Yet the brooch in the organza bag had even a little less shine. really wasn't happy with the tumbling results, maybe next time I'll tumble longer.

So off to try the popcorn option

Popcorn: Another option

Again another way to tumble your jewelry is with un-popped popcorn, no water, or you’ll have a big mess. I tumbled one of the Fabula Brooches into the tumbler with the popcorn, and deciding this time not to try the organza bag. I again tumbled for a three hours, and compared the rice tumbled brooch with the popcorn tumbled brooch. The brooch tumbled in the popcorn appears to have more shine, but popcorn dust remained on the brooch, so next step was to rinse and dry.

Walnut Shells…

The last tumbling technique will be using ground walnut shells and no water.Two different brooches for this technique, one copper and the other gold Parawire, and again tumbling for three hours. I was pleasantly surprised that the walnut shells created a beautiful shine. I was very impressed with the final results. Yes, I would use this technique again, far superior to the rice and popcorn techniques.

One final tumble…

As I completed my tumbling experience, I decided that I would continue the experiment and tumble four brooches in the stainless steel shot technique. I knew that this technique would improve the appearance of the brooches tumbled in the rice and popcorn, but would it also improve the look of the brooches that were tumbled in the walnut shells. Yes, both dangling drop brooches also improved in.this technique, but the greatest improvement was with the two Fabula brooches. All now have the beautiful shine I desire.

Organza Bag…

The original concept of using the organza bag to tumble your jewelry is to keep your jewelry chains from tangling. My chain was 14 gauge, so I really wouldn’t experience the tangling with this gauge wire as you would with finer gauge wires. I will try this technique again when I have constructed a necklace in a finer gauge wire. But at this point I believe that a chain tumbled in an organza bag would require a longer tumbling time frame.

Final thoughts…

My decision for the future would be not use the organza bag when tumbling with rice, popcorn or walnut shells. Not worth the trouble and time involved. I would use the organza bag for the finer chains with the stainless steel shot, water and squirt of Dawn technique.

I will use the walnut shell tumbling technique in the future to tumble jewelry designs that have more fragile components.

I believe all the different tumbling techniques I’ve tried, have there place in achieving shine and work hardening. But at this point I believe that I’ll stick to stainless steel shot, water and a squirt of Dawn. I like shine….

Friday, February 27, 2009

Amazing Experience...

Participating in the One World One Heart blog giveaway was an amazing experience and I wish to thank everyone for stopping by my blog and entering my “One World – One Heart” Giveaway.

What a wonderful event, 911 artisans entered this amazing event. I was the lucky winner of not one but four giveaways.

"Men Working” Pendant

Peggy Alborn is a Faux Finish Artist, and created this outstanding pendant with an actual photo of men taking a break from work around the WWI era. Visit Peggy’s These FauxWalls blogspot and have a glance into her life and art.

“Domino Pendant”

Jane Eileen, of See Jane Run and Jane Eileen Art Studio 23 created the beautiful Domino Pendant.

“Machine Appliqued Owl Mini Quilt”

Naomi of Bella Modiste is an accomplished seamstress and created this lovely mini quilt.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” Book

I love to read and was so pleased to win Susan’s giveaway, from Humor Memoranda. Just need to find sometime to read my new book.

My Two Winners

Pat Graham of Odd-Dolls won my Flowers and Leaves Bracelet. Pat is located in Bellingham, Washington and creates amazing Art Dolls… Hope you have time to check out her blog and see her OOAK.

Lesley Gozon, won my Beads Outa Beads Necklace and Earring Set. Lesley is my International winner, located in Manila, Philippines. Lesley doesn't have a blog! Maybe one day she'll get the blogging bug.

I Love Numbers....

I visited each of the 911 blogs

I received the Marie Antoinette Award from another blogger

435 comments were left on my blog

Over 1500 blog views during the OWOH event

15 new followers

35 different countries visited my blog

A successful event, a wonderful experience

Please Meet......

My Blogging Buddy – My Friend

I call her my friend, eSmarts teammate, and my blogging buddy. Who is she, but Teri Baskett of S & T Creations!

Teri and her partner, Saundra Brown-Gordon, began there jewelry business in 2005 when they opened S & T Creations in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Both ladies create larger pieces of jewelry, prominently featuring gemstones, glass and crystals in their jewelry designs.

Besides making beautiful bold jewelry designs, Teri handles most of the internet “tech-y” things for S & T Creations. But her heart is in creating beautifully unique jewelry designs. Each design features a bold style and flair, combined with quality components.

Here is how you can see more of Teri’s lovely work