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'Bloomsbury II''Bloomsbury II''Bloomsbury II'
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#46511 'Bloomsbury II'

Over 20 years ago when I was in London, enroute to Turkey I took a few days to see the city before heading on to Istanbul. Because I had been an English major at university, I was especially eager to see some of the old haunts of some of my favorite writers, Virginia Woolf being foremost among them. So, between visits to Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, the Tower of London and Piccadilly Circus, I also sought out Bloomsbury, the London district where Virginia and Leonard Woolf had lived. I remember being struck by the lovely, shady park nearby named Bedford Square and the quiet of the neighborhood.  It seemed like such a peaceful part of London to live and work and I could only imagine those days-gone-by.  It was my last day in London and our airport cab was coming soon.  I was literally running, trying to find the historic placard announcing her house.  The houses were row houses, all formal and neat white homes with black doors, shutters and polished brass knockers and perfectly wrought iron fences - an upscale place then and now.  Just before I was about to give up, I found it...the cobalt blue historic placard... and stood for just a moment imagining Virginia, her sister and their circle of intellectual friends as well as considering both her internal torment and her profound genius.  I don't much believe in shrines (unless I make it myself), but this was as moving to me as a visit to Machu Picchu or Ephesus. Needless to say, I went leaping with joy back to the hotel and my waiting mother.

In any case (long-winded), 'Bloomsbury, II' is a piece inspired by that day. It is a lovely, ornate design and if anything is a reflection of a pretty Victorian English Garden, park or city square in all of its detail and elegance and framed by an iron fence.
 
'Bloomsbury II' is a two-strand wrap bracelet of lampwork, sterling and stone all done in shades of purple, lavender, lilac, periwinkle & violet with shadings of  white, grey and dripping with the deep silver shine of handcrafted and ornate sterling silver findings & components.
 
For a piece so loaded in unique lampwork glass, I drew upon the talents of eight esteemed glass artists located both here and abroad. You will find a plethora of shapes and sizes of lampwork (glass beads made by torch and glass rod in a studio setting & kiln-annealed for durability). Some beads are textured in shapes including 3-D flowers, discs, rondelles, rounds; some with encased florals or cores and others textured, like sand. Along with such a rich variety of lampwork  glass beads, you will also find companion gems including  exquisitely faceted purple cubic zirconia; purple amethyst rondelles; blue-fire-flash moonstone rondelles; stunning steel-blue faceted iolite nuggets (navigational stone of the Vikings); cream & ivory Baroque pearls which, together, create a combination that is at once captivating, elegant and reminiscent of a bygone time. The ensemble of studio artisan glass beads include a very complex encased violet floral round, looking as if a dainty bloom were caught, petal-by-petal, frozen in the center of a glass orb; a beautiful deep purple 'button' round covered with lilac blooms; an encased bumpy round in periwinkle & lime with glass portals texturing the surface; small organic lampwork rounds; a sumptuous blackberry bead which contrasts so nicely against the sterling silver ornate scroll tube bead.  Other lampwork include discs in greys, black with polka dots & iridescent pearl & clear discs.  Taken together with the opulent sterling silver (beadcaps, daisy spacers, rings & Bali silver beads), in particular the exclusive, solid sterling long, ornate sterling scroll tube bead, 'Bloomsbury II' is a solid LUXE piece of wearable art. In a wrap design, the two strands create an endless effect of luscious chaos. Lots of Swarovski crystal beads & components pepper the background of the design, in particular the Swarovski sterling & clear rondelles, the lilac cube & a lone grey butterfly and clear tiny bloom crystal bead. 'Bloomsbury II' is a stand-alone design perhaps best worn with small pearl or diamond stud earrings for the the most striking effect with any couture ensemble.
 
"Bloomsbury II" measures 8.5 inches in length. The wrap-design is meant to be worn more loosely than other bracelet designs. Because of the complexity of this design, 'Bloomsbury II' cannot be resized, however I can offer an option for a custom order of a very similar design. While it will not duplicate "Bloomsbury II" exactly, due to the one-of-a-kind nature of every bead and sterling component, I can get awfully close. Please inquire. 
 
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'The Dunes' - Sold - Sierra Club Silent Auction Donation 10/22/2015'The Dunes' - Sold - Sierra Club Silent Auction Donation 10/22/2015'The Dunes' - Sold - Sierra Club Silent Auction Donation 10/22/2015
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#331 'The Dunes' - Sold - Sierra Club Silent Auction Donation 10/22/2015

When I was a small child, my parents bought waterfront property on a remote island in British Columbia, Canada where they subsequently built a modest A-frame cabin.  This was the early 1960's and back then the only people sharing our rustic island were a small handful of families, most with children close in age to the three of us children.  As the island was so beautifully vacant of people & cottages or roads or shops or really much of anything beyonds its natural splendor, it was a child's paradise.  As such, we kids named parts of the island so that we could quickly identify places to meet for play.  There was 'the springs,' a densely wooded spot where natural springs erupted, bubbling cold & clear from the sandy banks of the island and dribbling all the way down to the tideline on the white beach below.  There was the "Indian Camp' above it on the flatlands within the forest where the Coast Salish First Nation people (in times gone by) had their summer camp, the remnants of which still stood beside bright middens, white with shell leavings.  Then there was the 'Sunset Trail' round Indian Point where we would gather after a full day of play to behold the sun sink ever so slowly behind the snowy peaks of distant Vancouver Island.  And 'the Meadows' - a long bike ride up the Wharf Road and  following a more narrow logging road to the wide, open and dry open space where snakes were plenty and the visage seemed to 'sing' with crickets in the hot & otherwise quiet midday sun.  And finally, there was 'the dunes,' which was the space exactly at the tip of 'Indian Point' and facing North towards Desolation Sound and the Strait of Georgia.  The Dunes were like gentle folds of silk fabric with strands of grasses amidst the shine of fine sand all alone except for one grand turn-of-the-century log cottage which was set back against the woods. All of these places made up our daily destinations, where we planned our days whilst the tide was out all day and before our play could find voice in the lovely, warm full sea, the tide now high and our great big raft at the ready, anchored by the buoys. It is in memory of those beautiful dunes that I created its namesake, reveling in the modest, rich colors of sand mixed with sea, driftwood and strands of fine grasses.  Our island has changed a lot in the past 50 years with cottages and houses cluttering the once vacant places, replacing forests and woods with so much form and noise - so different from those early, golden years when we were children and had paradise in the palm of our hands and somehow knew it.  

'The Dunes' is an all-artisan crafted, gallery-calibre 2-strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio lampwork glass beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Another LUXE design, this is a complex bracelet design in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the wild moving, alive energy of a time and place gone by and all that means in terms of life and our call upwards to a God or to Gods & Goddesses to help shepherd us on this journey of life.  

This piece, as with others  of my LUXE collection,  is awash in top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 5 different artists both here and abroad), sterling silver beads & components including beautiful Bali & Thai Hilltribe silver beads and a Bali sterling silver toggle clasp.  Central to the design, inherent in 'The Dunes' is a small collection of disc lampwork beads by a few artists.  You will find modern metallic and iridescent discs, some with polka dots, others in soft, solid taupe or as if coated in golden sand and yet others rubbed down to an earthy, worn look and still others like beach glass discs.  Following the same pattern are stone disc-shaped gems of steel blue iolite, quartz, blue topaz, blue-fire moonstone, encased organic lampwork beads which look like watercolor paintings inside glass pods of irregular shape and size. Other beads include elegant golden Baroque pearls, clear chunky lampwork squares, small white lentil lampwork beads by a Florence-trained glass artist, faceted nuggets of green Aquamarine stones and shimmering grey faceted quartz briolettes. Over 40 pieces of sterling silver findings, beads and components pepper 'The Dunes,' sending glimmers of bright light throughout the piece as the sunlight hits it at certain angles. One large & 2 smaller scallop shells in solid silver enjoy the focus of the bracelet along with beautiful Swarovski  sculpturalcrystals in the shapes of starfish & coral branches, making for a staid, elegant and fetching statement-design of serenity beside the sea which is so imbued with mystery and myth.  'The Dunes' measures just a tad over 8.5 inches.   My 7 inch wrist fits this 8.50 inch bracelet perfectly without being too tight and with just the right amount of slack to make it comfortable.   "The Dunes" can be re-sized at no additional fees as this is a relatively straightforward task to complete. One resizing upon purchase is included in the price, however should subsequent adjustments be required, an additional fee of $50 to cover postage, time & materials will be charged.



 

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"The Faerie & the Old Oak Tree""The Faerie & the Old Oak Tree""The Faerie & the Old Oak Tree"
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"The Faerie & the Old Oak Tree"

'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree' is gallery-calibre 3 strand-wrap bracelet made entirely of studio lampwork beads, gemstones and sterling silver.  One of my more LUXE designs, this is a complex bracelet design in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the rich, beloved spirit of an old village oak tree at the center of the plaza and the protective faeries who look after the branches and acorns when a tough, crankly north-wind blows through town. 'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree' celebrates the whimsical fancies we carry in our hearts and psyche throughout our every day life as a wee sanctuary from the sometimes-grind of an oft difficult world.

 This piece is dripping with top-flight artisan beads and components.  Starting with the focal bead of the piece is a large, 24K gold encased thick lentil shaped bead which seems to have the very wings of faeries frozen under thick, clear soft glass.  These irridescent wings are the most magnetic point in the design as they shimmer in shades of pink and gold and teal blue as quickly as the light changes in the room.  All the rest of the bracelet's composition is built around this focal bead as it sets the tone for the whole design.  Lampwork beads made by six different studio artists both here and abroad lend their unique talent to the piece which is equally littered with the finest, chiseled, faceted green, pink & purple amethyst nuggets and rondelles, fine faceted purple amethyst cubic zirconia teardrops looking regal and plush alongside blue-fire flash moonstone in disc shape and chunky rondelles.  It is a wonder to watch the light catch the blue fire in these stones as the beads tussle about.  Two sculptural lampwork acorn beads done in a rich amber color add to the oak tree theme along with sterling silver oak leaves (and one wee ss acorn).  Elegant amitrine  rondelle beads in a light purple and gold shade litter the bracelet, adding a mystical, healing touch to the piece as amitrine is considered a rare and healing stone with only one mine available located in Brazil. Its healing properties suggest a money-magnet power as well, though I admire it for the delicate shades of color, the faceting and the way it subtly picks up and projects surrounding colors of other beads. Other lampwork glass beads include an amazing encased green round bead with dollups of sterling silver peppered under the thick, clear glass.  The shade of green pops in its fresh, hopeful color and causes surrounding moonstone to flash with blue-fire.  A lush Baroque pearl sits parallel to a gold-scroll tube lampwork bead and sits beside perhaps my favotire of all gemstones, iolite, known to be the navigational stone of the Vikings.  Swarovski SS rondelles with sparkling clear crystals frame portions of each strand along with braided loops of bright and darker sterling.  Furnace beads (purple encased) by the esteemed D. Christensen also pepper all three of the strands to this piece, bringing out the purple and violet shades which contrast so elegantly against the overall gold wash.  The myriad details incorporated into this sculptural composition seem endless and you will always find something new hidden in the midst of the gorgeous chaos. Among them are small, organic vermeil droplet beads - that is 24K gold over sterling silver, daisy spacers, ss wave beadcaps, tiny ss rounds, Swarovski cosmic square sliders and a variety of other Swarovski shapes, sizes and colors help complete the backdrop of the design.  SS charms include a Thai Karen Hilltribe butterfly bead, a small oak leaf and her acorn, a larger acorn, a petroglyph symbol for rain and a large sterling jungle berry bead add to the wonder and whimsy of 'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree' which measures 8 inches in length.  I added a bracelet extender and so the bracelet could size up to 8.75 inches by adjusting the split-ring (holding all three wrap ends) onto another ring on the extender. Resizing  beyond 8.75 is possible, but would cost an additional $30 for time and materials spent adjusting to-size, all three strands. Should you wish a closely similar design to 'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree,' please contact me at: savaryisjulie@gmail.com.

'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree' celebrates the whimsical in our life not only through the wonder of ancient folklore and mythology, but also those wondrous, rare Oak trees that have stood in town squares like old gents of the town for decades if not whole centuries, looking over the well-being of all the townspeople.  In some towns the old trees are revered and great measures are taken to protect the trees from viruses, pollution and even noise! Sometimes these heritage trees are unable to withstand the toxic load of modern times and they succumb to nature's life cycle.  'The Faerie and the Old Oak Tree' aims to honor the vibrant life and times of these old protector trees and their resident elfin folks who add that mystical allure to the already beautiful gnarled branches and foliage of the old Oak trees.

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'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo''Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo''Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo'
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#711 'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo'

The American Buffalo nickel is rarely found in loose change coming from a cash register till anymore. More often, to find one, you have to search in Grandpa's 'junk drawer' or buy from eBay just to feel like you own a little bit of the Wild, Wild West or the gritty, mystical times when the western plains and prairies owned the day. On one side of the 'Buffalo Nickel' is a buffalo and on the other side is the rugged profile of a Native American Chief who I always associated with the great man, Sitting Bull. I have designed 'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo' after a wonderful Buffalo head nickel which, while once in circulation, as a real nickel, was taken by someone and turned into a button. It is this nickel button which I have used as the focal point of this three-strand, LUXE wrap bracelet.  This piece is dripping with sterling silver, gemstones & studio glass artisan beads known as 'lampwork,' each a one-of-a-kind design.

Add to the bracelet's focal point (of the nickel), you will also see a sterling silver button piece by a talented silver artisan I use a lot for her old wax technique and original designs. Here, she has created a pony looking etching on a small sterling button which mimics, if only in a vague way, the horse-like figure on the lampwork bead which shows more like a primitive early man cave painting.  But it is really her generous, long wild horses sterling silver connector which commands the boldest attention of the bracelet.  Exquisitely rendered, the sterling silver seems fluid & alive with movement of wild horses and is magnificent. Brought all together this piece is a celebration of the verdant, open & wild plains where wild horses run, herds of buffalo graze and where First Nation leaders once held their people and their home in nature as one cohesive & guarded sanctuary. Freedom. All of this came to a sudden halt with the introduction of Europeans, 'pale faces,' and it is now the White Buffalo First Nation people wait for as a sign of the coming of a new, happier era and a time of renewed independence. Such is the backstory of 'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses and the White Buffalo.'

Nine individual lampwork artists are used in the beadwork of 'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses...' - from the USA, Europe and the U.K. Done in colors of gold, sand, taupe and peppered with violet, cabernet, amber and cream, the piece includes especially fetching beads by a European artist whose signature design are beads with glass portals protruding from the bead's surface, like perfect half-orbs.  Her beads are always great fun to work with and even better to wear, especially if one is a nervous type and needs something to fiddle with whilst waiting in a dull situation or at a traffic signal.  The many stones and gemstones include the following:

1. Blue-flash fire moonstone, 2. Faceted garnet nuggets 3. Moss blue iolite faceted nuggets 4.  Faceted citrine nuggets 5. Cubic zirconia teardrops 6. Keishi creamy pearls 7. Light blue aquamarine rondelles 8. Freshwater Baroque pearls 9. Faceted green amethyst nuggets 10. Baltic amber  11. Purple amethyst teardrops.  Other beads include esteemed Austrian Swarovski square crystal sliders, micro-faceted rounds, bicones & cosmos shaped beads along with Swarovski fancy sterling-plated pave crystal rondelles which adds that unexpected glamorous accent in the midst of earthy splendor of semi-precious gemstone.  Sterling silver braided rings, plain rings, avant gard sterling shields/spacers, beadcaps, hand-rendered sterling loops complete 'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses...' with a modern, sterling lobster clasp.

'Mud Ponies, Wild Horses & the White Buffalo' measures 8 to 8.5 inches in length & is meant to be worn somewhat loosely.  That is, one strand measures a tad bit shorter than the other two (8 inches) and so the other two strands can move or tangle just a bit with the main strand.  You will note that the anchoring, shorter strand is the one I have attached a bracelet extension in sterling so that if the bracelet needs to be resized, I can do so by adjusting the anchor/main strand accordingly.  If more length must be added to more than one strand, we can discuss possibilities such as closely duplicating the piece with lampwork beads from the same or similar bead sets.

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'Dillon Beach, II''Dillon Beach, II''Dillon Beach, II'
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#713 'Dillon Beach, II'

Today was a cold, but cloudy day in Northern California. The sky is filled with the most beautiful dense purple clouds, promising rain. At this time of year, I strangely long for a place on the Northern California coast called Dillon Beach. It is a small village with remnants of the roaring 1920's when flappers and gents escaped from San Francisco for a wild and remote getaway, when the hectic pace of life slowed to the tides of the wild sea ebbing and flowing throughout the day. The cottages left from that time period are not polished, but they are so lovely. And they sit face-to-face with the wild sea which, unlike so much of the peopled coastline, is not protected by bays or quays. It is open to the roar of the powerful & dazzling sea. I like a road trip to this place in winter, just to see those cottages from the past and to sit and stare at the winter seascape. So...this bracelet is instead of that road trip today.
 
'Dillon Beach' is designed around the dreamy lampwork beads by amazing glass artist from Israel. She has created a set of lampwork beads I can only associate with one magical road trip to Dillon Beach just after my son turned one years old. It was a birthday road trip for both my son and for me. Because it was windy and very cold outstide, we just sat in the car looking at the roaring, thunderous ocean on that spare, clear sunny day. The sea was like silver in the sunshine, just as these beads are layered in blinding silver leaf. Surrounded by a lime green hue, the beads remind me of the surrounding hills and dales enroute to the California coast as it was both barren and an alive, beautiful shade of green. As we sat there, in the car overlooking the radiant, shining silver sea it was a pinch-me afternoon in time basking in the pure, cold winter's light at the coastline.
 
'Dillon Beach' also includes the following stones & beads:
* Aquamarine faceted rondelles
* Iolite rondelles
* sleeping beauty turquoise from the famed Arizona mines
* organic lampwork beads by a variety of artists in the USA
* Christensen furnace bead
* Bright sterling woven rings, bead caps, a solid ss triangle bead, wavy shield ss beads, Hilltribe silver beads, spacers, round ss beads, coil bead and a handcrafted ss heart double-strand clasp by a local, gifted metalsmith artist.
* A gorgeous round, encased white-core bead with spots of sterling inlaid deeply into the clear glass.
 
Double sterling silver chain link and a 2cm sterling lobster clasp finishes 'Dillon Beach#2' which measures @ 8 inches in length & can be resized with no additional charge. Should you prefer the dangle-style characteristic of many of my signature style bracelet, I can add dangles for an additional fee and depending upon the type of bead & components used. Please convo me for options.
 
 
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'Rockaway Beach''Rockaway Beach''Rockaway Beach'
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#311 'Rockaway Beach'

Even though we drift ever so slowly toward summertime and road-trips to the sea, I am of the mind that it is never too soon to make a seaside journey if only by design. 'Rockaway Beach' a piece which reminds me of the many day trips I used to make with my grandmother to her former home by the sea in Northern California. We would leave the hot suburbs east of San Francisco and head toward the city, bypassing S.F. for the shortcut to the Pacific Ocean and the town of Pacifica. On our way, winding down the steep highway along the coast (and before urban sprawl came down to the sea at Pacifica), we would tuck into a tiny corner of the world called 'Rockaway Beach.' It was not big enough to be called a village. It was not a marina. It was just a handful of old buildings from the 1920's and 1930's (as if from the prohibition days) set against a cement breakwater where waves crashed in and raised up in a watery rage that was at once frightening as it was exhilarating. Grandma would have packed tuna fish sandwiches and a few bananas and some milk and we would eat our lunch in the car, with our windows down beside the breakwater, listening to the rage & powerful roar of the ocean. I was quite young and it always felt like such a spirited adventure requiring us to be full of courage & might - to go sit beside such a tempestuous Pacific meeting at last at the land of the west coast.
 
As such, 'Rockaway Beach' is yet another of my newer designs from my Simple Luxe Collection. This piece is a premier lampwork, gemstone 'wrap' bracelet. That is, two strands of lampwork beads made of German or Italian fine glass in a studio setting by skilled artists and created bead-by-bead with amazing detail, color & texture. 'Rockaway Beach' also includes stones, gems, sterling (925), a hand-wrought hammered sterling heart connector and a handsome rouge toggle by a local, gifted silversmith. She uses the old wax casting technique and her sterling pieces add an other worldly & edgy feel to my designs. Stunning organic lampwork beads make up 'Rockaway Beach' in shades of aqua, green, teal, sea & topaz blue, ink blue, turquoise with icy shades of smooth, clear quartz nuggets, radiant Keishi & splendidly plump, elegant Baroque pearls some of which are capped in strong sterling caps. You will also find dainty faceted teardrops of light green aquamarine stone, discs of blue-fire moonstone, nuggets of blue iolite (navigational stone of the Vikings). Myriad studio lampwork beads (*at least 24 individual lampwork beads) were created by nine or ten esteemed lampwork artists living here and abroad and make up 'Rockaway Beach.' You will find a spare sea-blue hollow round (looking like a vintage fishing net floater), rough, sand-colored rounds peppered with sterling specks, a teal-blue bubble bead (with trapped O2 making for an H2O sort of alive look) and a rich sky-blue encased round bead with dapples of sterling encased inside the clear glass layer, as well as dainty, slim lampwork discs in pale aqua and two sculpted shell lampwork beads. My favorite are the lumpy, luminous organic rounds, handformed while the glass is still hot. The encased core of colors under the textured, bumpy clear is so striking, edgy & elegant at the same time. Bright coils of sterling silver rope made into beads and looking like sea-twine or netting add only more interest to the design along with many other sterling rings and beads & findings. The addition of a few charms (schooner under sail, a wax-rendered sterling sailboat button-bead, a tribal sea turtle charm and a tiny silver star makes 'Rockaway Beach' especially fetching along with the magnificent collection of lampwork, sterling and the earthy & beautiful stones & gems. The focal of 'Rockaway Beach,' is an incredible piece of glass art in and of itself. Made by a gifted lampwork artist in Germany, she creates a large focal that is the alive & trembling sea moving and at one with the beach & sky and including the tideline and tidepools, cluttered with shell, sea-grass and sand. That bead alone reminds me of the eclectic art galleries of famous seaside villages both here and abroad, where artists capture their muse amidst the sun's raven beauties and the ancient old towns of beautiful people. 'Rockaway Beach' measures about 8.25 inches on the outside and 8.5" on the inside. The two strands criss-cross each other to both restrain and allow the piece to drape elegantly without being too loose. However, if you have a petite wrist and need the strands taken in a bit, I can certainly adjust it to a tighter fit and without compromising the spirit and design of the piece. Conversely, if you need some length added, that is an option as well. All that said, please consider that this style of wrap is meant to be worn somewhat loosely and playfully, but not to the point where it could slip off your wrist.* For those unfamiliar with 'lampwork' beads - these are individual works of glass art created by gifted artists using rods of glass and a torch. There is a whole collectors' world of lampwork bead enthusiasts along with designers who use them in their jewelry work. Although some lampwork beads are now made en masse in China and beyond, my designs use only lampwork created by top-flight, well-known studio glass artists.
 
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'Cave Painting & the Acorn''Cave Painting & the Acorn''Cave Painting & the Acorn'
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#313 'Cave Painting & the Acorn'

A beautifully done sterling etching of the primative horse in motion is done on a silver button crowned with a luminous nugget of gorgeous iolite. Below are loose strands of beads - stone, pearl, lampwork and crystal. A pendant done in earthy, golden, autumn tones, this piece is meant to coordinate with the listed bracelet-wrap called, 'The Wall Painting and the Goddess' with the focal bead from the same European bead set.
 

The companion beads in this pendant include more mysterious iolite nuggets (navigational stone of the Vikings), Baltic Amber, Keishi pearls, AAA blue-fire moonstone, misty green apatite, clear quartz, onyx, a Swarovski crystal teardrop and a handsome lampwork acorn by an Australian artist. The pendant hangs on a simple, but beautiful hand-rendered sterling bail by a local California artist.

 
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'The Snow Queen''The Snow Queen''The Snow Queen'
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#699 'The Snow Queen'

Interesting that in the language of the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia, there are hundreds of words which mean 'snow.'  Being a Scandinavian myself and loving the idea of 5 months of a white landscape and icy temperatures, I created 'The Snow Queen,' or simply, 'Snow.'  'The Snow Queen' is another of my newer designs from my Simple Luxe Collection.  This piece is a  lampwork, gemstone 'wrap' bracelet.  That is, two strands of lampwork, stones, gems, white & regular sterling (925) and some lovely sterling charms including:  A hammered puffy white SS heart (Hilltribe artisans),  two white SS snowflake, reindeer and a snowflower.  The Snow Queen herself is a hand-rendered (old, lost wax technique of silver-casting) done by a local artist who also completed the handsome, substantial round toggle clasp. Stunning pure white studio lampwork beads by five esteemed lampwork artists living here and abroad make up 'The Snow Queen.' The piece is punctuated with AAA faceted quartz nuggets, freshwater Baroque & Keishi pearls, clear furnace beads by the esteemed furnace glass artist Christensen, a large faceted chunky moonstone which flashes blue in just the right light and lots of white sterling findings, beads, Swarovski beads and accents.  A small touch of red at the toggle ends completes 'The Snow Queen' and adds just that bit of startling contrast to an otherwise tres elegant landscape of cascading beads for the season of snow, ice and cold.

I read just yesterday that a color trend of Spring, 2012 is a pure and 'blinding' white. I must admit I was swooning when I saw an elegant, silk, flowing suit - perfectly tailored on a tall, elegant young woman.  It is nice to see the pure color of white 'on trend' again!

'The Snow Queen' which measures a loose 9 inches, may be resized at no additional charge. Please note that this style of wrap is meant to be worn somewhat loosely and playfully, but not to the point where it could slip off your wrist.

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'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams''Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams''Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams'
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#301 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams'

The muse behind 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' is the beautifully rendered scupltural lampwork red poppy bead by a talented American lampwork artist. In composing this pendant, I wanted to use the traditional colors of the Christmas season, but with a non-traditional, non-denominational slant.
 
Aside from the glossy, gorgeous poppy bead is an elegant and some say, sacred turquoise faceted briolette from the famed Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona. Used for years by the Navajo people of the area, the turquoise brought up from the rich depths of the earth is some of the most compelling and beautiful. I use one of them in 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams.'A wonderful & curious mystic portal clear encased turquoise/red lampwork bead is companion to the handsome, large round lampwork bead which reminds me of Hudson Bay trading blankets of the Pacific Northwest and round out a First Nation's theme to this piece in another approach to the upcoming season of spirit and holidays. Keishi lustrous pearls, a chunky Baroque pearl, AAA grade blue fire moonstone, sterling droplets & beads & organic lampwork, a sculptural lime green leaf and a thick quartz faceted briolette finish 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' which is connected on a hand-wrought wax-rendered sterling silver bail. A final touch is a sterling heart charm with a subtle swirl of silver, remind one how energy enjoys a nice round shape, sound and home in our cosmos.'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' is strung & knotted on a 22 inch leather cord, however the bail can accommodate many widths of chain, ribbon, flax and other stringing materials.'Red Poppy..' is a companion pendant to a Luxe bracelet currently for sale by the name of 'Tuolumne..'
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'The Seal at Fern Harbor''The Seal at Fern Harbor''The Seal at Fern Harbor'
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#22411 'The Seal at Fern Harbor'

Some of my most prized sterling charms & findings are those done by a renowned silver artist who works in the 'lost' wax technique. Her work is superb and adds a rouge character to any design. As such, I lucked into this very solid little fellow - a beautifully abstract sterling seal. I have been waiting for just the right composition to include him in and I think I have found it in 'Fern Harbor.' I made up the name, 'Fern Harbor,' since the bracelet reminded me of the lush harbors and marinas of the Pacific Northwest where ferns drip from forested hillsides at the water's edge. Then I Googled 'Fern Harbor' and found that there is just such a place in Alaska! I could not have been more pleased - it is in Glacier Bay National Park, a place I have had the great good fortune to explore with my children for a solid week of near solitude on a private charter, dropping in and out of sheltered bays and seeing the famous glaciers up close, along with the bear and mountain goat.
 
In any case, 'The Seal at Fern Harbor' is a blessed piece, a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of sea & forest, sky and fern and most especially the extraordinary lampwork beads which were created by 7 different gifted glass artists both here and abroad.. The focal lampwork lentil beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. These are the beads of summertime at the sea, rich & detailed tidepools under glass with sand, surf and sea urchins and dots of shining sterling. She calls them 'Ocean Within' and I can't think of a better name. They are so magnificently done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear, glossy glass. Sharing the 'stage' are equally imaginative beads by another American artist whose signature design is what I call, 'mystic portals,' that is, thick, encased glass over a core of color(s) and detailed on the surface with scrolls and chunky 'portals' of glass. They are beautiful and curious to look at and feel so good to explore and touch. Other lampwork beads by more cherished, gifted artists are as follows:* Organic rounds in blues & turquoise 
* Glossy fern green hollow round orbs, like vintage Japanese fisherman netted, round floaters  
* Transparent turquoise fillegree lampwork rounds done in swirls of rich glass color 
* Turquoise polka dot discs 
* 3D petaled lampwork flowers in shades of blue 
* Two stunning etched seashells done to perfection by
 C. Steele 
* Two larger drooping bluebelles in cobalt blue and a lighter shade from a talented Israeli artist 
* Lampwork green leaves 
* The large focal 3D flower in blues & lime green (TDF!)
 
Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find faceted green amethyst and iolite nuggets, Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, artisan sterling silver tube beads, a lighthouse charm and of course, the seal charm. Hilltribe & Bali sterling silver rings, pins, daisy spacers punctuate the piece throughout and finally a thick, sterling square Bali silver toggle clasp. 'The Seal of Fern Harbor' measures 7.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design. 'The Seal of Fern Harbor' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially the sea and the deep majesty & mystery of our forests.
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'Autumn Sundae''Autumn Sundae''Autumn Sundae'
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#22780 'Autumn Sundae'

As the late summer folds gently into early autumn days, colors of the harvest & the wine country come to mind as I ponder days hiking in the foothills both here and in autumns past in Provence and Tuscany. Just thinking of those times when I cycled the ancient byways of Roman Provence or walked the cobbled, narrow streets of Tuscan medieval hilltowns, drinking the robust red wine, eating the sumptuous bread, grapes and cheese, pasta and pizza make me love the unfolding autumn even more. Now I just wish I were in France or Italy! But since I am not, I am in an especially whimsical mood bordering on silly and thus came, 'Autumn Sundae' whose special beads include two yummy lilac ice cream sundae beads by the always wonderful, Catherine Steele. A small play on words and visions of endless ice cream on a warm autumn day is the muse behind the maker in this case.

'Autumn Sundae' is comprised almost entirely of lampwork beads of some of the most talented lampworkers I have found in my never-ending search for talent, quality & imagination. The variety of lampwork beads are created by torch and glass rod in an artist's studio and I have used the work of 9 different lampwork artists, located both here and in Europe. As a designer, I love to combine the lampwork of different artists in one piece and see what I can compose ~ hoping for feeling, memory, daydream or a call to action (lets go on a European walking trip). The focal lampwork beads are whimsical barrels by an uber-talented artist in Germany whose work continues to inspire and delight. These beads are done in a pumpkin-yellow, with shades of pink, fuchsia and lilac in a pattern reminding me of batik in shapes like spider webs or sea stars. Sharing the spotlight are the equally stellar beads I call, 'mystic portals,' with glass bumps and swirls, glass bubbles caught perfectly by design in the middle, like space ships, like beach balls or colorful creatures and finally punctuated by small violet snow globes. These are created by an esteemed American glass artist. She is one of my more recent 'finds' and I have purchased thousands of dollars worth of her work, lest she disappear or change her signature bead style.

Other featured lampwork includes:
* Marvelous organic, violet 'pebbles' in thick, encased clear glass
* Retro polka dot slices by the talented Melanie of BeadIntrigue
* A set of pink bumpy beads on a bright orange surface
* Thick pumpkin-yellow hollow globes
* Whimsical sculptural sundaes by esteemed Catherine Steele
* Focal Boho 5 petaled flowers - sculptural lampwork!
* An amazing sculptural tulips by the talented & well-known Heather Davis
* Sculptural strawberries and blueberries
* Faceted, clear quartz pillows
* AAA deep purple amethyst nuggets

* Finally, a beautiful sterling silver hammered round toggle made by American artisans using the old wax technique completes 'Autumn Sundae" which measures @ 8 inches and can be resized accordingly with no additional charge.

With such lovely lampwork beads (28 in total) in hand, this is a piece for the golden afternoons and evenings of 'Indian Summer,' whether here or abroad; and for spirited fiestas overlooking verdant valleys, abundant with a colorful, happy harvest.

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#22781 'Buddha & the Dragonfly'


Having recently returned from a month on our island in British Columbia, I am filled with energy, inspiration and a wish to work at my beading table as much as possible.  Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it - the softening skies, the muted, warm and sometimes vibrant colors, the radiant sunsets, and the promise of early darkness and colder mornings. For my design work, it also means warmer, golden colors and an overall calm to my endless, abundant muse.  To celebrate the harvest of mother earth, is to walk a sacred path and I am content each night to sit and spell out my feelings with beads, stones and findings. 

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' is just such an Autumn piece composed of all the warmth and color of a good harvest. Like so many of my more recent designs, this piece incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists; gifted American artists along with several amazing artists from abroad - from Germany, Netherlands to Israel & Russia!

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I went to hear His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, speak at the Greek Theatre on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, my alma mater. The Greek Theatre was packed to the gills and after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, I thought to skip the Tibetan dance performance and get ahead of the crowds, flocking out of the Greek and into the day's commute hour. As I stood on the sidewalk just outside the Greek, waiting to cross the street to cut through campus, someone yelled, 'there he is!' As if in slow motion, I looked up and came face-to-face with His Holiness, who was hanging out of his limo window, smiling and looking right into my eyes. I said, 'well, hello there!' as if he was a long, lost neighbor. After the limo had passed by, bystanders rushed up to me, exclaiming, 'boy you were sure at the right place, at the right time.' It was a moment etched in time that I shall never forget. And I remember that morning dressing so carefully in a long, cream lace dress, oiling my skin and announcing to the office that I had dressed up to see His Holiness. Co-workers scoffed, 'Julie! He will never see you, the Greek is going to be packed with 100,000 people!' Guess they were wrong and the fates had different plans.

In any case, 'Buddha & the Dragonfly' reminds me of just that moment frozen in time and the warmth and humility of the holy man living his words, walking his talk. Truly a feeling of peace and joy radiated from the slow-moving long, black limo and the happy, smiling face of a sacred man, greeting me on a Berkeley sidewalk, one summer's day.

So..the beads. The focal beads are by a tremendously talented artist from Germany.  They are patterned golden, purple barrels with lovely, interesting scroll lines looking like the sacred patterns on Buddhist prayer flags, carefully lined along the myriad temples in Tibet, Nepal, Burma and beyond. Companion lampwork beads are a radiant blend of the same colors and shades including some of my favorite 'mystic portal' beads - clear encased beads over a pumpkin-orange core and purple & pumpkin raised swirls and bumpies which coordinate so well with the patterns on the barrel beads.

Other companion lampwork beads include 
* Purple/lilac blend 3D daisies with raised orange dots by a gifted Israeli artist
* Small clear, lilac wildflower beads by a delightful Russian artist
* A large sculptural 3D flower with raised scrolls 
* Transparent 3D green daisies by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Perfect blueberry lampwork beads in a life-like shade of purple
* Rust colored crumpled glass ice cubes
* Gorgeous organic round mini beads in a variety of shades made by a west coast artist   

A Garden Soup of internationally made lampwork beads!

Swarovski Austrian crystals and Bali silver findings complete the piece along with a peaceful sterling Buddha charm, a Thai Hilltribe dragonfly and a beautiful hand-wrought sterling toggle clasp.

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' measures 8.5" and can be resized at no additional fees. 

This piece, 'Buddha & the Dragonfly' is one of those showpieces and makes a statement about life:

'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)

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#2227 'Autumn Tideline II'

As many of you know, I consider myself an island girl, a woman of the far north and of the sea.  Born of a sea-going father and a mother who was raised beside the sea, there is no place I find greater comfort in, than by the ocean or far away at sea with nothing but the distant horizon before me.  Many years ago, I voyaged around Cape Horn enroute to Antarctica by way of Drake's Passage, known for its wild and tumultuous waves.  Young and agile, I danced to the dramatic shifting of the ship from left to right as it rolled on the waves dark fury, rounding Cape Horn. It was a time of perfect bliss. Following a magical, surrealistic week spent exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, we crossed the ocean again, bound for the mystical & remote Falkland Islands.  It was there, on the cold and empty beaches that I found whole and perfect bottles, etched by the sea like so much beachglass.  As whole bottles, etched and worn perhaps by long decades, it was pure treasure. Since these few bottles  were considered 'trash,' I was allowed to take them home.  'Autumn Tideline' is a design remembering the walks on those remote and chilly stretches of wide, open sand in late Autumn.  Although I don't incorporate sea bottles into this design, I do use a magical hollow (but thickly layered) glass orbs, which look like the well-known and sought after floaters from Japanese fishermen's nets.  Along the West Coast and especially in Washington state, local islanders would sneak out in the dark hours of night as the high tide was coming in, in order to collect the treasures of the sea.  One fellow back in the 1980's gathered 35 sea-balls or floaters in one night after a particularly busy storm at sea.  It is the idea of the 'treasure' balls of the tideline after an abundant storm tosses them, after decades in the sea, finally onto a tideline. 
 
A bracelet to celebrate one's time at any special beach,  'Autumn Tideline' is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for time spent, like annual winds, on a favorite stretch of sand and dunes beside the sea. It is a composition created with some of the most talented lampwork bead artists with whom I have had the pleasure to work.  Among the most striking lampwork beads is this set by an American artist whose signature bead is what I call 'mystic portal' beads - that is, encased colors under a thick layer of clear or lightly colored glass and peppered with swirls and dots and portals of glass on the surface of each bead.  The colors and textures are playful & rich and one could get lost just looking at them.  Hers are also the round bumpies and are a perfect match to her portal set.  Other lampwork include:
* Etched taupe discs, amber flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Hand-formed organic encased beads by a wonderful artist in Netherlands.  She calls them pebbles & these are rich gold with light shades of pink under thick, clear glass.
* Stout raspberrry beads by a wonderful Israeli glass artist
* Several sizes of organic rounds by an Oregon glass master
* Etched and silvered cream rounds by yet another gifted American artist
* A perfect sculptural seashell by Catherine Steele of 'Art with Heart,' perhaps the bead artist of all time whose work has inspired creation after creation in my studio.
* A central, large lampwork flower in cream, gold & light amythest defines 'Autumn Harvest' and seems to mimic the two vermiel gold Hilltribe sand-dollar charms.  Swarovski beads, including a silver moon along with vermeil gold and sterling silver beads, components and findings completed 'Autumn Tideline' which is finished with a gorgeous, solid vermeil gold Bali toggle clasp.  'Autumn Tideline' measures about 8.5 inches and can be resized for no additional fees.

'Autumn Tideline' is a gallery piece, pure in its design and is only about the powerful beauty of the sea under wind & sail, sunny days, sun slipping below the horizon and about the magical starry skies under a full moon, those mystic portals and elusive, colorful  Japanese sea-floats.  It is a bracelet to celebrate the Autumn sea, the North Sea, the Antarctic sea and all oceans in-between.

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'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch''Koi Pond & the Berry Patch''Koi Pond & the Berry Patch'
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#2226 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch'


I am thrilled to announce my designing lull finally seems to have broken and I am up most nights until 2am, starting a design in the mysterious quiet of the night.  I suppose it was the long, wet spring and the dour worldwide news which had me lulled into beading lethargy. Now, it seems I am going for gold and dipping into my top premier lampwork beads (most expensive) to make my visions come true.  This one is called 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, perhaps the most prominent being Catherine Steele, a gifted American artist along with several international artists - from Germany, Netherlands to Israel & Russia!
 
'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I went to hear His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, speak at the Greek Theatre on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, my alma mater.  The Greek Theatre was packed to the gills and after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, I thought to skip the Tibetan dance performance and get ahead of the crowds, flocking out of the Greek and into the day's commute hour.  As I stood on the sidewalk just outside the Greek, waiting to cross the street to cut through campus, someone yelled, 'there he is!' As if in slow motion, I looked up and came face-to-face with His Holiness, who was hanging out of his limo window, smiling and looking right into my eyes. I said, 'well, hello there!' as if he was a long, lost neighbor.  After the limo had passed by, bystanders rushed up to me, exclaiming, 'boy you were sure at the right place, at the right time.'  It was a moment etched in time that I shall never forget.  And I remember that morning dressing so carefully in a long, cream lace dress, oiling my skin and announcing to the office that I had dressed up to see His Holiness.  Co-workers scoffed, 'Julie!  He will never see you, the Greek is going to be packed with 100,000 people!'  Guess they were wrong and the fates had different plans.
 
In any case, 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' reminds me of just that moment frozen in time and the warmth and humility of the holy man living his words, walking his talk.  Truly a feeling of peace and joy radiated from the slow-moving long, black limo and the happy, smiling face of a sacred man, greeting me on a Berkeley sidewalk, one summer's day.
 
So..the beads.  These are some of the stunning sculptural beads of Catherine Steele called, "Koi Pond.'  She rarely makes them anymore and I was very fortunate to luck into a set of them.  When I sat down to create a piece around these beads, I honestly had no idea I was going to go for broke and make such a fun, colorful blend of colors around the otherwise serene scene of the beads.  At the end of my work, however, I was so happy and thrilled with the final result.  It is just perfect (bragging aside..) and I could not be any happier.

Companion lampwork beads include 
*  Yellow/orange blend 3D daisies & rosebud lampwork beads by published lampwork artist, Serena of SJDS
*  Large green barrel shaped beads by a tremendously gifted German glass artist who I work with a lot
*  Gorgeous organic round mini beads in a variety of shades made by a west coast artist * Organic violet 'pebbles' by an esteemed European artist, blueberries, strawberries and green leaves by a talented Israeli artist who generously custom makes me sets of glass berries * Ruby red, juicy raspberry and transparent lilac flower bells by a gifted Russian artist and finally, one finely crafted purple leaf by yet another German artist.  The focal 3D flower bead is by a European-American artist who is very highly esteemed for her work, both sculptural and traditional.  A Garden Soup of internationally made lampwork beads!

Other beads and semi-precious gemstones include:
* Aquamarine stone rondelles (very elegant)
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors
* Bali sterling spacer beads & lacy beadcaps
* Sterling flower charm created by a silver artist in the USA
* Sterling rogue handcrafted star toggle using the old wax technique for casting silver
 
'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' measures just over 8.5 inches and can be resized for no additional charge. 
 
This piece, 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' is one of those showpieces and makes a statement about life:
 
'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)

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#7773 'Tangerine'

As the spring folds gently into warm summer days, colors of the tropics come to mind as I ponder days strolling in the breeze on sandy shores both here and abroad.  During an unseasonal May rain storm, I was inspired to create 'Tangerine,' to prod those fanciful days forward as the calendar marches toward summertime.

'Tangerine' is comprised almost entirely of lampwork beads, brilliant, clear pale yellow quartz and sterling silver.  The variety of lampwork beads are created by torch and glass rod in an artist's studio and  I have used the work of 6 different lampwork artists, located both here and in Europe.  As a designer, I love to combine the lampwork of different artists in one piece and see what I can compose ~ hoping for feeling,  memory, daydream or a call to action (lets go to the beach!).

The focal lampwork beads are a muse by and of themselves.  Mystic portals of glass bumps and swirls; glass bubbles caught perfectly by design in the middle, like space ships, like beach balls or colorful creatures, punctuated by small pink snow globes.  A set of these glorious beads are the focal of 'Tangerine' and are created by an esteemed American glass artist.  She is one of my more recent 'finds' and I have purchased thousands of dollars worth of her work, lest she disappear. These are the beads of summertime at the beach, the alluring colors of orange in shades from sunset to citrus along with pink and white and a spot of vintage sea blue. 

Other featured lampwork includes:
* Marvelous organic small spacer beads in pink, clear and raspberry
* Retro polka dot slices by the talented Melanie of BeadIntrigue
* A set of  chunky squares in orange by one of my favorites also by Melanie 
* Small lentils by a Florence-trained glass artist done in yellows into oranges
* Whimsical sculptural daisies by esteemed Catherine Steele
* Focal Boho 5 petaled flower - sculptural lampwork!
* Two amazing sculptural tulips by the uber-talented & known Heather Davis.

A few glass furnace beads by esteemed cane artist, David Christensen along with some gorgeous AAA quartz faceted nuggets in clear, pale yellow add just the right texture and depth.

* Finally, a large sterling silver daisy made of 99.7% pure silver by Thailand's Karen Hilltribe people pull the design together. Two  smaller daisy charms in sterling are included in the chaos with a single flower by  a skilled silversmith here in the USA (old wax technique) hangs with the solid Bali silver toggle.

With such lovely lampwork beads in hand this is a piece for the summertime; for parties on decks overlooking the sea, silver with sunshine.   'Tangerine' measures a tad over 8 inches (perfect for a 7 inch wrist) and can be resized at no charge.

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#7772 'Nantucket Morning'

There is a certain romance about Nantucket which conjurs lush and lyrical images and a feeling of history.  It reminds me of our Carmel in California, a beautiful other worldliness; the colorful locals, the hanging flower baskets, the old summer houses, aged trees and gardens, both quaint and posh shops all of which are surrounded by the stunning wild sea & its companion wind. It is like entering a different world, set so apart from the common reality and it is nice to step into that world, if only for a day or two. My Nantucket designs hope to be the ultimate keepsake art piece, to remember such heightened  days of life on Nantucket in the summertime.
 
As such, 'Nantucket Morning' is a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of the sand & sea, the morning sky and most especially exquisitely created lampwork beads, created by 7 different, gifted glass artists both here and abroad.  

The focal lampwork lentil beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. These are the beads of summertime at the sea, rich & detailed tidepools under glass with sand, surf and sea urchins and dots of shining sterling.   She calls them 'Ocean Within' and I can't think of a better name. They are so magnifecently done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear, glossy glass. Companions to her tidepool beads are stunning lampwork beads by other gifted folks, as follows:

* Organic boro rounds in blue & turquoise, peppered with gold specks *Glossy blue hollow round orbs, like fisherman net bouys * Organic pebbles done in lime, cobalt & blues under thick, clear glass * More organic pebbles done in etched (like sea glass) turquoise with specks of gold * Turquoise, polka dot discs, 3D petaled lampwork flowers in teal & aqua, two stunning mystic portal lampwork rounds in aqua & lime with ribbons of white over thick, transparent glass.
Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find delicately faceted quartz cubes, pearls discs, Swarovski in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, Hilltribe & Bali sterling silver double rings, pins, daisy spacers and beads and finally a thick, sterling round Bali silver toggle clasp.  'Nantucket Morning' measures 8.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design. 
'Nantucket Morning' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially when one is beside the sea.

Reserved by Heather (July 20)

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'Wisteria & Raspberries''Wisteria & Raspberries''Wisteria & Raspberries'
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#7774 'Wisteria & Raspberries'

Although I work with a loyal, talented, top-notch group of lampwork artists both here and abroad, I am always on the look-out for new, cutting-edge, original glass bead designers.  Recently, I came upon a lampwork artist whose work just captivated and thrilled me to the core. Her signature design-point is what I call, 'mystic portals,' which are generous, raised bumps or round, plump circles of glass on the surface of a lampwork bead, often transparent and encased making for a complex & gorgeous bead to behold.  That said,  I cannot seem to get enough of her work and have designs stored to the ceiling in my head.
 
The same artist is responsible for whimsical, large sculptural flower beads looking like large Lazy Susans in a rainbow of colors with swirls and dots and zig-zags of glass added just for fun.  I combined one of these flowers along with a focal mystic portal along with lampwork beads from several other gifted glass artists to create 'Wisteria and Raspberries'  As I worked, I was thinking of an old, nicely kept farmhouse in Oregon or Washington with a wrap-around porch and trellis' dripping in both wisteria and raspberries all at once, during the same warm, mellowing summer evenings after a hot summer day.  As soon as night falls and the hours pass by, the air turns into a marvelous chill, dampening the nearby freshly cut hay so that morning brings a sweet, sweet smell combined with cedar in the cool air before the heat comes on once more.  

I have combined the lampwork of 9 different glass artists from both here and abroad to create this design which also includes all sterling silver findings, a thick sterling Bali silver toggle clasp.


You will find lampwork raspberries, a beautiful amethyst colored hollow orb, transparent lavender scroll lentils, sculptural wisteria floral lentils with raised petals, purple lampwork discs, 3D petaled flowers in fuchsia and lime green and perhaps my favorite, organic, hand-wrought lampwork pebbles from a gifted European artist in violet and smaller organic pebbles from an American artist in hues of greens and light blues under thick, clear glass.  Finally, adding to the composition are marvelous lampwork cube beads, looking like so much ice melting in a glass of crisp lemonade on that same wrap-around porch on a hot summer day or as evening settles into warmth and the crickets begin to sing. 

Finally, 'Wisteria and Raspberries'  measures @ 7.75 inches in length.  Considering the beaded chaos of the bracelet, this measurement would nicely fit an actual wrist size of about 6 or 6.25 inches.  However, please note that the bracelet can be adjusted to your specific & preferred length at no additional charge. 'Wisteria & Raspberries' is a piece meant to be worn at any time of day or evening; with a dressed-up ensemble or a Farmer's Market look and style.  It is sure to be a show-stopper & a crowd-pleasing wonder considering the collection of stunning, original art glass beads which make up the whimsy & joy of 'Wisteria & Raspberries.'
 
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'Cranberry Days & Acorn Nights''Cranberry Days & Acorn Nights''Cranberry Days & Acorn Nights'
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#4700 'Cranberry Days & Acorn Nights'

 
Although I work with a loyal, talented, top-notch group of lampwork artists both here and abroad, I am always on the look-out for new, cutting-edge, original glass designers.  Recently, I came upon a lampwork artist whose work captivated and thrilled me to the core. Her signature design-point is what I call, 'mystic portals,' which are generous, raised bumps or round, plump circles of glass on the surface of a lampwork bead, often transparent and encased making for a complex & gorgeous bead.  That said,  I cannot seem to get enough of them and have designs stored to the ceiling in my head.  I use two of her sets here. One is in the bumpy, mystic portal style and is in glossy deep red, harvest gold, a touch of lavender and spots of black. These are encased beads, each with an interesting red core design under thick, light amber glass.  Sumptuous!  The other is a round set of tribal looking designs in the same harvest colors with interesting patterns of circles, dots, stripes and swirls on a golden yellowish-orange base.  Perfect rich earth tones for a harvest design. 'Cranberry Days & Harvest Nights' has been in my mind for more than a month, longing to come to form.  I first had to find all of the berry beads I wanted to include.  Not many folks make berry lampwork beads and I am bonkers for them.  There is something about berries which make the world seem right.  Finally, I found a skilled lampworker who I asked to give blueberries and cranberries a try.  Her results are just perfect and I am so excited and grateful to have on hand a nice stash of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and acorn lampwork beads!  Perhaps this will be one of a few harvest designs this year.  At any rate, I went all out with 'Cranberry Days and Acorn Nights' and pulled some of my nicest gemstones and sterling out of the library to create with - to my heart's content.
 
'Cranberry Days and Acorn Nights' is dripping with lampwork: 2 cranberries, 2 garnet red raspberries (wet pockets of deep red), two cobalt blue blueberries, two amber acorns and one gorgeous hollow (but thick) round blue 'earth,'  looking like a vintage Japanese glass fishing net floater/ball.  There are also golden 3D petaled lampwork flowers by Heather of Bead Intrigue, an artist I use all the time.
 
The stones include rich purple amethyst faceted rondelles; gorgeous, luminous chunks of light blue iolite, the navigational stone of the Vikings and shimmering  apatite rondelles in a mermaid-seablue. Artisan sterling silver peppers 'Cranberry Days & Acorn Nights' with daisy spacers, twisted rings, orante beadcaps which mimic the design on some of the lampwork. I've also included work by artist, Cathy Dailey - her organic sterling ring at each end of the bracelet, a rouge silver raised star and a peace sign. Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including elegant faceted cubes and a single crystal star, complete, 'Cranberry Days and Acorn Nights' along with a handsome Bali silver toggle and a silver tag that says, 'Made with Love.'
 
If I were out to make *the* Thanksgiving* bracelet, this would be it!  But, as it is, I set about to create a generous harvest piece, showing the earth in all her bounty and glory, offering up so many beautiful wild foods and colors and textures that it dazzles the mind if one thinks on it for long.  'Cranberry Days and Acorn Nights' measures @ 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional fee.

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#4701 'Pink Snowflakes'


Again, I reached out to the fascinating work of this cutting-edge bead artist, whose 'mystic portal' beads enchant and amaze time and again.  The set I use here is done in soft, luminous shades of pink, white and clear.  Like a snowstorm, there are textures in the shape of ribbons, dots, portals all on an encased transparent pink glass over a pink core.   Truly elegant. This set reminds me of a snowflake fairytale with all the secret nooks and crannies of a feminine, enchanted snowscape.
 
Companion beads are equally lovely & whimsical and created by other talented American glass artists.  You will find playful white polka-dot on clear encased pink discs, clear bumpies on white, frosted (etched) 3D daisy flowers (all creations of Heather of Bead Intrigue) and the always magnificent ice pink tulips from glass artist, Heather Davis.  Chunky, organic white/transparent lampwork cubes add just the right amount of ice to the piece and are a signature design of artist, Lori Robbins.
 
'Pink Snowflakes' is further punctuated by four sterling snowflake charms, lilac Swarovski faceted cubes and tiny bicones.  Pink Swarovski rondelles add just a touch more pink the the piece along with elegant AAA faceted pink cubic zirconia teardrops.  Small, crystal clear faceted quartz cubes continue the icy winter's theme as do the variety of bright & antique sterling silver findings, done in the shape of snowflakes and capping many of the beads.  Bali silver twisted rings cap others of the lampwork beads, finishing them quite beautifully.  
 
A twisted rope bright sterling heart toggle by Thailand's Hilltribe artisans complete 'Pink Snowflakes' along with a tiny heart charm by metal artist, Cathy Dailey and done in sterling.  A small sterling tag which says, 'Made with Love' is the final touch of 'Pink Snowflakes,' a feminine, enchanting design meant to last through the holidays and throughout the snowy season.  Whether you are on the slopes or strolling the posh streets of Aspen's trendy shops & restaurants, 'Pink Snowflakes' is a gorgeous, sparkling artisan design meant to lighten your heart, your step and your spirit through the coming season of snow!

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'Violet & the Dragonfly''Violet & the Dragonfly''Violet & the Dragonfly'
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#4699 'Violet & the Dragonfly'


I am happy to introduce yet another  new artist, a 'find' in glass design who has a  particularly exquisite 'signature' design-point.  She specializes, in my view, in exquisitely encased florals under glass.  These types of beads are incredibly difficult and laborious to create and few do them well. Often, if the encased florals are done well, they can fetch easily $40-$50 a bead!  This artist creates the best encased florals that I have seen and I am over-the-moon to have a small handful of her work in my design library.
 
Combining  two premier lampwork artists in 'Violet & the Dragonfly' was pure bliss; the bead sets complement each other so perfectly and create another tour de force in art-jewelry. 


Normally, when I design a piece, I have a 'muse' faithfully showing me the way as I work.  However, with 'Violet & the Dragonfly' it was quite literally the beads themselves which had me designing away, as if I were in an enchanted garden, combining lush shades of purple, lavender, amethyst and a touch of aqua or periwinkle along with lime green, and narrow stripes of forest green.  I suppose the closest thing to a muse with this piece is the 'fairy forest' in our front yard, set back in the far corner and made of three tall, elegant redwood trees, a weeping Norwegian spruce and lots of flowering vines, making for a charming 'mess' or my 'busy English garden,' as I like to tell the neighbors.  I do love an overgrown garden ala 'The Secret Garden.'  My daughter and I have always shared a secret that the 'fairy forest' does indeed serve as a sanctuary for fairy folk who come out in the 'in-between' time at dawn and at dusk, when sunlight is at its most golden and softly coloring the pale sky.  The dragonfly charm of 'Violet and the Dragonfly' serve to symbolize the fairy-folk and the mystic portal beads only lend themselves to the mystical theme of a fanciful place and time as a 'fairy forest' would be to children young and old.
 
Other artisan lampwork beads used in 'Violet & the Dragonfly' include:
 
* 3D petaled purple & amethyst flowers by Serena of her studio SJDS Designs
* Green encased white polka dot discs along with plain purple discs by Heather of Bead Intrigue

* Two wonderful lampwork blueberries by a well-known, published sculptural bead artist Debra Kallen

* Sculpted green leaf lampwork beads by yet another sculptural bead artist by the name of Naomi

 
Other beads, gems  & stones include:
* Gorgeous, elegant AAA faceted green amethyst from Brazil 
* Deep purple amethyst faceted rondelles
* Aqua blue apatite stones
* Clear quartz faceted rondelles
* Delicate light amethyst/champagne ametrine rondelles

* AAA faceted heart briolettes in a blue/lavender shade
* AAA faceted purple cubic zirconia teardrops
* Lovely, ornate Bali silver beadcaps, daisy & twisted ring spacers
* Handcrafted (old wax technique) lily-pad sterling beadcaps on the mystic portal lampwork beads
* Two handcrafted sterling 'violet' flower charms
* 'The' headlining  Dragonfly charm made by old-wax technique in pure silver by metal artist Cathy Dailey

* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors including the always fetching faceted cubes in two colors
 
Finally, 'Violet and the Dragonfly' is completed with a gorgeous, square Bali silver toggle closure and measures @ 8.75 inches in length.  Considering the beaded chaos of the bracelet, this measurement would nicely fit an actual wrist size of about 7 or 7.25 inches.  However, please note that the bracelet can be adjusted to your specific & preferred length at no additional charge. 'Violet & the Dragonfly' is a piece meant to be worn at any time of day or evening; with a dressed-up ensemble or a Farmer's Market look and style.  It is sure to be a show-stopper & a crowd-pleasing wonder considering the collection of stunning, original art glass beads which make up the whimsy & joy of 'Violet & the Dragonfly.'

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#4697 'Tudor Christmas'

Once again, I sat down to revel and design with more 'mystic portal' lampwork beads; that is, strange, generous, raised bumps or round, plump circles of glass on the surface of a hand-torched bead, often transparent and encased making for a complex & gorgeous bead. The set I use for 'Tudor Christmas', is done in a luminous taupe, cream with golden hues of deep, wet looking glass and looking like the radiance of candle light.  They are actually encased over a cream core with taupe swirls.  Mystic portals & golden bumpies pepper the beads' surface elegantly and sparely.
 
Companion beads are equally magnificent and created by another cutting-edge American glass artist.  She loves to work with 24K gold glass and each of her interesting tubular beads is draped in gold.  She also creates a raised scroll pattern upon each bead along with small, golden bumpies.  Grey and black anemones add even more depth & texture to these marvelous beads which are also encased over a cream core.  Together, the two bead sets are made for each other and bespeak of a certain elegance fitting the holiday season and the many, glistening nights on the town, dressed in gossamer, silk and satin.
 
The name - 'Tudor Christmas' is part of my ongoing interest in the Tudor period of English history and specifically the court of King Henry the Eighth and his second bride, the intense & enchanting Anne Boleyn.   I can't seem to get enough information about this time in history and the details of their normal, day-to-day living - the clothing, jewelry, attention to appearance,  customs and society.  I am curious about the gifts they gave each other, about the sweets they ate, the letters they wrote, the walks they took to escape the microscope of court.  Every once and a while, I like to take my imagination for a walk and create a piece which paints my own imagination in beads.  This time it is the Christmas season and aside from the obvious gold, I have added shades of elegant red and garnet and pearls.  For the bounty of court and the warmth of steady fires in the fireplaces throughout the palace, I added pine cones, ornate vermeil round beads, like rich ornaments and design for the Christmas season.  There are pearls, capped in gold vermeil to make the contrast pop a little, and forest green lampwork leaves with tiny, red holly berries.  Deep, transparent red poppies add whimsy alongside the vermeil pinecones and the beautiful, complex garnet red lampwork raspberries. The bracelet is awash in radiant, luminous detail meant to convey the richness and beauty of the season; the regal, but simple symbols of a bright winter's night against the warmth of a roaring fire indoors, where the smells of pine and tart berries and spice enchant and woo one into the power of the season.
 
In short, 6 lampwork artists are used in creating, 'Tudor Christmas.'  Aside from the 'mystic portal' and tubular gold draped lampwork beads, you will find the following:
 
* Perfect garnet colored raspberries by Lori Robbins
* Holiday green leaves & hollly berries by Naomi, an artist from abroad
* Garnet & white polka dot discs & green lampwork leaves by Heather of Bead Intrique
* Red, plump poppies by Serena of SDJS Designs
* Gold lampwork discs by the tubular bead artist ~ accent beads
* Freshwater button pearls
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors & sizes
* Furnace beads by famed, David Christensen.
 
Along with this cornucopia of lampwork, you will find the additional beads, stones & findings:
 * Vermeil Bali gold ornate beadcaps in two styles
* Vermeil Bali gold ornate round beads
* Vermeil Bali gold daisy spacers, tube beads, rings and pins
* A vermeil Thai Hilltribe flower charm (poinsettia-like)
* Gold-plated pinecones
 
A lovely, rectangular vermeil Bali toggle clasp completes, 'Tudor Christmas' which measures @ 8.25 inches in length and can be resized at no additional fee.
 
One of a few holiday designs I hope to create in the upcoming weeks, 'Tudor Rose' is perhaps the most elegant among them.  It would pair beautifully with a long, dark evening gown as much as it would with a flirty, black cocktail dress.  It is sure to entertain and attract attention as it celebrates the sparkle and whimsy of the always colorful winter holiday season.

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#3445 'Alaska Rain'


Although I work with a loyal, talented, top-notch group of lampwork artists both here and abroad, I am always on the look-out for new, cutting-edge, original glass designers.  Recently I came upon a lampwork artist whose work just captivated and thrilled me to the core. Her signature design-point is what I call, 'mystic portals,' which are generous, raised bumps or round, plump circles of glass on the surface of a lampwork bead, often transparent and encased making for a complex & gorgeous bead to behold.  That said,  I cannot seem to get enough of them and have designs stored to the ceiling in my head.
 
This piece is called, 'Alaska Rain' and recalls the time not long ago when my children, my Mom and I ventured north to Alaska for a full week on a private yacht exploring Glacier Bay.  Before we set off on the boat journey of a lifetime, we stayed in the small hamlet of Gustavus, one of the most magnificent towns I've ever visited.  The town hardly has a center - it is really just a cross-roads with an old gas station and a small cluster of odd shops including an ice cream parlor, a video shop and a general store.  And that is the center of town.  Otherwise, its old roads criss-cross through the woods, with lanes darting off into the dense forest with a few homesteads littered along the way and lots of acreage.  A little piece of heaven-on-earth, Gustavus is circled by beautiful snow-capped mountains, a temperate climate, wonderful soil for growing fresh vegetables and recently a ferry bringing bigger necessities from Juneau.  It was in this glorious town before our cruise into fjord-country where we met our first Alaska rain.  We are a family of rain-lovers.  Living in California and being genetically from the far north creates a year-long yearning for cold, wet weather.  While most other folks frown at the rain, my children and I celebrate those first drops of the rainy season with shouts of  glee, 'Mom, its raining!'  Ah, bliss.
 
In any case, to honor the best rain in the country which must be in Alaska surrounded by the most magnificent scenery in the west, I created 'Alaska Rain.'  Using the mystic portal beads of such a talented American glass artist, I set to work designing around two of her super chunky textured beads - turquoise/aqua portals on encased cobalt. Stunning.  I added in more flair by incorporating the 'sea floater' lampwork beads I am also so enthralled by of late.  Done in a dark aqua and a sea-green, these are by another talented lampwork artist, A. White.  These hollow rounds are done with layer upon layer of glass torched to a certain thickness and resembling the enchanting sea-floaters of the Japanese fishermen in the last century. Now considered vintage and obselete, these sea balls or colored floaters are taking on a mythic value similar to mermaids and sea sprites.  To still find one, lost for decades in the north Pacific is for certain to be a very auspicious omen.
 
The focal bead of "Alaska Rain" is an elegant tubular bead by yet another uber-talented American artist is especially elegant because she cloaks her bead in a 24K gold swath of glass.  Other lampwork in the piece include etched, like beach glass, white discs by Heather of her studio, Bead Intrigue; bumpy & floral founds by Melanie Carey of her studio, Glass Valley, a lone sculptural tulip beads in glossy turquoise & lime by published lampwork artist, Serena Smith of her studio, SJDS Designs.  Aqua and gold-rimmed disks complete the complex & beautiful collage of artisan torched glass beads, each a one-of-a-kind.
 
'Alaska Rain' is richly endowed by luminous icy aquamarine stone rondelles, faceted green mist chalcedony heart briolettes, blue-violet faceted quartz briolettes and a huge variety of Swarovski crystals in different shapes, sizes and colors including faceted cube beads in true green and two lovely light blue starfish.  A plethora of Bali sterling  beadcaps, daisy spacers and handsome twisted rings along with two Hilltribe vermeil gold (22K over .970 sterling) starfish add shimmer and depth to this ocean design while a sterling Bali toggle clasp completes the piece along with a wee sand-dollar charm for good luck along the way.
 
'Alaska Rain' is a fetching and original design; at once rich and curious, meant for a gallery setting or a cozy lunch on the pier in wintertime.  It is certain to dazzle and shine as it quietly celebrates the beauty of the sea and Alaska Rain.
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#53443 'Autumn Tideline'


As many of you know, I consider myself an island girl, a woman of the far north and of the sea.  Born of a sea-going father and a mother who was raised by the sea, there is no place I find greater comfort in, than beside the ocean or far away at sea with nothing but the distant horizon before me.  Many years ago, I voyaged around Cape Horn enroute to Antarctica by way of Drake's Passage, known for its wild and tumultuous waves.  Young and agile, I danced to the dramatic shifting of the ship from left to right as it rolled on the waves dark fury, rounding Cape Horn. It was a time of perfect bliss. Following a magical, surrealistic week spent exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, we crossed the ocean again, bound for the mystical & remote Falkland Islands.  It was there, on the cold and empty beaches that I found whole and perfect bottles, etched by the sea like so much beachglass.  As whole bottles, etched and worn perhaps by long decades, it was pure treasure. Since these few bottles I discovered were considered 'trash,' I was allowed to take them home with me.  'Autumn Tideline' is a design remembering the walks on those remote and chilly stretches of wide, open sand.  Although I don't incorporate sea bottles into this design, I do use magical hollow (but thickly layered) glass orbs, which look like the well-known and sought after floaters from Japanese fishermen's nets.  Along the West Coast and especially in Washington state, local islanders would sneak out in the dark hours of night as the high tide was coming in, in order to collect the treasures of the sea.  One fellow back in the 1980's gathered 35 sea-balls or floaters in one night after a particularly busy storm at sea.  These magical glass-orbs are the beautiful brain-child of uber-talented Heather Davis of Blissfulgardenbeads. She sent me a handful of them as a gift, knowing my designs more often than not incorporate the ocean.  When she first created them, she had the same idea of the 'treasure' balls of the tideline after an abundant storm tosses them toward land.
 
A bracelet to celebrate one's time at any special beach,  'Autumn Tideline' is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for time spent, like annual winds, on a favorite stretch of sand and dunes beside the sea. It is a cornicopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists with whom I have had the pleasure to work.  Among the most striking lampwork beads is this set by Catherine Steele - the tidepool layered upon light aqua scallop shells and a single teal lentil. Catherine's detail and spareness of same, is perfection.  These beads are as if alive within the glass ~ a real-time, moving, living tidepool complete with anenomes and swirls of silver on light sand. The companion lampwork is a set of dreamy glass portal beads, created in shades of sand, coral and light aqua. Mystic portals, as I call them, this bead artist does extraordinary work and it is a pleasure just to feel the soft rounded texture of the beads, much less behold their beauty in design.  I absolutely love the ensemble of the two sets - at once rich, textured and very sophisticated.  Accenting the entire piece are the most glorious charms I could imagine, both of lampwork glass and sterling ~ two etched teal shell/sand-dollar beads and a cream-colored shell (C. Steele) plus pale aqua hibiscus lampwork flowers, polka dot disc lampwork and the all-too marvelous glass sea-balls or floaters, those elusive, vintage treasures of the wild night sea. Sterling charms include a large lobster, a tiny sea turtle and a delicate sand dollar.
 
'Autumn Tideline' also includes a variety of fine Swarovski crystals in many shapes, colors and sizes including the always beautiful faceted cube beads.  You will also find Bali sterling beads, beadcaps and spacers.  'Autumn Tideline' is finished with a handsome Bali silver toggle clasp and measures @ 7.25 inches.  It can be re-sized at no additional charge.
 
'Autumn Tideline' is a gallery piece, void of my usual lampwork flowers and unnecessary chaos.  It is pure in its design and is only about the powerful beauty of the sea under wind & sail, sunny days, sun slipping below the horizon and about the magical starry skies under a full moon, those mystic portals and elusive, colorful  Japanese sea-floats.  It is a bracelet to celebrate the tropical sea, the North Sea, the Antarctic sea and all oceans in-between.

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#53442 'Daisy & the Dragonfly'

 
A gardener at heart, mind and soul...my muse for 'Daisy & the Dragonfly' is entirely a small stretch of my garden devoted to strawberries, sweet peas, tomatoes (in 4 varieties) and squash...all surrounded by generous, big, white Shasta Daisies.  It is this patch of garden next to our young apple tree (in full, bountiful bloom just now), that inspired 'Daisy & the Dragonfly.'  However, equally on my mind while I created this piece, was a trip I took to the Swiss Alps in late Summertime many years ago.  Travelling in the Engadine region of Switzerland, I was entranced by the lush, overflowing flower-boxes in picturesque villages, old stone streets, traditional Engadine architecture and a pace of life that was at once lovely and enviable.  'Daisy and the Dragonfly' remembers that time completely, of strolling into the mountains - the Alps - just in back of our hotel, walking past herds of cows with bright, colorful collars and bright cow-bells, stopping for cheese, bread and milk at a roadside cafe with the most magnificent post-card views while breathing in the cold, pure Alpine air.  A big piece of heaven right here on earth!  Such days. Such days. Wonderful memories.
 
As such, the design of 'Daisy and the Dragonfly' is a small departure from my usual design model.  A totally loaded 'luxe' piece, 'Daisy and the Dragonfly' includes gorgeous sterling metal work by a fabulous artist who uses the old wax technique in making her sterling art.  The daisy shaped toggle clasp and the matching daisy 'connector' at the bracelet's center are solid sterling, handcrafted original art and lend so much character to the piece along with the rouge peace, heart and 'LOVE' charms.  It is around this whimsical sterling metal work that I designed the balance of 'Daisy & the Dragonfly.'
 
As a luxe piece, 'Daisy Mae' brings together 2 lampwork artists.  The feminine, cheerful lime-green & white daisy lentils are done by Melanie Egan. She was kind enough to create a custom order for me since I am giddy over daisies. The coordinating white lampwork flowers are done by the always wonderful Catherine Steele as part of her sculptural collection.  The Lazy Susan styled 3D lampwork yellow & white 3D daisies and white, bumpy mini rounds are by Heather of BeadIntrigue, as are the too fun white polka-dot encased disc lampwork beads.  The small, bright yellow lampwork poppy beads are done by Serena of SJDS designs.  Finally, the modern, edgy ice cube organic lampwork beads are by wonderful Lori Robbins.  These melting ice chunky squares are a perfect reminder to me of the upper reaches of the Alps that late summer, when there was already snow falling and an amazing high altitude vista to behold of the Alps capped with snow before the full onslaught of winter season.
 
'Daisy and the Dragonfly' also includes gorgeous furnace (cane) beads by Penrose, freshwater pearls capped in daisy beadcaps, a variety of Swarovski crystals in different shapes, sizes and colors, many detailed with sterling daisy spacers.  'Daisy and the Dragonfly' is a piece gone DAISY!  It is a piece for the gardener, the Alpine wild flower hiker and for the artist in us all.  Finally, the perfect sterling dragonfly is crafted by the Karen Hilltribe silver artisans of Thailand.  'Daisy and the Dragonfly' measures just a tad over 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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#0001 'Aspen Snow' Custom Design for Emma

As one of my favorite glass bead artists (lampworkers) is on hiatus just now, I have been actively searching for new, cutting-edge & original glass artists.  So many produce copy-cat beads and it has become fairly easily for me to spot someone with a ticking imagination. I am after that one-of-a-kind set; beads that are edgy, interesting and have their own story to tell.  Needless to say, I was very happy to find the artist of these beads.  The bold cobalt transparent blue rounds with the pink petaled swowflakes, colored with red & periwinkle, each with a cubic zirconia set in the hot glass before it was annealed, are charming with just the right whimsy. It was tempting to designs a Valentines Day piece with the red & pink popping out of the cobalt, but then a most glorious set of AAA quality faceted cubic zirconia stones arrived & it was just so much ice and the snowflake theme became so real and something I longed to sit and work with (I was stuck in earring purgatory in preparation for a show. As I said to the show organizer, earrings don't provide enough of a canvas as bracelets do.)
 
As a design, 'Aspen Snow' came together so gracefully.  I have been skiing in Aspen just once, but I was struck by the largess of the place and its worldwide image.  The posh shops, trendy, cozy restaurants, the Uggs & high fashion, the spas and salons and of course, the slopes.  I once found myself on a black run on the mountain known as Ajax  one morning after a night of too much wine.  What a challenge that was given the fact I was an intermediate skier.  But, I digress..  It just seemed like the big, pretty petaled snowflakes with the cubic zirconia centerpiece belonged in Aspen along with a big dose of real love, the other name for the bracelet and hence the plethora of sterling heart charms.
 
Companions to the large, cobalt snowflake beads are beautiful scroll rounds by the esteemed Heather Davis of Blissfulgardenbeads, a known person of lampwork royalty among mid-level designers.  She has her signature beads which rarely change and these are no exception.  I love the look of pink ice and the fancy touch of scroll on these rounds.  Just what I wanted & needed to continue the composition of 'Aspen Snow.'
 
 Other beautiful lampwork I have used in 'Aspen Snows' are  from the following gifted artists:
 
* Pink & Cranberry 3 D flowers by Serena of SJDS Designs
* Transparent blue 3D flowers by Heather of studio, Beadintrigue
* Salmon pink clay roses by published clay artists, D. Jean Vainio
* Stunning blue ice cube/snowy night cube lampwork bead by Lori Robbins
 
"Aspen Snow" is completed with the following semi-precious stones & crystals.  They include:
 
* Stunning clear & pink faceted cubic zirconia teardrop beads (looking like royal jewels!)
* Transparent periwinkle faceted Chalcedony faceted briolettes
* Ruby Jade faceted briolettes
* Luminous iolite faceted heart-shaped briolettes, the nautical lens stone of the Vikings (shimmers)
* Faceted clear quartz rondelles
* Dazzling tiny white topaz briolette & rondelles
* Blue furnace beads
* Swarovski crystal butterflies, cubes, bicones in a variety of colors
* Hilltribe sterling puffy heart charms
* Sterling Silver snowflake charms
* Hilltribe sterling droplet beads
* Bali daisy spacers
* Lots of snowflake charms in different patterns
 
 'Aspen Snow' is completed with an ornate Bali silver toggle &  measures 8.5 inches.
 
As I have said of  a few other recent designs (most already sold), this is a piece which belongs as much in a gallery display case with a spot-light, as it does worn as art. 'Aspen Snow' is a festive piece for any time during these winter holidays and during the ski season as one promenades on Main Street in Aspen, window shopping, stopping for a coffee and roll and taking in all the color and fantasy of a posh winter's hideaway.  Gotta love it!  Just got to!
 
'Aspen Snow' is a custom design for a magical, luminous client who, like me, happens to like the snow, most especially the Swedish variety!

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#4698 'A Raven's Harvest' Custom Order for Emma

'A Raven's Harvest' is named for the many wine countries around the world - not just our beloved Napa & Sonoma Valley Wineries here in Northern California.  Whether you are in Tuscany, in France, in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or in California...there is always a wine country to be had; a day of heightened life experience, roaming and wandering at leisure and modestly sipping a thousand tastes while enjoying a sumptuous countryside, steeped in natural beauty and often rather fabulous history.
 
So...with that said, imagine my sheer delight when another set of Gabrielle's magnificent lampwork beads arrived from Germany! They were not her signature sea-beach themed beads, but rather European country garden-esq in design.  Colorful, always playful and reminding me of the miles and miles of vineyards I passed on a bicycle one fine October whilst bicycling in Provence.  "A Raven's Harvest' began with Gabrielle's beads and expanded from there.
 
Next, I reached out to Catherine Steele's always detailed and perfect grape harvest lentils - a bunch of purple grapes on ivory, cascading down the center with scrolls as vines and olive colored leaves.  Finally, the lightening rod.  The focal bead which can only be described as mystical and surrealistic, as if it crashed down to earth from the very galaxy itself.  An orb in shape, this is a rich, encased bead with bubbles of sea-foam, greens and taupe under a thick layer of glass and drizzled with actual sterling silver.  I have capped this masterpiece in Bali silver beadcaps, which are reminiscent of both the bead and of grapevines.  The chemistry of these three distinct lampwork beads (sets) is sublime and yet again, a piece de resistance in glass art, especially when one considers the top-flight bead artists and their masterpieces-in-glass.
 
Companion lampwork beads also included in 'A Raven's Harvest,' are:
* 3D petaled flowers by Serena
* Three dark amber acorns by Aussie Fire Beads
* Two garnet-red raspberries by Lori Robbins (exquisite!)
* Amber leaves by Heather of Bead Intrigue
* Sheer purple and white roses by published clay artist D. Jean Vainio
 
Stones & beads include:
* Elegantly faceted, AAA quality green Brazilian amethyst
* Chunky faceted amethyst rondelles
* Amethyst rondelles
* Cubic zirconia AAA quality faceted teardrops in apricot & forest green
* Baltic amber
* Faceted purple/champagne Ametrine rondelles
* Swarovski cubes & bicones
* Sterling silver Bali sterling lentil caps & daisy spacers
* Sterling silver grape bunch charm
* Sterling silver country horse-drawn coach
* Sterling silver scarecrow
* Sterling silver raven
* Two broad sterling silver Autumn leaves (Thai Hilltribe)
 
 A magnificent cast sterling silver round toggle clasp created with a vine/leaf theme done by artist, Cathy Dailey using the old wax technique, completes 'A Raven's Harvest,' which measures @ 8.5-8.75" in length and can be resized easily & at no additional charge.
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'A Raven's Harvest' is one of those designs that is a memory-seeker and once found, a keeper, as in 'keepsake' bracelet, reminding one of days spent in Chianti or at Chateuneuf du Pape or in Burgundy or at Mondavi, listening to a concert in the vineyards under the night sky or at the Hess Winery, wandering in the resident art gallery or at the historic Shramsberg Champagnery where Robert Louis Stevenson used to come and stay to help ease his weak lungs.  A piece littered with lampwork of 6 different glass artists, it is sure to be an eye-pleaser for all who behold the fancy & magic of these glorious harvest days, both past & present.

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'Koi Pond, II' for Ellen (custom order)

(Outdated text borrowed from 'Koi Pond, I') I am thrilled to announce my designing lull finally seems to have broken (I've been a beading-fool for the past year when the lull melted) and I am up most nights until 2am, starting a design in the mysterious quiet of the night.  I suppose it was the heat of summer and the dour worldwide news which had me lulled into beading lethargy. Now, it seems I am going for gold and dipping into my top premier lampwork beads (most expensive) to make my visions come true.  This one is called 'Koi Pond & Lotus Garden.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, the two most prominent being Catherine Steele of Art with Heart and a German glass artist named Gabrielle Savage.  
 
Perhaps some of Catherine's most sought after bead designs are her Koi Pond lentils as shown in my piece.  Catherine, like me, has been on a hiatus and has made few beads in the last few months (no longer in a lull; torching like crazy these days!).  I am so pleased that I stock a library of inspirational lampwork beads so that I have them always at the ready, at my fingertips.  I used the last three Koi lentils in my library and can only hope her hiatus ends soon, too.  As you can see, Catherine's Koi lentils are sculptural wonders with a Koi fish swimming in her pond beside a lily pad and floating florals.  So magical.  I combined them with  Gabrielle Savage's equally inspiring transparent green pond and garden-esq beads which are complex in design and include bumps and swirls and lines suggesting a beautiful garden sanctuary.  Her work is nothing short of cosmic and contains that avant gard flare of so many European artists.  Austria's famed painter, Hundertwasser, comes to mind when I look at Gabrielle's work.
 
Other lampwork beads include sublime floral tulips in yellow and french red; green & white petaled 3D flowers by Serena of SJSD Designs and polka dot lampwork discs by Heather of BeadIntrigue..  Published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio makes some of my favorite Shasta Daisy clay flowers.  In this midst of beauty, you will also find shimmering aquamarine faceted rondelles, luminous white iolite, freshwater pearls capped in petaled beadcaps, Swarovski rondelles & bicones & faceted cubes in two sizes; bali silver daisy spacers & twisted ring spacers, white sterling lotus flower beads by the Hilltribe artisans and a Buddha charm centerpiece. 'Koi Pond' is finished with a custom, lampwork toggle clasp made to order for this design.
 
This is one of those showpieces. It makes a statement about life, 'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)

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'Playa Paradiso''Playa Paradiso''Playa Paradiso'
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#9866 'Playa Paradiso'

As I have moved through these final weeks of the glorious summertime,  busy with White Tideline Designs, busy with new designs, one thing has became very clear.  People are crazy for the most colorful of my bracelets.  It is not the glam or gold or black & white designs, but the more magical pieces such as the already sold, 'Peer Gynt's Secret' and 'Tivoli' which caught their eye and had them emailing me about how much they loved my work and especially the colorful pieces.  Then I was listening to my kids watching 'The Devil Loves Prada,' in the other room and one character said a line in reference to accessories which was, 'they make an iconic, cultural statement about that person.'  So, I decided that all the positive feedback I have received about my colorful pieces must mean happy or happiness.  Folks are getting happier!  
 
It was, however, a new set of beads by a new (to me) lampwork artist which is the inspiration behind "Playa Paradiso."  I spent many,  many late summer nights researching new lampwork artists outside of my devoted circle of top-flight artisans.  Mostly, I was just curious to see what other artists were doing.  When I came upon this artist's work, it was like falling in love.  The room started spinning and I did not want to go bed, glued to my bead table, working, so newly inspired by her work.  What makes her work so spectacular are the glass portals she places around her beads.  She playfully drapes ribbons of glass amidst different sizes of portals with different layers of  bright color on transparent colored beads.  Absolutely stunning, exciting work!  I have spent the last few weeks devouring her work and building a library of her beads.  I have myriad designs stacked up in my mind, just waiting for abundance of time to sit and work.  As such, I have four pieces to list in one sitting since I have been devoted to my bead table and doing little else to tend the business.
 
In designing 'Playa Paradiso,' I looked to the always original, edgy Kimberly Lynn to combine the glass portal masterpieces with for my composition.  Lots of folks make colorful beads, but Kim makes colorful, abstract & interesting colorful beads.  Not so obvious, always unexpected and always interesting.  The three colorful button beads I have used in 'Playa Paradiso' are done in shades of bold orange, sky blue & lime green.  This set perfectly picks up the colors of the portal beads, extending the fun and feeling of fiesta. I also called on the playsful lampwork of uber talented Stefanie of her studio, 'A Shot of Glass,'  for her encased lime barrels and perfectly rendered lime hibiscus flowers.  Orange encased polka dot discs from artist, Heather, of her studio, Bead Intrigue add more whimsy along with one of her 3D lime/white petaled flowers, used as a charm. . And from there I went to town incorporating some truly lush semi-precious gemstones into the piece including some high quality AAA purple and elegant Brazilian green amethyst step-cut nuggets,  faceted clear quartz rondelles, faceted AAA cubic zirconia teardrops along with extraordinary faceted turquoise teardrops from the sacred Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona.  A variety of Swarovski crystals in different shapes, sizes and colors serve as the colorful backdrop to 'Playa Paradiso,' along with Bali silver findings, including a handsome square Bali Sterling toggle clasp.  Completing the design are four sterling silver charms:  sea turtle, hibiscus bloom, sand dollar and pineapple with a lone Swarovski fish dangling at the edge of the toggle end.  'Playa Paradiso'  measures on the petite side at just slightly over 7 inches long.  With all the colorful dangles, this bracelet would fit an actual wrist size of 6.5  inches quite nicely.  However, it can be resized to fit your wrist size at no additional charge and without compromising the design.
 
'Playa Paradiso' is a happy, sparkling, premier design  for summertime and times of fiestas and fests.  It is a stand-out piece, a happy yet elegant piece and an absolutely original design for blue jeans or a cocktail dress.  A piece for times of peace and happiness.

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'Africa Dreaming...''Africa Dreaming...''Africa Dreaming...'
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#9923 'Africa Dreaming...'

 'Africa Dreaming' is inspired by the collage of lampwork beads taken together which create this composition.  Having first seen the poignant, beautiful film, 'Our of Africa,' so many years ago and then having travelled to Zimbabwe 15 or so years ago, I will always be inspired by the early women pilots and explorers of the African bush.  Namely, Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham who were both pilots and writers of their experiences exploring in the bush of East Africa.
 
It was, however, a new set of beads by a new (to me) lampwork artist which is the inspiration behind "Africa Dreaming."  I spent many,  many late summer nights researching new lampwork artists outside of my devoted circle of top-flight artisans.  Mostly, I was just curious to see what other lampwork artists were doing.  When I came upon this artist's work, it was like falling in love.  The room started spinning and I did not want to go bed, glued to my bead table, working, so newly inspired by her work.  What makes her work so spectacular are the glass portals she peppers around the surface of her beads.  She playfully drapes ribbons of glass amidst different sizes of portals with different layers of  bright color on transparent colored beads.  Absolutely stunning, exciting work!  I have spent the last few weeks devouring her work and building a library of her beads.  I have myriad designs stacked up in my mind, just waiting for abundance of time to sit and work.  As such, I have four pieces to list in one sitting since I have been devoted to my bead table and doing little else to tend the business.
 
In designing 'Africa Dreaming,' I looked to the stunning set of lampwork lentils called 'Colors of Africa,' by Catherine Steele.  Her beads hit the nail on the head when it comes to the look of Africa - both the landscape and the textiles and tribal jewelry.  These combine so beautifully with the  portal masterpiece beads.   I also called on the playful lampwork of uber talented Stefanie of her studio, 'A Shot of Glass,'  for her perfectly rendered lime hibiscus flowers.  Orange encased polka dot discs are from artist, Heather of her studio, Bead Intrigue. Serena Smith adds more whimsy along with her bright, stout yellow tulips.  And from there I went to town incorporating some truly lush semi-precious gemstones including some very high quality AAA purple and elegant Brazilian green amethyst step-cut nuggets, stunning white topaz rondelles, faceted clear quartz rondelles, faceted luminous iolite nuggets & watery apatite teardrops, along with  faceted turquoise teardrops from the sacred Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona.  A variety of Swarovski crystals in different shapes, sizes and colors serve as the colorful backdrop to 'Africa Dreaming,' along with Bali silver findings, including a handsome square Bali Sterling toggle clasp.  Completing the design is a wonderful raised rogue signature tag done in sterling which says, 'Dream,' and is made by metal artist Cathy Dailey using the old wax technique.  A wonderful sterling vintage plane charm and a Thai Hilltribe rope circle charm complete 'Africa Dreaming' which measures @ 8.5 inches in length. With all the colorful dangles, this bracelet would fit an actual wrist size of 7  inches quite nicely.  However, it can be resized to fit your wrist size at no additional charge and without compromising the design.
 
'Africa Dreaming' is an original, powerful design celebrating the tribes, customs and landscapes of the magnificent land which is Africa!  This bracelet composition is at once the stripes of zebra, gazelle; the mane of lion, the earth-colored textiles of the proud Masai Mara people (and including their brightly colored & dense necklaces); the turquoise shade of the Zambezi river, the thunderous falls of Victoria Falls and the dense, deep grass of the Okovango Delta. A gallery-piece, 'Africa Dreaming' is a live piece of wearable art for those who want to celebrate Africa and the joy of being alive!

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'Nantucket Lightship Basket, VI''Nantucket Lightship Basket, VI''Nantucket Lightship Basket, VI'
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#5889 'Nantucket Lightship Basket, VI'

I have been so enchanted by the  heritage & history of the traditional Nantucket Lightship baskets and have taken great joy in composing bracelets to match the impression I have of the baskets and their native Nantucket. Like the others I designed (all one-of-a-kind) with this muse, this one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is a cornucopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists with whom I have had the pleasure to work. 
 
'Nantucket Lightship Basket, VI' is comprised of several lampwork artists' beads.  The two, large round knobby pillow beads are done by renowned Australian artist, Nellie Mae.  When she entered the US market, she was little known and her bead prices were pricey, but nowhere near what she is able to fetch for them today.  I was very fortunate to collect 5 or 6 sets of her work.  Also, after a year or so of creating lampwork sets of beads, she has all but abandoned that style and is now almost exclusively making  Pandora lampwork beads, fetching up to $40 or more for one bead. It is no mistake, however, since her work is so original and mesmerizing.  You won't find lampwork beads like the ones she creates.  As I used to say of Nellie Mae's work, you start to work with them and soon the beads are telling the story and not the other way around.  These two lampwork beads by her are the rolling sea, the generous curl of waves and the color of sea in the afternoon on a clear, summer's day, when the sun casts silver on the ocean.  She uses shades of blue, turquoise with curls of silver sparkles and then sensual whisps of white encased under clear glass.  The very depth of the colors beneath the glass is intriguing.  You can look on forever and deeper and deeper.
 
Companion lampwork are done by a top-flight American glass artist.  Her work is at once edgy and complex done in a tubular shape and colored in transparent blues, teal, turquoise & purple (rather like a Monet) and peppered with silver flecks, clear bumpies and on the center bead, generous scrolls of 24K gold swaths of embedded metal. I absolutely love the ensemble of the two sets - at once rich, textured and very sophisticated. 
 
Other lampwork beads in the piece include:  3D flowers by artists Heather (Bead Intrigue) and Serena Smith.  Heather also makes the small, transparent green leaves and whimsical polka dot lampwork discs.  Serena is the artist of the royal purple tulips, looking glossy and wet petaled.

In composing 'Nantucket Lightship Basket,' I created my design in colors around the lampwork beads using semi-precious gemstones,  sterling Bali beads and other  beads. You will find:
 
* Luminous, AAA faceted ice-blue aquamarine rondelles

* Faceted large teal teardrop quartz beads

*Swarovski bicones in a variety of colors & sizes
* Transparent aqua lampwork spacers by another studio artist

* Faceted Swarovski cubes in two colors

* Thai Hilltribe bright silver coil beads, hammered oval rings
* Bali silver daisy spacers & twisted rope rings & pins

* Quality cane/furnace beads by the esteemed glass artist, Penrose

Accenting the entire piece are the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ a large vermeil gold (24K gold over .999 sterling silver), a woven basket, a catamaran, an anchor & rope and a tiny seashorse.  Although I don't haunt the isle of Nantucket, I do go north to my own island most summers - Savary - in British Columbia and have done so, since I was 4 years old. So, I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.  And I am very fortunate to have been asked by an esteemed Martha's Vineyard art gallery, Carlin Eliot Fine Arts, to showcase my work in her gallery. I am her only jewelry designer and my work is displayed in a gorgeous French antique Provencal standing case purchased just for my collection.

 
'Nantucket Lightship Basket' is completed with a square Bali silver toggle clasp made by the Bali silver artisans and measures just over 8.5 inches, suitable for a size 7 inch wrist.  Resizing is possible at no additional charge.

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'Love, Peace & Paris, II''Love, Peace & Paris, II''Love, Peace & Paris, II'
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#5599 'Love, Peace & Paris, II'


"Love & Peace & Paris.." is meant to be a piece that celebrates the 'City of Light' and her history & poetry & art.  In creating this piece, I kept thinking of Ezra Pound's famous poem, 'In a Station of the Metro' if only for the Victorian, lacey iron fences and gates adorning the Metro stations & popular on vintage Parisian Metro posters.
 
'In a Station at the Metro
 
The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.'

  
However, poetry aside, the centerpoint of 'Love & Peace & Paris' is a stunning lampwork bead by a cutting-edge American lampwork artist whose work I am using more and more. Her focal, tubular bead is done  in a transparent shade of champagne-pink, with pink, violet texture and lines on the surface, circles by golden bumpies.  It is truly elegant & completex work, like raindrops or frost.  Echoing the shades of champagne and pink and violet are the mystical orbs by Catherine Steele. I use two of them, couched in ornate Bali silver beadcaps, looking like the classic Victorian iron fences encaging the entry to the Metro stations in Paris.  These orbs are encased with a thick clear layer of glass over color that is at once mystical, cosmic and totally modern.  The surface of the orbs are drizzled with sterling lines and droplets, making them even more interesting.  Joining these focal lampwork beads are gorgeous, encased organic square lampwork beads, looking like so much ice over pretty shades of pink, purple & ruby.  All beads taken together echo a similar set of color shades which are lyrically, poetically pink Parisian.  The deep, encased swirls of color inside the lampwork are like cosmic mystery & the infinity of the universe and even, of love.
 
To complete 'Love & Peace & Paris..', you will find the following additional beads:
 
* More encased, organic lampwork cubes & discs, shining with purple & pinks
* Organic salmon pink lampwork rounds and transparent cranberry lampwork rounds
* Two pink rosebud lampwork flowers by Serena Smith 
* Blue Fire Fuchsia moonstone nuggets with daisy spacers
* Luminous pink topaz faceted teardrops
* Elegant faceted quartz crystal rondelles with daisy spacers
* Lilac furnace beads in a triangle shape by Penrose
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes & sizes including faceted Indian pink cubes
* Thai Hilltribe sterling stick beads couched between cranberry Swarovski bicones
* A handsome vintage claw-foot bathtub charm, Eiffel Tower charm and high heel charm
* A small sterling Hilltribe puffy heart charm
 
'Love & Peace & Paris, II..' is completed with a beautiful Bali silver toggle and measures @ 8 inches in length.  Resizing is possible at no additional fees.
 
Now about Paris...I was there in 1989 during the days of the great California earthquake in the SF Bay Area.  A good time to be away. Indeed, we flew in and got the last BART train under the bay back to the east bay before the trains were shut down for days and repairs began. 
 
During those days in Paris after having bicycled in Provence for a full week, climbing steep hills to medieval hilltowns, stopping for a picnic at the broken ruins of the Pope, overlooking the famous vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, eating at Michelin star-rated restaurants, dressed in fine silk couture  after a full day of working out, biking along roads & trails, past Van Gogh's insane asylum in St. Remy, saying a cheerful, 'Bonjour!' to old men sitting on benches, visiting in the morning sun, stopping at Roman amphitheatres & bridges (Pont du Gard) & busy, colorful village squares...it was bliss.  Returning to Paris was a time to roam..early Fall, the winds of the mistral settling upon the gravestones at the famous Per-Lechaise cemetery where we saw headstones of Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde and I wish I had had a potted plant for Gertrude's place - the earth barren and dried, with no roses and one of Gertrude's famous quotes, 'a rose is a rose is a rose.'  And then of course, there was the Latin Quarter and Montmartre and the Louvre and my taking photos of people taking photos of Mona Lisa.  So...Paris.  'Love & Peace & Paris.'  Must go back...to Paris!

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'Peer Gynt, II'   For Ellen'Peer Gynt, II'   For Ellen'Peer Gynt, II'   For Ellen
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#99112 'Peer Gynt, II' For Ellen

I am so happy to introduce this piece. It is called 'Peer Gynt's Secret.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, the three most prominent being a vastly talented German glass artist named Gabrielle (focal lampwork, custom ordered) along with work by Catherine Steele (red strawberry sculptural beads), River Oak Acre beads (light aqua filligina rounds), Heather of Bead Intrigue (green leaves, white/yelllow petaled flowers), Serena Smith (yellow/orange blend petaled flowers & red tulips) and Betty Hanssen (bright blue small rounds) and an unknown lampworker (green foil lampwork).
 
As I worked with the cornucopia of handcrafted art glass in beads, I kept thinking of Norway and specifically, the colorful, folkloric designs of Norwegian sweaters, especially Dale of Norway designs which incorporate so many local, traditional patterns which have endured for centuries, identifying a village or an area such as Telemark.  Tho' I am a California girl, born & bred, I sometimes wish I lived in an icy climate, if only to wear the colorful woolens of Norway.
 
If I could have done it, I'd have named this piece, 'Norwegian Sweater,' but that was not exactly exciting enough and so my mind wandered to my many, many trips to Norway and the celebrated music of Edvard Grieg and the works of playwright, Henrik Ibsen.  When I look at the colorful, meadow-like beads from Gabrielle, the play 'Peer Gynt' came to mind and I found myself remembering days wandering in Gudbrandsdalen, an area in Norway where much of the play takes place on a mythic level of reality with the powerful, cunning Troll King and his daughter.  Gudbrandsdalen is a place that looks like this bracelet in late Springtime when it is abloom in wild flowers, with cold mountain streams carrying mountain run-off down to the fjords.  So there it is, 'Peer Gynt's Secret.' (Sorry for being so long-winded.  My deep, enduring love of Norway does that to me).
 
Like the other pieces I have designed using her work, Gabrielle's complex lampwork beads is where my inspiration begins.  These large oblong lampwork beads are nothing short of spectacular as art pieces in and by themselves.  To surround them with corresponding and companion colors only adds to their splendor and highlights their intensity.  These beads look like paintings of a folkloric meadow in Gudbrandsdalen, alive with wild flowers, the approaching long summer nights of light, the stars twinkling in the light blue sky of night, the deep blue streams and rivers, fierce & noisy with ice-melt. 
 
Further, I am reminded of some of the fine Scandinavian glasswerks (glassworks) - especially the colorful glass fun of Orefors.  Whenever I am in the Copenhagen airport waiting to connect to Oslo, I am always pulled like a magnet into the Orefors store, if only for a quick look-see.

 In this midst of rich composition, you will also find the following beads & stones:
 
* Faceted Icy blue Aquamarine rondelles capped in daisy spacers
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in two shades
* Freshwater pearls capped in bright Bali silver petal beadcaps
* Delicate Sleeping Beauty Turquoise teardrops
* Swarovski faceted cubes in blue
* Swarovski butterfly beads in Siam red
* Swarovski bicones variety of colors & sizes
* Thai Hilltribe silver large wildflower charm
* Two Thai Hilltribe silver small wildflower charm
 

Like others of my designs using Gabrielle's lampwork as a focal point, 'Peer Gynt's Secret' is an art-piece, perhaps more so than most lampwork designs.  It would be beautiful on one's wrist, or in a glass case with spot lighting.  The piece, while having an appearance of great weight and substance, is actually fairly light-weight on the wrist.
 
Now exactly what is 'Peer Gynt's Secret?'  That is for you to discover, as you wear this art piece into the starry, starry time of a good night.
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'Nantucket Lightship Basket, V''Nantucket Lightship Basket, V''Nantucket Lightship Basket, V'
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#54444 'Nantucket Lightship Basket, V'

I have been so enchanted by the heritage of these baskets and have taken great joy in composing bracelets to match the fantasy of a traditional Nantucket Lightship basket. Like the others I designed (all one-of-a-kind) with this muse, this one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is a cornicopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists with whom I have had the pleasure to work.  By far, my all-time favorite set of lampwork beads are this set by Catherine Steele - the tidepool encased under thick glass.  These beads are as if alive under glass ~ a real-time, moving, living tidepool complete with anenomes and swirls of turquoise waters on light sand. The companion lampwork is a set of dreamy boro organic beads in a teal-turquoise shade and a night-sky blue, freckled with gold dust. Like Catherine's beads, these are also encased under a thick layer of glass which lend themselves to the feeling of staring into deep waters. I absolutely love the ensemble of the two sets - at once rich, textured and very sophisticated.  Accenting the entire piece are the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ an Adirondack chair, a woven basket and a fine lighthouse and cabin from vintage days.  Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary - in British Columbia and have done so, since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.  And I am very fortunate to have been asked by an esteemed Martha's Vineyard art gallery, Carlin Eliot Fine Arts, to showcase my work in her gallery. I am her single jewelry designer and my work is displayed in a gorgeous French antique Provencal standing case purchased just for my collection.


In composing 'Nantucket Lightship Basket,' I created my design in colors around the lampwork beads using semi-precious gemstones,  sterling Bali beads and other  beads. You will find:
 
* Luminous, faceted ice-blue aquamarine rondelles
* Faceted large teal teardrop quartz beads
* Stunning faceted quartz rondelles
* Turquoise briolettes from the famous Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona
* AAA quality Cubic Zirconia faceted teardrop beads in clear
* Variety of Swarovski crystals including faceted cubes in ice blue
* Freshwater button pearls in a rich cream shade of peach
* Quality cane/furnace beads by the esteemed glass artist, Penrose
* Lampwork steel-blue organic, ribbed rounds by the same top-flight artist of the boro set
* Lampwork encased teal discs by the same top-flight artist of the boro set
* Sterling daisy spacers, tube beads and twisted ring beads
* A wee sterling sand-dollar charm hangs at the bar end of the toggle clasp
 
'Nantucket Lightship Basket' is completed with a nautical-style round toggle clasp made by the Bali silver artisans and measures just over 8 inches.  Resizing is possible at no additional charge.
 
'Nantucket Lightship Basket' is a gallery piece, void of my usual lampwork flowers and unnecessary chaos.  It is pure in its design and is only about the powerful beauty of the sea under wind & sail, sunny days, sun slipping below the horizen and about the magical starry skies under a full moon.  It is a bracelet to celebrate the tropical sea, the North Sea, the Antarctic sea and all oceans inbetween.

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'Cosmic Picnic' or 'Pineapple Peace''Cosmic Picnic' or 'Pineapple Peace''Cosmic Picnic' or 'Pineapple Peace'
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#3444 'Cosmic Picnic' or 'Pineapple Peace'

As I have moved through these first weeks of the glorious summertime,  busy with White Tideline Designs, busy with new designs, one thing has became very clear.  People are crazy for the most colorful of my bracelets.  It is not the glam or gold or black & white designs, but the more magical pieces such as the already sold, 'Peer Gynt's Secret' and 'Tivoli' which caught their eye and had them emailing me about how much they loved my work and especially the colorful pieces.  Then I was listening to my kids watching 'The Devil Loves Prada,' in the other room and one character said a line in reference to accessories which was, 'they make an iconic, cultural statement about that person.'  So, I decided that all the positive feedback I have received about my colorful pieces must mean happy or happiness.  Folks are getting happier!  
 
Last night, I thought I was sitting down to design yet another gold vermeil piece with another historic muse, but it was really a piece about summertime and peace and the tropics and Hawaii and surfing and being happy.  So with that...I introduce, 'Cosmic Picnic,' or 'Pineapple Peace.'  Another bright & colorful bracelet.
 
Once again, I set off looking to Kim Lynn of Kimbeads to set the tone.  Lots of folks make colorful beads, but Kim makes colorful & abstract, edgy colorful beads.  Not so obvious, unexpected and always interesting.  The three colorful lentils I have used in 'Cosmic Picnic' are done in shades of purple, violet, orange, red and a splash of blue.  The design includes starbursts and circles which made me think of poetry of the cosmos and hence, its name. This time I combined Kim's work with a beautiful set of encased red hot (and orange/violet scroll) rounds by  a gifted artist named Stefanie of her studio, 'A Shot of Glass,' as well as some whimsical encased polka dot discs from artist, Heather, of her studio, Bead Intrigue. And from there I went to town incorporating some truly lush semi-precious gemstones into the piece including faceted quartz & amethyst step-cut chunks,  amethyst rondelles, freshwater coin pearls and glass cane or furnace beads by David Christensen and Penrose.  You will also find 3D petaled lampwork etched violet flowers by Heather (Bead Intrigue), Bali sterling daisy spacers, twisted rings and Hilltribe wheat husks, looking like surfboards, along with a Hilltribe tropical bloom and a puffy heart. A rouge, edgy peace-sign by silver artist, Cathy Dailey adds to the theme, using the old wax technique to craft her sterling charms. Hilltribe sterling round discs of bright silver create more depth and shimmer to the piece, like the midday sun, silver on the sea of a tropical island.  'Cosmic Picnic,' is completed with a handsome Bali silver round toggle clasp and measures just 8.5 inches.  With all the chaotic dangles, this bracelet would fit an actual wrist size of 7 inches quite nicely.  However, it can be resized to fit your wrist size at no additional charge and without compromising the design.
 
'Cosmic Picnic' is a warm, sparkling, chunky piece for summertime and times of fiestas and fests.  It is a stand-out piece, a happy yet elegant piece and an absolutely original design for blue jeans or to accent a black cocktail dress.  A piece for times of peace and happiness.

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'Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...''Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...''Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...'
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#5888 'Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...'

If I were an avid sports fan, it would be soccer (and baseball) and yesterday's World Cup win for Spain had me strangely giddy.  I took to the internet, searching webcams in Madrid's central plaza del Armas or whereever the party was going on in Spain, feeling all the way across the time zones, the joy in the air.  Finally, as the evening moved along, I did what always cures a bout of giddiness and I sat down at my beading table.  Having been so very, very lucky to have visited Southern Africa (Zimbabwe) in the early 90's, and including time spent on safari, I knew something of the colors and richness of Africa.  I began to design my celebration piece for Spain and winning in South Africa, fulfilling Nelson Mandela's dream of the World Cup in his beloved country.  And so it is, 'Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...'
 
As a bit of a departure from my usual busy chaotic designs, this one is more simple and is a showcase piece.  Made almost entirely of top-flight artisan lampwork studio beads, you will find only a spare Swarovski or two in the splendor and some regal, faceted rich purple amethyst rondelles.  Otherwise, it is a design comprised of some of the most glorious design work in torched glass beadwork.
 
The 'pillow' shaped beads are by Catherine Steele.  She named them 'Colors of Africa' those many years ago when I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of them.  They are at once the stripes of zebra, gazelle; the mane of lion, the earth-colored textiles of the proud Masai Mara people, the turquoise shade of the Zambezi river, the thunderous falls of Victoria Falls and the dense, deep grass of the Okovango Delta.  Her work could not be any more brilliant.
 
Companions are 24K gold coated carmel tubular beads by another premier artist.  These are the deep spots of the leopard or the handsome pattern of the giraffe.  Other lampwork are golden, transparent rounds by Betty Hanssen, ringed in  silver.  And ice-cube-like encased teal organic square slices, looking like they are about to melt along with round slices or discs of carmel & gold, accented with Bali vermeil (24K gold over .999 sterling) daisy spacers and beads.  Esteemed furnace bead maker David Christensen lends the orange cubes along with lavender Swarovski faceted cubes.  An elegant vermeil toggle completes, 'Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming....'  one of the more elegant, spare pieces I have ever designed.  A piece to be worn to an gallery opening or with a couture black dress.  A piece to celebrate and to celebrate once more.  Being alive!
 
'Viva Espana! Africa Dreaming...' measures 8 inches and can be adjusted at no additional charge.

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'Highway 1''Highway 1''Highway 1'
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'Highway 1'

As I worked on this piece last night, I kept seeing images of my many road trips along California's famous Highway 1. The lulling sea enroute to Big Sur where the surf moves in and out so slowly and lyrically that one almost expects mermaids to come from the soft waves. And Fitzgerald Marine Park, where I have stood at sunset on Christmas Eve, marveling in the bounty of the lush tidepools, filled with sea critters. One of my all-time favorite Christmas Eve memories. And strolling the promenade of Pacific Grove and the multitude of sea lions and otters just there - in the surf and then stopping for a nap in the sunshine at a pull-out and seeing whales breaching in the distance while my baby boy napped with me. It is this ribbon of Highway 1 which delivers up these incredible experiences, time and again.  From Carmel to Malibu and Santa Barbara in-between, I wonder if there is a more beautiful stretch of highway.

'Highway 1' is created around the stunning lampwork beads of three studio glass artists. The tubular sea-blue beads are marvels in glass. They are complex in design, looking at one like ancient Roman columns with scrolls and portals and also the watercolor blending of a stormy ocean sky.  I discovered this artist several months or so ago and nearly lost my breath. What she does with color is amazing and her beads seem to tell a story or, in any case, one cannot help but weave a story as one works with her beads.

The beads of 'Highway 1' are the cool, swirling, whirling colors of the tranquil sea and the green landscape sloping to the sea in springtime in California. They are the tides, the cosmos above, the surf and tidepools. This lampworker casts a spell with her glasswork and she peppers her designs with flecks of gold, and silver.  Extraordinary work.

The stunning lampwork beads are surrounded by striking beads in complementary colors of the sea. I have used lampwork beads from two other lampwork artists - etched blue & lime green & turquoise beads - which I use time and again in my sea-themed pieces. The etched beads, like well-kept beach glass, could not be more fitting and the cobalt blue curl of color in the shape of a wave on each bead is a perfect design touch.  
 
Other lampwork includes 3D petaled, etched green flowers and lime and Swiss blue polka dot discs. These are by the wonderful Heather of her glass studio, Bead Intrigue and add so much fun & whimsy to a piece.  There are also small blue lampwork spacers by Betty Hanssen as well as a few tiny green ones.  You will find Swarovski in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including handsome faceted cubes in a shade of violet.  Freshwater pearls & faceted teal quartz teardrops add texture to the piece along with royal purple amethyst  rondelles and faceted, teardrop cubic zirconia.
 
An ornate, square Bali silver toggle completes 'Highway 1' along with a handsome sterling sea turtle and scallop shell charm by the renowned Hilltribe artisans from Thailand.  'Highway 1' measures 8 1/2 inches, which, because  of the busy dangles, fits a woman's size 6.5 - 6.75 actual wrist size very nicely.  Adjustment can be made to length without additional charge and without disturbing the overall design.
 
 
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'Penelope''Penelope''Penelope'
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#412 'Penelope'

I'm back to beading-on-a-tangent again, pulling out my more avant gard lampwork beads & going to town.  Once again, it w as a package arriving from abroad which had me swooning at my bead table, spending hours going through my bead library, free-associating with other artists' beads & pulling together ideas until a muse hit me like a too, too beautiful comet. These are truly some of the most intriguing and elegant lampwork beads I have owned.  Splashed in 24K gold, the focal bead is as if from another century.
 
So often it is the work of the lampwork artists with whom I collaborate which serve as my muse. Some beads really send me...and I am driven, as if by a powerful, poetic wind, to sit down at the bead table and bring all the forces to bear on a bracelet design that is simply meant to be.  The focal of 'Penelope' is one of those beads and pulled me back to the time of the ancient Greece. It was a photo I saw online of a few days back in Athens, Greece, during a thunder & lightening shower and a gorgeous, blazing white bolt of lightening hitting the ancient Parthenon. The sky was a deep, dark blue and the white lightening bolt was so perfect in shape and form that one believed for at least a second, that Zeus was at the helm of his firey chariot, casting down thunderous light to shake some sense into the mere mortals of Greece. So...I started to think of Homer's 'Odyssey' and the long, enduring story I read while at university. I remember so clearly Odysseus' wife, Penelope, pining away for him for the decades he was 'lost' on his mariner's voyage.  While many considered her a widow, her love and faith in her husband endured and to soothe herself, she sat at her loom weaving and weaving the years away while many suitors tried to win her favor. Meanwhile, at sea, her husband was fending off sirens and sea monsters and trying to find his way and complete his journey. The story ends well and Penelope is as refined and gentle as a heroine can be...so this design honors that classic, gentle feminine and is, 'Penelope.'
 
I have used some of my favorite lampwork artist's beads in 'Penelope' - including Melanie Carey of her studio Glass Valley. I have used her gorgeous taupe beads with pink rosebuds, green leaves and gentle pink dots. Two of her beads are encased which means clear glass encases a taupe core which makes these beads stand-outs and especially fetching with an antique look.  Two others of her taupe rosebud designs are without the encasing.
 
Catherine Steele's fetching, cosmic looking 'orb' beads are absolute wonders.  I have photographed them up close so that you can see the complexity of color and design beneath the glass. They are drizzled with sterling silver on the surface, making them modern & edgy and creating such depth.  
 
Heather Davis' two magnificent & detailed pink lampwork tulips punctuate the rosebuds of Melanie's work.  Two pink & green rosebuds by Serena in a dainty size hang on each side of the regal focal bead, which in and of itself, is a marvel in glasswork. All four flower beads are used as dangling charms in the design.
 
Long and tubular, the amazing focal bead of "Penelope"  is done in shades of transparent light amber with pink & violet bumps, olive green swirled together with splashes of 24K gold.  It is an absolutely breathtaking piece of art!  I have capped this bead in stunning ornate Bali vermeil beadcaps (22K over .999 sterling).  Two, smaller deep pink matching lampwork rounds done in an organic style (uneven glass surface, freckled with gold) finish the lineup of top-flight lampwork in this design.
 
Other beads & stones used in 'Penelope' include:
* Freshwater pearls in light pink
* Smokey pink chalcedony faceted briolettes
* AAA quality faceted cubic zirconia in pink, lavender and apricot
* Faceted clear quartz rondelles
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes & colors
* Small pink filigree lampwork rounds/spacers
* Two large, puffy vermeil heart charms by the Hilltribe artisans
* One small, vermeil heart charm
* Vermeil spacer beads and daisy spacers
 
'Penelope' is completed with an ornate Bali vermeil  toggle clasp and measures @ 8.5  inches in length. This style of bracelet in size 8.5" would usually fit an actual wrist measurement of 6.5"-7".  The bracelet can be resized without an additional fee and without compromising the overall design.
 
As Penelope in her calm & faith in her mate was an enduring  force in the epic, Greek tale of 'Homer's' work, 'The Odyssey,'  so too is this design, a rare jewel, thanks to the magnificent talent of so many gifted glass artists living in the 21st century.
 
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'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning''Nantucket Dragonfly Morning''Nantucket Dragonfly Morning'
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#74432 'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning'

After having lived through a May of record-breaking rains in Northern California (welcome and quite needed), we are all finally looking to a warm, colorful summer.  The breezes of June with their cool nights and perfect mornings punctuate each day.  The garden just gets more and more abundant ~ starting with May cherries, June apricots and blackberries and just now some juicy, sweet strawberries.   As summer days unfold and we relax into less structured days and hours,  I am just starting to think of coming days early Fall and the vibrant colors that go with it, anticipating our change of seasons, however subtle.  As such, and as I continue to learn more about the Atlantic Seaboard and Nantucket, in particular, I learn of the myriad other seasons which accompany our normal 4 seasons.  One is known as, 'Indian Summer,' and while we have the same here in California, in October, I imagine the golden colors of the voluptuous cottage gardens by the sea.

I am a gardener at heart and would spend hours out of doors working the soil and tending to my plants and trees. If only I could! I relish the ability to go into my garden to pick my own bunch of roses for the house or to give as a gift. Needless to say, I adore working with rose themed lampwork, reminding me of the sparkling dew on the lush, fragrant roses in the early, early morning when I sneak out to take it all in; the beauty and solitude before kids and dogs and cats send the day flying.  
 
'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning' is a design awash in sculptural lampwork beads by some of the most gifted, top-flight lampwork artists with whom I work.  There is a beautiful & happy 'garden' of glass art, perfectly rendered into flower and form.

The muse behind 'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning' are the exquisite lampwork beads by Melanie of her studio, Glass Valley. Her set of floral rounds is perhaps what I would consider Melanie's signature lampwork style. Perfectly rendered rosebuds, done in blended shades of orange & cream on a cream round bead.  I combined Melanie's work with a new artist's (new to me, but quite established) stunning and more abstract lampwork.  Her work is a boro lampwork glass bead style, done in thick, square, encased beads with a golden, amber almost irridescent  texture under thick glass. Smaller, encased apricot squares and discs accompany the larger focal set of beads.  Adding to the cornicopia of lampwork beads are two encased polka dot discs done with a bright orange core by lampwork artist Heather of her studio, Bead Intrigue.  A lovely, lone cream tulip lampwork bead by Heather Davis hangs as a focal charm to the design.  On each side of the cream tulip lampwork charm are French red roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio.  Finally, three orange & yellow tulip lampwork beads by yet another published lampwork artist by the name of Serena Smith, complete this incredible collage of high quality lampwork sculptural beads.
 
Additional beads used to finish 'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning' include the following:.
 
* Swarovski faceted cubes, rondelles, bicones in a variety of colors
* Swarvoski pearls capped in bright Hilltribe sterling beadcaps
* Tiny green lampwork spacers by yet another lampwork artist
* Sterling daisy spacers & beads
* A sterling silver Hilltribe dragonfly charm
* A sterling silver Hilltribe Autumn Rosebud charm
 
A handcrafted sterling toggle using the old wax technique by metal artist, Cathy Dailey, completes 'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning,' which measures @  7.25" in length and can be re-sized at no additional charge.
 
'Nantucket Dragonfly Morning,' is a radiant, feminine design and yet it is also modern & edgy.  It is a bracelet meant to be worn as a showpiece with a simple cocktail dress or with jeans and a 'boyfriend'  styled shirt at the local Farmer's Market.  It is an every day, every woman's bracelet design and will be sure to add just that touch of style & glow to any fashion ensemble.

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'Tudor Rose''Tudor Rose''Tudor Rose'
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#22780 'Tudor Rose'

 
I'm back to beading-on-a-tangent again, pulling out my more avant gard lampwork beads & going to town.  Once again, it w as a package arriving from abroad which had me swooning at my bead table, spending hours going through my bead library, free-associating with other artists' beads & pulling together ideas until a muse hit me like a too, too beautiful comet. These are truly some of the most intriguing and elegant lampwork beads I have owned.  Coated in 24K gold, the focal and companion disc beads are as if from another century.
 
So often it is the work of the lampwork artists with whom I collaborate which serve as my muse. Some beads really send me...and I am driven, as if by a powerful, poetic wind, to sit down at the bead table and bring all the forces to bear on a bracelet design that is simply meant to be.  The focal of 'Tudor Rose' is one of those beads and pulled me back to the time of the Tudors of England. In this past month of May I have been thinking  about the Tudors, looking up their fashion, their estates & lineage, the busy court of King Henry VIII and reviewing the story of each of his wives.  As always, it is the engaging Anne Boleyn which captured my attention as I went searching online to read again, her poignant final letter to Henry VIII before she was beheaded on Tower Green.  I learned about her first, true love, Percy, and how he was banished from court after he asked for her hand in marriage just when the already married King Henry VIII was besotted by her and scheming to make her his own.  I learned that Anne Boleyn is supposed to still haunt The Tower of London, as well as Brightling Manor in Norfolk, on the anniversary of her beheading.  The entire story is so compelling and I admit to being not a little frightened, even in mid-day, as I read account after account. Although I have not yet seen any of the 'Tudors' series currently in season 4 on Showtime, I am nonetheless sucked into the majesty and intrigue of this period in history.  I even found an amazing dress shop online, able to replicate the various costumes from portraits from the period and even of the television series' costumes.  I had to sharply remind myself that a dress like this would get little use except on Halloween!  
 
In any case, 'Tudor Rose' honors Queen Anne who was known for her fashion, her style, her gift of conversation (spoke 5 different languages), her dance, music and her charity.  She was also, surprisingly, very devout to the Catholic church, in that time, under cloak, as it was considered blasphemy.
 
I have used some of my favorite lampwork artist's beads in 'Tudor's Rose' - including Melanie Carey of her studio Glass Valley. I have used two encased, taupe beads with pink rosebuds, green leaves and gentle pink dots. Clear glass encases a taupe core which makes these beads stand-outs and especially fetching with an antique look.  Further, they are couched in large, ornate vermeil gold beadcaps which are so 'Tudor' in detail and beauty.
 
Heather Davis' two magnificent & detailed pink lampwork tulips punctuate the rosebuds of Melanie's work.  Two pink & green rosebuds by Serena in a dainty size hang on each side of the regal focal bead, bathed in 24K gold glass. Along with this focal are four gold glass disc beads (part of the set) as well as two gold bumpy rounds by a German artist known as 'the bead fairy,' in Germany.  Finally, D. Jean Vainio, published clay artist, creates her lush transparent, luminous gold and cream roses which hang as charms in this glorious tapestry of beads.
 
Other beads & stones used in 'Tudor Rose' include:
* Freshwater pearls capped in vermeil beadcaps
* Luminous iolite faceted briolettes (gemstone of the Vikings)
* AAA quality faceted cubic zirconia in olive green
* Faceted clear quartz rondelles
* Swarovski faceted cubes & rondelles in Antique Rose
* Two ornate cylinder vermeil  beads
* Vermeil spacer beads and daisy spacers
* Vermeil Hilltribe puffy heart charm
 
'Tudor Rose' is completed with an ornate vermeil  toggle clasp and measures just 8 inches in length.  This can be resized without an additional fee and without compromising the overall design.
 
As Anne Boleyn was a tour de force in life and at court and the devoted, proud mother of the great queen, Elizabeth I, so too is this design, a rare jewel, thanks to the magnificent talent of so many gifted glass artists living in the 21st century.

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'4th of July in Elfin Cove, II''4th of July in Elfin Cove, II''4th of July in Elfin Cove, II'
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#22779 '4th of July in Elfin Cove, II'

This is the second bracelet in a small design series by this name. The first piece sold quickly.  This is #2 of a small collection of 4-5 similar designs (a third piece will be added soon). Here is the muse:

On a magnificent adventure to Glacier Bay, Alaska aboard a small expedition yacht, my children & I had the joyous fortune to spend 4th of July in a small, colorful fishing village in Southeast Alaska called, Elfin Cove. A tiny settlement built mostly on wooden stilts, off of the sea and clinging to rock and land, it is an intimate, intense setting for those lucky enough to live there year-round. All the locals know each other well; the watering holes sell tshirts extolling the virtue of Jack Daniels and fishing. Sea planes come in and out, bringing fisherman from the lower 48 who bliss out in the Pacific, fishing their hearts away, until their suitcases sag with salmon, enough to last a whole year. There is the local 'crazy,' a colorful guy, who captures my attention and tells me a true bear story; one of those up-close and personal, near-death stories, where his spirit talked the bear into sparing his life and just walk away, on a cold, rainy evening when no one else was around. It is true that these islands are loaded with bears and the outer islands are even more loaded. Seems like the safest place is to be aboard a boat, such as ours, in the middle of the sea and cruising the inlets, quietly moving up coast in the company of a humpback or two. But on this one day, July 4th, we spent the day on land celebrating the 4th of July in the drizzling rain. The whole town was dolled up in a way I might imagine a tourist town such as Telluride in Colorado or a dustbowl of an oil town in Texas. Railings were hung with fancy banners and streamers and balloons and the vivid red, white and blue never looked so beautiful against the forest green of the trees and the misty grey of the rainy day. The whole town joined in a parade down the wooden walkway, with a wee, curly-haired redhead on the shoulders of her daddy, leading the way. My kids were welcomed like one of their own and my young son even joined in bobbing for salmon heads on the small beach (there were $100 dollar bills in some of the fishheads). We were welcomed at the local potluck supper that evening after watching men walk on a greased pole, out over the water, off of the pier, only to fall, one-by-one, in the icy drink. It was the best 4th of July I have ever celebrated and this bracelet is created in memory of that day in a small Alaskan fishing town in the drizzling rain, when we stayed out all day and felt like such a part of a very special community.

So..the bracelet. I have used the beads of two lampwork artists. First, the stunning 'slices' or discs which are red/white encased stripes and white polka dot on an encased blue core~ so dreamy and magical, like peering down into still water. These are done by the very talented Heather of her studio, Bead Intrigue. I work with Heather's beads a lot and she is so imaginative and precise in her glass work. I have also used a few of her small etched white polka dot beads in the design.

The perfect companion sugared rounds are done by wonderful Melissa Willette of her studio, A Bead is Born. I have also worked with Melissa for several years and her beads always inspire ideas and designs. Melissa's patriotic set of beads are the best I have seen and she was kind enough to create a custom order for me. Simple, to-the-point, each bead has a glamorous sugared effect, glassy bumps which set off the design of the beads beautifully.

The following stones, beads, crystal and silver complete my design:
* Elegant cane glass beads shades of blue by the esteemed furnace glass artist, Penrose
* Swarovski red butterfly crystals and a single Swarovski light blue stars
* Swarovski red and clear faceted crystal cubes
* A variety of shapes, sizes and colors of Swarovski crystals in keeping with the theme
* Creamy freshwater pearls capped in Daisy petal beadcaps
* Luminous, chunky faceted quartz nuggets (elegant & striking)
* Sterling silver star charms

'4th of July in Elfin Cove' includes three fabulous themed charms ~ a stunning, solid liberty bell, a regal statue of Liberty and a handsome bald eagle. These are all sterling silver. Finally, '4th of July' is completed with a sturdy, sterling Bali silver toggle.

This is *the* piece for the 4th of July and holiday celebrations of the day..as well as Veteran's Day, Memorial Day and any patriotic event on your summer schedule. Although each piece I currently design are all one-of-a-kind, I do have plans to base 3 or 4 more July 4th bracelets on this design. None of them will be exact replicas of each other, however, since so many of the beads I use are also one-of-a-kind beads, made by artists. This is the second piece of this small collection. The first piece sold out almost immediately. Although all the bracelets are unique in design, they share an overall 'look' and lampwork from some of the same artists since I had the beads made especially for this small collection, in advance.

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'Nantucket Cottage Rose' or Indian Summer'Nantucket Cottage Rose' or Indian Summer'Nantucket Cottage Rose' or Indian Summer
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#99222 'Nantucket Cottage Rose' or Indian Summer

Just now we are living in day after day of rain in Northern California.  Record breaking rain considering it is May and normally the first days of heat-wave.  Rain which is making the sun worshipers a wee bit batty.  Thankfully, I love the rain. However, in spite of the lovely, rainy days here in Northern California, I am just starting to think of coming days of summer and early Fall and the vibrant colors that go with it, anticipating our change of seasons, however subtle.  As I continue to learn more about the Atlantic Seaboard and Nantucket, in particular, I learn of the myriad other seasons which accompany our normal 4 seasons.  One is known as, 'Indian Summer,' and while we have the same here in California, in October, I imagine the golden colors of the voluptuous cottage gardens by the sea.

I am a gardener at heart and would spend hours out of doors working the soil and tending to my plants and trees. If only I could! I relish the ability to go into my garden to pick my own bunch of roses for the house or to give as a gift. Needless to say, I adore working with rose themed lampwork, reminding me of the sparkling dew on the lush, fragrant roses in the early, early morning when I sneak out to take it all in; the beauty and solitude before kids and dogs and cats send the day flying.  

The muse behind 'Nantucket Cottage Rose' are the exquisite lampwork beads by Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden beads. Her beads are always a treat to work with and she has, in the past, been regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. I combined two sets of lampwork beads in this bracelet. One is of Heather's classic rose chintz lentils - her 'signature' roses, done exquisitely in an elegant matted effect.  On a base of soft yellow, Heather swirls orange and rust roses together with a touch of olive green leaves.  As perfect companion lampwork, I used four bumpy round beads by equally talented Melanie Carey of her studio, Glass Valley. Melanie's work is always carefully and perfectly done and there is only one word for this set.  Regal. Some of the patterns remind me of Tudor England in all of its golden opulence at court.

In composing 'Nantucket Cottage Rose,' I kept the companion colors contained to those in the focal lampwork ~ shades of yellow and gold; faceted clear, light yellow and the rich lustre of pearl, mixed with the bright shine of sterling silver.
 
 Other lampwork artisan beads you will find here include:
 * Wet, bright orange & yellow rosebuds by Serena 
*  Elaborate roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
 
To complete the wondrous composition that is "Nantucket Cottage Rose," I used the following stones  & beads:
* Yellow and Orange Chalcedony faceted briolettes
* Transparent yellow hued abstract cut large quartz
* Swarovski  faceted cubes, bicone and rondelle shape
* Swarovski crystal pearls capped in striking sterling beadcaps
* Ornate Bali Silver lentil beadcaps
* Karen Hilltribe sterling lotus flower beads
* Karen Hilltribe sterling autumn rose charm in large & small sizes
* Karen Hilltribe tube beads; Bali silver daisy spacers
* A handsome lighthouse sterling charm
 
  'Nantucket Cottage Rose' is completed with a round, sterling, ornate Bali toggle clasp and measures about 8 inches in length. This can be re-sized at no additional charge.
 
"Nantucket Cottage Rose" has a vintage look & feel; the ultimate feminine bracelet, luminous and modern. It would be a beautiful accent in the day or nighttime, in casual or elegant attire. Most of all, however, the art is the thing - and 'Nantucket Cottage Rose' is loaded with shapes, colors, textures and a breathtaking beauty in glass and stone.  Dare-to-wear-Art!

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'The Rowboat''The Rowboat''The Rowboat'
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#2378 'The Rowboat'

When I was up into the wee hours following my muse, I had little idea I was about to create yet another sea-themed piece (got sea on the brain) and no idea I was going to create what I consider a piece de' resistance, pulling out all the stops by using some of my best lampwork and semi-precious gemstones, namely blue ice aquamarine and steel blue iolite, that mystical, luminous stone.  I have been using precious and semi-precious gemstones in my work for quite some time and only recently read on a fashion blog, that these stones are 'all the rage' and in vogue.  'The Rowboat' is loaded with stones.
 
Still on my Nantucket design path, I once more marvelled at the borosilicate lentils by StoneyMarieDesigns which I have been saving for a very long time for a very special piece.  To me these are the lentils of a shifting tide; golden & green kelp and sand and shells moving together as the sea shifts upon the tideline.  Marie has used sterling silver to emboss the glasswork, making for a shimmering & bumpy texture in silver & bronze over elegant steel blue layers of glass. 
 
Focal companions to Marie's three boro beads are done by an uber-talented German lampwork artist.  I have used two of her focal oblong beads here, done in transparent aqua blue with  cream-colored sand and shells swirling with bumps and glass portals.  
 
Punctuating the ensemble of lampwork are some small rounds done by Betty Hanssen, an esteemed glass artist whose work is normally complex and elaborate (I am lucky to have a small stash of her work).  Just now, she is doing more simple glass work and their elegance is as lovely.  I have capped these sea-green rounds in Bali silver beadcaps.

 
Finally, a whole cornicopia of beautiful semi-precious stones & crystals completes this bracelet.  They include:
 
* Green Amethyst faceted heart briolettes
* Ice blue & green aquamarine rondelles & faceted teardrops

* Deep blue iolite rondelles, stacked with Hilltribe silver droplets
* Magnificent, shimmering Steel Blue/Teal faceted iolite nuggets (stone of the Vikings)
* Green amethyst faceted briolettes
* Aqua apatite nuggets
* Hydrothermal quartz faceted cubes
* Bali silver daisy spacers & twisted rope spacers
* Hilltribe sterling solid abstract shapes 
* Swarovski crystal in a variety of shapes, sizes & colors, including faceted cubes
 
Pulling the design together are three charms - the most handsome rowboat, a seahorse, that mystical creature and a large, commanding lobster.  This is a piece of the Altlantic Seaboard, of Maine and Nantucket, of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Sound.  Unlike my more nautical themed pieces, 'The Rowboat' is rather a piece celebrating the life of the sea and the always shifting colors of blue and green and aqua and turquoise on a lucky day.  It is a beachcomber's piece; a piece to comfort one on a dark winter's day or to enliven one on a day in the city or even a lone walk at the tideline at sunset.
 
'The Rowboat' is finished with a Bali silver toggle and measures @ 8 inches in length.  Resizing to fit is possible at no additional cost.

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'Summertime''Summertime''Summertime'
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#5777 'Summertime'

Recently, I was paging through a fashion magazine and saw the headline that *the* color for 2010 is orange and shades thereof!  With the most glorious sculptural hibiscus lampwork flowers in hand (made especially for me), I was ready to slip into the spirit of summertime.  The wonderful tune, 'Summertime,' by George Gershwin kept me company ~  as I pulled out all the stops to make this the quintessential summer bracelet for the upcoming season.  As such, this design is a small departure from my usual design model.  I lucked upon some stunning sterling chain, large, oval loops done in thick, substantial, polished sterling.  It sparked a design in me that was spare, elegant, clean, classic and chunky. Bold, but stunning and at once  festive, flirty and chic! 
 
Three esteemed glass artists make up 'Summertime."  The demure, mango-orange beads with pink rosebuds are done by Melanie Carey of her esteemed studio, Glass Valley and are joined by gorgeous, encased lampwork barrel shaped beads by Stefanie of AShotofGlass, as are the wet, orange Hibiscus flowers, her signature design.  Finally, I added five of the flirty  polka-dot slices by Heather of studio, BeadIntrigue.  Something about polka dots seem so vintage and remind me of a line in a poem about girls in their white summer dresses with polka dot bows in their hair. Something wholesome and yet a necessary style for those hot summer days, the comforting sound of sprinklers and the quiet warmth of evening time and the serenade of crickets at dusk.
 
In keeping with a 'chunky' and edgy design, I added luminous freshwater coin pearls in creamrose white along with regal, faceted & cut quartz stones in abstract shapes.  I  punctuated my design with Siam red Swarovski butterflies. Perhaps most compelling about this design are the handcrafted bright sterling charms.  Thailand's Hilltribe artisans lend their pure (.999 vs. .925) bright sterling round slices along with a gorgeous hibiscus charm. A single, small heart by Cathy Dailey is just the right accent for the piece.  Cathy uses the old wax molding technique in her sterling silver work, making each piece full of character & personality.
 
A stylish, solid Bali silver toggle clasp completes 'Summertime' which measures a tad over 8.5 inches in length and drapes beautifully on the wrist. It can be resized down to @ 7.5 and sized up to 9.5 inches in length. And as a little treat for my readers, I leave you with this haunting and lovely tune by Mr. Gershwin:
 
'Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky'

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"Sea Goddess" & " English Rose" - Reserved for Naomi"Sea Goddess" & " English Rose" - Reserved for Naomi"Sea Goddess" & " English Rose" - Reserved for Naomi
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#53441 "Sea Goddess" & " English Rose" - Reserved for Naomi

Custom Multiple Order for Naomi:

1. Sea Goddess:
 
So often it is the work of the lampwork artists with whom I collaborate which serve as my muse. Some beads really send me...and I am driven, as if by a powerful, poetic wind, to sit down at the bead table and bring all the forces to bear on a bracelet design that is simply meant to be.  The focal of 'Sea Goddess' is one of those beads.  The central glass portal on the top of surface of the bead (on both sides) is so magical and so dreamy, reminding me at once of a large rain drop and of a mysterious, luminous cosmic bubble through which all dreams might come true.
 
This particular bead is tough for me to part with - it has so much going on - the bead itself is as if alive - at least for me.  I can see a beach and sea scene in the midst of a strong wind, the water tossing about in shades of turquoise, aqua and busy with whitecaps, all under a swirling violet sky.  The beach is wet, cluttered with glossy shells and rocks - a wild beach, untended and remote.
 
Because this bead is at once ethereal and raw, it seemed only fitting that I create a sea goddess theme showing the force of Mother Nature creating such a beautiful backdrop of life.  Two rouge sterling (old wax technique, not mass produced) goddess charms, designed after the original forms found in Mesopotamia when religion of the people was centered on Gaia or mother-goddess, command the bracelet with one charm placed  on each side of the bracelet; hence the namesake of the bracelet.

2. The English Rose:

This design is a small departure from my usual design model.  I lucked upon some stunning sterling chain, large, oval loops done in thick, substantial, polished sterling.  It sparked a design in me that was spare, elegant, clean, classic and chunky. Bold, but stunning.  The theme is the approaching spring (in the western hemisphere, at any rate) and, as always, the explosion of roses in  my garden. As such, this is a piece done in icy pink, warm pink, medieval pink with lots of stunning clear and lots of sterling silver.

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'Daisy Mae''Daisy Mae''Daisy Mae'
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#44661 'Daisy Mae'

A gardener at heart, mind and soul...my muse for 'Daisy Mae' is entirely a small stretch of my garden devoted to strawberries, sweet peas, tomatoes (in 4 varieties) and squash...all surrounded by generous, big, white Shasta Daisies.  It is this patch of garden next to our young apple tree (in full, bountiful bloom just now), that inspired 'Daisy Mae.'
 
This design is another small departure from my usual design model.  A totally loaded 'luxe' piece, 'Daisy Mae' includes gorgeous sterling metal work by a fabulous artist who uses the old wax technique in making her metal art.  The daisy shaped toggle clasp and the matching daisy 'connector' at the bracelet's center are solid sterling, handcrafted original art and lend so much character to the piece along with the rouge peace sign charm.  It is around this whimsical sterling metal work that I designed the balance of 'Daisy Mae.'
 
As a luxe piece, 'Daisy Mae' brings together 5 various artists.  The feminine, soft blue & white lampwork round beads are done by Melanie Carey of her studio, Glass Valley; the Lazy Susan styled 3D lampwork daisies and white bumpy rounds are by Heather of BeadIntrigue.  Published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio creates the floppy white clay daisies, on of my favorites among her collection and the charming Swiss blue, white daisy lentils are by artist, Melanie Egan.  Bright yellow tulips are by Serena and add just that sparkle to the overall design.
 
Aside from the silverwork and lampwork, you will find the following other stones, beads & findings:
 
* Aquamarine faceted rondelles
* Light, transparent Green amethyst faceted briolettes
* Luminous white iolite, stone of the Vikings
* Sleeping Beauty Turqouise briolettes from the renowned mine of the same name
* Hydrothermal faceted blue cubes
* Green furnace beads by esteemed glass artist, D. Christensen
* Freshwater pearls capped in bright Bali silver
*Bali silver lentil beadcaps, twisted rings & daisy spacers
* Swarovski cubes, bicones, rondelles, a flower & large clear abstract shapes couched in sterling leaf bales

 
'Daisy Mae' is one of those happy, spring and summertime designs.  It is the sort of piece that makes a person smile, just looking at it and would be the 'go everywhere' bracelet for the upcoming season, whether at a ballgame or an evening out on the town, it is summertime chic and a piece of richly detailed wearable art!
 
'Daisy Mae' measures 8.5 inches in length.  Because of the sterling daisy connector at its center, 'Daisy Mae' cannot be resized without significantly losing some of the design and lampwork.  However, 8.5" is the most common 'average' length among my clients. 

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'Tango!''Tango!''Tango!'
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#2999 'Tango!'

Recently, I was paging through a fashion magazine and saw the headline that *the* color for 2010 is orange and shades thereof! It took me a time to wrap my mind around that one, until I remembered how pivotal the color orange is in Latin culture ~ from art to architecture and fashion. Indeed, some Latin music seems to spin out in warm, lusty orange waves and I think of a new CD we just got simply entitled, 'Tango!'

This design is a small departure from my usual design model. I lucked upon some stunning sterling chain, large, oval loops done in thick, substantial, bright sterling. It sparked a design in me that was spare, elegant, clean, classic and chunky.  Bold, but stunning. 'Tango!' is festive, flirty and chic! It is the music, the paintings, the colorful jungle fruit and juices, the soft, warm nights, splashed with so much color of the always sensual Latin culture.

Three esteemed glass artists make up 'Tango!' The demure, mango-orange beads with pink rosebuds are done by Melanie Carey of her studio, Glass Valley and are joined by gorgeous, encased lampwork barrel shaped beads by Stefanie of AShotofGlass. Two 3D patchwork flowers are done by the esteemed Betty Hanssen who has a reputation for sophisticated design in glass. Finally, I added one too-fun pink polka-dot slice by Heather of studio, BeadIntrigue. Taken altogether, it is lusty and summertime either here or in the tropics, the Caribbean, Hawaii or South of the border.

In keeping with a 'chunky' and edgy design, I added luminous freshwater coin pearls in creamrose white, along with regal, AAA faceted & cut quartz stones in abstract shapes. I punctuated my design with Siam red Swarovski butterflies in two sizes and AAA top-quality orange-red cubic zirconia teardrops. Perhaps most compelling about this design are the handcrafted sterling, rogue charms. Cathy Dailey uses the old wax molding technique in her sterling silver work. You will find three of her pieces. One is a small star on a larger star, one a rectangle LOVE word charm (reminiscent of the 1970's and the film, 'Love Story.') I use a heart/eight shape sterling connector by Cathy as well which adds an interesting departure in the overall design. A small, bold hammered white silver heart charm and lovely white sterling rosebud by the Hilltribe artisans beautifully accents 'Tango!' and adds just that youthful flavor of love sought and gained under starry, exotic night skies. An ornate Bali silver toggle clasp completes 'Tango!' which measure @ 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

'Tango!' is the quintessential spring and summertime modern and elegant bracelet. It is at once original, fun & edgy and with all the chunky sterling sparkling like mad, looks very uptown and tres, tres chic. Plus, it contains the color of the season...the always laughing, joyous color of orange!

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'Mermaids' Garden''Mermaids' Garden''Mermaids' Garden'
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#5433 'Mermaids' Garden'

As summer approaches and my soul beckons me seaward, I decided to sit down and create a piece of perfect beach joy.  From hunting beach-glass to sandbucket days and tidepooling, marveling at the odd creatures and plants just inches under the low tide, to watching the winds pick up at sunset as the sun casts a golden light on the wayward dunes at the point before collecting her color and dipping below the horizon for another dark night.
 
'Mermaids' Garden' is a dash of giant color and chaos of the sea; everything together in a nautical, oceanic cornicopia which is meant to be the sea of any ocean, every ocean - from Puget Sound to the Bahamas and north to Nantucket.  This is the quintessential 'Mermaids' Garden.'
 
This particular focal lampwork bead of Gabrielle's is a total and complete wonder and is one in a small set I was fortunate to buy.  A finished composition in and of itself, this bead is a glass painting;  a beach & island landscape with complex glass bumps looking like mystical portals, anenomes, sand dollars, shells, dunes, a tide alive with wind and weather. And beyond, is the sea and her vast mystery which has pulled many sailors and mermaids to her as if in a trance; always seeking the beauty & repose one can only hope to experience if only in moments in this mortal lifetime.
 
 I selected the always extraordinary lampwork beads of Catherine Steele as companions to the focal point of this design. You will find etched (like beach-glass) seashells in light blue & frosted mint green. As commanding as the central bead in this bracelet, however, are two stunning, encased beads by Catherine.  Under thick, clear glass are blue & shimmering green pods, like a quiet coral reef under still waters. These encased wonders are done in an orb shape and work so magnificently with the whole effect of 'Mermaids' Garden.'
 
Other lampwork used in 'Mermaids' Garden,' include:
* Wet turquoise/teal tulips by Serena
* Etched (like beach glass) teal and light blue 3D flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Transparent green leaves also by Heather
* Furnace glass beads by esteemed artist, D. Christensen
* Light aqua lampwork beads by yet another artist (spacers only)
 
Finally, the last beads and stones include:
* Faceted, rough-cut ice blue aquamarine rondelles
* Faceted moss aquamarine rondelles
* Swarovski bicones, rondelles and faceted cubes
* Sleeping Beauty Turquoise faceted teardrops
* Faceted bluefire moonstone teardrops
* Thai Hilltribe small tube beads
* Daisy spacers
 *A sterling  scallop shell, starfish charm by the Hilltribe artisans
* Sterling charms: Sand-bucket & shovel, schooner, mermaid & sand-dollar
 
'Mermaids' Garden' is finished with a square shaped Bali silver toggle clasp and measures @ 8 inches in length.  It can be resized to about 7.25 inches or, of course, lengthened.  This is at no additional charge to you.
 
This is the perfect memory keeper of any time anywhere spent by the sea, taking in her breathtaking drama as well as her serene moments of repose and her complete and wondrous joy at being alive!



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Great Bear RainforestGreat Bear RainforestGreat Bear Rainforest
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#3221 Great Bear Rainforest

There is a stretch of land along British Columbia's glorious coastline, stretching 25,000 square miles from Vancouver Island North to Alaska's border, which is known as 'The Great Bear Rainforest.'  It is a place of temperate rainforest, unspoiled & containing sacred old growth groves of Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce.  Home to hundreds of animal species, it includes cougars, wolves, salmon & grizzly bears, it is also home to the Great Spirit Bear, the Kermode white colored bear (subspecies of the black bear). As a yearly wanderer in British Columbia, my piece, 'Great Bear Rainforest,' celebrates and honors this wonderful, protected stretch of ancient forest by the sea.
 
The colors I have brought together in 'Great Bear Rainforest' are 'the' colors of this prized rainforest.  Having wandered for decades, since I was a toddler, in these woods, the colors are as if etched in my very soul.  The green and blue is the depth of the forest against the backdrop of sea and the purple is the color of a storm blowing in, clouds heavy with rain.  This color of sky against the shades of forest green is one of the most beautiful sights to behold. So rich and unreal; surreal.  I have punctuated the entire piece with an ensemble of sterling charms, fitting of the place.  They include:  a sea kayak & kayaker, an evergreen tree, a forest bloom and a peace sign (the quest goes on to protect virgin forest wherever it may be on our planet, to preserve for generations to come).
 
 Glass artist, Melissa Willette, creates the rich swirling lentils of green, blue and purple.  I love her work for the way she is able to mix colors, sometimes leaving the effect of a watercolor painting and one of my favorite effects in watercolor; when paints bleed together or are left in shadow droplets on the page. She is able to do the same with glass and I have rarely seen it done by other artists. I have seen the same 'frit' used by others, but not her ability to lay the colors down in glass, capturing them permanently.  As I have said of other designs of mine, Melissa's beads often remind me of the marbled colorful paper available in Florence, Italy.  T

To complete 'The Great Bear Rainforest', you will find the following additional beads:
 
*  3D petaled glass flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue and Serena of SJDS Designs
* Light, light blue & apple-green  lampwork spacers by a solely-spacer lampwork artist
* AAA quality Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from the renowned & sacred mine in Arizonia
* Blue Fire Moonstone
* Blue Fire Laboradite
* Blue-grey quartz faceted briolettes
* Hydrothermal briolettes in a soft, aqua blue
* Swarovski crystal bicones, rounds, rondelles and faceted cubes
* Thai Hilltribe white sterling coil beads
* Swarovski crystals in the shapes:  cubes, bicones,  Clear AB rondelles, etc.
* Bali silver twisted ring bead caps/spacers
* AAA quality cubic zirconia teardrops in green and light blue
*Cobalt furnace beads by Christensen.
 
'Great Bear Rainforest..' is completed with an ornate, square Bali silver toggle and measures 8.5 inches in length.  Resizing is possible at no additional fees.
 
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'Sante Fe Trail' or 'Wild, Wild West''Sante Fe Trail' or 'Wild, Wild West''Sante Fe Trail' or 'Wild, Wild West'
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#44576 'Sante Fe Trail' or 'Wild, Wild West'

'The Sante Fe Trail' is named for the muse that burst forth from a stunning, sterling  stagecoach charm I have had in my library for some time.  I was sorting through charms & findings the other day and happened upon it and remembered that I had long wanted to make a piece celebrating the Southwest and its history and current spiritual allure.  At the time I bought the stagecoach charm, I also got companion tee-pee and buffalo charms, as well as a campfire charm (one can't help but think, just now, of the old film, 'Blazing Saddles').
 
The Sante Fe Trail was a 1200 mile transportation route between Missouri and Sante Fe, NM and was first used in 1821. It included landscape of arid plains, desert & mountains. Littered with rattlesnakes & little shelter, wagon-trains and stagecoaches were prime targets for the Comanche and Apache native american tribes who did not tolerate trespassers very well.  Railroad travel eventually replaced The Sante Fe Trail whose remaining portions today are part of the National Historical Registry.
 
In any case, the gorgeous lampwork bead set I have used could not be more perfect for this theme, as it is done in signature shades known to be quentisential Southwest.   Done by a studio glass artist known as Black Crow Beads, this set is the Sante Fe sunset, the dry and dusty horizon, the hills awash in pink light as the sun rises over the gentle morning.  They are the colors of red clay soil, reptilian skin or the shapes of tortoise shells.  It is really a magnificent set, especially woven into this storyline and in combination with several other lampwork artists, as follows:
 
* Colorful & complex 3D petaled flowers by superb lampwork artist, Betty Hanssen
* Mint green lampwork cubes by GlassJungle (Florence trained glass artist)
* A single aqua and transparent green 3D flower by Serena and looking like a radiant desert flower
* Transparent light aqua spacers by a strictly lampwork spacer artist 
 
The piece is made equally beautiful by the collection of top-grade and quality semi-precious gemstones I have used:
 
* Sleeping Beauty Turquoise faceted briolettes (Sleeping Beauty Mined Turquoise is some of the finest, most sacred)
* Chunky faceted steel blue iolite (nautical navigation stone of the Vikings)
* Baltic Amber and Hilltribe free-form sterling droplet beads
* Moss green aquamarine rondelles caped by daisy spacers
* Swarovski crystal cubes, rondelles, bicones, etc. in their new crystal shade
* Sterling silver tee-pee, coach wagon, campfire, buffalo
 
A small, sturdy Bali silver toggle clasp completes, 'The Sante Fe Trail' which measures @ 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Nantucket Vintage Garden''Nantucket Vintage Garden''Nantucket Vintage Garden'
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#99111 'Nantucket Vintage Garden'

I'm back to beading-on-a-tangent again, pulling out my more avant gard lampwork beads & going to town.  Once again, it was a package arriving from Germany which had me swooning at my bead table, spending hours going through my bead library, free-associating with other artists' beads & pulling together ideas until a muse hit me like a too, too beautiful comet.  Always, I long for the sea, and beading helps me get there, even when I am 40 miles inland from the great, open Pacific and her glorious expanse and freedom. 
 
This particular focal lampwork bead of Gabrielle's is a total and complete wonder.  A finished composition in and of itself, it is a beach & island landscape with complex glass bumps looking like mystic portals, anenomes, sand dollars, shells, dunes, a tide alive with wind and weather. And beyond, is the sea and her vast mystery which has pulled many sailors and mermaids to her as if in a trance; always seeking the beauty & repose one can hope to experience, if only in moments, in this mortal lifetime.
 
As I selected the perfect encased floral lampwork beads of Deanna Chase in sea-themed colors: aqua/green and violet/green, I moved over and over again to a fantasy of a vintage Nantucket cottage, set out of the busy byways, near the dunes, with a view of the sea and old enough to include a lush, prosperous & vintage seaside garden.  It is why I couched Deanna's florals in ornate, Victorian looking Bali silver beadcaps and why there is a sterling cottage in the midst of the  seaside, aqua garden.  I also thought of a gaggle of geese flying at just  the same time each day over the cottage, and included a pair of sterling geese and why there is a carved shell butterfly from New Zealand and finally a handcrafted sterling peace sign by Cathy Dailey.
 
Other lampwork used in 'Nantucket Garden,' include:
* Royal purple tulips by Serena
* Etched (like beach glass) teal 3D flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Transparent green leaves also by Heather
* Aqua swirl filigree rounds by River Oak Acre Beads
* Aqua roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
 
Finally, the last beads and stones include:
* Faceted, rough-cut ice blue aquamarine rondelles
* Faceted moss aquamarine rondelles
* Swarovski bicones, rondelles, Violet Cubes, creamrose pearls
* Thai Hilltribe beadcaps & small tube beads
* Daisy spacers
 *A white sterling  scallop shell charm by the Hilltribe artisans
* Sterling charms: Cottage, Geese in flight, Peace Sign
 
'Nantucket Garden' is finished with a square shaped Bali silver toggle clasp and measures @ 9 inches in length.  It can be resized to about 7.25 inches or, of course, lengthened.  This is at no additional charge to you.
 
One of the most magnificent pieces I have had the pleasure to create, using the work of top-flight glass artists here and abroad, 'Nantucket Garden' is by far the most expensive piece I have worked on..and I think the result is a lovely success.  I'm usually immune to swooning too long for my own work...but this is one of those pieces that even has me feeling just a tad bit giddy.   It belongs as much under a gallery spot-light as it does, setting off a couture outfit.  And, as always, this is a one-of-a-kind design.  You will never find another like it.  Though a day may come when I produce multiples, right now it is just not the way I like to work.
 
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'The English Rose''The English Rose''The English Rose'
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'The English Rose'

 
This design is a small departure from my usual design model.  I lucked upon some stunning sterling chain, large, oval loops done in thick, substantial, polished sterling.  It sparked a design in me that was spare, elegant, clean, classic and chunky. Bold, but stunning.  The theme is the approaching spring (in the western hemisphere, at any rate) and, as always, the explosion of roses in  my garden. As such, this is a piece done in icy pink, warm pink, medieval pink with lots of stunning clear and lots of sterling silver.
 
Whenever I think of beautiful gardens, particularly rose gardens, my mind wanders to England where everyone seems to own and  tend a fantasy garden, filled with lush, healthy, fragrant & generous roses.  The ice pink colors in the piece remind me of Princess Diana's special rose bush, dedicated to her following her untimely death.  I planted a bare-root Princess Diana variety one February and the fragrance is divine and the color, so delicate and feminine.
 
Two esteemed glass artists make up 'English Rose.'  The gorgeous, ice-pink tulips are done by Heather Davis.  While she has her signature florals (equally superb), her tulips have captured my imagination and I can't own enough of them!  These ice-pink tulips arrived just days ago and the design cooked and stewed in my mind for a few days until bingo...I knew what I wanted to do.  Combining them with Melanie Carey's always precise and feminine lampwork floral rounds was just the ticket.  While some beads in the set are strictly her rosebuds-on-pink, others are a delicate patchwork-on-taupe which reminds me of medieval castle windows and their fused metal work & stained glass.
 
In keeping with a 'chunky' and edgy design, I added luminous freshwater coin pearls in creamrose white along with regal, faceted & cut quartz stones in abstract shapes.  I  punctuated my design with small, pink freshwater pearls and AAA top-quality pink cubic zirconia teardrops.  Swarovski abstract pink & clear shapes done in a larger-than-normal size, completes 'English Rose' along with a small Swarovski butterfly, a bold hammered white silver heart charm by the Hilltribe artisans as well as a beautiful white sterling rosebud charm, also by the Karen Hilltribe artisans.  An ornate, Victorian styled Bali silver toggle clasp completes 'English Rose,' which measure @ 8.5 inches in length and can be resized to about 9.5 inches in length or shortened to a length of your choice (as chain is taken away and not added).
 
'English Rose' is the quintessential Springtime, feminine yet modern bracelet.  It is at once elegant, fun & edgy and with all the chunky sterling sparkling like mad, looks very uptown and tres, tres chic.

 
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'The Wine Country''The Wine Country''The Wine Country'
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#6123 'The Wine Country'

'The Wine Country' is named for the many wine countries around the world - not just our beloved Napa & Sonoma Valley Wineries here in Northern California.  Whether you are in Tuscany, in France, in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or in California...there is always a wine country to be had; a day of heightened life experience, roaming and wandering at leisure and modestly sipping a thousand tastes while enjoying a sumptuous countryside, steeped in natural beauty and often rather fabulous history.
 
So...with that said, imagine my sheer delight when another set of Gabrielle's magnificent lampwork beads arrived from Germany! They were not her signature sea-beach themed beads, but rather European country garden-esq in design.  Colorful, always playful and reminding me of the miles and miles of vineyards I passed on a bicycle one fine October whilst bicycling in Provence.  "The Wine Country' began with Gabrielle's beads and expanded from there.
 
Next, I reached out to Catherine Steele's always detailed and perfect grape harvest lentils - a bunch of purple grapes on taupe, cascading down the center with scrolls as vines and olive colored leaves.  Finally, the lightening rod.  The focal bead which can only be described as mystical and surrealistic, as if it crashed down to earth from the very galaxy itself.  An orb in shape, this is a rich, encased bead with bubbles of sea-foam, greens and taupe under a thick layer of glass and drizzled with actual sterling silver.  I have capped this masterpiece in Bali silver beadcaps, which are reminiscent of both the bead and of grapevines.  The chemistry of these three distinct lampwork beads (sets) is sublime and yet again, a piece de resistance in glass art, especially when one considers the top-flight bead artists and their masterpieces-in-glass.
 
Companion lampwork beads also included in 'The Wine Country,' are:
* 3D petaled flowers by Serena
* Royal purple tulips by Serena (exquisite)
* Sheer purple and cream roses by published clay artist D. Jean Vainio
 
Stones & beads include:
* Citron nuggests
* Chunky faceted amethyst 
* Amethyst rondelles
* Cubic zirconia AAA quality faceted teardrops in golden champagne
* Faceted purple Chalcedony briolettes
* Freshwater pearls
* Swarovski cubes & bicones
* Sterling silver Bali sterling lentil caps & daisy spacers
* Sterling silver grape bunch charm
* Sterling silver adirondack chair
* Sterling silver grape basket
 
 A square, scroll Bali silver toggle clasp completes 'The Wine Country,' which measures @ 8.5" in length and can be resized easily & at no additional charge.
 
'The Wine Country' is one of those designs that is a memory-seeker and once found, a keeper, as in 'keepsake' bracelet, reminding one of days spent in Chianti or at Chateuneuf du Pape or in Burgundy or at Mondavi, listening to a concert in the vineyards under the night sky or at the Hess Winery, wandering in the resident art gallery or at the historic Shramsberg Champagnery where Robert Louis Stevenson used to come and stay to help ease his weak lungs.

Currently on display on Martha's Vineyard
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'Southern Rose''Southern Rose''Southern Rose'
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#19745 'Southern Rose'

 Just now we are living in day after day of rain in Northern California.  Record breaking rain.  Rain which is making the sun worshipers a wee bit batty.  Thankfully, I love the rain. However, in spite of the lovely, stormy days here in Northern California, I am just starting to think of the Spring and the soft-petaled colors that go with it and beginning to design spring and seaside pieces, anticipating our change of seasons, however subtle.

I am a gardener at heart and would spend hours out of doors working the soil and tending to my plants and trees. If only I could! I relish the ability to go into my garden to pick my own bunch of roses for the house or to give as a gift. Needless to say, I adore working with rose themed lampwork and especially those with a transparent glow to them, reminding me of the sparkling dew on the lush, fragrant roses in the early, early morning when I sneak out to take it all in; the beauty and solitude before kids and dogs and cats send the day flying.


The muse behind 'Southern Rose' are the exquisite lampwork beads by Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden beads. Her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. I combined two of Heather's bead sets in this piece - her signature floral chintz roses done exquisitely with an encased technique.  She swirls transparent baby pink glass over a light, soft yellow core,  with a layer of transparent glass over the top, something I have never seen in her signature sets.  The effect is a rich, wet, watery depth.  As companions, I used two of her ice pink tulips sculptural  beads; a design of which I have yet to come across from any other glass artist. I start to hyperventilate when Heather offers her glass tulips for sale.  They are beyond divine, especially her transparent, glassy pink petaled beads. The overall effect is so feminine and hopeful as the days grow longer and Spring approach day-by-day, through the dense grey of waning winter chill.

In composing 'Southern Rose,' I kept the companion colors contained to those in the focal lampwork ~ shades of pink, faceted clear, light yellow and the rich lustre of pearl, mixed with the bright shine of sterling silver.
 
 Other lampwork artisan beads you will find here include:
 * Wet, bright pink rosebuds by Serena 
*  Transparent pale yellow 3D petaled flowers by Heather
* Elaborate roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
 
To complete the wondrous composition that is "Southern Rose," I used the following stones  & beads:
* Faceted AAA quality cubic zirconia teardrops
* High lustre AAA quality Iolite briolettes

* Pink & Lilac Chalcedony faceted briolettes

* Smooth white Chalcedony teardrops
* Clear, smooth, lilac amethyst teardrops
* Blue-fire flash moonstone rondelles
* Swarovski crystals in bicone, rondelles, cubes and round shapes
* Swarovski crystal pearls capped in bright sterling daisy beadcaps

* Ornate Bali Silver lentil beadcaps
* Karen Hilltribe sterling puffy heart charm
* Karen Hilltribe bright sterling rosebud charm


  'Southern Rose' is completed with a sterling, ornate Bali toggle clasp and measures about 8.5 inches in length. This can be resized at no additional charge.
 
"Southern Rose" has a vintage look & feel; the ultimate feminine bracelet which would be a beautiful accent in the day or nighttime, in casual or elegant attire. Most of all, however, the art is the thing - and 'Southern Rose' is loaded with shapes, colors, textures and a breathtaking beauty in glass.  Dare-to-wear-Art!


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'Love & Peace & Paris...''Love & Peace & Paris...''Love & Peace & Paris...'
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#66611 'Love & Peace & Paris...'

"Love & Peace & Paris.." is meant to be a Valentine's Day piece.  That is how it started in my mind as these thin, winter days move toward that vintage, magical day of whimsy, the big color of red & the short, sweet worded sentiments.  As such, I was so happy to luck into a new silver artist who uses the old fashioned wax method to make rouge & interesting silver charms.  I have included a rough-hewn & abstract heart  and a peace sign among the other charms of silver - the Eiffel Tower & Hilltribe puffy heart.
 
The centerpoint of 'Love & Peace & Paris' is a stunning lampwork bead by an Australian lampwork artist known as 'Nellie Mae.'  No longer making lampwork beads sets (concentrating instead on pandora-styled beads), her work has a huge following. This large 'pillow' focal bead has swirls of fuchsia and orange, punctuated with encased bronze sparkles  - all encased under a thick layer of clear glass.  A black & white stripe winds around the bead like the River Seine; the swirls inside are like cosmic mystery & the infinity of the universe & even, of love.
 
Companion lampwork beads to Nellie Mae's work are by Melissa Willette.  Her beads often remind me of the marbled colorful paper available in Florence, Italy.  Perfect swirls & loops of pink and cranberry with a thick gloss makes each of these beads 'pop' alongside the focal bead. To complete 'Love & Peace & Paris..', you will find the following additional beads:
 
* Whimsical 3D pink/black polka dot flowers by BeadIntrigue
* Sheer black & white rose by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Blue Fire Fuchsia moonstone nuggets with daisy spacers
* Luminous freshwater pearls in square and button shapes
* Step-cut faceted triad quartz crystals
* Chunky faceted clear briolettes
* Swarovski crystals in the shapes: purple velvet cubes, Siam red butterflies,  Clear AB rondelles, etc.
* Thai Hilltribe sterling droplets
* AAA quality cubic zirconia teardrops in champagne
* Pink druzy faceted briolettes (very fine)
 
'Love & Peace & Paris..' is completed with an ornate, square Bali silver toggle and measures 8.5 inches in length.  Resizing is possible at no additional fees.
 
Now about Paris...I was there in 1989 during the days of the second great California earthquake in the SF Bay Area.  A good time to be away...
 
During those days in Paris after having bicycled in Provence for a full week, climbing steep hills to medieval hilltowns, stopping for a picnic at the broken ruins of the Pope's grand palace, overlooking the famous vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, eating at Michelin star-rated restaurants after a full day of working out, biking past Van Gogh's insane asylum in St. Remy, saying a cheerful, 'Bonjour!' to old men sitting on benches, stopping at Roman amphitheatres & bridges (Pont du Gard) & busy, colorful village squares...it was bliss.  Returning to Paris was a time to roam..early Fall, the mistral winds settling upon gravestones of the famous at Per-Lechaise cemetery - Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. And then, of course, the Latin Quarter and Montmartre and the Louvre & taking photos of people taking photos of Mona Lisa.  So...Paris.  'Love & Peace & Paris.'  Happy Valentine's Day.  Must go back...to Paris...
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'Tivoli''Tivoli''Tivoli'
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#98987 'Tivoli'

When I was 21, I took my first trip abroad to 'the continent' with my mother.  After all these years, it was time to go 'home', back to the 'old country,' Scandinavia.  Our three-country-trip, which included Denmark, Sweden & Finland, began in Copenhagen with the village of Korsnas, Finland, home of our ancestors, as our final destination.
 
Arriving in Copenhagen, the city of the 'Mermaid on the Rock', the tales of Hans Christian Anderson & seeing  how everyone looked like me, was thrilling.  It was early summertime, the perfect time to visit Scandinavia when it has just come alive and awakened from its long winter's sleep.  It was stunning to stroll into old town on the walking street; to visit 'Hamlet's' castle of Elsinor (Shakespeare had never actually visited), wander into the sumptuous design shops in downtown Copenhagen & finally indulge in some vintage Copenhagen at Tivoli Gardens.  Built in 1841 in order to 'distract the public from politics' for a bit of fun & whimsical diversion, Tivoli was mostly enchanting to me for its architectual mystique & beauty, harkening back to a time so long ago when a man thought to create the world's first ever amusement park (and it remains the only amusement park worth a visit, outside of some of the old beachside Boardwalks around the world, in my estimation). Though I am not a fan of 'rides (Tivoli still houses the oldest wooden roller coaster),' I am a stage actress & love most anything theatrical & vintage & that is what I found on my evening visit to Tivoli. To be young & wandering in Scandinavia & find myself on a sultry evening in Tivoli Gardens enchants me to this day. Though things were then and still are enormously expensive in Denmark, I did buy a Tivoli poster which I had framed on foam-core board. It is of a vintage clown stepping in his fine clown shoe so delicately upon the curve of a quarter moon.  Diversion indeed.
 
So...to sit and design a bracelet remembering 'Tivoli Gardens' was like so much diversion and I went to town! Using  some of the most magnificent artisan lampwork beads in my collection.  I reached out to Kimberly Lynn of the studio, Kimbeads, whose edgy, modern & always original spin on glass art is a joy time and again.  I had a bead set that was all those things and looked as if they could be sitting in a design gallery in Copenhagen.  Kim's colorful button beads are vibrant, full of fantasy, depth & texture.  When my 8 year old son saw my completed piece under spotlight on my beading table, he exclaimed, 'Mom this is the best one ever!  This is my favorite!' 
 
I combined Kim's button beads with lime, turquoise and blue 'pillow' beads by a talented artist known as Agate. I always seek him out when I need sea-themed, beach glass looking lampwork. He never fails to disappoint. The bright colors of these beads seem to make Kim's pink, orange & blue beads just POP!
 
Other lampwork you will find in 'Tivoli' include:
* 3D Aqua & Lime flowers by Serena of SJDS
* 3D sky blue flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Clear & white & blue polka dot discs by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Pink & Purple Swirl roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Small Spring green lampwork spacers
 
The other stones and beads you will find in the composition of 'Tivoli' are:

* Swarovski in the shapes of bicone, rondelle, cube & butterfly
* Faceted teal quartz teardrops
* Bright pink (dyed) freshwater pearls
* Furnace beads by Penrose
* Daisy & twisted ring spacers by Bali Silver artisans
* A puffy heart sterling charm by the Hilltribe artisans
* A sterling star & sliver of moon charm
* A vintage sterling circus wagon charm, in keeping with the spirit, if not the place of Tivoli in Copenhagen

An ornate, square Bali silver toggle completes 'Tivoli' which measures approximately 8.75 inches in length and can be re-sized at no additional charge.

'Tivoli'' is pièce de résistance and one of the most extraordinary bracelets I have had the great good pleasure to create. Like a few others I have made in recent weeks, this is a piece as much for a spotlight in a glass gallery as it is a piece of ravishing distraction for a night out on the town.  I rather like to think my 8 year old son got it right - it is one of my favorites, too.

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'Nantucket Christmas  Winter Tides''Nantucket Christmas  Winter Tides''Nantucket Christmas  Winter Tides'
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#2337 'Nantucket Christmas Winter Tides'


When I was up into the wee hours following my muse, I had little idea I was about to create a holiday piece and no idea I was going to create what I consider a piece de' resistance, pulling out all the stops by using some of my best lampwork and semi-precious gemstones, namely blue ice aquamarine and steel blue iolite, that mystical, luminous stone.
 
Still on my Nantucket design path, I once more marveled at the borosilicate lentils by StoneyMarieDesigns which I have been saving for a very long time for a very special piece.  To me these are the lentils of a shifting tide; golden & green kelp and sand and shells moving together as the sea shifts upon the tideline throughout a winter's day.  Marie has used sterling silver to emboss the glasswork, making for a shimmering & bumpy texture in silver & bronze over the milky green & bluish layers of glass.  This steel blue & deep green combination is the sea of winter, when the air is cold and the wind is up and icy to the touch.  And yet the beauty of the sea and her tideline could not be more poignant. One Christmas Eve before I had my children, we went to Fitzgerald Marine Park on the Northern California coast to walk amongst the tidepools as the sun set in a spare, golden globe on the icy blue horizon. I felt like I was on the edge of the world, on the edge of forever. It was one of my most enchanted, meaningful Christmas Eve's ever and indeed the final Christmas alone, without children. The next Christmas I would be 'having a basketball' for Christmas, as one passersby said that year, when I was days away from giving birth to my son, Gabriel.  But I digress... (whats new?)  Borosilicate beads have incredible depth when given a light source. I took over 50 photos of the bracelet in the afternoon sun, hoping to capture the extraordinary depth of this style of lampwork.  It is the very depth of these particular lentils which make them as if small pieces of the very sea itself.  Rich.
 
 Equally magnificent in 'Nantucket Christmas' are the four shimmering  lampwork round beads; golden bumps on clear and encased over a soft, muted green core.  These are by a German glass artist named Karin Hruza, the 'original bead fairy of Germany,' as she calls herself. Her bumpy rounds blend so perfectly with the lentils and the radiance of the golden bumps is in keeping with the elegance of the overall gold vermeil design of the piece.  However, the lampwork does not stop there.  I have also used lampwork from the following gifted artists:
 
* Steel-blue 3 D flowers by Heather of studio, Beadintrigue
* Translucent gold & ivory clay roses by published clay artists, D. Jean Vainio
 
Accenting the entire piece is a small treasure chest of vermeil gold; that is 22K gold over 9.99% sterling silver. You will find vermeil daisy spacers, tube beads, bumpy beads and three ornate vermeil lantern beads as well as two vermeil starfish charms.  The tideline's own Christmas cheer and nature's own ornaments for the season.  An elegant vermeil toggle clasp finishes 'Nantucket Christmas ~ Winter Tides.'
 
Finally, a whole cornicopia of beautiful semi-precious stones & crystals completes this bracelet.  They include:
 
* Green Amethyst faceted heart briolettes
* Ice blue & green aquamarine rondelles
* Blue fire Labradorite with blue shines and shimmers (grounds, centers & heals infections)
* Steel Blue/Teal faceted iolite stone (stone of the Vikings)
* Violet-Blue faceted quartz teardrops
* Swarovski bicones & cubes
* Deep purple furnace beads by well-known glass artist, Penrose
 
As I have said of other recent designs (most already sold), this is a piece which belongs as much in a gallery display case with a spot-light as it does worn as art.  'Nantucket Christmas & Winter Tides' is a piece de resistance with the colors and textures not only of Nantucket's winter seascape, but of her Christmas traditions; an ornate, golden heritage based on centuries past. 'Nantucket Christmas & Winter Tides' measures just over 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Peer Gynt's Secret''Peer Gynt's Secret''Peer Gynt's Secret'
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#2335 'Peer Gynt's Secret'

I am so happy to introduce this piece. It is called 'Peer Gynt's Secret.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, the three most prominent being a vastly talented German glass artist named Gabrielle along with work by Kimberly Lynn and Stefani of studio, 'A Shot of Glass' among many others.
 
As I worked with the cornicopia of handcrafted art glass in beads, I kept thinking of Norway and specifically, the colorful, folkloric designs of Norwegian sweaters, especially Dale of Norway designs which incorporate so many local, traditional patterns which have endured for centuries, identifying a village or an area such as Telemark.  Tho' I am a California girl, born & bred, I sometimes wish I lived in an icy climate if only to wear the colorful woolens of Norway.
 
If I could have done it, I'd have named this piece, 'Norwegian Sweater,' but that was not exactly exciting enough and so my mind wandered to my many, many trips to Norway and the celebrated music of Edvard Grieg and the works of playwright, Henrik Ibsen.  When I look at the colorful, meadow-like beads from Gabrielle, the play 'Peer Gynt' came to mind and I found myself remembering days wandering in Gudbrandsdalen, an area in Norway where much of the play takes place on a mythic level of reality with the powerful, cunning Troll King and his daughter.  Gudbrandsdalen is a place that looks like this bracelet in late Springtime when it is abloom in wild flowers, with cold mountain streams carrying mountain run-off down to the fjords.  So there it is, 'Peer Gynt's Secret.' (Sorry for being so long-winded.  My deep, enduring love of Norway does that to me).
 
Like the other pieces I have designed using her work, Gabrielle's complex lampwork beads is where my inspiration begins.  These  large oblong lampwork beads are nothing short of spectacular as art pieces in and by themselves.  To surround them with corresponding and companion colors only adds to their splendor and highlights their intensity.  These beads look like paintings of a folkloric meadow in Gudbrandalen, alive with wild flowers, the approaching long summer nights of light, the stars twinkling in the light blue sky of night, the deep blue streams and rivers, fierce & noisy with ice-melt. 
 
Further, I am reminded of some of the fine Scandinavian glasswerks (glassworks) - especially the colorful glass fun of Orefors.  Whenever I am in the Copenhagen airport waiting to connect to Oslo, I am always pulled like a magnet into the Orefors store, if only for a quick look-see.
 
Other lampwork art and the artists are:
 
* Stefanie of studio, 'A Shot of Glass' who makes the envased orange and red rounds.* Kim of studio, 'Kimsbeads' for her small encased red and orange lentils.* Serena of studio, 'SJAS Designs' for her 3D petaled yellow posies.* Heather of 'BeadIntrigue' for her green glass 3D flowers and leaves.* D. Jean Vainio for her raspberry & white clay roses.

 In this midst of rich composition, you will also find the following beads & stones:
 
* Icy blue Aquamarine rondelles
* Lustrous white iolite briolettes
* Faceted cobalt quartz briolettes
* Violet-grey Chalcedony heart briolettes
* Hydrothermal Swiss blue quartz faceted cubes
* Swarovski beads & cubes in a variety of colors, shapes & sizes
* Thai Hilltribe sterling, freeform droplet beads
* Thai Hilltribe silver large wildflower charm
* Thai Hilltribe silver small wildflower charm
 
 'Peer Gynt's Secret' is finished with a beautiful Bali silver toggle clasp, measures just over 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional fee.
 
Like others of my designs using Gabrielle's lampwork as a focal point, 'Peer Gynt's Secret' is an art-piece, perhaps more so than most lampwork designs.  It would be beautiful on one's wrist, or in a glass case with spot lighting.  The piece, while having an appearance of great weight and substance, is actually fairly light-weight on the wrist. Although lampwork is kiln-annealed overnight, giving the beads a strength more akin to rock than glass, it is still wise to handle with care.  The polymer clay roses are especially delicate and won't tolerate a lot of bashing around whilst doing housework or child's play.
 
Now exactly what is 'Peer Gynt's Secret?'  That is for you to discover, as you wear this art piece into the starry, starry time of a good night.

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'Return of the Sea Turtle''Return of the Sea Turtle''Return of the Sea Turtle'
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#2336 'Return of the Sea Turtle'

I am thrilled to announce my designing lull finally seems to have broken and I am up most nights until 2am, starting a design in the mysterious quiet of the night.  I suppose it was the heat of summer and the dour worldwide news which had me lulled into beading lethargy. Now, it seems I am going for gold and dipping into my top premier lampwork beads (most expensive) to make my visions come true.  This one is called 'Return of the Sea Turtle.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, the two most prominent being a vastly talented German glass artist named Gabrielle Savage along with some of Melissa Willette's gorgeous oceanic lentil beads.
 
Recently, I have been in conversation with a friend about the wonders of Costa Rica.  We travelled there just three years ago on a children's natural history expedition.  The trip took in three of Costa Rica's magnificent national parks including Tortuguero, a jungle scape on the Pacific with an intriguing network of narrow waterways into the deep jungle where we would go each day, from our lodge, to quietly & peacefully look for animals and to soak in the majesty of the untouched jungle.  I have travelled to many places in our world and Costa Rica ranks as one of the most magical places around.
 
In any case, at Tortuguero is the famous stretch of beach where the Hawksbill & Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs and create new life.  As I have been reliving our trip there, I thought to celebrate the sea turtle and the extraordinary efforts of environmentalists in Costa Rica and abroad, to protect the delicate spawning process of these magnificent creatures.  Hence, 'Return of the Sea Turtle.'
 
Gabrielle Savage's complex lampwork beads is where my inspiration begins.  These two large oblong lampwork beads are nothing short of spectacular as art pieces in and by themselves.  To surround them with corresponding and companion colors only adds to their splendor and highlights their intensity.  These beads look like small, 3D tidepools with  glass sea anemones rising in glass bumps on the surface of each bead.  The blues, turquoise and teal colors punctuated by orange remind me of so many tidepools both here on the California coast and abroad.  Like the other work I have purchased from Gabrielle, one could sit for hours dreaming a good dream while looking into her glasswork.  I am reminded of some of the fine Scandinavian glasswerks (glassworks) - especially the colorful glass fun of Orefors.  Whenever I am in the Copenhagen airport waiting to connect to Oslo, I am always pulled like a magnet into the Orefors store, if only for a quick look-see.
 
Melissa Willette's oceanic lentils are perfect companion beads to the focals, providing a wash of sea color and movement in the swirls and whirls of sky & sea blue, teal and a touch of turquoise.  These are capped in ornate sterling Bali bead caps.

Other lampwork beads include blue transparent, petaled 3D flowers by Serena of SJAS Designs.  Published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio makes some subtle translucent soft teal clay flowers.  In this midst of beauty, you will also find the following beads & stones:
 
* Soft moss green Aquamarine rondelles
* Sleeping Beauty turquoise teardrops
* Freshwater pearls
* Faceted white and teal quartz in rondelles and teardrops
* Cobalt Chalcedony heart briolettes
* Violet-grey Chalcedony heart briolettes
* Sea-foam blue/green Chalcedony briolettes
* Hydrothermal Swiss blue quartz faceted squares
* Thai Hilltribe silver scallop shell charms in two sizes
* Thai Hilltribe silver sea turtle charm
 
'Return of the Sea Turtle' is finished with a beautiful Bali silver toggle clasp, measures just over 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional fee.
 
This is an art-piece, perhaps more so than most lampwork designs.  It would be beautiful on one's wrist, or in a glass case with spot lighting.  The piece, while having an appearance of great weight and substance, is actually fairly light-weight on the wrist. Although lampwork is kiln-annealed overnight, giving the beads a strength more akin to rock than glass, it is still wise to handle with care.  The polymer clay roses are especially delicate and won't tolerate a lot of bashing around whilst doing housework or child's play.
 
It is important to note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. Each photo is as it was taken, with no manipulation of color, depth or texture.

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'Koi Pond & Lotus Garden''Koi Pond & Lotus Garden''Koi Pond & Lotus Garden'
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#2334 'Koi Pond & Lotus Garden'

I am thrilled to announce my designing lull finally seems to have broken and I am up most nights until 2am, starting a design in the mysterious quiet of the night.  I suppose it was the heat of summer and the dour worldwide news which had me lulled into beading lethargy. Now, it seems I am going for gold and dipping into my top premier lampwork beads (most expensive) to make my visions come true.  This one is called 'Koi Pond & Lotus Garden.'  It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, the two most prominent being Catherine Steele of Art with Heart and a German glass artist named Gabrielle Savage.  
 
Perhaps some of Catherine's most sought after bead designs are her Koi Pond lentils as shown in my piece.  Catherine, like me, has been on a hiatus and has made few beads in the last few months.  I am so pleased that I stock a library of inspirational lampwork beads so that I have them always at the ready, at my fingertips.  I used the last three Koi lentils in my library and can only hope her hiatus ends soon, too.  As you can see, Catherine's Koi lentils are sculptural wonders with a Koi fish swimming in her pond beside a lily pad and floating florals.  So magical.  I combined them with  Gabrielle Savage's equally inspiring transparent green pond and garden-esq beads which are complex in design and include bumps and swirls and lines suggesting a beautiful garden sanctuary.  Her work is nothing short of cosmic and contains that avant gard flare of so many European artists.  Austria's famed painter, Hundertwasser, comes to mind when I look at Gabrielle's work.
 
Other lampwork beads include sublime floral tulips in yellow and french red; green & white petaled 3D flowers by Serena of SJSD Designs.  Published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio makes some of my favorite Shasta Daisy clay flowers.  In this midst of beauty, you will also find stunning Amethyst faceted rondelles, freshwater pearls, Swarovski rondelles & bicones; white sterling lotus flower beads by the Hilltribe artisans and finally a lily pad and frog sterling charm and a Buddha charm centerpiece.
 
This is one of those showpieces. It makes a statement about life, 'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)
 
'Koi Pond & Lotus Garden' measures 8 inches and can be resized at no additional fee.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full, but setting sunlight in order to capture the elegant sparkle of the piece.

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'Dogwood Christmas''Dogwood Christmas''Dogwood Christmas'
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#1002 'Dogwood Christmas'

My father was Canadian and as such, we would travel from California to British Columbia every summer to visit family and our island, Savary, where we would live rustically for a few precious weeks, right beside the sea. My Dad taught me about all things B.C. - the flora and fauna; the native american history, art & mythology; the tidy & precise way of speaking English, etc. When we wandered in Stanley Park as I was a child, he taught me about the beautiful white Dogwood tree flowers as *the* provincial flower of British Columbia. The Dogwood flower has always reminded me of my dear Dad.

'Dogwood Christmas' is created using the hand-torched glass lampwork beads of 4 artists. Firstly, Stephanie of AShotofGlass custom designed the dogwood flowers for me with ever-so-subtle reminders of Christmas green and red. She did a magnificent job & I am always grateful when she is willing to bring my design visions-in-glass to reality. I combined these Dogwood florals with some of her stunning white/clear encased scroll round lampwork beads. Then I tossed in some amazing, clear, icy bumpy beads by yet another esteemed lampworker and ended with two highly sought-after etched snowflake or star lampwork beads by Canterbury Keepsake Beads (Lezlie Belanger, artist). I wanted a white Christmas with an elegant icy feel and lots of contrasting texture. You will also find lustrous Lolite faceted briolettes, step-cut pyramid crystal stone beads, freshwater coin pearls, red Chalcedony smooth teardrops, Blue Fire Moonstone rondelles, like so much aurora borealis in a winter sky. There are sculpted clay roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio in both cream and red and a variety of Swarovski crystal bicones, cubes, stars, rondelles and rounds. Punctuating the theme of the season is a handsome sterling nutcracker and drummerboy charm with a central focal snow sled charm.  "Dogwood Christmas" is finished with a Bali silver toggle clasp done in an ornate style reminiscent of Victorian days past. 'Dogwood Christmas' measures a petite 7.5 inches and can be re-sized at no additional charge. Normally my bracelet designs measure 8" or 8.5," however a recent rush of custom order requests had me creating for very small wrists, so I decided to go with a shorter creation this time 'round.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full sunlight in order to capturethe elegant sparkle of the piece. Price: Originally $325. On Sale $210

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'Manhattan' or 'Puttin' on the Ritz, II''Manhattan' or 'Puttin' on the Ritz, II''Manhattan' or 'Puttin' on the Ritz, II'
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#001 'Manhattan' or 'Puttin' on the Ritz, II'

This design is a small departure from my usual design model.  I lucked upon some stunning sterling chain, large, oval loops done in thick, substantial, polished sterling.  It sparked a design in me that was spare, elegant, clean, classic and chunky. Bold, but stunning.  The theme is black and white, clear and lots of sterling silver. I am pretty happy with my result and plan to do more pieces using similar sterling chain and getting a little more funky, with bright, bold colors (I have some magnificent blue fire fuchsia moonstone nuggets that would look so sexy surrounded by chunky sterling, et al).
 
As I designed and crafted, 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' I kept going back and forth about its name and muse.  It was the Ritz of the roaring '20's and it was also Mozart's Vienna.  In the end, however, with the stunning saxophone  and champange-on-ice that really sent me - and it just kinda had to be, 'Puttin on the Ritz' or simply, 'Manhattan.'
 
 'Puttin on the Ritz'  is designed around the solid, large, abstract sterling silver beads of Thailand's Hilltribe artisans. Their silver is .999 fine silver purity, versus the normal .925 purity.  The hammered sterling heart beads are also by these artists, as is the hammered sterling clasp.  Gorgeous step-cut, clear, clear crystal nuggets add depth and shimmer along with lustrous freshwater coin pearls which glimmer and glow.  Luxe Lolite teardrop faceted briolettes add some real glam to the design along with the pure black faceted chalcedony heart briolettes.  Small spots of Swarovski crystals punctuate the piece ever so subtly.  The design is mod, original and glam all at once.  You won't find another like it that does not bear a pricetag of hundreds and hundreds, if you can find one at all. 
 
"Puttin' on the Ritz" is  measures a generous 9.5  inches in length for the draped look, however it  can be resized at no additional charge to about 7.5 inches in length.
 
This is a trendy, edgy and chunky piece of jewelry-art. It is eye-catching and elegant and would be fun to wear on New Years Eve and to any Black Tie affair.
 
Before I wrap this up, it is only fitting I leave you with a quick verse from that timeless song:
 
'If you're blue and you don't know
where to go to why don't you go
where fashion sits
Puttin' on the Ritz
Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper
Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)
Come let's mix where Rockefellers
walk with sticks or um-ber-ellas
in their mitts
Puttin' on the Ritz'...


...~...

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'Oslo Harbor''Oslo Harbor''Oslo Harbor'
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#1114 'Oslo Harbor'

It is about this time of year that I have travelled to Oslo, Norway for travel conferences; stayed in the Ibsen Suite at the Grand Hotel on Karl Johan, opposite the beautiful central park, just down the street from the Royal Palace and watched winter turn into spring in a matter of a few days. Those were the days! Single, childless, travelling and really in love with the whole spirit and country of Norway.  It was during these late April trips that I would see spring unfurl from the winter, barren grey to a blizzard of green within just a few days.  Suddenly, half-empty sidewalks were full of Norwegians out in cafes, enjoying the light and the warmth of what, to them, is a long summer's night.
 
Flying into the old Oslo International airport, took one right over Oslo Harbor. It was a beautiful welcoming back to such a glorious country.  Seeing the country homes, palatial houses, long, wooden piers with boat houses on the end,  I remember the gorgeous sailboats, the contrast between the melting ice sea, watercolor blues of Oslo Fjord, the sparkling green of the evergreen forest which joined rock at the sea's edge.  So splendid and exciting.  (The airport has been moved northeast, inland and while a stunning, efficient piece of architecture, the feeling is not the same though I am sure the upscale neighbors of Oslo Harbor are pleased...).
 
Anyway, long-winded - this is the muse behind "Oslo Harbor," done in ice blue, cobalt, purple and sea blue with stunning swaths of fresh spring green.

'Oslo Harbor' is a cornicopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists I have worked with ~ you will find the alarmingly exquisite ice blue tulip beads by Heather Davis; spring green 3D flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue,  the extraordinary sculptural hibiscus flower by Stephanie of ShotofGlass and including her set of cobalt & scroll rounds  and finally, sculpted clay roses by D. Jean Vainio.  The collaboration of these artists in a single bracelet is  just lovely, especially for a place so close to my heart, with such happy memories. It reminds me of a watercolor in beads of different shades of blue, purple and green and varying textures and depth. Accenting the entire piece are  beautiful sterling charms ~ a handsome schooner and two white sterling scallop shells.
 
In composing 'Oslo Harbor,' I built the design in colors around the lampwork beads using semi-precious gemstones and freshwater coin pearls. You will find:

* Stunning cobalt faceted quartz briolettes
* Amethyst rondelles 
* Lilac-pink, smooth amethyst teardrops
* Blue-grey faceted blue-grey briolettes
* High lustre freshwater coin pearls
* Royal purple & soft lillac furnace glass beads by Penrose
* Small, bumpy lampwork beads & green leaves by Bead Intrigue
* Spring green faceted quartz briolettes
* A variety of Swarovski crystals in cubes, rondelles, bicones
 
"Oslo Harbor" is completed with a square Bali Silver toggle clasp and measures a tad over 8.5 inches.  This can be resized at no additional fees.

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'Daisy Days & Strawberries''Daisy Days & Strawberries''Daisy Days & Strawberries'
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#1112 'Daisy Days & Strawberries'

I am a gardener. It is one of my life's greatest expressions, particularly at this time of year when it is time to put in the vegatable seeds, sunflowers, berry and grape vines and a fruit tree or two.  It is so calming and peaceful to be out in the garden, listening to the quiet of the wind and the song of the many birds, warmed by the sunshine. 'Daisy Days & Strawberries" celebrates this simple, life pleasure.
 
Loaded with lampwork beads galore by Catherine Steele, my long-time source for handcrafted, hand-torched glass beads, you will find her perfect white daisies and dots on clear and over a white core.  Further, you will find her white flower daisy lampwork beads and strawberries, too!  How much more perfect can life become!  Couched in between her red and white daisy lentils are sumptuous, whimsical Shasta Daisy beads by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio. They are perfect companions to the lampwork beads. At the end  of the bracelet are two of Melanie (Glass Valley, studio) signature florals in a soft white. The shine on her florals seem like the shine of new rain or dewdrops on a fine, quiet morning. So delicate and lovely.  The whole piece, taken together, is one of my best of late.  But then, just now I am partial to the mild spring, before the heat of summer sets into our days here.  In this perfectly happy chaos, 'Daisy Days and Strawberries," you will also find  gems and silver:
 
* Elegant AAA white, glowing lolite briolettes
* Clear, faceted laser crystal rondelles and briolettes
* Swarovski bicones, faceted cubes and crystal flowers
* Swarovski pearls, capped in sterling beadcaps
* High lustre freshwater coin pearls
* Red and clear furnace beads by esteemed David Christensen
* Sterling coil beads and two heart charms by Thailand's Karen Hilltribe
* Solid red (and rare) Chalcedony faceted briolettes
* A sterling strawberry char, watering can & ladybug
* Sterling rope heart toggle clasp by the Hilltribe artisans
 
'Daisy Days & Strawberries' measures a tad over 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.
 
This is the perfect Spring gift from for a special someone or .... from you to you!
 
Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead.

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'Nantucket Afternoon  Pearls & Raindrops''Nantucket Afternoon  Pearls & Raindrops''Nantucket Afternoon  Pearls & Raindrops'
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#6239 'Nantucket Afternoon Pearls & Raindrops'


I have been so enchanted by the heritage of Nantucket and have taken great joy in composing bracelets to match the fantasy of the Nantucket in my mind and what little I have read about it. Like others I have designed in this collection,  this one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is a cornicopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists I have worked with ~ you will find the alarmingly exquisite tidepool lentils by Catherine Steel, Aqua blue tulip beads by Heather Davis, the extraordinary sculptural hibiscus flower by Stephanie of ShotofGlass;  and finally, sculpted clay roses by D. Jean Vainio.  The collaboration of these artists in a single bracelet is  just lovely, especially for a Nantucket Garden piece, with so many flowers within the context of the wild seashore!  It reminds me of a watercolor in beads of different shades of blue and aqua and varying textures and depth. Accenting the entire piece are the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ a heritage styled birdhouse, a sand dollar and a rope and achor.   Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary Island- in British Columbia and have done so, since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.

In composing 'Nantucket Afternoon,' I built the design in colors around the lampwork beads using semi-precious gemstones, freshwater coin pearls with touches of magnifient ice blue aquamarine stone.  You will find:


* Turquoise faceted stones from the renowned, sacred Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona
* Stunning Caribbean blue crystal briolettes
* AAA faceted crystal rondelles
* Beautiful glacial ice blue Aquamarine faceted rondelles
* Hydrothermal faceted cubes in light aqua
* Hydrothermal smooth, clear aqua teardrops

* Variety of Swarovski crystals including faceted cubes, bicones, cosmos and rondelle shapes
* Luminous freshwater coin pearls

* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by the esteemed glassmaker, Penrose
* Two Swarovski blue starfish
* Gorgeous, solid sterling ornate beadcaps on the lentil beads
*And finally a wee Colorado Topaz crystal Swarovski star
 
The piece is finished by a lovely Bali silver toggle clasp.  'Nantucket Afternoon' hopes to remind one of gentle afternoons in the garden of the fine old homes of the islands, enjoying the flowers and the birds with the ever-present beauty and sounds of the sea just yards from your chair.

'Nantucket Afternoon' measures about 7.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge. 

Currently on display on Martha's Vineyard
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'Hibiscus Afternoon''Hibiscus Afternoon''Hibiscus Afternoon'
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#5333 'Hibiscus Afternoon'

I am back to longing for the sea again, focusing on aqua and turquoise as I remember the everchanging color of the ocean. This one has the muse of the unreal turquoise seas of the Yucatan, Caribbean and even in the high north, Glacier Bay near the glaciers and the creamy, ice blue waters that gather round the calving ice.  But 'Hibiscus Afternoon' is not about the cool north, but rather the sultry south; summer fiestas here and south of the border and the spirit of a turqouise sea, that attends them. The delightful lampwork beads by Stephani of 'ShotofGlass' led the way and I had a cheerful time combining colors and composing 'Hibiscus Afternoon.'

The center point of the bracelet are the three stunning hibiscus sculptural lampwork beads by Stephani.  These beads are so rich in their wet look and the aqua and turquoise bleeding together on the tender petals, like a watercolor painting. The other lampwork are Stephani's as well; her festive barrel shaped rounds - clear glass on a core of blue with swirls, dots and leaves dotting the surface of each bead.  A white sterling silver hibiscus charm from Thailand's Hilltribe artists along with a sterling pineapple charm and an ornate Bali sterling toggle complete 'Hibiscus Afternoon,' which is further composed with the following complementary beads:

* 3D petaled lampwork flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Sea foam and light blue faceted chalcedony briolettes
* Smooth aqua hydrothermal briolettes
* Freshwater pearls
* Sleeping Beauty turquoise briolettes from the famous, sacred Arizona mine
* Stunning cubic zirconia rectangles in blue

* Furnace beads by esteemed Penrose and David Christensen
* Gorgeous floral beads by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio

* Bumpy beads in Aqua by BeadIntrigue
* Hilltribe sterling lotus, spiral & large Hibiscus beads

* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes and sides including faint blue faceted cubes
 
'Hibiscus Afternoon' which measures @ 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.
 

Another bracelet for summertime parties and fiestas and the colorful, cheerful days that attend summer weather. 

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'Nantucket Lightship Basket''Nantucket Lightship Basket''Nantucket Lightship Basket'
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#5643 'Nantucket Lightship Basket'


I have been so enchanted by the heritage of these baskets and have taken great joy in composing bracelets to match the fantasy of a traditional Nantucket Lightship basket. Like the two others I designed (all one-of-a-kind) this one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is a cornicopia of some of the most talented lampwork bead artists I have worked with ~ you will find the pillow beads (blueberries on aqua) by Betty Hanssen; the ice blue tulip beads by Heather Davis, the extraordinary sculptural hibiscus flower by Stephani of ShotofGlass; filigree aqua beads by River Acre Beads; 3D flower beads and lime green bumpies by Heather of BeadIntrigue and finally, sculpted clay roses by D. Jean Vainio.  The collaboration of these artists in a single bracelet is rather splendid, if I don't say so myself! Accenting the entire piece are the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ an Adirondack chair, a woven basket and a fine schooner under sail.  Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary - in British Columbia and have done so, since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.

In composing 'Nantucket Lightship Basket,' I built the design in colors around the lampwork beads using semi-precious gemstones, white sterling coil beads and other  beads. You will find:


* Amazing step-cut crystal triads
* Stunning cobalt blue crystal briolettes
* Turquoise briolettes from the famous Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona
* Beautiful glacial ice blue Aquamarine faceted rondelles
* Hydrothermal faceted cubes in light aqua
* Cubic Zirconia rectangle beads in blue
* Variety of Swarovski crystals including faceted cubes
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio

'Nantucket Lightship Basket' is a premier piece considering the multitude of lampwork artists used as well as the aquamarine & turquoise stones. It is the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round.

'Nantucket Lightship Basket' measures about 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Daybreak''Daybreak''Daybreak'
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#77223 'Daybreak'

In spite of the lovely, stormy days here in Northern California I am thinking of springtime and starting to design spring and seaside pieces, anticipating the change of seasons.

I am a gardener at heart and would spend hours out of doors working the soil and tending to my plants and trees. If only I could! I relish the ability to go into my garden to pick my own bunch of roses for the house or to give as a gift. Needless to say, I adore working with rose themed lampwork and especially those with a transparent glow to them, reminding me of the sparkling dew on the lush, fragrant roses in the early, early morning when I sneak out to take it all in; the beauty and solitude before kids and dogs and cats send the day flying.

The muse behind 'Daybreak' are the exquisite lampwork beads by Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden beads. Her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. I combined two of Heather's sets in this piece - her signature florals done exquisitely with an encased technique. She swirls transparent baby pink glass over a light pink core, something I have never seen in her signature sets. The companion rounds are baby pink rounds, transparent and using the same swirling pattern as seen on the lentils. So feminine and hopeful. I love this set.

In composing 'Daybreak,' I kept the companion colors contained to those in the lampwork ~ shades of pink, faceted clear and a spot of light green along with the creamy lustrous freshwater pearls.

* Elegant faceted crystal clear triads
* High lustre AAA quality Lolite briolettes
* Pink & Lilac faceted briolettes
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen
* Swarovski crystals in bicone, rondelles, cubes and round shapes
* Swarovski hearts
* 3D frosted pink flowers by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Hilltribe sterling coil beads
* Hilltribe white sterling rosebud
* Hilltribe puffy sterling heart
* A vintage long key (to my heart)


'Daybreak' is completed with a sterling, ornate Bali toggle clasp and measures about 8.5 inches in length. This can be resized at no additional charge. 

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'Nantucket Lighthouse''Nantucket Lighthouse''Nantucket Lighthouse'
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#75676 'Nantucket Lighthouse'

There is a certain romance about Nantucket which conjurs lush and lyrical images and a feeling of history. It reminds me of our Carmel in California, a beautiful other worldliness; the colorful locals, the hanging flower baskets, the old summer houses, aged trees and gardens, both quaint and posh shops all of which are surrounded by the stunning wild sea & its companion wind. It is like entering a different world, set so apart from the common reality and it is nice to step into that world, if only for a day or two. The 'Nantucket Memory' Collection hopes to be the ultimate keepsake art piece, to remember such heightened life experiences as days on Nantucket always promise and deliver.

As such, 'Nantucket Lighthouse' is a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of the sea in aquamarine stones, luminous lolite, aqua chalcedony and charms and sterling and most especially exquisitely wrought lampwork beads, created by glass artists.

The focal lampwork beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. These are the beads of summertime at the sea, rich & detailed tidepools under glass with sand, surf and sea urchins and dots of shining sterling. They are so magnifecently done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear glass. Companions to her tidepool beads are stunning glass tulips in a steel grey blue by the renowned artist, Heather Davis.

The stones, beads and other artisan lampwork you will find as companions to the lampwork beads are:

* Sea-foam faceted chalcedony briolettes
* Lustrous lolite faceted briolettes
* Blue Hydrothermal faceted cubes
* Amazing moss green aquamarine rondelles
* Blue aquamarine smooth teardrops
* Caribbean blue faceted rondelles
* Cubic Zirconia cylinders * Sea Blue furnace beads by Penrose
* Sculpted clay roses in periwinkle by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
* 2 Swarovski starfish
* 1 Swarovski clear star
* Swarovski rondelles and bicones
* Ornate sterling beadcaps
* A tall sterling Lighthouse charm
* A sturdy dingy or rowboat sterling charm

An ornate Bali silver toggle completes 'Nantucket Lighthouse' which measures approximately 8 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge

'Nantucket Lighthouse' is a sea-themed piece to celebrate such a profound place that holds such a powerful place in our hearts.


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'Lady Godiva, II''Lady Godiva, II''Lady Godiva, II'
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#2654 'Lady Godiva, II'

The response to 'Lady Godiva Valentine' was so tremendous and satisfying (whimsy does that to me), that I sat down to create a second version of the piece.  Hence, 'Lady Godiva, too.' 
 
I have had these 'treat' beads for ages - fine chocolates, sundaes and slices of chocolate cake. 
 
" Lady Godiva" is loaded with the stunning glass art of Catherine Steele's lampwork beads. All of the sculptural beads are by Catherine which makes the beads especially magnificent. Her work is simply beyond compare. Sculptural beads are in a league of its own; truly small sculpture in glass. 
 
Couched in between treat beads are pink amethyst tear drops  and Swarovski crystals.

In this perfectly happy chaos you will also find  gems and silver:
 
 
* Pink and bright pink  Chalcedony briolettes
* Deep red (and rare) Chalcedony briolettes
* Clear, faceted laser crystal rondelles
* Swarovski bicones and rounds in sparkling clear
* Swarovski hearts, briolettes and red flowers & one pink star
* An elegant cubic zirconia long, pink teardrop
* The *STAR* charm beads include 2 yummy sundaes
* Sterling charms include: a sterling puffy heart, a bunch of cherries & Cinderella's carriage.
* White sterling rope heart toggle clasp by the Hilltribe artisans
 
'Lady Godiva, too' measures a tad over 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.
 
This is the perfect bracelet for someone who loves the whimsy of chocolates and treats, but without the calories!  Go ahead, indulge...
 
Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead.

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'Valentine Garden''Valentine Garden''Valentine Garden'
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#658888 'Valentine Garden'

This was a day for whimsy; for creating a Valentine design.  Not one that was cliche or age-worn, but something new and fun and yet full of promise and color.  'Valentine Garden' was born.
 
Loaded with lampwork beads  galore by Catherine Steele, my long-time source for handcrafted, hand-torched glass beads, you will find her perfect white daisies and dots on clear and over a white core.  Further, you will find her white flower daisy lampwork beads and strawberries, too!  How much more perfect can life become!  Couched inbetween her red and white daisy lentils are white bumpy lampwork beads by BeadIntrigue, yet another beloved studio I work with along with two white clay roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio.  In this perfectly happy chaos you will also find  gems and silver:
 
* Elegant AAA white, glowing lolite briolettes
* Clear, faceted laser crystal rondelles
* Swarovski bicones and tiny rounds in the color Siam
* Swarovski pearls, capped in sterling daisy beadcaps
* Swarovski heart in Siam
* Red and clear furnace beads by esteemed David Christensen
* Sterling coil beads and two heart charms by Thailand's Karen Hilltribe
* Solid red (and rare) Chalcedony faceted briolettes
* A sterling strawberry charm
* White sterling rope heart toggle clasp by the Hilltribe artisans
 
'Valentine Garden' measures a tad over 8.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.
 
Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead.

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'Rosie's Garden''Rosie's Garden''Rosie's Garden'
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#68767 'Rosie's Garden'


'Rosie's Garden' is a piece of contrasts - a garden of flowers, birds and cats together harmoniously. Kinda like my garden where the cats (one of whom is named Rosie), the scrub jays and the dogs all seem to get along and enjoy each other's company.

Central to the piece is an extraordinary encased floral bead by Melanie of Glass Valley along with her small floral rounds. Two lavender floral lentils by the esteemed Catherine Steele complete the circle of garden whimsy.

In composing 'Rosie's Garden,' I built the design in colors around the soft and gentle colors of the lampwork beads, using semi-precious gemstones, white sterling coil beads among other beads. You will find:


* Lilac chalcedony faceted briolettes
* Stunning top quality clear Lolite teardrops (so elegant)
* Lilac/Pink amethyst smooth briolettes
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* Swarovski creamrose pearls capped in white sterling beadcaps
* Swarovski faceted cubes, bicones and tiny rounds
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* A sterling cat, tulips, hummingbird & birdhouse charm
* A Hilltribe rosebud in white sterling
* Sterling Hilltribe droplet beads for texture & contrast

A delicate, feminine piece, 'Rosie's Garden' is finished with an ornate and lovely Bali silver toggle clasp and measures @ 8 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full sunlight in order to capture the elegant sparkle of the piece.

This is a very staid, elegant and almost regal piece that is at once antique looking and quite modern in its design.


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'Mermaids Singing''Mermaids Singing''Mermaids Singing'
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#68764 'Mermaids Singing'

When I was creating 'Mermaids Singing,' I kept thinking of people heading off to warm, sultry and tropical climates for a week or two away from snowy climes. I was fortunate to have some drop-dead gorgeous Caribbean blue lampwork beads by one of my favorite glass bead artists, Melanie of a studio named Glass Valley. In these beads, she blends blue with a hint of lime green, making for an amazing color not unlike the seas I have seen in the Caribbean - the color of which almost seems unreal.

Combining with Melanie's round beads are etched (like sea glass) lime and blue 'pillow' beads by a talented artist known as Agate. I always seek him out when I need sea-themed, beach glass looking lampwork. He never fails to disappoint.

With such extraordinary lampwork beads in hand I wanted to create a premier piece. I As some of you know, I have recently taken a road less travelled in my design work and fallen in love with the natural beauty of semi-precious gemstones. I love their earthiness and their natural shine when cut and faceted just the right way. And I love how they combine with lampwork beads, created by premier glass and torch artists. I have finally found a first rate stone seller who offers flawless (albeit pricey) stones from around the world.

In creating 'Mermaids Singing,' I wanted a piece done in a the Caribbean blue and lime colors found in the lampwork and have used some stunning stones and semi-precious gemstones.

The other stones and beads you will find in the composition of 'Mermaids Singing' are:


* Light blue aquamarine faceted briolettes
* Clear blue quartz faceted briolettes
* Hydrothermal Caribbean-blue smooth briolettes
* Periwinkle furnace beads by the esteemed Penrose
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* 3D lampwork flowers in a rich green by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Swarovski faceted cubes, bicones and diamond rondelles
* Stunning white sterling spiral beads by the Hilltribe artisans of Thailand
* Tiny lampwork rounds in green

Also tumbled into the gorgeous chaos of the piece is a Swarovski starfish and star, and sux sterling charms which include: a Adirondack chair, a heart, a scallop shell, a large sea shell and a sand dollar. A white sterling Hilltribe heart rope toggle completes "Mermaids Singing"' which measures approximately 7.5 inches in length and can be re-sized at no additional charge.

The muse behind this piece is a T.S. Eliot poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' Toward the end of the long and lyrical poem is the following stanza which went through my mind the entire time I was creating, 'Mermaids Singing.'

'I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.'


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'The Black & White Ball''The Black & White Ball''The Black & White Ball'
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#6223 'The Black & White Ball'

This is *the* piece for New Year's Eve (the tune, 'Puttin on the Ritz' keeps running through my mind). This is the 'Black & White Ball' in a bracelet. In San Francisco, there was or still is, the celebrated 'Black & White Ball' each year, a trendy and elegant affair.

Perhaps it still exists. I never attended and only sometimes had fantasies of getting dressed up and heading down to the heart of San Francisco to frolic with the elegant folks of the City.

'Black & White Ball' is designed around the beautiful lampwork beads of four esteemed and talented glass artists. Catherine Steele creates the white-on-clear floral lentils you find here. Tracey of OCD Lampwork has created the stunning, pure clear glass floral scroll lentils. I have used a single black and white cameo round by Heather Davis (her signature floral) and two polka dot beads by Burt Gumeson. The ensemble of these lampwork beads is at once elegant and playful. In addition to such a bounty of artisan lampwork beads, you will find:

* Lustrous coin pearls
* Swarovski faceted cubes, rondelles, bicones
* A Swarovski star and moon in crystal black
* Swarovski clear hearts
* A Swarovski clear, large abstract crystal
* Furnace beads in black and white by Penrose
* Hilltribe hearts, ornate white sterling bead caps
* Fire Blue moonstones
* A single folded Hilltribe sterling rose

"The Black & White Ball" is finished with a handsome Bali silver toggle clasp and measures a touch over 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

This is a trendy, edgy and chunky piece of jewelry-art. It is eye-catching and elegant and would be fun to wear on New Years Eve and to any Black Tie affair.


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'The Gardener''The Gardener''The Gardener'
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#5437 'The Gardener'

I am a gardener. It is one of my life's greatest expressions, particularly planting trees. I have planted over 25 of them on my property in the suburbs, three of them when I was 7 months pregnant (with permission from my doctor). I have been wanting to design a piece for gardeners and lucked upon four stunning sterling charms - a watering can, a wheel barrel, a hummingbird and a group of pea pods.

I combined the stunning lampwork of Heather Davis and Catherine Steele, two of the all-star lampwork artists out there. Heather's signature lentils are done in a wonderful shade of lime green. Catherine's diamond lampwork beads are done in greens, aquas and blues with her pink roses. They combine magnificently.

In the piece, you will also find:

* White sterling coil beads by the Hilltribe silver artists
* Lampwork 3D and leaf beads by Heather of Bead Intrigue
* Small pink roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Blue Fire Moonstone briolette stones
* Furnace beads by Penrose
* Blue Swiss Hydrothermal teardrops
* Blue-grey quartz faceted briolettes
* Swarovski faceted cubes, bicones, rondelles & rounds

'The Gardener' is finished with a lovely ornate Bali silver toggle. It measures a tad over 8 inches and can be resized either way at no additional charge.

'The Gardener' is a perfect piece for the gardener in your life or for yourself!

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full sunlight in order to capture the elegant sparkle of the piece.

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'Victorian High Tea''Victorian High Tea''Victorian High Tea'
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#2232 'Victorian High Tea'

'Victorian Tea' was inspired by the most perfect teapot sterling charm I had on hand for my design work. When Heather Davis' chintz rose lampwork beads arrived, I knew the teapot had met its match. In designing 'Victorian Tea,' I was swept back in my memory of the most wonderful tea and pastry/scone shop in the Yorkshire District of England. It is called Bette's Tea Shop and has become famous with tea shops in several parts of England. I was there perhaps 20 years ago in the dreary early Spring where I sought cover from the rain and enjoyed the most charming ambience of the warm, cozy (and yummy) tea shop. Another memory which pops to mind is the time I had 'High Tea' at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. It had a tradition dating back into the 1800's and it was as perfectly sublime as one would imagine.

In any case, 'Victorian Tea' hopes to mirror the tradition, the gentle finery, the garden settings and the care taken in the ritual now and then, of 'High Tea.'

Heather Davis' amazing lampwork set includes the focal chintz rose done in soft pinks upon transparent periwinkle glass. Two small floral rounds match the focal perfectly along with two of her signature peony beads, also in soft blue or periwinkle. Two round florals by Melanie of Glass Valley combine and complete the piece perfectly.

In composing 'Victorian Tea,' I built the design in colors around Heather's beads using semi-precious gemstones, white sterling coil beads among other beads. You will find:


* Soft rose chalcedony faceted briolettes
* Stunning top quality clear Lolite teardrops (so elegant)
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers & leaves by Beadintrigue
* Small creamrose colored freshwater pearls
* White sterling Hilltribe rosebud & heart charms
* Swarovski faceted bicones, rondelles and tiny rounds
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Blue-grey quartz faceted chalcedony briolettes
* Tiny, but stunning teardrop blue fire moonstones
* Soft lilac furnace beads by Penrose
* A wonderful teapot sterling charm

'Victorian Tea' is finished with an ornate and lovely Bali silver toggle clasp and measures @ 8 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full sunlight in order to capture the elegant sparkle of the piece.

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'Acorn Afternoon''Acorn Afternoon''Acorn Afternoon'
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#2228 'Acorn Afternoon'

I love this time of year as the days grow faintly shorter and the sunset comes calmly into the day, when the wind picks up and banishes the heat from the air and I open our windows to let the quiet inside. It is nearly the time of the Autumn, my favorite time of year. As such, the harvesting of vineyards, heavy with grapes come to mind in our neighboring Napa Valley and I think, too, of the foothills in our Gold Country, filled with a bountiful harvest of acorns. So...to suit my fancy, I combined the two and created, 'Acorn Afternoon' using the fine purple floral lampwork beads of Heather Davis along with Karen Halls' whimsical, dazzling acorn lampwork beads. I love the effect of the two and the warmth of the purple lampwork beads.

Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden beads is considered by many to be the 'royalty' of lampworkers. Her signature florals are superb perfection and her blending of color is mind-boggling and often serve as my muse. In "Acorn Afternoon" I use three of her lentils and 2 rounds, spacers and accent the piece by two of Karen Hall's stunning acorn lampwork beads.

To add to the warm and Victorian feel of the piece, I have used heavy sterling ornate scroll beadcaps on the lentils along with an ornate Bali silver toggle.

Chunky Baltic amber pick up the colorful hue of the acorn beads, stacked with sterling droplet beads from the Hilltribe artisans. I have also used forest green Chalcedony briolettes, deep purple amythest, lilac furnace beads by Penrose and a variety of Swarovski crystal including velvet purple faceted cubes The design is kept simple and clean, allowing the lampwork beads full-range to express the fancy of the piece.

I added in a sterling oak leaf charm along with a handsome sterling bunch of grapes and a very small acorn charm in sterling to complete 'Acorn Afternoon.'

'Acorn Afternoon' measures @ 8 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

A perfect bracelet for the upcoming Autumn harvest faires and parties and a perfect companion to either a casual or dressy ensemble.


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'Periwinkle Lightship Basket''Periwinkle Lightship Basket''Periwinkle Lightship Basket'
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#3998 'Periwinkle Lightship Basket'

This is the third and likely the last Nantucket Lightship basket piece I will be designing this season. I have been so enchanted by the heritage of these baskets and have taken great joy in composing bracelets to match the fantasy of a traditional Nantucket Lightship basket. Like the two others I designed (all one-of-a-kind) this one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is based on the lampwork beads of three artists - Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads, Melanie of Glass Valley and Heather of Beadintrigue. It is done in periwinkle blue with pink & purple accents and the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ a handsome lobster, a woven basket, a detailed sand pail and shovel, a nautical life preserver and a tiny seahorse. Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary - in British Columbia and have done since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.


In any case, about Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads, her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. Her lentils are a combination of an aqua & periwinkle blue florals with subtle green leaves over transparent aqua blue. They just seem so nautical and yet reminding me of the colorful gardens and lush flower baskets of seaside towns in the peak season.

Melanie of Glass Valley creates equally magnificent chintz rose round lampwork beads with gentle clear glass bumps like so much summer rain. I have used 4 of them in this piece and they are superb companions to Heather's lentils. The combination is so compelling and beautiful; like a rich and lush seaside garden of an old Nantucket cottage who has seen decades of lucky islanders come and go.

In composing 'Periwinkle Lightship Basket,' I built the design in colors around Heather's beads using semi-precious gemstones, white sterling coil beadsand other lampwork beads. You will find:


* Pink topaz faceted briolettes
* Freshwater button pearls
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* Grey blue quartz faceted briolettes
* Light blue quartz faceted briolettes
* Purple amythest and sterling droplet beads by the Hilltribe artisans
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by Penrose in soft blue
* Swarovski faceted cubes, bicones and rondelles
* Hilltribe scallop sterling shells

'Periwinkle Lightship Basket' is the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round.

'Periwinkle Lightship Basket' measures about 7.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Sedona Dreaming''Sedona Dreaming''Sedona Dreaming'
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#0995 'Sedona Dreaming'

'Sedona Dreaming' is an extraordinary piece made almost entirely with stones, sterling and some of the most complex, rich lampwork beads I have seen. They are created by Catherine Steele, one of the most esteemed glass artists out there. These lampwork beads are 'pillow' shaped and she has done a Raku effect using the colors of the desert - taupe, sand, turquoise, coral, black, cream, amber, steele blue and purple. Each bead has raised clear dots, like so many raindrops during the too-short rainy season in the desert. The lines of color suggest the Grand Canyon, the river both in season and the dry beds. The beads also suggest the glorious and striking starry sky at night on a still, warm night.

In trying to compose a piece as provocative as Sedona is a place, I have used two beautiful sterling charms - one of a Navajo wedding basket and one of a tortoise. The surrounding companion stones/beads include:

* Blue-grey quartz faceted briolettes
* Purple furnace beads by Penrose
* Turquoise briolettes from the famous Sleeping Beauty mine
* Amythest carved nuggets
* Brazilian amythest rondelles
* Moss green aquamarine rondelles
* Green aquamarine briolettes
* Three cubic zirconia teardrops
* Large pink amythest rondelles
* Baltic amber
* Pink topaz faceted briolettes
* Swarovski rondelles & bicones
* Thai Hilltribe drum charm
* Sterling sun dancer charm

An ornate Bali silver toggle completes 'Sedona Dreaming' which measures approximately 8 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

'Sedona Dreaming' is pi�ce de r�sistance and one of the most extraordinary bracelets I have had the great good pleasure to create.

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'Blackberries & the Sea''Blackberries & the Sea''Blackberries & the Sea'
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#3333 'Blackberries & the Sea'

Still thinking of Nantucket... This one is one that celebrates the annual feast of the sweetest blackberries which start to plump and ripen at the end of July and send the most glorious scent into the air. Companion to the piece is a perfect cottage sterling charm around which the *garden* of wondrous lampwork and gems are composed.

'Blackberries & the Sea' is based on the lampwork beads of three artists - Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads, Polychrome Beads and Heather of Beadintrigue. It is done in purples, lavenders with brushes of amber and pink. Polychrome Beads are the focal point - exquisite 'blackberry' beads with rich purple bumps, mimicking so perfectly a plump and lovely blackberry. Heather's beads are as perfect as always and reflect the opulent and busy, colorful cottage gardens on Nantucket. Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary - in British Columbia and have done since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.

In composing 'Blackberries and the Sea,' I built the design in colors the amazing lampwork beads used in the piece. You will find:


* Baltic amber mixed with sterling droplet Hilltribe beads
* Chalcedony faceted briolettes in soft rose pink
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers & green leaves by Beadintrigue
* Brazlian amythest rondelles also mixed with sterling droplet Hilltribe beads
* Freshwater lustrous coin pearls
* Swarovski cubes, rondelles, bicones
* White sterling coil Hilltribe beads
* A rosebud charm by the Hilltribe artisans
* Two leaf charms and my favorite, the sterling cottage charm

This is the fifth 'Nantucket' piece I have designed this season and like the others (most are sold), is also the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round. It is full of detail and beauty and is a lovely piece for the oncoming Autumn time of year. Original Price: $485.00 On Sale: $345.00

'Blackberries & the Sea' measures about 8 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!

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'Nantucket Lightship Basket, II''Nantucket Lightship Basket, II''Nantucket Lightship Basket, II'
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#5999 'Nantucket Lightship Basket, II'

Continuing my curious obsession with Nantucket and Cape Cod this year, I have created yet another Nantucket themed piece. This one is *the* sentimental charm bracelet for summers spent, like annual winds, on the island. It is based on the lampwork beads of three artists - Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads, Melanie of Glass Valley and Heather of Beadintrigue. It is done in 'sailor' blue with pink accents and the most glorious sterling charms I could imagine ~ a handsome sailboat, a woven basket, a lighthouse and an anchor. Although I don't haunt Nantucket each year, I do go north to my own island - Savary - in British Columbia and have done since I was 4 years old. So I understand island life and have always thought of myself as an island girl, even when I am 1000 miles south in the suburbs of California.


In any case, about Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads, her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. Her lentils are a combination of an light pink & blue florals with subtle green leaves over 'sailor blue.' They just seem so nautical and yet reminding me of the colorful gardens and lush flower baskets of seaside towns in the peak season.

In composing 'Nantucket Lighthouse Basket, II,' I built the design in colors around Heather's beads using semi-precious gemstones, white sterling coil beadsand other lampwork beads. You will find:


* AAA blue fire moonstone
* Chalcedony faceted briolettes in soft rose pink
* 3-D blue petaled lampwork flowers & green leaves by Beadintrigue
* Grey blue quartz faceted briolettes
* Moss green aquarmarine rondelles
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by Penrose in nautical blue
* Clear Blue quartz briolettes

This is the fourth 'Nantucket' piece I have designed this season and like the others (most are sold), is also the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round.

'Nantucket Lightship Basket' measures about 7 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!

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'Napa Valley Wine Harvest''Napa Valley Wine Harvest''Napa Valley Wine Harvest'
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#3322 'Napa Valley Wine Harvest'

Unlike so many of my designs, "Napa Wine Harvest' has a muse of the gorgeous Napa Valley which is only 30 minutes away from my home. We like to go on a day trip in the Fall and in the Winter for the least traffic and the best views. In the Fall everything is so picturesque - the old vintner Victorian mansions and the miles and miles of lovely grape vines.

The appropriate and stunning lampwork beads are by one of my all-time favorite artists, Catherine Steele. These beads are like a painting with complex earth tones upon which the opulant bunches of grapes and olive green leaves are set against. They are so perfect, they almost make me start to long for Fall. Almost. Companions to her lampwork beads include:

* Lavender faceted cubes by Swarovski
* purple and lavender lampwork 3-D flowers by Beadintrigue
* light green leaves by Beadintrigue
* a gorgeous handcrafted lampwork acorn bead by Aussiefirebeads
* Baltic amber
* Brazilian amythest
* Two cubic zironia teardrops in olive green
* lustrous cream colored coin pearls
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in shades of purple
* Swarovski crystals in bicone and rondelles
* Hilltribe white sterling spiral beads and sterling droplets

The most joyous part of 'Napa's Wine Harvest" is the too, too perfect sterling bunch of grapes charm. The detail is amazing. I have also added two small sterling acorn charms in keeping with the time of harvest. 'Napa's Wine Harvest' measures just over 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

'Napa's Wine Harvest' is an California wine lover's bracelet or just a lover of the historic Napa Valley; a memory piece for any past visit to California during the harvest season and is at once lovely, antique and full the glorious amber tones of autumn.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!


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'Bloomsbury''Bloomsbury''Bloomsbury'
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#9065 'Bloomsbury'

Nearly 20 years ago I was in London enroute to Turkey and had a lengthy stop-over to see the city. Because I had been an English major at university, I was especially eager to see some of the old haunts of some of my favorite writers, Virginia Woolf being foremost on my mind. So, between visits to Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, the Tower of London and Piccadilly Circus, I also sought out Bloomsbury where Virginia and Leonard Woolf had lived. I remember being struck by the lovely, shady park nearby and the quietude of the neighborhood. It seemed such a peaceful part of London to live and I could only imagine those days-gone-by. It was my last day in London and our airport cab was coming soon. I was literally running, trying to find the historic placard announcing her house. The houses were row houses, all formal and neat white homes with black doors and polished brass knockers and perfectly wrought iron fences - an upscale place then and now. Just before I was about to give up, I found it and stood for just a moment imagining Virginia and her sister and circle of intellectual friends as well as her torment and her genius. I don't much believe in shrines (unless I make it myself), but this was as moving to me as a visit to Machu Picchu or Ephesus. Needless to say, I went leaping with joy back to the hotel and my waiting mother.

In any case (long-winded), 'Bloomsbury' is a piece inspired by that day. It is a lovely, London memory bracelet and does not much reflect the Virginia we know from her writing. It is more of a pretty English Garden with a vintage look and feel. So it is - Bloomsbury.

The stunning, floral lampwork beads are by the infinitely talented artist, Melanie of GlassValley. These are done in a pale, pale pink transparent glass with soft pink florals and faintest green leaves. They have a gorgeous antique look. An absolutely perfect set for this piece. Companions to her lampwork beads include:

* Vintage pink faceted cubes by Swarovski (new shade)
* pale green frosted lampwork leaves by Beadintrigue
* lustrous cream colored coin pearls
* Chalcedony faceted briolettes in pale pink
* 3-D clear petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* Small bumpy clear pink lampwork beads by Beadintrigue
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in shades of pink
* Swarovski crystals in bicone and round shapes
* Hilltribe white sterling spiral beads

The best part of the piece are some amazing 'period' charms including an old fashioned telephone, Big Ben, a wee garden bird and a stunning white sterling rosebud from Thailand's Hilltribe artists. 'Bloomsbury' measures just over 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

'Bloomsbury' is an English garden bracelet; a memory piece for any past visit to London and is at once lovely, antique and full of feminine beauty and whimsy.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it! Original Price: $310.00 On Sale: $225.00

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'Napoleon's Bathtub''Napoleon's Bathtub''Napoleon's Bathtub'
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#8866 'Napoleon's Bathtub'

Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, I had the great fortune of visiting the beautiful island of Elba in the Tuscan archipelago. It was a scouting trip for my company and so many moments were 'pinch me' moments, when I could hardly believe I was being paid to hike a hillside to visit a Romanesque church or to visit sleepy fishing villages, watching the fishermen mend their nets and the old gents of the town all gathered in the town square for the morning chat. Elba was and is still a closely held secret and is rarely visited by Americans.

It was on that trip, that we went to visit Napoleon's villa. The one he was sent to in exile after the French took such a beating by the Russians when he was at the helm. We were the only ones walking on the grounds and in the house that morning. There was no ranger or docent - it was open and free and amazing. My favorite part of the visit was downstairs to Napoleon's bathroom where he had a bathtub which had a view to the harbor below in the main town of Portoferraio. In spite of his exile, Napolean actually took over leadership of Elba for the brief time that he was there and before returning to France to resume his larger duties as Emporer. Such is the muse behind 'Napoleon's Bathtub' - the bracelet. You will find stunning lampwork beads by Betty Hanssen in a sea-theme and etched like beach glass. As I have often said of Betty's work, her beads are like small and perfect watercolors. I followed her color theme closely and you will find these companion beads and semi-precious stones: * stunning (and rare) moss green aquamarine rondelle * aquamarine briolettes * lustrous cream colored coin pearls * Chalcedony faceted briolettes in aqua
* 3-D clear petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* One large faceted green cubic zirconia teardrop
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in lime green
* Light Green Amethyst briolettes
* Fire blue Labarodite briolettes
* Fire blue Moonstones
* Swarovski crystals in bicone, faceted cube shapes & starfish
* Hilltribe white sterling spiral beads & scallop shells

The best part of the piece, of course, is the amazing sterling bathtub! It is the centerpiece of the bracelet. 'Napoleon's Bathtub' measures just over 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.

'Napoleon's Bathtub' is a sophisticated sea-themed piece aside from the fun of the name and its muse and story. Done in shades of sea-foam green, it is one of the more subtle sea-themed pieces I have designed lately.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!

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'Nantucket Lightship Basket''Nantucket Lightship Basket''Nantucket Lightship Basket'
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#7765 'Nantucket Lightship Basket'

As some of you may have noticed, I have been spending a lot of time designing creating sea-themed pieces (the Carmel Beach Collection) because I Savary Island on the brain (in British Columbia), a place I have gone each summer since I was 4 years old.

This time, however, I am making a sea-themed piece after beloved Nantucket - a place of the sea, yet also of the land. When these basket weave lampwork beads arrived, I kept thinking of picnics and beaches. They are so bright & cheerful and I remembered the classic Nantucket baskets and decided to create a fantasy of a picnic at the beach, as if the bracelet is the very basket itself. I was thinking of the stroll down to the beach through the historic district, the hanging baskets and colorful, lush gardens so carefully tended. I combined four perfect sterling charms - a bucket & shovel in the sand, a birthday cake, some cherries and a small sand dollar. When my Swedish Aunt Elin sent us to the beach with a picnic, she always packed freshly baked cake along with fruit and fresh salmon sandwiches with vegetables from her garden.

In any case, I use yet another exquisite set of lampwork beads by Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads. Her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. Her lentils are a combination of an orange core under clear glass with a weave of pink and set off by pink floral rosebuds. Delightful. Her companion spacer beads are glossy orange rounds in orange.

In composing 'Nantucket Lighthouse Basket' I built the design in colors around Heather's beads using semi-precious gemstones, pearls, Swarovski and other lampwork beads. You will find:


* lustrous cream colored coin pearls
* Chalcedony faceted briolettes in bright and rose pink
* 3-D clear petaled lampwork flowers by Beadintrigue
* Mystic clear quartz faceted briolettes
* One large faceted green cubic zirconia teardrop
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in lime green
* Light Green Amethyst briolettes
* Carnelian (orange) stone
* Swarovski crystals in bicone and faceted cube shapes

This is the second of two 'Nantucket' pieces I have designed and is also the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round.

'Nantucket Days' measures just over 7 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!

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'Nantucket Days''Nantucket Days''Nantucket Days'
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'Nantucket Days'

This time, I am making a sea-themed piece after beloved Nantucket - a place of the sea, yet made of land. I am thinking of the lush, old gardens around historic, immaculate houses, teeming with flowers and hanging baskets, ripe with color and blossoms.

The muse behind 'Nantucket Days' are the exquisite lampwork beads by Heather Davis of Blissfulgarden Beads. Her beads are always a treat to work with and she is regarded somewhat as the 'royalty' of lampworkers. This set is a combination of brilliantly wrought lavender tulips and gentle floral rounds. Lavender florals with shadings of a darker purple swirl around in perfection on a base of sea-foam. I think it was this color that made me think of a heritage seaside town, at once Victorian and nautical, seeming to breathe with the sea and all of the history which has graced the cobbled lanes of its main village.

In composing 'Nantucket Days' I built the design in colors around Heather's beads using semi-precious gemstones, pearls and Swarovski.

* freshwater round pearls
* lustrous coin pearls
* Chalcedony faceted briolettes in sea-foam
* Fire Blue Moonstone faceted briolettes
* Mystic clear quartz faceted briolettes
* One large faceted green cubic zirconia teardrop
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Furnace beads by David Christensen in violet
* Light Green Amethyst briolettes
* Brazilian Amethyst
* Moss green Aquamarine faceted rondelles
* Swarovski crystals in bicone and rondelles shapes

The image of the lush hanging flower baskets aside, perhaps my favorite thing about "Nantucket Days" are the superbly detailed sterling charms which finish the piece so wonderfully. They include a lighthouse, an anchor/ship's wheel and a lobster.

Of course, this is the perfect keepsake bracelet for anyone who has recently stayed on Nantucket or anyone who longs for it all the year round.

'Nantucket Days' measures just over 7 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. No Photoshop for me. I don't even know how to use it!

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'Topaz Sunset''Topaz Sunset''Topaz Sunset'
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#6987 'Topaz Sunset'

'Pink Topaz Sunset' is designed around the stunning lampwork beads of Nellie Mae of Australia. I discovered her work several months ago and nearly lost my breath. What she does with color is amazing and her beads seem to tell a story or, in any case, one cannot help but weave a story as one works with her beads.

The beads of 'Pink Topaz Sunset' are the cool, swirling, whirling colors of the of pink, lavender and champagne. They are the cosmos above, the breathing in and out of the universe, the vortex, the cortex of life. Nellie Mae casts a spell with her glasswork and she couches her designs under a gorgeous thick layer of clear glass which adds depth and further purpose to her colors beneath. Small bumps of glass encircle each bead, adding an abstract touch to the beads. Extraordinary work.

The stunning lampwork beads are surrounded by striking beads in complementary colors.

* AAA pink topaz faceted briolettes
* Champagne Ametrine briolettes
* Hot Pink Chalcedony briolettes
* Sculpted clay roses by published artist, D. Jean Vainio
* Mystic quartz briolettes
* Swarovski cubes & bicones
* Freshwater pearls
* Furnace beads by D. Christensen
* Vermeil rose charm by Karen Hilltribe artisans
* Bali Vermeil beads & findings & toggle clasp

"Pink Topaz Sunset" measures at just 7 3/4 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

Each bracelet is created as a glass and gemstone sculpture in color, component and design. "Pink Topaz Sunset" is an original design, not duplicated en masse; one of its kind only.


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'Tuscan Villa''Tuscan Villa''Tuscan Villa'
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#76890 'Tuscan Villa'

I have not been to Tuscany in years, but having travelled extensively there in my past - to Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze, Montelchino, the marvelous island of Elba, the dramatic cliff-side villages of The Cinque Terre - leave me breathless with memories to last forever. Those memories are the muse behind 'Tuscan Villa.'

Recently I have taken a road less travelled in my design work and fallen in love with the natural beauty of semi-precious gemstones. I love their earthiness and their natural shine when cut and faceted just the right way. And I love how they combine with my all-time favorite, lampwork beads, created by premier glass and torch artists. I have finally found a premier stone seller who offers flawless (albeit pricey) stones from around the world. 'Tuscan Villa' incorporates the elegant and rare champagne Ametrine, a stone mined in Brazil and somewhat hard to come by in bead form. They are regal in their cut and shine and the color is so classic and beautiful.

Also included are a few stunning faceted moonstone which shimmer and glimmer in just the right light and add a whole dimension of mystic. Light rose colored Chalcedony and freshwater pearls capture the feminine feel to 'Tuscan Villa' along with sculpted clay roses by a well known published clay artist.

Once again, I am drawn to the always alluring lampwork beads of Melanie of GlassValley. This set has Melanie's signature rosebuds and vines set against a taupe color which is especially elegant. 3D petaled flowers by Heather of Bead Intrigue done in an earth tone add some perfect texture.

Vermeil gold beads, findings and the ornate toggle are from Bali's finest silver artisans. Their vermeil is 24K gold over 99.7% sterling.

'Tuscan Villa' is a luxury piece - void of many of the usual textures, florals & beads. The stones are the thing along with the elegant, classic colors and depths of the lampwork. A piece for a wedding or a formal venue - how about tea in the gardens at Pitti Palace? 'Tuscan Villa' measures just at approximately 7.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Carmel Beach''Carmel Beach''Carmel Beach'
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#77456 'Carmel Beach'

A few weekends back we went to Carmel on a quick day trip. There is *something* about Carmel, a beautiful other worldliness which begins as you drive down Ocean Avenue. The colorful locals, the hanging flower baskets, the old pine trees, the posh shops including my favorite - the Coach bag shop (has a wonderful clearance section) and finally ending at the world's most beautiful village beach, especially at sunset. It is like entering a different world, set so apart from the common reality and it is nice to step into that world, if only for an hour or two which is why Carmel is the muse behind this piece.

The focal lampwork beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. They are so exquisitely done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear glass. She has captured so perfectly the movement of the sea and tides in a tidepool.

With such extraordinary lampwork beads in hand I wanted to create a premier piece. As some of you know, I have recently taken a road less travelled in my design work and fallen in love with the natural beauty of semi-precious gemstones. I love their earthiness and their natural shine when cut and faceted just the right way. And I love how they combine with lampwork beads, created by premier glass and torch artists. I have finally found a first rate stone seller who offers flawless (albeit pricey) stones from around the world.

The luxury stones used in 'Carmel' are AAA quality aquamarine faceted stones. They are subtle, elegant and pull out the shades of blue in the lampwork.

The stones you will find as companions to the lampwork beads are:

* AAA aquamarine
* Fancy cut Apatite nuggets
* Sky Blue Chalcedony
* Faceted blue fire moonstone
* Pink quartz rondelles
* Freshwater pearls galore
* Turquoise from the famed Sleeping Beauty mine

Also tumbled into the gorgeous chaos of the piece are sterling silver droplets from Thai's Hilltribe artists, spiral white silver beads, Bali beads & spacers and thee Hilltribe sterling charms including a wonderful sea turtle, scallop shell and starfish.

Swarovski faceted cubes and two lovely Swarovski starfish complete 'Carmel Beach' which closes with a fine Bali silver toggle. 'Carmel Beach' measures at @ 8 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'Wisteria''Wisteria''Wisteria'
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#55467 'Wisteria'

'Wisteria' is made from love. I just love these stunning lampwork beads and I used each and every one of them in this piece. The lampwork floral rounds are by Melanie of GlassValley and are so Victorian and Southern in their style and feel. Lovely cream white roses on a rich purple base left me reminded of wisteria dripping down along the wrap-around porches of lovely old homes. We just visited the Victorian home of John Muir (father of our National Parks & Yosemite, in particular) and had the home & grounds all to ourselves in the torrential, icy downpour that was the first weekend in January this year. How careful and kind the Victorian age was - time was slow and life was simple and beautiful.

To design 'Wisteria,' I followed the lead of the lampwork beads, using clear Swarovski cube beads, tanzanite Swarovski rounds, a faceted tear-drop cubic zirconia in deep purple, Swarovski and freshwater cream colored pearls, capped in ornate sterling beadcaps & daisy spacers. There are two lovely & delicate sculpted roses by published clay artist,
D. Jean Vainio and a gorgeous sterling wrap rose charm by Thailand's renowed Hilltribe artisans. You will find handsome furnace beads by esteemed glass artist, David Christensen, and three wonderful, petaled purple flowers in 3D by BeadIntrigue. These lend such dimenesion & texture to the piece. The ornate Bali silver toggle clasp completes the bracelet which measures 7.5 inches in length.
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'Puttin' on the Ritz''Puttin' on the Ritz''Puttin' on the Ritz'
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#333331 'Puttin' on the Ritz'

Once again, New Years Eve is still on my mind and creating yet another dazzling piece for the dashing potential of such an evening. 'Puttin on the Ritz, II' hopes to be that piece.

Made with exquisite, elegant, gorgeous lampwork beads by Melanie of GlassValley, I was left wondering. This set of lampwork is some of the most beautiful I have seen and yet elusive in working on and trying to design with - you should have seen my beading table - spread with so many possibilities from my library until it all came together, as if by magic. That is the muse. The magic of the muse. And this one is 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and that old-world elegance of the days of Gary Cooper and Lana Turner.

The spare, red bumps & florals of these lampwork are brazed with copper tones in a rich transparency. Deep, clear glass beneath this splash of color is more of a champagne tone. But these lampwork beads are so stunning that I had to aim to preserve them and not allow them to get lost in colorful chaos of other beads. That is how I landed on the theme of vermeil gold and muted champagne, topaz, clear and misty silver shades of Swarovski in many different shapes and sizes.

I have used Melanie's beads for years and I just keep going back for more. She is so thoughtful and careful in her detail work and you can feel her love of the glass in each bead. An extraordinary artist and a lovely person.

'Puttin on the Ritz' is made with a multitude of Bali vermeil gold beads (22K gold over 97% sterling) - including beadcaps, bumpy beads, cylinder scroll beads, twisted rings and findings. Small yellow topaz briolette beads add to the elegance, along with small freshwater pearls in cream, Swarovski butterflies in a light Siam red, two long cubic zirconia teardrop beads and a dashing Swarovski crystal star in champagne tones. A hammered vermiel toggle clasp completes the bracelet which measures a touch over 7.5 inches in length.

Finally, I leave you with this for a New Year's wish:

'If you're blue and you don't know
where to go to why don't you go
where fashion sits
Puttin' on the Ritz
Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper
Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)
Come let's mix where Rockefellers
walk with sticks or um-ber-ellas
in their mitts
Puttin' on the Ritz'...

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'HWY 1''HWY 1''HWY 1'
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#2888 'HWY 1'

As I worked on this piece last night, I kept seeing images of my many road trips along California's famous Highway 1. The lulling sea enroute to Big Sur where the surf moves in and out so slowly and lyrically that one almost expects mermaids to come from the soft waves. And Fitzgerald Marine Park, where I have stood at sunset on Christmas Eve, marveling in the bounty of the lush tidepools, filled with sea critters. One of my all-time favorite Christmas Eve memories. And strolling the promenade of Pacific Grove and the multitude of sea lions and otters just there - in the surf and then stopping for a nap in the sunshine at a pull-out and seeing whales breaching in the distance while my baby boy napped with me. It is this ribbon of HWY 1 which delivers up these incredible experiences, time and again.

'HWY 1' is created around the stunning lampwork beads of three studio glass artists. Nellie Mae of Australia creates the focal set used in the piece. I discovered her work several months or so ago and nearly lost my breath. What she does with color is amazing and her beads seem to tell a story or, in any case, one cannot help but weave a story as one works with her beads.

The beads of 'HWY 1' are the cool, swirling, whirling colors of the tranquil sea. They are the tides, the cosmos above, the surf and tidepools. Nellie Mae casts a spell with her glasswork and she couches her designs under a gorgeous thick layer of clear glass which adds depth and further purpose to her colors beneath. Small bumps of glass encircle each bead, adding an abstract touch to the beads. Extraordinary work.

The stunning lampwork beads are surrounded by striking beads in complementary colors of the sea. I have used lampwork beads from two other lampwork artists - etched blue & lime green & turquoise beads. I have used gorgeous, tiny faceted peridot briollete beads, freshwater pearls in two sizes including the elegant stick pearls. There are Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes and colors and including the gorgeous faceted cube beads. Sterling silver droplet beads from Thailand's Karen Hilltribe artisans add texture and sparkle, along with their equally elegant white sterling spiral beads. David Christensen furnace beadsin a cobalt blue, bring out the swirls of blue in the lampwork. Four gorgeous sterling silver charms punctuate the theme of the piece - two starfish and a scallop shell with a dangling star - all by the Karen Hilltribe artisans. Finally, an ornate sterling Bali silver toggle completes the bracelet which measures about 7.5 inches and can be resized at no additional charge.

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'The Hermitage' or 'Winter Palace''The Hermitage' or 'Winter Palace''The Hermitage' or 'Winter Palace'
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#4747 'The Hermitage' or 'Winter Palace'

I seem to be designing pieces these days which are inspired by places I have not yet been to, rather than beloved places on our earth I have been to. Recently I have been thinking of St. Petersberg in Russia...it was a PBS special which inspired me - the lush architecture, art & tumultuous history of the Hermitage and the Winter Palace. When the beads from two of my favorite artists arrived this past week, I was inspired to 'paint' in beads, my feelings of the romantic Russia and its past splendor during the Imperial age when elegance and art were in top form.

The lampwork round beads by Catherine Steele are done in lush purples and fuchsia pinks, swirls and scrolls of color under a thick layer of clear glass. The surface is punctuated with small dots of silver. The effect is warm, complicated and reminds me of festive colors of the holidays when outside, the land is barren and lost under deep & silent walls of snow. I am thinking of the Hermitage and the Winter Palace against the thin veil of a winter's day and the utter warmth of the colors and patterns within its protected walls.

Also with Catherine Steele's work, I have placed three rosebud ivory beads by Melanie of Glassvalley. This style is Melanie's signature bead design and her ivory set is the most elegant of all. It combines so perfectly with the colorful beads of Catherine and the depth of the vermeil gold which captivates the entire piece called, 'The Hermitage.'

Along with Bali and Hilltribe vermeil beadcaps (so ornate & mimicking the texture & design found in the lampwork) are two cylinder Bali beads which also remind me of the design of old Imperial Russia. The piece is littered with freshwater & Swarovski pearls in cream and purple (mother-of-pearl). Esteemed Christensen furnace beads in lavender add yet more elegance & depth. Swarovski crystal faceted rounds, cubes, bicone and rondelle beads add all the lustre which surround the focal beads. And a hammered vermeil Hilltribe toggle clasp completes the piece along with one, puffy gold heart charm. I have not made a bracelet in a few weeks and so I really pulled out all the stops and had a wondrous time using only the best to create a masterpiece of color and quality which, with luck, will also remind you of that old worldly elegance of the Winter Palace in a far, far away land in deep, dark winter.

This is the bracelet for the Winter Holiday parties and outings and paired with elegant gowns or blue jeans. It measures about 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no charge.

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'Ariel's Dream''Ariel's Dream''Ariel's Dream'
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#4768 'Ariel's Dream'

I'm continuing my mermaid-themed sea pieces by 'Ariel's Dream' and this piece. When I was expecting my daughter and pondering nursery themes and shower invitations, I steered clear of the whole princess culture and was drawn to the more mysterious mermaid (or merrow of Irish lore) culture (Disney aside). Although I never did create a mermaid's nursery and we did not even have a shower for Elsie Rose, she has always been my mermaid-girl. And of course she is as drawn as all little girls to Ariel of Disney fame and has even named a recent rescue kitten 'Ariel.' So there you go.

'Ariel's Dream' is designed around the dreamy lampwork beads by Catherine Steele. Amazing glass artist, Catherine creates beautifully detailed sand, beach & seascape lentil shaped beads with waves of soft lavender punctuated with sand-colored sea creatures & sand dollars. Her beads often remind me of paintings. Extraordinary work. The focal of the bracelet is an amazing sculptural etched starfish bead by Catherine. All of these lampwork beads are handcrafted bead-by-bead and kiln-annealed overnight for strength and durability.

These whimsical, otherworldly lampwork beads are surrounded by a tidepool of lovely beads in lavender and hues of sand colored topaz which pull out the colors of the beach in Catherine's lampwork. Everything works together harmoniously. You will find Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes including the elegant faceted briollete beads, Swarovski curve & round pearls, tiny lucite frosted drop flowers, freshwater pearls, Thai Hilltribe silver beadcaps, daisy spacers and small dangling scallop silver seashells and starfish in sterling silver from the Hilltribe artists. Punctuating the piece are two stunning silver sculpted roses by published clay artist,
D. Jean Vainio.

The bracelet measures about 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.


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