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"A Heart is a Heart is a...Bicycle'"A Heart is a Heart is a...Bicycle'"A Heart is a Heart is a...Bicycle'
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#7777 "A Heart is a Heart is a...Bicycle'

'A Heart is a Heart is ... a Bicycle' is a dazzler!  The feast of bright sterling silver - in the form the brilliant double-chain, and the charms, beads, spacers, the slender, edgy & rouge heart-connector,  I admit that I shy away from designing holiday-themed pieces...I'm stubborn like that.  So often, I'm in a Valentines Day frame-of-mind in the very early Fall while dining at Casanova's in Carmel or it is Halloween and yet I am feeling the ghostly vibe in mid-Spring when looking at YouTube videos of famous historic hauntings at the White House or feeling like snowflakes on the 4th of July, if I am sailing in the middle of a snowy fjord up in Glacier Bay National Park.  So...this year, I have only one design to offer up:  'A Heart is a Heart is...a Bicycle' - a title that reminds me of a similar discordant title about a fish.  Anyway, this is the perfect Valentines Day bracelet for any girl who is also a bike-diva, a gal who takes to the mountains or the hills or to hilltowns of Medieval Italy or France and does so without a second thought.  This red bike charming bracelet is just the piece for that girl.

'A Heart is a Heart...' is a 3 strand wrap bracelet and includes loads of sterling silver - three pieces of hand-cast, old-wax studio silver including a fetching 'Love' rectangle tag in the style of 'A Love Story' fame; the edgy studio connector made with 5 hearts, each of them unique in a gorgeous line-up and finally, a hammered heart toggle.  There are is also a fantastic real anatomical heart charm with arteries, veins and looking like a V-8 engine, more than a real human heart.  But, I think it is the real heart charm that really makes the bracelet in its theme of all things heart - a small, bright silver heart dangles from mid-center of one of the three strands.  The companion to the anatomical heart charm is the red & sterling red bicycle charm since there can be no love unless there is a healthy, working heart and aerobic exercise to make it so.

No Valentine theme would be complete without a beautiful deep red heart and on one strand is just that heart - rich, French red glossy heart surrounded by lots of bright sterling and a petite white lentil made by an esteemed glass artist trained in Florence, Italy.  Other lampwork includes an elegant white encased bead with sterling droplets fired into the glass, an encased polka dot bead with a red core and white polka dots; a white daisy-on-red round bead and several lampwork disc beads in reds, metallic reds with flashes of iridescent fuschia, white, polka-dot encased discs, etched (like beach glass) discs.  Other beads include wavy sterling discs & beadcaps, lush Keishi pearls, a handsome natural Baroque pearl, blue-fire flash faceted rondelles of a few sizes, Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including the sterling & crystal Swarovski rondelle beads.  The last elegant touch are a few delicately faceted blue topaz rondelle stones.

An original design - this is surely a Valentine meant to impress, to dazzle and to win a Bike Diva Girl's heart - whether she is a real bike-diva or... just one at heart.  'A Heart is a Heart is ... a Bicycle' measures 8.25" and can be resized at no additional charge.




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'The Christmas Apple'  ON SUPER SALE!'The Christmas Apple'  ON SUPER SALE!'The Christmas Apple'  ON SUPER SALE!
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#27956 'The Christmas Apple' ON SUPER SALE!

The muse of 'The Christmas Apple' is an apple lampwork bead I came upon - the first and only apple I have ever seen from a glass studio.  I snapped it up and wished there were a dozen more! "The Christmas Apple' incorporates the lampwork beads of several international glass artists, spanning from the USA to England and on to Israel!
The central set of lampwork beads are by a recent 'find' - an American artist whose signature style is what I call 'mystic portals,' beads encased with a thick layer of glass, with interesting portals of glass peppering the bead surface along with interesting scrolls & ribbons - narrow lines of glass, snaking around the perimeter. Her bead designs inspire idea after idea in their whimsy and perfection. This set is a holiday set done in apple red, lime green, green and white with candy stripe ribbons and red polka dots sticking up like cheerful snowberries and include the round beads seen in the bracelet base as well as the three 3-D flowers which are simply sublime.  This set is paired with companion lampwork by an artist who makes these wonderful 'bubble' lampwork beads - done in bubbly green. Extraordinary work and full of great spirit and joy for the upcoming season. More companion lampwork beads used to create, 'The Christmas Apple,' include:
* Teal & Mint green 3D lampwork flowers and two colors of leaves
* White bumpy dot mini lampwork beads like so many snowballs
* White polka dot lampwork discs
* Green lampwork square spacers - so unusual and spirited
* Gorgeous red cranberry rounds and one larger bumpy clear bead
* Lime green hollow orbs, like fisherman net floaters
* A peppermint lampwork sculptural bead
* One lampwork ice block lampwork bead
* One amazing red apple
You will also find faceted quartz stone faceted briolettes; clear, faceted quartz cubes; elegant big freshwater Baroque pearls; faceted quartz rondelles; cranberry colored furnace beads by the esteemed David Christensen;  sterling silver daisy spacers and snowflake spacers by Bali & Hilltribe silversmiths along with a charming sterling silver  spacer beads, white sterling beadcaps and rings.  Sterling silver charms include a holly leaf, an ornate snow sled, a santa head and a wreath. The toggle clasp is made by a local silversmith who uses the old wax technique and echos the star pattern of the main flowers of the bracelet.
'The Christmas Apple' measures @ 8.5 inches in length and can be adjusted to most any bracelet length for no additional fee, aside from return postage.
'The Christmas Apple' is a luxe winter holiday piece - for all the holiday parties, for 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and taking the town by storm, in heels and a 'little black dress,' or in a group of carolers, all dressed in cozy woolen mittens, caps and scarves ~ watching your breath in the cold air, drinking hot cider and reveling in the joy of being alive, being together & giving thanks for the season of spiritual and celestial birth.
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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'The Christmas Door''The Christmas Door''The Christmas Door'
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#29772 'The Christmas Door'

Tis' the season....
 I have no idea where my early holiday design muse came from, but I found myself giddy at the thought of creating my first holiday design of the season.  I think it was the moving sterling holiday door charm.  The wreathed door opens and inside it says, 'Merry Xmas!'.  I always loved tiny things that would move, open, close...when I was a toddler. Anyway, this is a LUXE bracelet design, composed of some amazing lampwork and equally amazing gemstones.  It is called 'The Christmas Door'   and is my habit,  incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, perhaps the most prominent being Heather Davis, a gifted American artist along with several equally talented  glass artists.
So..the beads.  One of my recent 'finds' is a woman whose signature bead design is what I refer to as 'mystic portals;' beads that have encased bumps and dots and swirls on the surface of an equally intriguing core, usually under thick, transparent glass.   This is her first holiday set and it is a set of clear glass over a red, white & mint green core with portals and bumpies in the same color blends.  She is also the artist of the large sculptural peppermint focal lampwork flower and the cheerful peppermint discs.  I matched her set with some elegant clear scroll rounds by Heather Davis - beads she made at my suggestion as clear, scroll beads will always set a design off with a certain staid elegance and also punctuate beads of color inherent in the overall design.  I could use 100 of her gorgeous scroll beads - she does them so beautifully.
Companion lampwork beads include:
*  Green & white petaled 3D daisies 
* White polka dots on deep red lampwork discs
* Gorgeous clear encased red pebbles by an uber-talented European artist
* Mint Green hollow lampwork balls by a gifted American artist
* White bumpy snowball lampwork beads by another American artist
Other beads & semi-precious gemstones include: 
* Moss-green Aquamarine stone rondelles (very elegant)
* Generous AAA faceted Brazilian Green Amethyst nuggets
* Amazing AAA blue-fire flash clear moonstone rondelles (really magical in the sunlight)
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including bright French red, faceted cubes
* Thai Hilltribe white sterling snowflake spacers and white silver coil beads
* Thai Hilltribe solid sterling silver (.997 purity) round & triangle beads
* Bali silver daisy spacers
* Sterling wreath charm created 
* Sterling holiday door charm
* Sterling rogue handcrafted star toggle using the old wax technique for casting silver, handmade by an American artist
'The Christmas Door' measures just over 8.5 inches and can be resized for no additional charge. 
This piece, 'The Christmas Door' is one of those gallery pieces , like the famous 'Dublin Doors' of greeting cards & posters and the place itself - a city with the most interesting doors around.  Taken all together, 'The Christmas Door' is a Christmas-trendy piece, with the more vintage mint-green rather than forest-green and with plenty of elegant clear or white or blue-fire to create a show-stopping effect whether at an uptown holiday party or at a coffee house on a cold winter's night.  'The Christmas Door' is bound to light up the season.
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'4th of July in Elfin Cove, III''4th of July in Elfin Cove, III''4th of July in Elfin Cove, III'
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#22678 '4th of July in Elfin Cove, III'

In preparation for the upcoming festivities of the 4th of July, I am creating a small patriotic collection called, '4th of July at Elfin Cove.'  This is the third piece in a series of 4 or 5 planned designs - all a bit different and all a bit similar, sharing the same story & muse.  Here it is:
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 salmon 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 to the bear and encouraged the bear to 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 white polka dots 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 also encased polka dot beads; in this case perfect 'rounds' done by wonderful Burt Gumerson of the Pacific Northwest.  I have worked with her beads for many years and when I am in the mood for polka dots, I know just where to go.  She is the polka dot artist and there are none better.  Everyone needs a few polka dots to cheer things up from time to time.  You will find her white core and red core, encased white polka dot rounds in this design.
The following 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 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 Swarovski pearls capped in Daisy petal beadcaps
* Blue Swarovski faceted rounds capped in handsome Hilltribe sterling beadcaps
* Bright daisy spacers and bright silver tube beads
* A sterling silver star charm

'4th of July in Elfin Cove, III' includes three fabulous themed charms ~ a stunning, solid liberty bell, the burning flame of our lady, The Statue of Liberty and a handsome bald eagle in flight. These are all sterling silver.  Finally, '4th of July' is completed with a sturdy, sterling Bali silver toggle and measures in at 8 inches in length.  I am able to adjust the length at no additional charge.
Like the others of our collection, this is *the* piece for the 4th of July and holiday celebrations of the 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 designs, 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 third piece of this small collection.  The first piece sold almost immediately. Although all the bracelets are unique in design, they share an overall 'look' as well as the lampwork beads from some of the same artists, as I had the beads made especially for this small collection, in advance.

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