Saturday, October 12, 2013


As I have mentioned, I purchased a few bead bundles (few?  who am I kidding?) while attending artBLISS last month.  I kept telling myself "think of all the money you are saving on postage by buying them now"!  There is a sweet little local bead shop in Occoquan that I visit once in a while, but I am basically a home body and buy 99% of all beads online.  So, to see the beads in person before I bought them was a treat!

I went down to my dungeon - basement - to clean my extremely messy jewelry bench.  Instead, I saw all my beads from artBLISS begging me to make something!  These beads of Karen Totten's were going to be a bracelet, but ended up as a very cool necklace, instead!  Much better, I think.

Love, love, LOVE the pumpkin!

Karen had strung the little black raven right next to that branch, and it was destined to become a pendant.

The four links above are a take-off of a link design from Cindy Wimmer's new book, The Missing Link.  Her link design was in the shape of a triangle, but I wanted it to look more like haphazard nesting materials, with branches not quite meeting.  I like it!

This next necklace features the cutest little hoot-Owl, also one of Karen's creations.

That circle link I used in the pendant is another one of Cindy's link designs.  I have to say - this was a little tricky, as there are multiple layers of wire and coils.  But, well worth the effort! This link is one of the many reasons I love Cindy's book - the designs are complex - yet doable -  and that is the look I am going for.  It is sturdy and has the coolest affect!  

I wanted the handmade chain to be substantial, so I got out my saw and made many, many, many jump rings to create love knot links.

I love Karen's beads - they are fabulous!

This last necklace features another cool link of Cindy's - a take-off Infinity Link design.  I make infinity link chain quite a bit, but for this link, I did not have the described 12 gauge wire.  So, I used 10 gauge.  There was A LOT of annealing going on between shaping, hammering, and adding texture to this link! Fine gauge sterling silver is "sewn" in the middle - these are really awesome focals! Cindy commented on Face Book that this would make a cool bracelet focal - and I agree!

I continued the chain with smaller infinity links - though, I hammered them flat and added texture to mimic the focals.

It does not take many of Donna Millard's lampwork to make a necklace complete - her beads are simply put, beautiful!  Three of them made it into this necklace.

It has been raining in Northern Virginia, as well as most of the Mid-Atlantic region since Wednesday.  Before I had dogs many, many, many years ago, I used to love the rain!  Now, it just means lots more laundry to wash Sarge's dog towels!  

My niece is getting married next June, so Mom and I are headed out the door to go wedding dress shopping with Sarah.  I hope there are breaks in the weather!

Miracle Horse Rescue Fundraiser Update.
To date, I have raised and donated $2,198.00 to Miracle Horse Rescue!  THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased or shared my many, many face book advertisements!  My sale in my shop runs through the end of this month, with all proceeds donated to the wonderful rescue organization! Click here - it will take you to Miracle Horse Rescue's Face Book page. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today - I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. All the beads in this post are beautiful! I am going to check Karen's site out right now! The lacing in those bigger infinities just makes the look! And the simplicity of the love knot links really works well. Love those not-quite-a-nest-yet rounds too. You always do something fantastic, Patti!

  2. Patti, I really love all of the jewelry you create, but this post is amazing. I do love the beads too and what you do with them is a joy to view. The owl is so very cute, and the raven necklace is just too cool! The hammered infinity links are terrific! I love to visit your blog! Thanks for raising so much money for Miracle Horse Rescue. Continued blessings to you and your loved ones!

  3. The beads are indeed fabulous, but the way you put each piece together makes them stand out even more. Great wire work. Cutest little pumpkin and raven. The hammered infinity links are perfect.

  4. I can see you are having so much fun with Cindy's book! and such beautiful work with all your lovelies from ArtBliss! isn't it impossible not to walk away with a pile of beads from one of these beady conventions?

  5. Beautiful pieces! You certainly dove into Cindy's book right away. I just received mine and wouldn't you know I have no wire on hand!

    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful beads with us.

  6. I just adore that little blue owl. You do such incredible work, I am amazed.