Monday, July 21, 2014

Many thanks!

I have come to the conclusion that artists have BIG hearts.  I have known this for a while, but things keep happening that only reinforce this fact.  

Recently, Julie Burgard  - the artist behind Outwest Beads (OMG - awesome beads) contacted me on Facebook.  She had a set of beads that she purchased from a lampwork artist years ago, before she started making beads herself.  She offered them to me, as I am constantly bombarding Facebook with images of my jewelry, and I note that the proceeds are donated to Miracle Horse Rescue.  Anyway, of course I said "yes"!  Though I do not have  a picture of the whole strand here, it is a large strand of 12 pillow-shaped beads (my favorite shape) and each bead is different.  Julie cannot remember the name of the artist, who no longer makes these beauties, so I am afraid no credit can be given to the artist - just a heartfelt YUM!

These beads were screaming at me to be matched with copper, so I made this bracelet:

This adjustable style bracelet is fast becoming my "signature style" - if I actually had to put a name to it.  Let's face it - it hard work to fill one's shop with jewelry that appeals to "the masses", yet represents one-of-a-kind.  I find that making adjustable bracelets helps.

I also prefer to use as many handmade components as possible, so the chain is comprised of my textured, soldered links.

I love the colors in these little story-telling beads!  I see the horizon, a moon, a them!  Heartfelt thank you to Julie for these little beauties - and I have 8 left...yeah me!!!

Please be sure to visit Julie's shop here - her work is no less than A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

In other jewelry making mother has been asking me for a black pendant that she can wear on a stunning sterling chain maille necklace that she made years ago.  She asked for a specific style, too.  So black to me means onyx...

Isn't her chain gorgeous!  Mom prefers "shiny" silver over the antiqued silver look - but, I wanted the details that I painstakingly soldered onto this piece to pop - so, just a quick bath in liver of sulfur and a good buffing helped to make the texture stand out just a bit.

The bail is more like a hook - slips right over this very thick chain.  She learned this technique years ago when she was making jewelry while living in Florida.  Makes it easy to slip it on and off the chain, too.

So glad that this turned exactly how I pictured it in my mind!  That is a rare event for me!

Thanks so much for visiting me today - I hope you all have a wonderful week!



  1. Wow, Patti! The bracelet is gorgeous, love those beads! But, the pendant is spectacular! And, your mom's chain maille is fabulous! Obviously, jewelry making is in the family! Have a good week. You can make lots of jewelry since it's going to be hot out! ;)

  2. The color and variety in those beads is amazing and they look great with your copper! Bet Mom was pleased with that pendant too.

  3. Oh, I so drooled over that pendant! Even though the stone is black, for some reason when I looked at the detailing, I thought of tiger lilies. Love the hooked back, that is such a great idea. You know I'm a huge fan of your work, and I totally agree that you have hit upon a successful idea with the adjustable bracelets. And, because the links are your gorgeous, handmade pieces, it doesn't scream 'adjustable chain' like so many. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations, my friend!

  4. wow! that necklace is gorgeous! the pendant and the chain!!!!

  5. That pendant you made for your mother is gorgeous! I'm so impressed with your soldering skills. How cool that she made the heavy chain herself. A true mother/daughter collaboration! Well done!

  6. What a great post. I love your "signature" bracelet - those beads are gorgeous. The pendant you made for you mom is really lovely and clever. Her chain maille is beautiful.

  7. Hi Patti, I like the adjustable bracelet style. The pendant you made for your Mom is gorgeous.

  8. What fun for me to see your Mom's chain again! I remember her wearing it in FL and now she has your gorgeous pendant to enhance it. That really is a gorgeous pendant and the design is perfect. I love the added touches that you soldered on it. The beads and your lovely! It's always a pleasure to visit your blog!