Monday, January 30, 2012

New Work!

I have had some fun with some beautiful artisan beads!.  First up, this sterling silver wire-wrapped bracelet with the most fascinating beads by Lori Lochner!  These are my favorite colors - turquoise, teal, blue, plum...yummy!!

Next, I took a cue from the Pantone Color of the Year - Tangerine Tango - and made a beautiful, sunny bracelet with torch fired enameled glass beads by Sally Russick!  I was in luck to remember that I had this gorgeous, orange enameled vintaj toggle clasp by Anne Gardanne...this is probably the most comfortable bracelet I have ever tried on!

I also had fun with beads by one of my favorite glass makers, Sue Beads.  She made these stunningly deep green baroque-style beads, which I wire wrapped with a Green Girls Studio Pewter Flower Cross to make this bracelet:

I had ordered a bunch of porcelain charms from Marla James just because I though they were beautiful!  I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to make with them.  But, I lucked out and found a vintage resin necklace in my stash, took it apart, and the resin beads look exactly like wooden beads.  I though it was a perfect match!  The porcelain has the sweetest splash of light blue in the glaze.

More earrings with porcelain charms from Marla James - this time with some sodalite gemstones wire wrapped to the charm:

The last pair of earrings features one more set of Marla's charms, but this time, I paired them with some beads (leftovers from a bracelet, below) from a bead set by Gaea.  I mentioned on facebook that I would swear that the beads and the charms were glazed from the same paint chip - another perfect match!

All of the earrings above have gorgeous, solid copper ear wires that I picked up from Melina Orr during the Craft Fair late in the fall of 2011, held by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.

Last but not least, I made this pretty bracelet using these sweet, ceramic beads by Gaea, and some more vintage resin beads from another necklace I had on hand.

Well, that is what I have been up to this past week!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Patti! They are all fabulous! The first one is STUNNING!
    You are an excellent designer, my friend. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful beads! Beautiful designs! Dreamy!

  3. They are all gorgeous, I do love the first one as well! Her beads are amazing!

  4. Oooh, Patti! Those are all gorgeous! Well done :)

  5. Oh my Patti all the pieces are stunning! I especially love the color of the year bracelet, fantastic!!!!

  6. Love the colours and construction of your first piece here, beautiful!

  7. Gorgeous new pieces - that top bracelet is my favorite - absolutely beautiful!!! LOVE those beads!