Archive for the ‘beadwork’ Category


Back in the studio working on my mixed media Tibetan-inspired bead project as it was well along and I didn’t want to lose steam. I got them painted, gilded and sanded, put a couple of glazes on and then sanded again. Finally I sealed them with Matte Medium and applied 4 coats of Renaissance Wax. The bead at center front was my inspiration bead. It is an authentic glazed and gilded terracotta Tibetan prayer bead. I do not know it’s age.  I was not trying to replicate the bead…just want to make some Tibet-inspired jewelry and cannot now afford to buy Tibet beads. The processes involved in making these beads are fiddly, messy and extremely time consuming. The four I finished have at least 20 hours in them.

The two beads in front are completely different. I liked the way the yarn ridges looked with several coats of Mod Podge and dressmaking paper, therefore I did not paint or gild them. They were waxed. Unfortunately, I do not have any more of these odd shaped beads to work with. They remind me of pods and then the words/marks on them adds a quirky kick.



The star of this necklace is the gorgeous hand cast bronze petroglyph pendant by Nancy Young which I purchased from her probably around 1995 or so. The large beads are charoite, the purple cylinder beads are lepidolite and the chips and buttons are ameythst. I do not know at the moment what the yellow-green faceted bead is but I hope to find out. The two charms were found earrings. I am a huge fan of Nancy Young’s work and wish I had bought more of her castings when she sold them to the public because I believe now she produces them only for her own use. They are gorgeous work.

I made this necklace over the weekend. It’s the first beaded project I’ve done in years. I have a lot of beads. Remember what I’ve told you about my definition of “a lot”. That’s been coming up a lot lately, hasn’t it? haha. I was reminded of the old joke “how do you eat an elephant” answer “one bite at a time”. So since my beads are sorted by color I decided that I would work monochromatically for a while until I started feeling more comfortable working into those file drawers. The necklace is worked in yellow orange beads with two Asian designed carved fish to represent Pisces. (Remember, I am Pisces Rising). It also has citrine and yellow jasper, was well as shell and AB finished faceted glass beads. I used a slide clasp for the first time and like it; easy to take on and off and doesn’t take up as much room as a toggle clasp. There are also brass colored tiny metal beads for the “oooh shiney” I require. All in all, I’m pleased. Enjoy your day!