Thursday, May 28, 2009

Honey Bee

I've been playing a bit with colors to find my honeybee charm a good home. Something more delicate may be in order. Might take one apart and wire wrap the stones and beads. Too bad, because I like the feel of a large bead bracelet.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ducklings Learn Fast!

We have ten new baby ducklings in our little ponds. Every year we get several of these families and count the ducklings as they grow up to see how many make it. Not that we're crazy about having Muscovy ducks around - the adults are rather ugly and very aggressive, and really litter our sidewalks. But the little guys are cute, and this latest batch seems to have picked up the trait of rushing to any person standing by the pond to see if there is any food for them. I am actually standing there with my dog and still from far across the pond, they see me and come running (or swimming, paddling(?) in this case). I never feed them as I feel it's wrong, they can get their natural food from the ponds.

Do you see them in the upper far left? Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Here they come!

I have to leave as my dog will bark at them, but they keep coming right to me!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Turquoise Revisited

Upon reviewing the turquoise necklaces with my daughter, we decided to simplify and add a pendant of silver for a more updated or contemporary affect. So, I removed the faceted lime jade beads, and just used a matte semi iridescent turquoise seed bead. It's definitely more wearable (I think). The feather pendant is heavy and reversible to a fern leaf - one of my many PMC (fine silver) creations. Finally, I am parting with them! I may put this in my Etsy shop tonight if I can get back to the computer after dinner.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sand Opal

Summer time, beach time, this bracelet is the result of that inspiration. And also, the beautiful new color of Swarovski crystal named "Sand Opal" which is used in this clasp by the Clasp-on Clasp-off company. I added some round Swarovski sand opal crystals, pearls, Bali silver, and my own fine silver shell.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Beautiful Beach Day

Today was just too beautiful to sit inside in the studio, we had to go check out the beach near us.

t's lovely when there is almost no one else there - spring-breakers gone home, "snowbirds" back north, children in school, and most adults at work. Wednesdays are my husband's day off and it is a great time to take advantage of the serenity.

Our two little beach chairs were quite alone.

The ocean temperature has risen 4 degrees in a week and is almost ready to swim in for the first time this year..maybe next week!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Aren't shells the greatest thing? I found this shell last summer at Sanibel Island. I made a mold of it and then used it with PMC - silver clay - to make this fine silver pendant - or dangle as it turned out to be. It is very heavy, just the thing to weight this bracelet to keep the toggle at the bottom of your wrist. The bracelet itself has very large beads of jade, carnelian and lampwork - and sort of reminds me of the beach also. A sunny day at the beach, we all need those!!