Category Archives: handmade beads

Kristen Franzten Orr class at Snow Farm

Last March I took a class with Kristen Franzten Orr at Graceful Customs. I liked this class  so much that I decided to take another longer one in September, 2014 at Snow Farm- the New England Craft Program. Snow Farm … Continue reading

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Second Annual Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop

Laurie Anderson  challenged us again to use some of the beads we have been hoarding and make some jewelry. Since last year I still enjoy shopping for beads, but have been spending more time making lampwork beads. I have also … Continue reading

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Third Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop

Rita of Toltec Jewels is hosting this blog hop to celebrate Autumn. I had bought a calavera pendant from Hippie Chick Designs and decided to use it as the focal of a necklace. A calavera is a representation of a … Continue reading

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The Gathering-2014 International Society of Glass Beadmakers Conference in Houston

Houston? In July? Those were my thoughts when I heard the Gathering was going to be in Houston this year. The Gathering is an annual event hosted by the ISGB, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Glass artists and enthusiasts … Continue reading

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My Country Blog Hop

This is the second annual My Country Blog Hop/Challenge created by Nan Smith. Last year the focus was for people to design and make a piece  of jewelry that reflected a country where they lived or were born in. I … Continue reading

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Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio thought it would be fun to host a jewelry blog hop based around using Irish waxed linen and I thought it would be fun to join. According to jewelry maker Erin Siegel, “waxed linen … Continue reading

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My bead soup has arrived.

Last week a package arrived in the mail. This was inside! Lots of little packages all wrapped up. My bead soup from Iveth Caruso! Inside were a wonderful variety of beads, including several possible focal beads, purple leather cord, and … Continue reading

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Heather Trimlett’s 40-Bead Challenge

A couple of years ago I participated in Heather Trimlett’s challenge to improve my beadmaking skills by making 40 beads using her instructions: • about 1/2”–5/8” in diameter • using DOTS only as a decorative element • melting ALL dots … Continue reading

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Beadmaking Class with Kristen Frantzen Orr

Last weekend I participated in a wonderful glass bead making class with Kristen Frantzen Orr, an acclaimed bead artist. According to her website “Kristen’s handmade glass beads blend her love of nature with her background as a watercolor artist. A … Continue reading

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Bead and Button Show

To celebrate my Birthday last year my sister, Angelika, and I decided to attend the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I landed in Chicago on June 5, 2013 and had several hours before picking up Angelika. In Milwaukee … Continue reading

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