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I’ve gone knotty!!

Certainly not nutty, I was born that way (damn it, now I have that silly Gaga song in my head).

I was in a bit of a funk this week trying to make myself a super long bright pink necklace.  I had the dyed pink Agate, the pearls, the clear glass beads… so what could go wrong with a simple repeating pattern? Everything. I tried too many times to no avail. Nothing was going to work. They are now sitting on my desk in a pile waiting. When they are ready to be made, they will call for me and I will then have my necklace.
I was wandering around the Chickenfeed (cheapy shop) looking for more canvases when I came across these gorgeous bright wooden beads.  I knew straight away what I could make.
Hence the start of my going knotty.

This is the product of yesterday. I’m very happy with the results.

Turquoise and wooden beads. 126cm length.

Knotted glass beads – 2 strands 63cm length

Mega long knotted wooden beads – 210cm length.

Ok, so this is not knotted, but wrapped loops and linked – ceramic beads with Swarovski crystals. Chain length can be adjusted.

This one – what can I say. Not happy.  Too chunky, too blah.  I was going to knot it, but don’t know what happened. Feedback is gratefully accepted – it will get pulled apart. How it is re made is another story…

And the beads that started it all.  I’m going to hunt out more and make a short multi strand knotted necklace.  This one will be finished with two strands in between the current lengths.  I just had to order more silver spacers to do it.

Saying ‘get knotted’ my not be appropriate, but I’m saying in the nicest possible way.
Jennifer 😀


Wrist Bling….

It’s time to dress up your arms, layer some bracelets and head out….

Some older bits and a couple from today.  My mind has gone potty and I can’t think straight now… have 3 in progress that just wont come together.. grr and right when I really need to get productive for this weekend.

Chrysocolla cubes & Swarovskis

multi strand pearls (bad night time pic)

Keep smiling 🙂

the ears have it….

I thought it was about time to do another post on the main reason I started this blog… my beads. I have wandered off in other directions of late.
Here’s a small selection of recent earrings…..


Shell with pearls.


Onxy & Swarovski


Swarovski & jade?


Swarovski & pearls


Swarovski & Pearls


Swarovki and swarovski componant


Swarovski, turquoise and (not sure what, but it's good)


chain and acrylic beads

Acrylic bead with swarovski



I will be starting work on bracelets & necklaces pronto, and next week hopefully get sewing some more bags…

Keep smiling 🙂 after all “it’s all about the jewellery and how it makes you feel”

ps. Everything is for sale (unless captioned otherwise), if you’re interested please email me from the ‘where to buy page’. (gotta get a plug in somewhere.. ;-))

Beadalicious Bounty….

This week was “Re-invented Week” where I turned to that stack of old necklaces, and re worked them into something more appealing.  Or, in one case, use the beads earmarked for something else, and make a pretty little piece out of it.

All beaders will have a box, rack, a stash somewhere of beads they bought for some special project and haven’t got to it yet, or have gone through old pieces and decided they don’t like it or suddenly see a much better piece ‘magically appear’ in front of them.

I had my stash in a box.  Never saw it, never opened it… it just sat there, all lonely on the shelf.  So when we were packing to move, I got it out and started a sort, putting them away (where possible) in their correct boxes – this way they had travelling companions.  Once back here in Tas, I went through all the jewellery and was quite ruthless in what I took apart or put aside.  All items to be reworked were put in a bag (with or without extra bits I thought of) with a small note explaining what I was thinking.  They were then hung on a rotating rack where I can see them everyday! Simple.  And effective. Always in my face.

So, back to where I started… getting stuck into these little bags.  I remade 6, made one completely new one, and re made another so much, there is barely anything of the original left.

basic chain lariat style necklace - before

After: not a lot of change. made it shorter, added more dangles and got a pair of earrings aswell

found these beads lurking in a box - my brand new piece using chips of Amazonite.

added wood beads, and made a long linked necklace. Now, what to do with the extra green beads??wooden/acrylic beads with gold chain. was a necklace and bracelet...

wooden/acrylic beads with gold chain. was a necklace and bracelet...

beads earmarked for something else. Actually similar but completely different idea. Potato Pearls & rhodonite with resin pendant.

Ugly! this had a focal pendant, don't know where it went. This one had to go.

Ok, so only the pearl sticks & copper heishi have stayed. Centre is sticks of MOP/Shell with balls of Magnesite(?) Got a pair of earrings to match aswell.











And lastly a favourite, that just needed a re-wiring .  It was originally strung on wire, as I wanted a fairly ‘stiff’ piece.  Problem was, it ended up too stiff.   So added more beadies and strung on tiger tail and now it hangs really nicely.

shell with copper. Before.After.


Next week is Bag Week!
Til next time, keep smiling 🙂