Tag Archives: red

Wednesday, June 29th

29 Jun



This carved pendant is made of dark brown jade.

The double fish symbol is considered good luck in China.

I made this pendant when I was pregnant with my daughter and wore it all the time.  What could have been luckier?

.5 mm black leather cord, vintage red glass beads, jade pendant. Closed in the back with a hook-and-loop closure.


Tuesday, June 28th

28 Jun


This necklace was created by threading head pins through beads and chain to create a fringe. It’s an interesting idea and I think I am going to explore it a bit more. This version, with pretty abalone and too-bright red Czech crystals isn’t a winner for me. The idea, though, I like that…

(I have no idea when this necklace was made…I’ve had it for years, but I don’t remember it at all…hmm.)

Monday, June 20th

20 Jun


Out-of-focus Elaine Ray beads with a yellow, dyed-howlite skull…on leather of course. Notice a trend, yet?

Tuesday, May 31st

31 May



Today I wore two necklaces (as promised) but honestly, I do this a lot.

The shorter choker is from the old days and I made it as part of a collection I did for Bedizen called Vegas Wedding. We had a lot of love- and wedding-themed charms and that desert palette. The necklace is strung on memory wire, a product I really like for making chokers. It can be worn with out actually choking the wearer.

Kinda important.

Those beads are a mix of Czech glass and some vintage 40’s carnelian glass rounds that I had a 10 lb. bag of at one time. I used them in so many collections I thought they’d never run out. Sadly, they did. Bone dice, stars, flowers are from China. The small red beads that are coming off the memory wire strand are real red coral from back before we realized we shouldn’t be making important animals like coral into beads.

Those painted ceramic bird beads? I had forgotten all about them and now that I remember them I dug out the name of the folks I purchased them from. I think I need more.

The orangey long necklace is made of many, many strands of silver-lined red glass beads. It’s really a hank; strung on cotton thread and knotted. It was a gift from a friend after I came to her wedding ceremony. It’s really pretty and I don’t know if she knew I would wear the hank just like that or she thought I would restring it. I like it as-is.

It’s a perfect summer necklace as it’s bright and really disco-looking but also doesn’t actually match a single thing I own.

Currently that ‘not quite matching’ element is very appealing to me.

Friday, May 27th

27 May


Thursday, May 26th

26 May


A simple design.

Wooden bar with Elaine Ray teardrop and a very, very old Hand of Fatima/Hand of Budda charm.

Finished with a double strand of ribbon.

Monday, May 16th

16 May


Coral, wood, metal spacers.

There used to be a metal ribbon tassel hanging from the coral but it broke off.

I keep this because I like the color.

I think I need to rework it.

Saturday, May 14th

14 May


A busy day of school activities and outdoor events at work. I wore this two-strand necklace with a purple cotton dress that is cool and easy.

The necklace uses a bead-wrapped end bar as a center bar to hold the carved bone focal bead. The double strands are coral and brown glass beads.

I made this for Bedizen years ago and it was quite popular if I remember correctly.

Thursday, May 5th

5 May


Sunday, April 24th

24 Apr


Today was Easter Sunday.

I think this is my favorite holiday.  Reasons?

1. The store is closed. No work at all, and no feeling guilty for not working.

2. There are minimal family and social requirements as far as decorating (none), cooking and wardrobe.

3.There are no gifts to buy and in our family the basket-hunting is all about the clues.

4.I can reasonably count on having an entire day outside.

This year did not disappoint. There were clues for the baskets, bike rides, egg-coloring and egg hunts, lots of time in the garden and a very nice, very low-key yummy dinner on the porch. I would have taken my picture wearing this necklace but my garden time included a full clean out of the chicken coop and the results weren’t pretty. I had to shower before I could clean up for dinner. My clothes will be washed twice.

I wore this nice little fish pendant on a bit of ombre ribbon. It has a fold-over closure in the back and a spring ring clasp and chain extender. The fish pendant was created by Susan Reynolds and I loved it immediately. After I wore it all day I removed the pendant from the ribbon and washed the ribbon out gently. It’s drying now on my work table.