Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Eyes Have It

I love this bead set! I started out with a HUGE cane of two brown eyes with olive green shadowing. Then I chopped it up so that I would have eyes in the bracelet looking up at you, but more in an abstract way. It's the first bracelet I am considering "etsy-worthy". If I don't chicken out, I'll put it in my shop. Fingers crossed, breath held,face squinched up and making a wish that someone else out there likes this as much as I do.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mermaid Singing

From "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock":...

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


This bracelet was the result of playing around with millefiori black and white caning. I added the Pepto pink for a more feminine touch. A lot of fun to make. A lot of fun to wear.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mexican skirt

I love the colors and textures of Mexican textiles. This bracelet was inspired by a lovely Mexican skirt I saw in a book. I can just imagine Frida Kahlo wearing it.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Just a picture today of my work table. Everything starts out with some blobs of clay, a toothpick, and my trusty potter's rib.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Autumn Oddity

Finally a day that feels like fall! TACA's fall show is on the grounds of Centennial Park, Indian food is nearby. This bracelet has it all, the spicy colors of the food I am going to eat and the leaves just starting to turn, the shapes and textures I expect to see at the show and a little bit of asymmetry just for fun.

Friday, September 24, 2010

We Real Cool

There's rarely a time that goes by that I don't have some poem singing in my head. All those years as an English teacher must have done a number on my memory. I was thinking about this poem by Gwendolyn Brooks. It's always been a favorite of mine and so many students learned to love poetry when they saw this one:
               THE POOL PLAYERS.
We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Secrets/fidget beads

When I'm making beads I usually like to smash a few into fidget beads. These are flattened beads with a big hole in the center that can be twirled around another bead and fidgeted with as you talk. (I'm a very fidgety person). This is a bracelet that appears to be entirely made of fidget beads, but there is a secret inside. You have to see one to get the effect. These are a bit "diva", but look very cool with casual clothing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Primavera lila

This pale purple color was my grandmother's fave. Is is lilac or lavendar? I never know. This one was made as I was learning how to make Skinner blend flower petals. Very feminine and pretty. "Primavera Lila" is the name.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Today's bracelet is a mosaic. Talk about labor intensive! I don't expect to make many like this since they take forever. It was kind of fun to see how different it looked once I applied the "grout". Anyway this one is titled "Bits and Pieces".

Monday, September 20, 2010


Okay, I've been feverishly churning out these bracelets and now I want somebody to see them. My goal is to post a pic every day until the end of the calendar year. This bead set is part of the "threads" series. I really enjoy embellishing with texture. The gold and green combo is one I particularly like. I was thinking about the poem "Eldorado" when I made this one.It's called "Eldorado verde".
Here's the first pic.