Aurora Glass Tile Shirt-Collar Necklaces

Large Glass Tile Collar

Dior NecklaceThe intriguing coral-colored collar necklace in the recent Dior ad shown at left  inspired me to find out more about it and its price. I learned that the “Dioring the Jungle” necklace is plastron in metal and lacquer, and it sells for $1,550.00.  I was amazed, but undaunted.

I set out to create necklaces in a similar style. I eschewed  Dior’s flimsy one-note plastic design in favor of beautiful aurora iridescent glass tiles with both smooth and bumpy textures. I believe the resultant necklaces are much prettier and more versatile than the Dior versions, as they are made of real glass and may be worn with a variety of colors.

I created these necklaces in two sizes, large and small, to accommodate various body sizes and desires for dramatic effect. The large one is shown above, and the small one is shown below. Each tile collar is suspended on matching iridized glass beads with an adjustable chain-and-lobster-claw clasp to conform to a variety of clothing necklines. A faceted rainbow-hued glass bead joins the two collar-like panels of each necklace.

Although these necklaces may look heavy, they are actually very comfortable to wear and drape beautifully, due to their flexible construction. They definitely inspire envious attention and rapturous comments.

Perhaps the best thing about my collar necklace creations is that they are far more affordable than the Dior versions. The large Aurora Collar Necklace sells for only $65.00, and the small Aurora Collar Necklace sells for only $60.00. Both are currently available on my website, but if they have been snapped up before you get there, and you want one, let me know. I would be delighted to create a similar custom collar necklace for you. Color options for the glass tiles are practically limitless.

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New 3-times-daily Pillbox Size

3x Daily Pillbox  3x Daily Pillbox Top View

A customer recently requested a custom 21-dose weekly-3-times-daily pillbox. I was eager to accommodate her, as this configuration would fill a common need, but it is not commercially available. This decorative pillbox was for her husband, so she needed enough spacing between the rows of 7-dose strip pillboxes to accommodate his larger fingers. The pill organizer also needed to match their bathroom decor and include a dichroic glass seahorse. I was delighted to create the above custom pillbox for her using a slab of beautiful stained glass to anchor three medium 7-day strip pillboxes. The picture below shows the pillbox in the customer’s bathroom setting.

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Using this pillbox as a prototype, similar 3-times-daily (or 3-week) custom pillboxes could easily be made in a variety of sizes by merely substituting different size 7-dose-strip pill boxes and adjusting, as needed, the spacing between the rows of pill dispensers. If you would like a custom pillbox made with a configuration similar to this one, please contact me with your size details so I may quote you a price.

25 New Decorative Pillboxes

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I’ve been working for the past month or so on a batch of 25 new decorative multi-dose pillboxes, some of which are shown above. I used a variety of techniques on these boxes, including some totally new ones. All of these pill boxes are now available for sale on my website.

One new technique is shown on the right-hand box in the picture above. I added glittered crushed glass “shoals” on its stained glass to make it look like a meandering stream. The entire surface of the glass has been covered with a layer of jewelry quality clear resin for a good hand feel and to keep everything in place. Another piece of the same stained glass was used on the bottom center pillbox, which sports blue cat’s eye glass gems and a matching UTEEite star that has a resin coating on top for durability. I made the star out of ultra thick embossing enamel; hence its UTEEite name.

Three of the boxes in the center of the above picture feature glitter-patterned netting embedded in resin. The largest of these has a real blue daisy embedded in its transparent blue acrylic cabochon. The three small septagon pillboxes on the left feature various types of metal bezels containing Pebeo Fantasy enamel paints, dichroic glass cabochons, and glitter-filled resin. The top septagon also has aqua tiger-striped glitter netting embedded in the resin layer surrounding the bezel. Its stained glass top is also iridized for a mirrored rainbow effect. Quite a dazzler! The oblong pillbox in the upper left corner of the picture features iridescent dichroic glass cabochons in a Morse code da-di-da layout. The little green 1-dose box has iridescent green hearts floating in a resin layer on its brown stained glass top.

Brown Pillboxes

The two brown septagons and center red multi-dose pillbox in the picture above also feature the delightful Pebeo Fantasy enamels I’ve been working with recently. I’ve added dichroic and enameled glass cabochons, iridescent stars, and complementary colored glitter in the protective resin layers on these boxes. The three mostly black boxes above have decorative netting embedded in a resin layer on their stained glass tops. The larger of these three boxes has a white cat’s eye glass cabochon. The polka dot boxes sport iridescent rainbow-colored spots. The box on the right is a large 28-dose box with a beautiful striated yellow stained glass top and four large yellow cat’s eye cabochons.

Purple Pillboxes

All but the little pink dotted box in the above picture have mirrored iridescent rainbow stained glass tops, which makes them dazzling in hand and especially in the sunlight. The mod pillbox on the left has a ribbon of mirrored glass tiles, fireworks spangles, and glitter in matching colors, all embedded in clear resin. In fact, all the boxes in the above picture have protective top layers of clear resin. The box shown top right has a beautiful iridescent pink and purple dichroic glass oblong cabocon flanked by four pale purple glass gems. These all sit on a purple glittered ribbon. The box below this matches the large mod-design box. The two boxes shown lower right have aqua paisley glitter netting embedded in their resin layers on iridescent purple stained glass. Their slim profile makes them great little travel pillboxes or jewelry cases. The little black box in the center of the photo has iridescent pink-dotted netting embedded in resin on its black stained glass top.

Sand Pillboxes

The three pillboxes above were experiments with adding enamel/resin layers to portions of their textured stained glass tops. The definite challenge was to keep the resin from flowing over onto the bare stained glass areas. I’ll have to experiment further to perfect this technique! I was pleased that the texture of the glass was reflected in the enamel layers, though the resin layer on top provides a contrasting smoooth surface. The smaller two boxes are medium 28-dose pillboxes; the large box in the center is a 32-dose pillbox. The right-hand box has a lovely slab of dichroic glass at the forefront, adding depth to its beach scene.

All of these boxes may be turned over to access their individual hinged-lid compartments. The septagon 7-dose boxes have matching dichroic glass cabochons embedded in their central wells for an added surprise when these boxes are turned over for use.

For details or to purchase any of these pillboxes, hurry over to my website. They make great gifts!

Please leave a comment on my blog or contact me to let me know what you think of these new techniques and pillboxes. If a particular technique interests you, I’d be happy to incorporate it on a custom pillbox configured to meet your pill-taking or jewelry case needs.

New Product: Model Horse Rhythm Beads


Model Horse Rhythm Beads

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new product line: SteedBeads™ Rhythm Beads for Model Horses. These beautiful necklaces are sized to fit Breyer® Traditional size (largest) model horses, but they may also fit other model horse brands and sizes. My model horse rhythm beads are available in two sizes: Small (fits Arabian and other smaller breeds) and Medium (fits average size breeds, such as the Quarter Horse shown). These model horse accessories do not stretch, so ordering the correct size is important. They should lay comfortably on the horse’s shoulders or “drive line,” as shown in these pictures, where their jingle will most closely match the horse’s stride. My website provides instructions for measuring your model horse so you may determine which size to order.

These horse necklaces typically feature glass beads and a variety of colors and pendants. The tiny gold- or silver-plated “bells” are not large enough to jingle, but they simulate the bells on the jingling SteedBeads rhythm beads I make for live horses. Like all my SteedBeads products, these beautiful necklaces for model horses are sturdily designed for long-term active use and play. They are strung on strong plastic-coated multi-strand metal wire, and the ends are well secured with a unique clamping mechanism that looks like an additional gold- or silver-plated bead. They are worn by slipping them over the model horse’s head.

Small Model Horse Rhythm Beads

Although the “bells” on these SteedBeads rhythm beads are too tiny to actually jingle, when rhythm beads are worn on a real horse, their bells’ soothing jingle may:

  • Help your horse relax and be less spooky on the trail.
  • Encourage your horse to run faster in speed events, such as barrel racing.
  • Warn wild animals (and hunters) that you’re coming so they may get out of your way (and not shoot you).
  • Help you and your horse change gaits precisely and maintain a steady pace.
  • Help young horses and riders develop confidence.

Their use is popular with speed event riders as well as dressage, trail, endurance, and other riders.

Check my website to see the currently available selection of model horse rhythm beads, as well as durable readymade and custom SteedBeads for your real horses. Full-size SteedBeads rhythm beads are adjustably sized to fit your real horse and strung on 500 lb. strength cord. They have a mane clip at the withers; a variety of beautiful beads, bells, and central pendants; and a unique breakaway safety device that protects the beads and your horse should they catch on something. Jingling Saddle Dangles and Mane Dangles are also available.

Warning: SteedBeads rhythm beads for model horses contain small parts, so they are not suitable for children under age 3 .

New Glittery Bezeled Pillboxes

I recently completed a batch of a dozen new decorative multi-day pillboxes, seven of which feature a unique “tray bezel” embellishment. The bezels contain several layers, including enamel paints, glitter, dichroic glass cabochons, and clear jewelry quality resin, to produce gorgeous and unique effects.

The process to create these lovely bezeled pillboxes was quite time consuming, due to the cure times of some of the various components.

Step 1: I created large and small septagon patterns on my computer in sizes that are a bit smaller than the stained glass tops of the two sizes of sepagon pillbox base boxes I use.

Step 2: I created the septagonal outside “wall” of each bezel by wrapping flat goldtone, silvertone, or coppertone wire around a jig I made by pounding nails into a piece of wood. I created a large and small bezel in each of the three colors for a total of six bezels.

Step 3: When these metal pieces were formed and laying flat (on edge), I stuck them to clear packing tape (sticky side up) to form the bottom side of the bezel. I used packing tape also to secure the joint where the two ends of the metal met vertically.

Step 4: I mixed poured a thin layer of resin into the bottom of  the bezels and let it cure three days.

Step 5: I removed the packing tape from the bottom of the bezels.

Step 6: I added a variety of Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Prisme enamels to each bezel, leaving an open area roughly in the center of each one, to retain the transparency of the resin layer. I let this layer cure 24 hours.

Step 7: I chose and glued dichroic glass cabochons to the centers of the clear resin areas on each bezel and let the glue cure for 24 hours.

Step 8: I strategically sprinkled colored glitter into the designs on some of the bezels

Step 8: I mixed and added a layer of clear resin to fill each bezel to the top and let this layer cure 3 days.

Step 9: I cut and ground the edges of stained glass tops for each of the pillboxes.

Step 10: I glued the stained glass tops onto their septagonal pillbox bases and let the glue cure for 24 hours.

Step 11: I glued the completed bezels onto the stained glass tops of the pillboxes and let the glue cure for 24 hours.

Step 12: I turned the septagonal pillboxes over and glued cabochons in the center holes of each box and let the glue cure for 24 hours.

I was pleased with the effect of the transparent centers of these bezels, as they allowed the colors of the stained glass to show through, as shown in the Blue Small Septagon pillbox below.

Sky Blue Septagon

As part of this new bezel project, I experimented with forming the bezel exterior into a shape other than a septagon. Being an avid horse person, of course my first thought was to try to create a horse head bezel. This bezel went into production along with the rest of the bezels. I chose grey and pearly white enamels to assure the horse was my favorite color, grey with a dark wispy mane, and gave it an emerald cut diamond-like rhinestone eye. When complete, the bezel was mounted on rainbow iridescent stained glass. For durability and extra bling, I coated this delicate glass with a glitter-filled layer of resin, surrounding the bezel. This box pleased me so much that it has been dedicated to my personal use.

Horse Pillbox

Do contact me if you would like me to create a custom pillbox including a tray bezel. If you want a shape other than a septagon, I’d be happy to create and fill a bezel in that shape. Think about it! The bezel could represent your favorite pet, symbol, initial, or . . . ? You name it!

This batch of pillboxes also includes three Medium 14-dose pillboxes with the same rainbow iridescent stained glass I sued on my personal horse head box. Their additional embellishments include a glass leaf, dichroic glass cabochon, and jeweltone acrylic nuggets, all embedded in layer of glitter filled clear resin, adding durability to this delicate stained glass. The effects on these boxes are dazzling, especially in the sunlight. One of these boxes (already sold) included a large rectangular iridescent dichroc glass cabochon surrounded by a layer of resin containing  a lacy scroll pattern of glitter.

Tiger Sunset Pillboxe

Another Small Septagon pillbox in this batch features a traditional round studded goldtone bezel filled with similar contents as my personally created tray bezels. The bezel rests on beautiful Tiger Sunset stained glass.

Tiger Sunset Pillbox

Also featuring the same Tiger Sunset stained glass, the last pillbox in this batch seems almost tame, compared to the others, but it is still lovely and includes the tiger’s spots.  This Tiger Sunset Large 14-dose pillbox  features a spotted glass snail shell atop a slab of sunset hued stained glass. An iridescent round crystal bead also adorns the shell.

The first pillbox in this batch sold the day I posted it on my website, so if you are interested in any of these pillboxes, you may need to act fast. Check them out on my website’s readymade pillbox page. Click on the pictures on that page to view details and many more pictures of each pillbox. If the one you love is gone, you may order a custom pillbox in a similar style or the style and color(s) of your choosing. Adding a bezel or dichroic glass embellishment to a custom box will cost a little bit extra, but as you can see, they are quite lovely, and the bezels take quite a bit of work to create.



Dozen New Prayer Beads

6 New Prayer Beads

I created and added a dozen new sets of Anglican Prayer Beads  to my website this week. To learn more about using them to enhance prayer time, see this post.

Many of them feature some of the beautiful new patchwork multicolored dichroic glass crosses that I recently commissioned from a talented glass artisan.

Dichroic Glass Crosses

Others include pewter and antiqued gold finished bezeled crosses I created with Fantasy Prisme/Moon enameled interiors and dichroic glass cabochons embedded in glitter-filled clear jewelry quality resin.

Enameled Bezeled Cross

Some are long enough to wear as necklaces. All are unique and especially lovely in hand.

These are selling fast, so make your selections quickly. They make great Christmas gifts, and a copy of my 16-page Anglican Prayer Beads booklet is included with each purchase!

6 New Anglican Prayer Beads


22 New Pillboxes

New Enamel Resin Pillboxes

I’ve been working on this huge batch of 22 new decorative multi-day pillboxes for a couple of months. I just put them all on my website last week.

All but the large blue box in the photo above are enamel on glass with a durable layer of jewelry quality clear resin on top. I added colored glitter to the resin layer on some of these for a bit of sparkle. Cabochons on these are either dichroic glass or glass enameled on the back side in matching colors. All of these are especially lovely in hand.

The large blue box has a glass top with layers of holographic square glitter flakes in blue with a similar band of purple. Read all about this super blingy box in in detail here.

The additional new pillboxes below are my more traditional stained glass type. The interesting leafy glass on the larger boxes at left led me to insert a real tree branch in the channel under the glass on the white box. I also created the chunky heart bezels by filling them with acrylic nuggets and resin. These are especially lovely in sunlight.

New Enamel Resin Pillboxes

Check out all of these new boxes on my website and let me know what you think of them by leaving a comment here. Hope you can give one or more of them a new home. It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping!


Enameled Cabochon Pendants

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

I have been so enamored of Pebeo’s new Fantasy Prisme and Moon enamels, that I’ve experimented with using them on clear glass cabochons for use on pillbox tops and necklaces. My first thought was that the beautiful patterns that these enamels make would be visible through the cabochon glass if I just painted the enamel on the back of the cabochon. Much to my surprise, the beautiful pattern only rose to the surface of the enameled back of the cabochon; the design that showed through the magnifying cabochon only reflected where the enamel colors first touched the clear glass. For example, the view below is what appeared through the cabochon above on which I had painted the enamel.

Back side of pendant

Back side of pendant

Therefore, to make the “prettier” side of the enamel visible, I had to glue another clear glass cabochon to the back of the enameled cabochon. Then magic took place. The glue interacted with the enamel and formed the ripples or ridges in the enamel pattern, making it even more lovely!

Pendant suspended from scarf

Pendant suspended from scarf

Then I experimented with adding faceted crystal beads on the wire surrounding a similar pendant and using matching marble beads to form the necklace.

Beaded enamel pendant

Beaded enamel pendant

I have since created a few more such pendants with scarf connectors like the ones shown here and offered them for sale on my website. You can find most of these pendants here.

What do you think of these enameled cabochon pendants? Should I make more of them? Which connector type do you like best and/or do you think will be most saleable? Should I attempt to find matching scarves to sell with these pendants?

New Techniques on 17 Super Blingy Pillboxes

New Enameled Pillboxes

I recently created and uploaded to my website and shop  17 new “super blingy” pillboxes. Bling is my thing–Yes! Most of these have enameled glass tops using new colors of Pebeo Fantasy enamels that my husband gave me for my recent birthday.

I tried something new on some of these by adding glitter and sequin stars to the clear jewelry quality resin layer that I add to pillbox tops that need more durability. I rummaged through my supplies and found fine gold and silver glitter that worked beautifully. As I was working with the designs, I thought that using other colors of glitter would have been fun to try. Shortly after I finished this batch of boxes, I discovered over two dozen bottles of fine glitter in a variety of colors stashed in a spot I hadn’t noticed when I was looking for glitter. ;o} I’ll definitely be incorporating these into some of my resined enamel pillbox tops in the future!

Glittery Purple Pillbox

Large 14-day double pillbox with two layers of glittery netting and a dichroic glass cabochon.

Bling Swirl Pillbox

Bling Swirl Green Large 14-dose Pillbox

Another new technique represented in this batch of pillboxes is the addition of layers of glittered netting into the design. I’ve submerged these into the resin and/or glue layers of the pillbox tops to create a variety of effects. For example, on the pill box at right, white netting with a glittered scroll design has been embedded in the resin layer on a white stained glass top. On the pill box above, the same type of netting has been inserted between the base boxes and the clear glass pillbox top. Then a sequined purple netting has been added on top of the glass, embedded in resin. An iridescent dichroic glass cabochon has been glued to the surface of the resin layer for even more bling.

Regarding dichroic glass cabochons, I luckily recently acquired a huge batch of cast-off dichroic glass cabochons from a talented glass artisan. (Watch for more about this artist in a future post!) I’ve incorporated some of these cabochons into this batch of pill boxes, and I’ll be using the cabochons in many of my future creations. Here’s a picture of these delightful dichroic glass acquisitions, so you can imagine what glories are to come!

Dichroic Glass Cabochons

Recently acquired dichroic glass cabochons.

Also represented in this batch of pill boxes are matching enameled glass cabochons that I created while I was enameling the pillbox tops for this batch. The example below shows not only one of these cabochons, but also the glitter I’ve embedded in the clear resin layer.

Enameled cabochon and glitter

Dazzling Enamel Eye 4-dose Rectangular Pillbox

Another blingy feature used on several of the pillboxes in this batch is iridescent stained glass. I was able to cut four box tops out of a spectacular piece of red stained glass (generously donated by a glass artist friend) that has a rainbow-hued iridescent coating. Two of these tops were merely glazed with resin as a protectant, but I added glittery netting to the resin layers on the other two.

Neeted Dichro Heart Pillbox

Netted Dichro Heart Bezel Medium 14-dose Pillbox

One of the latter, shown above, is perhaps the most blingy of all the 17 pillboxes  in this batch. It features a studded antiqued goldtone metal heart bezel containing clear resin embedded with glitter, colorful sequined stars, mirrored glass strips and a multi-colored dichroic glass cabochon. Purple sequined netting is embedded in clear resin on the  iridescent red glass box top. This pillbox is outrageously dazzling in hand and almost too pretty to part with, so it may be snapped up quickly. If it is still available, you can find it here.

Would you be so kind as to leave a comment regarding these new innovations?

10 New Anglican Prayer Beads

13 New Prayer Beads

I recently completed the 10 new sets of Anglican Prayer Beads shown above and posted them on my website. They incorporate some new cross and angel pendants as well as some beautiful new cross-shaped beads in dyed agate, stone, and cloisonne metal. I also used some beads recently acquired on eBay. A few of these sets are long enough to be worn as necklaces. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of these!