10 New Protestant Prayer Beads

I recently completed and posted for sale on my website the above ten new Anglican prayer beads. The four on the right and the pink one on the left are long enough to be worn as necklaces for beautiful statements of faith.

The Pink Silver Serenity set (third from the left and shown below), will be of special interest to those who often pray the Serenity Prayer or who have been involved in twelve-step groups.

I especially love the lime green rhinestone encrusted cross on the Lime Glitter set (second from the right in the opening picture above). I filled in its previously hollow back with lime glitter and clear jewelry quality resin, as shown below, so it not only looks pretty on both sides, but also feels smooth in hand.

The Aurora Circlets necklace prayer beads (fourth from the right in this post’s opening photo) are especially lovely. Iridescent faceted aurora borealis roller balls are circled by silver plated rings to form its Cruciform beads. Its transparent round crackle glass Week beads have rainbow hued coatings on one side, allowing the crackle glass to display on the other side of each bead. Rainbow coated rectangular tube glass spacer beads and a custom-created patchworked jeweltone dichroic glass cross round out this spectacular set’s components.

Each set of prayer beads is priced at $32.00 plus $7.00 shipping (free shipping for local orders) and includes my 16-page Anglican Prayer Beads booklet and a lifetime re-stringing guarantee. Visit my website now to place your order before these beauties get snapped up by others!

Ten Anglican Chaplet Bracelets

Ten Chaplets

Ten new Anglican chaplet bracelets are now for sale on my website for $18.00 each. These feature a variety of colors, styles, and lengths. I previously was creating most of my Protestant chaplets to fit my own wrist, so in this batch I included some shorter and longer than that average length.

I have also begun using larger lobster claw clasps, such as the one shown below, in antique brass, and gold- and silver-plated brass. Their bigger openings will allow them to be attached to a wider variety of locations and fastenings.

Squiggle Chaplet

Each of these Protestant chaplet bracelets comes with a velveteen storage pouch, a lifetime restringing guarantee, and a copy of my 16-page Anglican Prayer Beads booklet that includes prayer bead pictures, history, symbolism, instructions, and nine sample prayers.

Prayer Bead Booklet & Pouch

I’ve also recently updated my Anglican Prayer Beads booklet with a instructions for using chaplets, which are shortened forms of Anglican (Protestant) prayer beads. To make chaplets’ use crystal clear, I have included the following diagram in this revision of the booklet.

Chaplets are designed to be used in any way you choose to enhance and/or organize your prayer time. They may also be worn as bracelets or attached to purses, backpacks, rear view mirrors, cell phones, etc., to keep them handy and as personal statements of faith.

The Aqua Ceramic Hearts Anglican Chaplet below is one of my faves. If it is not sold soon, I may just keep it for my own use!

Ceramic Hearts Chaplet

My chaplets also make great gifts and starter prayer beads for adults and children to practice their use. Visit my website and snap some up today!


13 New Protestant Prayer Beads

Colored Prayer Beads

I recently created 15 new sets of Anglican Prayer Beads and posted them for sale on my website. Two of them have already sold! The remaining colored ones are pictured above. The first, fourth, and sixth from the left are long enough to be worn as necklaces for a lovely statement of faith. The third one from the left is a spectacular rainbow set that incorporates iridized glass chevrons as spacers and beautiful faceted rainbow-centered iridescent Cruciform beads.

Rainbow Chevron Prayer Beads

Its specially commissioned dichroic glass cross harmonizes perfectly and is delightful in hand.

5 Neutral Prayer Beads

The new prayer beads above are in reds, browns, and blacks. The one on the right is necklace length. The one on the left is made of iridescent shell disk beads. Its cruciform beads are rainbow foiled faceted clear crystals surrounded by lovely embossed metal cages.

Wire Ring Detail

Check these all out on my website, and snap your faves up soon! Comments below are always appreciated.

Four New Protestant Prayer Beads

4 New Prayer Beads

I recently created the above four sets of Protestant (Anglican) Prayer Beads and am now offering them for sale on my website. The first three are long enough to also be worn as necklaces. The two on the right feature dyed agate pendants, and the one on the right also has dyed green agate Swiss cross Cruciform beads.

Each set is $32.00 plus $7.00 (U.S.) shipping and includes a velour storage bag and 16-page full color booklet by me containing the history and use of Anglican Prayer Beads and sample prayers.

I’ve laid in a new supply of beads and pendants lately, so watch for more prayer bead creations to be made soon!

19 New Earrings

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In preparation for the recent Christmas shopping season, I created the above 19 sets of new earrings and posted them for sale on my website. Some have already been sold, but the rest are still available with prices from $8-$12. Ear wires are either stainless steel or gold-plated.

I especially loved making the Black Doggie earrings pictured below. Each pup has a beaded “leash.”

151120 Back Doggie Earrings

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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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?

Elko Art Walk Participation 5/11/13

Jewelry Display Rack
Some of the jewelry I’ll be selling at the Art Walk

I’ll again be participating in the Elko, Nevada, Downtown Business Association’s Art Walk from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May. 11, 2013. I’ll be at the Western Folklife Center demonstrating my beaded jewelry making techniques. Other local artists will be working on and selling their creations at various downtown businesses during this event, so it will be fun and interesting to attend.

At last year’s Art Walk, I did an encaustic painting demo at Mismash ‘N’ Muddle. This year, I will be making and selling my beaded earrings, though I also will have available some of my beautiful turquoise and ceramic beaded horse head necklaces shown above. Most of my earrings are reasonably priced at $8-$12/pair.

I will be bringing a large selection of glass beads to work with that day, so I will be able to quickly make sets of earrings for you while you wait and watch. You choose the beads, and presto! I turn them into earrings with sterling silver or gold-plated ear wires or clip-on fasteners, your choice.

If you’ve ever wanted to have a pair of earrings to match a certain outfit, bring or wear the outfit to the event, and I’ll make earrings to match.

The jewelry that I usually have on sale at the Elko Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop will be available for purchase at my table, plus any other earrings I make during the event.

Hope to see you there, but if you miss it, remember that you always can find my jewelry at the Chamber Gift Shop or on my website.

Jewelry Now at Elko Chamber of Commerce

Jewelry Display Rack
Jewelry display placed at the Chamber.

On March 8, I placed in the Elko, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop seven new porcelain and real turquoise necklaces and 24 pair of earrings that were previously on my website. To achieve this, I purchased a revolving jewelry display rack and had hang tags custom made with my 4-color logo on them for my earrings and other jewelry.

The whole display rack looks very professional, and I’m excited to see how well my jewelry sells via this outlet. I have had my artwork prints, note cards, sage brush lapel pins, and magnets for sale there for several years, as I am a Chamber member. I also have a nifty business web page on the Chamber’s website that I encourage you to check out.

I recently fell in love with some glazed porcelain horse head beads, so I purchased several plus a variety of matching components and real turquoise beads so I could create several necklaces in this theme. I have not run out of these materials yet, so watch for more necklaces to be added to this collection.

Porcelain and turquoise necklaces
Porcelain and turquoise necklaces

I also took to the Chamber almost all my website’s earrings that had gold-plated ear wires. The earrings placed at the Chamber are no longer available on my website, so I definitely want to make more earrings soon to replenish my website’s earring collection.

Please leave a comment to let me know how you like my new jewelry display and this new collection of heart and horsey necklaces. I hope you also will stop by the Chamber gift shop and/or my website to take a closer look!


New Jewelry Galore

Rainbow Tooth Necklace

I’ve been on a beading spree lately, creating 7 new necklaces and 5 new pair of earrings. These have all been posted for sale on my website, though I’m loathe to part with some of them, they are so lovely.

Two of the necklaces I made using Wonderstone (Rhyolite) that I found in the Elko, NV, area. Instead of polishing the stone faces that feature Wonderstone’s concentric circles, which requires special equipment, I chose to coat them with clear resin. This gives the stones’ focal points a shiny surface that enhances the design, yet allows it to contrast with the stone’s natural surfaces.

Wonderstone Slab Necklace
Wonderstone Slab Necklace

I also created my first three-strand necklace, featuring antiqued chain segments and iridescent butterflies.

Triple Butterfly Necklace
Triple Butterfly Necklace

I’ve also experimented with new components in my newly created earrings.  These include using transparent glass macaroni noodles, glass-fringed filigreed heart components, and beaded baubles. Two of the new sets of earrings match the new necklaces I made.

Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings
Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings

You can see all these new creations in the Jewelry Gallery on my website where they are available for purchase. If you’re a local customer, I’ll be happy to reimburse you for my website’s shipping charges if you arrange for pickup of your purchases at my studio in Lamoille, NV, by contacting me.

I’d be pleased if you’d post a comment as to how you like these new pieces and/or what types of jewelry you’d like me to make more of.