22 New Decorative Pillboxes

New Small Pillboxes

I recently completed a batch of 22 new decorative pill organizers and posted them for sale on my website. The picture above shows 15 of the smaller pillboxes. The picture below shows the 7 larger ones in this batch.

7 Large Pillboxes

Both new and older embellishment techniques are featured in this batch. In addition to simply trimmed stained glass tops like the dragonfly, fish, and orange swirled boxes in the above picture, I made two that feature mirrored tops with rainbow rhinestone mesh embedded in a layer of clear resin. These are very glittery in hand. The above example is a 14-dose XXL pillbox. The smaller of these two rainbow boxes is the medium 14-dose version pictured below.

Rhinestone Rainbow Pillbox

I used a septagonal mold I created to form the confetti resin top for the Teal Confetti 7-dose Small Septagon pillbox below.

Teal Confetti Pillbox

On its underside, I created a glittery clear resin cabochon to fit in its central well.

Teal Confetti Pillbox's Cabochon

This batch also features some of the lovely iridescent dichroic glass cabochons I recently acquired from a glass artist. One of these cabochons is embedded in a glittery layer of clear resin on the rainbow-coated stained glass top of the Teal Pink Dichro 7-dose rectangular pillbox pictured below.

Purple Teal Pink Dichro Pillbox

I had fun creating more of my popular enamel-on-mirror resin-coated tops on several of the boxes in this batch, such as the Mirrored Strawberry Mocha 14-dose Medium Pillbox shown below.

Mirrored Strawberry Mocha Pillbox

I embedded a ring with shifting rainbow hues in glittery resin to look like a moon rising over the mountains on the mirrored Purple Mountain Lake Large 28-dose Pillbox below that also features the enamel/resin technique.

Purple Mountain Lake Pillbox

Would you believe its underside looks like this?

Purple Mountain Lake Pillbox Underside

Which side would you rather look at when your pillbox is sitting on your counter?

For more details on these pillboxes and many more, including custom options, please visit my website. My creations make treasured gifts! Come beat the Christmas rush.




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!

Elko Centennial Cowboy Boot Now in Place at Great Basin College

GBC Boot

After over two month’s work, the Elko Nevada Centennial cowboy boot I created for Great Basin College (GBC) is now in its final resting place on the college’s campus.  This boot is one of several similar six-foot-high boots placed around Elko by sponsoring businesses and painted in various styles by local artists. The campaign is part of the city’s centennial celebration this year.

GBC Boot

I’ve heard a rumor that sponsors have been found for all of the city’s initial order of 26 boots, and that the city is placing an order for more such boots to meet local demand. The new order will not be available for artists to paint until next spring, however.

GBC Boot

I am grateful to GBC President Mark Curtis for asking me to complete this project for GBC. Credit also goes to Dr. Curtis for the photos included in this post. I especially appreciated his contributions and help throughout the creation process, and his arrangements for placement of the boot in such a prominent location on campus. I hope it will be a meaningful landmark there for many years to come.

For more information about the development of this boot, see my earlier blog posts about stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 of the project.

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!


3 Readymade SteedBeads Rhythm Beads

3 SteedBeads

I recently created the three new sets of readymade SteedBeads Rhythm Beads shown above and posted them for sale on my website. The two on the left are 52″ long and will fit a large size horse. The green one is 50″ long and will fit a slightly larger than average size horse. The purple set has two brass tags flanking the pendant that say “be true” and “follow your heart,” respectively. The green jingle bells have the softest tone of the three sets shown. The purple set’s brass temple bells are next softest. The large round brass temple bells on the brown set are quite loud. Check out all my readymade SteedBeads Rhythm Beads here. Don’t forget to order matching SteedBeads Saddle Dangles and/or Mane Dangles.

Ordering a set of Custom SteedBeads Rhythm Beads is the best way to get exactly what you want in terms of size, pendant type, and bell type and bead colors. Most of my available bell types are shown below. The large round temple bells (first and second in row one) also come in plain brass.

Rhythm Bead Bells

In general, those in the top row are louder and lower pitched than the ones in the bottom row. If you want to hear how the different types of bells sound, give me a call and I’ll jingle some for you!


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.

Biggest Batch of Decorative Pillboxes Ever

  Pillboxes 1

For the past month or two, I have been working on a huge batch of 28 decorative multi-day pillboxes shown above. This batch is now complete and each is available for sale on my website.

Lately, I have made a lot of pillboxes with mirrored tops. For this new batch, I decided to go back to use of stained glass tops, which resulted in a wide variety of embellishment techniques.

Bllue Pillboxes

The blue pillboxes above took full advantage of some lovely stained glass, such as the dark blue boxes on the upper left and lower right. Blue cat’s eye glass “bubbles” and a swimming fish enhance the effect of moving water on the blue swirled boxes. Iridescent dichroic glass is flanked by rectangular glass cubes on the narrowest vertical box. The same blue stained glass was used on the top pillbox and the two boxes at lower left. The small rectangular box features a glass dome containing free-moving shells, faux pearls, real starfish, and aqua crushed glass. The lace pattern on the top and lower left pillbox is enhanced with blue rhinestones well seated in a protective layer of clear jewelry quality resin.

Green Pillboxes

Several of the green pillboxes above take advantage of resin techniques. The horse is a print of one of my Rainbow Herd horses, encased in resin and then embedded in a layer of clear resin that covers the entire box top. The septagonal pillboxes feature my handmade metal tray bezels with clear windows in them, surrounding their dichroic glass cabochons. I’ve described the lengthy bezel creation process in an earlier post. The peacock feather was created by encasing a glittered fabric peacock feather in resin, then gluing it onto the box shown. The small rectangular pillbox at lower left has a large iridescent dichroic glass cabochon embedded in a layer of jewelry quality resin with green tiger-striped glittered netting also embedded in the resin on transparent green stained glass. The other small rectangle pillbox has the same transparent green stained glass with a steam-punk metal winged heart that has a faceted heart-shaped cabochon with a peacock feather design in its center.

Red Pillboxes

The red, pink, and purple pill organizers above were created using a variety of techniques, all incorporating resin in some way. The two dark purple pillboxes have purple paisley glitter netting embedded in the resin, along with purple and teal glitter and glitter-filled resin cabochons that I made using molds. The pillboxes‘ stained glass is iridized, so it also has a rainbow effect from some viewing angles. The lighter purple pillbox has a similar composition with purple glitter in the resin and cabochon. The red pillbox on the top features glitter and star filled cabochons that I made. The stained glass on the two light pink pillboxes is iridized with a rainbow effect that is quite magical in hand. They each have the same rainbow colored ribbon embedded in a resin layer covering the entire glass surface. The darker pink pillbox appears darker on the left side because its glass is translucent, and it has a pink 7-day strip base pillbox on that side of the box. The 7-day base pillbox on its other (ribboned) side is transparent clear. The red pill dispenser on the right side of the picture features a metal tray bezel in an infinity shape. It is filed with resin, enamel paints, a dichroic glass cabochon, and red and gold glitter. The tray bezel is flanked by two rocks painted gold and red.

Neutral Pillboxes

Even more techniques are featured on the neutral colored pillboxes shown above. To embellish the top left box, I created another glittery tray bezel and flanked it with two large glitter-filled round resin cabochons also made by me. The stained glass has lovely swirled orange and yellow colors. The pillbox to its right has a mirrored top with enamel paint and glitter embedded in a layer of clear resin. This pillbox is an example of the many mirrored pillboxes I made prior to this batch. To its right is a box with five faceted faux opals on its russet brown stained glass top. The big studded metal heart bezel on the center pillbox is filled with yellow and teal acrylic nuggets held in place with clear resin. The heart is surrounded by a layer of resin containing gold paisley glitter netting on creamy stained glass. A similar technique was used on the bottom gray pillbox, using silver glitter netting in a resin layer surrounding a single resin cabochon containing a black and white glass bead that looks a little like a car tire. The same gray stained glass was used on the smaller rectangular pillbox at lower right. I filled the seashell slice with silver glittered resin and glued it onto the stained glass pillbox top.

If you are wondering where the dark brown pillbox went with the two seashells on it, its stained glass top unfortunately broke in half during the glue-curing process, so it had to be scrapped.

I’m quite excited about this batch of decorative pillboxes. Please check them out on my website and do leave a comment below to tell me what you think of my creations!

Elko Centennial Cowboy Boot Project–Stage 3

GBC Boot

Work has continued on my 6′ high Elko, NV, Centennial cowboy boot for Great Basin College (GBC). I added the white letters on top of the previously green letters on the left side of the boot, as shown above. The green lettering didn’t show up well on the green background, so I carefully applied the white lettering over the green letters.

I then added a second clock tower decal with adjacent white letters on the right side of the boot’s foot, as shown below.

I noticed along the way that nowhere in the overall design of the boot did it say the current year, on which Elko’s centennial and the 50-year anniversary of GBC are based. I therefore added the year 2017 in white letters on the heel of the boot. This also makes the words “ELKO 100” more meaningful, as they could otherwise possibly be construed as having some other meaning, such as “this is the 100th boot made in Elko, not the 99th.”

GBC donated all the lettering, decals, and boot plate to the boot project, for which I am very grateful, as this significantly reduced my project expenses and made application of these elements to the boot much easier.

GBC had some beautiful commemorative medallions made to honor GBC’s 50th anniversary this year, so GBC President Mark Curtis provided me with two of them to position in brass bezels at the base of each boot pull. The medallions were slightly too large for the bezels, so President Curtis expertly ground down their back sides to fit the bezels. He also drilled center holes in the bezels and provided flat-head screws and a drill bit for their attachment to the boot. I glued on and screwed in the bezels, and then glued the medallions in place with an industrial strength 2-part epoxy glue.

The 50th anniversary side of the medallion is displayed on the Student Life side of the boot, as shown below.

The other side of the medallion features the GBC seal, which I positioned on the Academic Departments side of the boot at the base of the boot pull.

All of my work on the boot was then complete, so I packaged it up for delivery to Elko Body Shop today.

Wrapped Boot

The GBC building and grounds crew delivered it to the body shop in Elko, where my nephew, Brandon Keller, arranged for and oversaw the application of three automotive clear coats to the boot by the shop owner and one of his painters. These layers were required for the project so it will be protected from the elements in its future outdoor location. My heartfelt thanks go to Brandon and Elko Body Shop for donating their time, expertise, labor, and material to this project. They did a terrific job, and I would highly recommend their work.

The GBC building and grounds crew then picked up the boot at the body shop and delivered it to the GBC campus. The boot is temporarily housed in the foyer of the Greenhaw Technical Arts Building until a cement slab is poured for it in its futured outdoor location on campus.

I was on hand for the delivery so I could see the finished piece and take a few pictures of it, although it was hard to get good shots of it in such tight quarters. GBC President Mark Curtis admires the finished boot in the picture below.

I love how shiny the clear coat made the entire boot, tying the lettering and colors together. Before the clear coat was applied, the gold and green areas were matte finished, and the lettering, decals, and aluminum tape diamonds were shiny. Now the boot looks unified, complete, and very well protected.

President Curtis and his wife, Margaret, also showed Brandon and me today where the boot will be placed on campus.

Future Boot Location

Later this month, a cement slab will be poured in the center of the above triangle so the boot may be mounted on it. In this  location, the boot will be seen (and I hope admired) not only by pedestrians walking by it, but also by those driving by the college on a nearby road. Brandon Keller, President Curtis, and Margaret Curtis are shown in the picture above. My thanks go to them all and the GBC building and grounds crew for their help with this project and their encouragement of me during its progress.

The deadline for the boot’s completion is April 1, 2017, so I am delighted to have finished and delivered it well before that date so it may be in its final home on schedule. I will post pictures of it there when the installation is complete.

For more information about this project, see my blog posts for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Elko Centennial Cowboy Boot Project–Stage 2

2-21-17 Boot

On Feb. 21, 2017, I completed painting the foot and trim of my Elko centennial cowboy boot for Great Basin College (GBC) in Elko, NV, as shown above. This task took about 2.5 hours.

There was a little overspray when I airbrushed the green paint near the gold paint. I hope it is not very noticeable, as I was not able to fix it. I painted the brown trim by hand, to avoid such problems and be more precise. It was a real trip laying on my stomach to paint the bottom of the boot sole with a sponge brush.

On Feb. 23, I added the lettering and other decals to the boot, as shown below.

2-24-17 Boot-2  2-24-17 Boot-3

Adding the lettering and decals was a challenge, as they did not adhere to the airbrushed surface as tightly as I hoped they would. I am hopeful that the three coats of automotive clear coat will adequately secure these elements in place.

I especially like the way the GBC 50-year logo looks on the front of the boot.

2-24-17 GBC 50 Logo

I am not as happy with the lettering to the left of the GBC clock tower decal on the boot foot, however.

2-24-17 GBC Clock Tower

The words say “WE ARE GBC!”, but the green lettering does not show up on the green background. Therefore, I held off on adding a similar decal to the other side of the boot until this lettering for both sides of the boot is received in a lighter color.

I also added adhesive-backed aluminum to the diamond pattern on the boot toe for a little bling.

2-54-17 Boot Toe

I then drilled holes in the boot heel to add the required Elko centennial plaque that also contains the GBC logo and the names of the boot sponsor and artist.

2-24-17 Boot Heel

All that is left for me to do at this point is to add the other clock tower decal and lighter colored lettering to the boot foot and affix the bezels containing the GBC commemorative coins to the bases of the boot pull straps. I am waiting for a decision on the glue type for the latter. Once those things are completed, I will protectively wrap the boot for transport to a local auto body shop where my nephew will add the required three layers of automotive clear coat to it. Then GBC will transfer the boot to its new home at the college. I am confident that the boot will be completed and in place well before the April 1 deadline.

See my previous boot blog post for earlier pictures and background on this fun project. For the next stage of this project, see this post.