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!

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!

10 Protestant Prayer Beads

10 Prayer Beads Photo

God called on me to create ten new sets of Anglican (Protestant) prayer beads, and I said to myself, “Amen!” My subsequent creations, pictured above, feature a variety of colors and components. Two have lovely agate pendants, and four are necklace length. Three sets have the ever-popular blue and white colors, one is all white, one is all black, and one combines lovely red jasper with healing hematite.

Inspiration Prayer Beads Photo

Of special note is the unique necklace-length inspirational set shown above that has meaningful words printed on both sides of its brass Week beads. Each of the four sets of seven Week beads features one of these words: Lead, Inspire, Power, and Change. The Resurrection/Listening bead says “Inspire.” This format may be useful to those who, like me, use each set of Week beads for a different type of prayer.

The spacer beads are bone-shaped amethyst, which is traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness, fears, and self-deception. This “power stone” is used to increase positive spiritual feelings, overcome fears and cravings, relieve headaches, and focus energy during the healing process. Thus, in this prayer bead necklace, amethyst is the perfect stone to combine with the inspirational Week beads’ words.

I have enough of these inspirational word beads left to make one similar set of prayer beads, so if you’d like these beads combined into a custom set of prayer beads for your personal use, contact me.

I’ve posted all of the above prayer beads on my website, so if any of them appeal to you, snap them up soon!

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.

150920 Tile Collar Small-2

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?

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.

UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Rock the Leaf Necklace
Rock the Leaf Necklace with UTEEite pendant

I recently turned two of my UTEEite components into pendants and incorporated them into two new necklaces. The UTEEite colors in these pendants are swirled purple, silver, pearl, gold, and clear.

Rock the Leaf Pendant
Closer view of Rock the Leaf Pendant

A leaf-shaped pendant inspired a necklace containing polished gemstone nuggets and picture jasper beads, emphasizing the natural tones.

Purple Heart Pendant
Purple Heart UTEEite Pendant

A whimsical heart-shaped pendant begged me to highlight the purple in the UTEEite and combine purple glass beads with brown faceted cat’s eye beads and gold plated spacer beads. As a purple lover, this is my fave! I also adore faceted cat’s eye beads, which I’m seeking out for future jewelry components.

Check out these two UTEEite necklaces on my website.

Which do you like best?

Repurposed Jewelry

Patriot Necklace
This Patriot Necklace has matching bracelet and earrings. The original necklace only had the red beads.

A friend recently mailed me an enticing box of broken and cast-off jewelry to repurpose into new pieces to sell on my website. From the components sent, I created four new necklaces, five pair of earrings, and a bracelet . . . so far!

Blue on Blue Necklace
My friend was sent this "Blue on Blue Necklace" as a thank you gift.

I offered my friend any of the repurposed pieces as a “thank you” for what she sent. She chose a lovely “Blue on Blue Necklace” that was inspired by the silver pendant she sent me.

The other pieces I made include:

  • Sea Green Necklace and Earrings
  • Patriot Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet
  • Scrimshaw Ship Necklace Set
  • Agate Teardrop Earrings
  • Teal Teardrop Earrings

I wish I had taken “before” pictures of the jewelry components she sent, but the “after” pictures are quite lovely! What do you think of these pieces?

If you have any unwanted and/or broken jewelry to donate to me for repurposing, please let me know, and I’ll tell you where to send it. I’ll be happy to offer you a selection from the resultant pieces as a “Thank You!”

Four UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Teal Snowflake Necklace
This UTEEite teal snowflake pendant may also be worn as a pin.

Four new necklaces containing some of my recently created UTEEite embellishments as pendants are now available for purchase on my website. I wore a couple of them to recent local events and got so many compliments I was tempted to keep them myself, but I decided to let you have the chance to make one or more of them your own.

Green Butterfly Necklace
This butterfly pendant was made in a mold with two UTEE pours.

Two of the necklaces feature pendants made using a silicone butterfly mold instead of the cookie cutters I’ve been using for other UTEEite embellishments. I experimented with pouring molten transparent UTEE into the high-relief butterfly portion of the mold, and then, before that cooled and hardened, I added swirled opaque colored UTEE around the edges of the butterfly until the mold was full. This technique allowed portions of the butterflies to have transparent UTEE in them from front to back. This makes the back side of the pendants quite interesting and also allows the color of the clothing worn behind the pendant to affect the butterfly’s color.

What do you think of this technique and these four new necklaces? I have lots of UTEEite embellishments waiting to be made into various creations, so watch for more coming soon!

The gold area on the smooth back side of the pendant reveals portions of the butterfly in relief.
Gold portion of the pendant's back side is transparent, revealing the butterfly's wings.