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And…They Are Ready!

Are you ready for some color?  Although we’ve set our clocks ahead to Daylight Savings time, several weeks of winter white weather still lies ahead and, I for one, am more than ready for some bright, happy color!  I’m wearing my “Color Play” Geometric Pentagon earrings as I write this post and they have mentally transported me to a tropic island with swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, and warm sunshine!  Many of you have loved making  my “Color Play’ Triangle Earrings so I know you will enjoy playing with Pentagons!  Pentagons are a bit more challenging than Triangles, but my step-by-step tutorial will make it easy! I’ve just listed the tutorial and beading kits for the “Color Play” Geometric Pentagon Drop Earrings design.  I know some of you have eagerly been awaiting this release!  The tutorial covers both “Caribbean Brights” and “Mango Brights” colorways so fun can be had making both pairs! The kits contain eighteen packets of Delica beads in silver-lined, opaque, rainbow, and matte finishes beads, 4mm Druk beads, and 47mm sterling silver-plated stainless steel earwires. You’ll find the kits and tutorial in my Etsy shop along with other goodies and if you care to peruse my website, I think you’ll find it interesting!



Just Finished and Now…

I’m busy putting the finishing touches on the tutorial for these earrings.  I’ll be assembling kits for this “Color Play” Pentagon Drop Earring design in several colorways. I love the happy colors of these Caribbean Brights and Mango Brights colorways.  They make me think of tropical vacations, crystal blue water, palm trees, and ripe, juicy fruit!  Each pair of earrings is composed of colorways that differ in color arrangement so they can be worn as a matched or mismatched set depending on which side faces forward on the earwires.

The earwires are sterling silver over stainless steel and measure 47mm in length. A brightly colored 4mm Druk bead accents the front and back of each geometric woven Pentagon!  Talk about fashion statement jewelry!  I’ll let you know as soon as the tutorial and kits are ready!  I’m shooting for Sunday!


I’ve been working on a series of Geometric “Color Play” Pentagon Drop Earrings over the past several weeks. I finished a pair last week in a Mango Brights colorway…the pair in this photo is worked in a Caribbean Brights colorway and is almost finished!  Now onto the tutorial to go along with the design and both colorways as well as beading kits. They should be ready by early next week if not sooner.  Stay tuned!

Another Take on Color…

Finding color combinations derived from nature was the topic of my previous post.  But there are so many other places one can find color inspiration as well.  While browsing a magazine I came across a page that possessed wonderful tropical color combinations! Colors I associate with mangoes, melons, and papaya that are ripe and juicy and greens that tinge the skins of those tasty fruits almost danced across the page. All of those colors spoke to me and I immediately opened my bead drawer and chose my palette of colors for a new pair of earrings.  Continuing with my Geometric “Color Play” series of earrings, this pair is titled “Geometric Color Play Pentagon Drop Earrings – Mango Brights”. You’ll notice that the pattern design differs in each earring. Because each front has a different backside, “Color Play” earrings can be worn as a matched pair or as shown in the photo depending on which side of the pentagon faces front when strung on the earwires. I plan to work up several more colorways and will have a new tutorial and kits available in a few weeks…stay tuned!

Confused about Color?

You are not alone….many people have difficulty selecting colors.  They are in a quandary as to which colors compliment or contrast with one another.  I’ve been blessed with an “eye” for color and  thankfully, it has never been a problem for me.  Advice I always give to those who have trouble selecting colors is to look to nature for color ideas…the various shades of sunrise and sunset, the greens of grass and leaves are just a few. During our midwestern winters when everything is snow-covered and nature’s palette is white, grey, and black, I browse food and fashion magazines for ideas or go online and check out images of colorful things!  I find tropical fish and sea life incredibly beautiful…nature has a way of putting all the right colors together!  I’ve assembled a palette of Delica beads for my next project from the following images and I can’t wait to get started!

Time to Play with Pentagons!

I’m mixing it up a bit! Because I’m loving wearing my ”Color Play” Geometric Triangle Drop Earrings, I thought it might be fun to work up some earrings that are five-sided while playing with color and pattern. I love asymmetry so it is great fun wearing one Triangle-shaped earring in one ear and a Pentagon-shaped earring in the other…they spin freely on long earwires and have lots of swing and sway too! As portable projects go, earring designs are perfect to toss in my tote to take-along where ever I might wander! At the moment, I’m experimenting with purples, greens, blues, and various shades of orange in a stained-glass pattern. Tomorrow I may add teal and fuchsia to the mix. Stay tuned! 


Call me lucky! Look what just arrived on my doorstep…a goodie box from #Rangerink containing new offerings from Susan Lenart Kazmer’s #Ice Resin product line! Upon opening the box I’ve found a nifty tote bag, a collection of Susan’s latest #Runes Bezels, a #Bezel Template, #Ice Resin Jewelry Wires, and the latest #Ice Resin Opals; Silver Opal, Sand Opal, and Cobalt Blue, which I’m literally swooning over   I can’t wait to create more Faux Crystals, Druzies, and Opal stones using these new shades. Here’s a sterling silver ring I made using #Ice Resin Opals, Glitz, and Glass Shards.  Incidentally, if you like to play with resin, I have just the tutorial for you!  I was one of twelve artists selected to receive #Rangerink products to try…thank you, Ellen at #Rangerink and thank you so much, Susan, for your creativity and giving spirit…I’ve loved every class I’ve taken from you!

A New Tutorial and Beading Kits!

The “Color Play” Geometric Drop Earrings tutorial is finished and beading kits for both the “Color Play” Vibrant Brights and “Color Play” Subtle Brights design are assembled.

  You’ll find these items and other goodies in my Etsy shop!


I’m busy building a new earring wardrobe… here’s the latest addition.  I’ve kicked the geometric triangles up a notch  with a few shades that are borderline neon! I can’t help but feel happy when I’m wearing these “Color Play” – Vivid Brights earrings! They are sure to lift one out of a blue mood! I finished the “Color Play” Subtle Brights earrings (shown below) last week and having primarily worked with mostly subdued colors over the years, they were an exploration in introducing brighter color.  Gosh, I didn’t know what I was missing!  I’m loving the juxtaposition of brights with mellow tones! And these work up so quickly!  Each earring is suspended from a 47mm sterling silver plated stainless steel earwire for a lot of swing and sway!  I’m having such fun making and wearing these!  Coming next…I’m planning to work with other geometric shapes.  Ideas for squares and pentagons are dancing in my head!  The tutorial and kits in both colorways will be listed in my Etsy shop later today! 




Color Play!

I’m easing into designing with bright colors and wanted a simple project that would work up quickly.  The result? Immediate gratification and a new pair of earrings to wear!  I opted for bead-woven triangles as a fun way to combine subtle shades of blue, orange, and lemon (all silver-lined Delicas) with vivid dark red and vibrant pea green opaque beads.  I really like the results! The addition of a single 4mm Czech Druk bead strung on the earwire at the center of each triangle (an orange Druk on the predominantly blue/orange/red triangle and a red Druk on the green/orange/violet triangle) adds a nice finishing touch!  Each geometrically woven double-sided triangle measure 30mm and hangs on a 33mm long silver-plated stainless steel earwire for lots of swing and sway! The title of these earrings is “Color Play”.

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