I have always loved things that sparkle and glitter so it seemed quite natural that glass beads, old jewelry with its rhinestones and bits of sparkle have fascinated me since I can remember. I think my first major Sparkles were the glass and crystal bead necklaces my dad would bring home (I was about 6 years old) from the Carnival he worked at. He had a guess your weight booth...and you would get either a necklace or a piece of chalk ware either which I would gladly love to have today. I still have a few crystal beads left over from one such necklace. As a matter of fact those necklaces and the metal butterfly pins he brought home were my first retail business. I got a old shopping cart a few days later and hung the necklaces from the push handle and had the butterflies in the seat and some penny candy in a box . I would push it around and sell to the neighbors and the kids. Lasted a couple of days till one of the kids mothers got mad because I was selling "Junk" to her kid and candy for twice what it cost. Well heck I was the only one allowed to walk to the five and dime...carrying cost and my first entrepreneurial adventure. All because of beads.
Now 49 years later I have worked Art Shows most of my life selling my creative works and have spent the last 14 plus years in which I opened the first free teaching bead store and classes on a walk in basis and loved teaching people that yes Indeed they can make it themselves. Kinda shot myself in the foot tho...because then everybody could string jewelry or wrap sea glass...so I concentrated on the one thing most do not want to do because it is too time consuming.
Bead Weaving Off Loom style or as its called Peyote Stitch. A bead stitch that is done one bead at a time...there are so many size beads one the size of a grain of sand...to huge bead babies...but I use a size that is called 6 aught. I love it because it creates pieces with texture and design that you can see and appreciate.
The beads come in all styles and finishes , opaque, transparent, silver-lined , color-lined, matte finish, and more. I now use an expensive beading thread that allows me to create pieces that can be worn every day without fear of them coming apart, and should for a reason beyond my control that happens I will gladly repair it or replace it.
So many people love the look but are just not sure about how it will hold up because they have bought made in China stuff that fell apart a minute after they bought it. My Bead Art is all made by me in America one bead at a time. I am a Fairy Godmother would I fib to you.
|All of my jewelry has no metal unless mentioned...I believe everyone should be able to accessorize and feel as beautiful as they are....so if you have friends , family or yourself who cannot wear mass market jewelry contact me today. Small bracelets and anklets start at $24.00. All fastened with buttons , many antique and vintage. Earrings start at $15.00 and are available to be made in your choice of colors. Do you have a loose treasure laying around let me create it into a piece of Art you can wear and enjoy.|
So take a look at the pictures ,,,there are early pieces here that I did in the last 20 years and recent, which I am concentrating on Art pieces you can and should wear every day or almost.
|Demonstrating Bead Weaving at Frisco Native American Museum|
|one of my early pieces 2002 no pattern|
|Tubular Peyote Amulet Bag for sale $125.00|
|My first big piece with tiny beads that I had collected as a child ...a seascape with semi-precious stone animals|
|Vintage Glass beads and Rare Stone necklace $65.00|
|Make lemonade ...|
|stain glass dreamin' Sold|
|close up of stain glass dreamin"|
|This piece is called "reaching for the moon" and happily lives on a young lady's neck in Tennessee|
|details of one of my fun bracelets - Sold|
|Dragon Bracelet the fire comes out of his mouth and is the clasp|
one of a kind $225.00
|simple but pretty (sold)|
|a new design I just created ...this is any anklet done in oranges and turquoise|
|RAW Stitch bracelet wood button no metal lasts forever "thread"Bracelets like this start at $16.00 I can custom make any color combination or theme.|
|Another Amulet Bag|
This one I gave away to a little girl at Manteo Farmers Market that fell in love with it...I knew she would love it and appreciate forever ,,,,I hope she is
|Benedict Quilt block earrings $12.00 a pair|
|Hair clips available in all sizes $12.00 a set|
|one of my shell necklaces a beautiful gray tone lightening whelk|
I hand pick the shells on Hatteras Island, NC