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Glass Pearls $1 per strand

Starting this month (October) I will feature a category of items that I sale for HALF-PRICE.  I will have this sale the last weekend of every month that I am in town.   This weekend I will have all of my glass pearls that are normally priced $2 per strand for $1.  Come by and stock up.

Here is a picture of my sale items for this month.  Normally, these glass pearls are $2 per stand but this weekend you can get them for $1 per strand.  Most of these strands are 8 mm beads and 30 inch lengths.  As you can see I have a variety of colors.

image of glass pearls on sale
come in this weekend (October 29-30) and buy glass pearls for $1 per stand


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More Halloween Jewelry

I am continuing to make Halloween Jewelry.  I also have created some items for Dia de los Muertos (it is a two-day holiday honoring the spirits of the deceased. The celebration coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2).

marigold bead and twist choker with all black drop.
The agate beads form a choker with an onyx and carved lava bead drop.

These orange and black agate beads made me think of all the mums and marigolds that we see this time of year. The agate beads form a choker with an onyx and carved lava bead drop. It is a piece that looks gorgeous when worn.







The agate and onyx cross dangles from a simple stranded necklace using orange glass pearls, czech glass cubes, onyx, and carved lava stone flowers.


I had some left overs from my agate choker so I used them to make a large cross. The cross dangles from a simple stranded necklace using orange glass pearls, czech glass cubes, onyx, and carved lava stone flowers.









blue and white skulls and crosses necklace
Blue and White Skulls combined with white and blue crosses make this necklace interesting.


I made two rosaries for Dia De Los Muertos altars. One used blue skulls and white crosses while the other used white skulls and blue crosses. I made this necklace with my leftovers.








black wire skull bangle
I made this bangle bracelet using 12 gauge aluminum wire and 22 gauge wire to tie on the various beads.









Beads in Wonderland posted a picture of bangle bracelet they were making this week.   I had forgotten about this technique.




It would work perfectly for some of my left over beads.  I used black aluminum wire for one. The other two bangles used 14 gauge wire to form the bangle (it is hard to work with) and 22 gauge wire to wrap the beads.  I had forgotten how hard the 14 gauge wire.   I made the black wire bangle bracelet using 12 gauge aluminum wire and 22 gauge wire to tie on the various beads it was much more pliable. I REALLY like how the black wire looks with these beads.


I found some more spider parts so I made another necklace and some really dangling earrings.

black crystal bead and twist necklace with large spider focal
I came across this focal that I sold a couple of years ago. So I made another spider necklace and earrings.
image of orange halloween earrings
These earrings will be an unusual accessory for your Halloween adventures


Long chain with sugar skull and blue sunstone connectors.
30 inch length chain with sugar skull and onyx connecters









I have been selling these sugar skull connectors for the past month or so. I decided that I wanted to make something with them, too. I connected 3 inch lengths of stainless steel chain to the blue sunstone  and sugar skull links that I made. I REALLY like making these long chains with various connectors and stone beads.

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Jewelry Booth Ready for Lytle Show

Jewelry Booth is READY

Jim and I went to Lytle earlier today.  We could set up our space at the Lytle Community Center between 10 am and 2 pm.  The booth space was 8 ft by 10 ft but it seemed smaller.  I used one six foot table and my four foot collapsible baker’s rack.  The baker’s rack is a really easy way to get LOTS of VERTICAL space at a craft show.  Also, the rack is easy to transport.

How I used my Baker’s Rack for this show.

I used the side with three shelves to display necklaces.  The top shelf was used to show my more expensive items.  The next two shelves were covered with $20 items.  The table space below the bottom shelf housed $10 items.


Baker's Rack with Jewelry on shelves
Top shelf showcases higher end items. Next two shelves are used to display $20 items. Space in front of rack on the table displays $10 items.

For this show I used the back side of the rack to hang various chains that I was selling.  Also, I displayed a picture of my storefront at the local flea market where I sell beads, jewelry making items, and custom jewelry.  I filled the remaining space on the table with more $5 and $10 items.

Back side of Baker's Rack is used for display area also.
For this show I used the back side of the baker’s rack to display various chain necklaces that I was selling. I also put various $5 and $10 items. If I attend a show where I am also selling beads, I often hang my strands of beads from the back of the baker’s rack.

I have always used the left and right side of the baker’s rack to display themed jewelry.  Sometimes I will showcase my leather work, my rosaries, or seasonal items.  This time I displayed Halloween themed items on one side and Christmas themed items on the other side.   I try to have most of my seasonal items very reasonably priced.  The Halloween themed earrings are $3 pair or 2 pair for $5 and they are displayed in little coffins that I found at a dollar store.  The Christmas earrings are placed in a holiday tin.  Higher priced earrings and ornaments are hung on the metal trees.  These holiday items range in price from $3 to $5.  I have a variety of $10 holiday bracelets spattered around the metal trees and tins.

side of bakers rack with Halloween items.
Creepy Spiders hang out on the side of the baker’s rack. Earrings are in the coffins and other items are arranged on the table.
side of baker's rack that shows Christmas items
Two metal trees have hand made earrings and angel ornaments. Christmas tins are filled with holiday earrings. Other holiday items are displayed in the area.


Collapsible baker’s racks are great for displaying  merchandise in a small space.

















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Beaded Spiders for Halloween

Say BOO! with Beaded Spiders

Beaded Spiders are very popular as holiday ornaments.  Most jewelry makers are making them for Christmas.  I am making them for Halloween decorations.  Small ones can be used as focals with ribbon necklaces or simple chains.  They can dangle from mirrors and lampshades in your home.  I am using memory wire with my beaded spiders to create a dangling web and then they can be used for suncatchers this fall.  Take a look at my designs.


beaded spider with spurs colors includes web
This beaded spider LOVES his Spurs!
Heart shaped body gives this beaded spider its name
The Love Spider has quite a bite!
collection of small and large beaded spiders
Small spiders—orange spiders—–black spiders—-all kinds of spiders











I visited several sites that discussed how to make beaded spiders.  Most had a cute story that went with the Christmas holidays (why we have tinsel on our trees).  Here is how I adapted all of these tutorials.  Here are some of the tutorials that I bookmarked.

Spider Tutorial #1   I tried this one and I did not care for the wrapping of 4 leg wires and working them thru the filigree bead cap.  It was too cumbersome for me.

Spider Tutorial #2  This tutorial will show you how to make a spider without using a headpin.  Instead of making 2 eyes for the spider you can make a wrapped loop for attaching the spider to something.  Also put small bead in center of wire for body and thread both wires thru two parts for body.  I originally make the two eyes and used rosettes at tail but I liked my adaptation better.

Spider Tutorial #3  I liked this one the best.  It was my main resource.

How I did my beaded spiders

First….. I found it easiest to use a long headpin to make the body.  You can use sturdy (20 gauge) piece of wire and wrap to make the body.  I made a wrapped loop at the front to attach to the memory wire.

The trickiest part is the legs.  Use thinner wire and cut 4 equal lengths.  Take a pair of wires and twist them in the center.  Then take this twisted wire and wrap it tightly between the head bead and body bead.  Pull VERY hard like you are trying to tie a shoe lace REALLY tight.  Repeat this with the other pair of wires.  Spread the wires out so that you have 4 on each side.  Despite all of your efforts it is likely that some legs are shorter than others.  Don’t stress.  Check the legs and first bead the shortest leg of your spider using any pattern of your choice.  I found small round beads and bugle beads worked the best.   The addition of the round beads give you some flexibility in bending the legs WITHOUT wire showing.   Leave enough space at the end to make a small coil.   I always started with a small round bead and wedged it between head and body.   The pattern that you made for your first leg will be the pattern and number for all of your other legs.  You will be tempted to start shaping the legs to look like spider legs.  If you can—wait until you have beaded all of the legs.

Next bead a length of memory wire (about 3 or 4 circles) and attach one end of the memory wire to the wrapped loop at the head of the spider.

Some of my spiders were not heavy enough to pull down the memory wire.  To fix this, I made a spider web.

Here is tutorial I used for web.  I only used step one of this tutorial.  Spider Web Tutorial

Cut 4 lengths of 20 or heavier gauge wire.  Cut the wire long enough so the web and spider will be proportional.  Wrap the wire in the center and fan the wire out to look like a web.  Now get a long length of thinner wire.  Wrap some in the center and then work your way to the outside.  Wrap once around a wire then go the the next and wrap then the next and wrap and continue until you are at the edge.  Make rosette at end of each wire.

Attach your spider to the web you just made using the spider leg coils.  I liked mine off center but it’s your spider…do what you want.  Attach the memory wire to one of the rosettes of the web.


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Dia De La Muertos Charms and Connectors

In addition to some REALLY cute halloween charms, I have some Day of the Dead themed charms.

I have ordered six types and they are NOW all here.  I will have them tomorrow, August 28, 2016.

All of these would make really nice earrings OR a very interesting charm bracelet.  I know what I will be doing in the next few days.


day of dead charm - skull with guitar day of dead charm - dancing girl skeleton day of dead charm - dancing boy skeleton

day of dead charms - skeleton with maricas
Skull Playing Maracas
day of dead charms - sugar skull charm
Sugar Skull Charm
day of dead connector - sugar skull
Sugar Skull Connector