Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lit Jewelry

With the help of my amazing friend Cara we figured out how to light my jewelry. These are treasures Dave picked up on Fort Lauderdale Beach, coke bottle glass and shell set on copper hung from a hinged neck wire.

This has a little hand made battery/light pack that slides in and out so you can change the battery. I have no idea what the battery life will be so tomorrow I plan on wearing it to see just how long it will stay lit. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Danny Wade Stamping Class

The second cass I took in Tucson was a stamping class with Danny Wade and it was a very informative class. He showed how to work with difficult large stamps and we learned how to rock and lock a stamp instead of just depending on it making a perfect mark by hitting straight down. 

I also got this amazing Navajo bracelet. 

Richard Salley Lock Class

I went out to Tucson again this year and took another class from Richard. He always pushes my abilities to the max and this project was way beyond my comfort zone but I built the whole thing without melting anything and that was a first for me!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mexican Lace Necklace

Small handmade beads and large seed beads give this necklace a fun pop of color without being heavy. $70.00. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Recycled Aluminum Tray

I found this tray with these flowers embossed on it so I cut them out and set them with raised rivets onto recycled roofing copper. The backs of all pendants have been powder coated. These have little felt pads that slip between the layers so you can defuse your favorite oil. 

That’s a reflection on the back of this not missing powdercoating. 

Window Bracelet

Week Two Setting Challenge, I created this out of over pour from a latex painting that I did, it’s attached to a piece of copper and set into a hammered copper bracelet with a powder coated interior. 

English Paper Piecing

I had some fun recently patching some items with hexies using the English paper piecing method. 

Poison Ring

I’ve had some trouble posting to my blog so I reverted to Instagram but I’m back and hope to catch up with the past year. 

I took a Richard Salley class in September and made this poison ring. I’ll be headed to Tucson at the end of the month for another of his classes and I can’t wait. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flaming Skulls

I’ve decided to create a setting a week, it can be stone or any other material, here is week 1, Copper flaming skulls with a purple druzy. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sugar Skull Necklaces

Hot off my bench, Sugar Skull Necklaces with focal beads made by Tera Belinsky-Yoder. 

I'm not sure I like the leaves on this one so they may be removed tomorrow. 



Friday, November 11, 2016

Mermaid Tears

I've spent several days making beads and here are the results. 

Mermaid Tears necklace $175.00
Mermaid Tears and handmade chain $55.00
Dicro Mermaid Tears on purchased chain $50.00

If your interested in any of these contact my by email at beadbug at USA . Com




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fused Links

I had some fun at the torch today melting some recycled wire. 
Fused Tears, 36" long, $75.00
Head Pin Bracelet $50.00



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Powder Coating Fun

Yesterday and today I got to play with powder coating and there's going to be a whole lot more color on my future jewelry. I've got 12 colors comming and can't wait to play, here's some of what I worked on today.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make Your Own Enamel Sifters for Powder Coating.

This weekend I'm taking a class on how to powder coat and I ordered a dozen colors of powder coat paint. My experience in enameling has proven its very easy to contaminate the powders with left over powder from the last color I've used even when very careful so I decided I wanted each color to have its own dedicated sifter but that wasn't coat effective since they run between $6-$10 dollars each. After looking around I didn't find any information on making your own so I decided to figure out how to build my own. I have tons of pipe that's been ripped out of the old bathroom so I started with that and recycled wire. The finished sisters ended up costing me 20 cents each for the screen. Even if you had to purchase everything it would still be mor cost effective if you want a bunch of them.

Here’s what my finished product looked like.

5/8” length of 5/8” copper pipe for each sifter
Pipe screens
1 foot of 16 gauge wire for each sifter
Quick set epoxy
Wire cutters
Metal shears
Pipe cutter
Ring mandrel


Cut your pipe how ever tall you would like your sifter mine are 5/8” tall.
Cut your wire 12 inches long and fold it in half.
Place the two cut ends into your drill chuck and tighten. Place a long piece of your piper something slightly smaller into the wire loop as shown then carefully use the drill to twist the wire. You can over twist so go slow.

Once twisted, release the wire from the chuck and with the ring mandrel round up the section that goes around the pipe, make the loop measures a ring size of 5.25. Hammer larger if necessary or tighten up the loop by twisting the handle with a pair of pliers to make it smaller.

I soldered my handles on but I would just epoxy them on next time since they aren't gong to take any heat. So epoxy your handle on to the pipe.

Once the handle epoxy has cured epoxy the screen to the bottom of the sifter. When this has dried cut away any overhanging screen from the edges of the sifter.

Using your pliers curl the end of the sifter handle, I think this makes them easier to hang on to.

My sifter is much smaller than the large version I already owned but just as effective. You could make larger sifters if you can find larger pipe screens.