Every once in a while, the perfect storm of a quiet house, lots of ideas, and a solid block of time come together and a lot of jewelry gets created.  It also helps that my Mom's birthday is Wednesday :-) Take a look at what I put together...

I wire wrapped similar blue beads that I made, then linked them with jump rings that I added some seed beads to, and finished with a double strand of seed beads.  These are bigger seed beads and are somewhat irregular, which I love...

I used the same method on earrings to go with.  The bead rollers I bought this summer are helping me make matching earring pairs :-)

I put another matched set of beads on chair for swing-y earrings (a go to design for me) but thought they needed something more.  Well, the blue seed beads were still sitting there...

And here is another earring pair made.  This colors has always been a favorite.  The copper disks are hollow so they are not too heavy.  Looking at the picture I notice that I need to tweak the one on the right to be a little straighter.

I am in love with this chain I bought this summer in Austin - and this focal I made seems to bring out the best in it.

Here's a full view - a simple s clasp to finish it.

I finally used some of the leather cording I bought  - I thought it would be a cool way to show off a large hole bead.  The first bead has some of the twisties that I have been making, the second was a bead that was not wring, so I made it into a triangle shape :-).  

And finally here is a wonky hollow bead - but the orange in it matches the glass perfectly, and the cord is nearly exactly the right size so that the bead slides easily but isn't wobbly. 

A quick post this week as we are squeezing in one more trip :-) before the end of summer.  Sally asked us this month to look outside, and this week specifically to look about the ground.  On our trip to Puerto Rico we spent a lot of time in the ocean, so the "ground" was the ocean floor.  It was just so beautiful down there.  Instead of a still photo, this week, here is a brief video of the ocean floor.  In the background and towards the end you see Michael (in the pink fins) and me, and out dive instructor Joe telling us we need to stay closer together :-)

See more of the outside here:

OOPS!  I had the wrong links posted.  Please go to Alice's blog to see them all.

My catch up post this week is courtesy of our vacation to Puerto Rico and an afternoon we spent at the lighthouse at Cabo Rojo.  There were dramatic seaside cliffs (an amazingly no fences...nary a warning sign), a beautiful lighthouse, and crazy looking skies (although we missed all the rain)

31: Outside the Box - can you guess without looking what this steampunk snake really is?

And look at these cuties I found there...

Here's what it looks like from the outside:

32: Fresh Air - what is it about wind and sea and waves that is so mesmerizing?

33: The View of Above - can you believe the sky behind us?

See other awesomeness here:

I thought I would share some of the new beads I have been making since the ISGB Gathering.  Still so much to learn and grown and perfect, but all fun to do.

The right one is made with a fun glass color called Caribbean Sea.  The core is a deep transparent green and there is a layer of light turquoise on the outside.  You'll see more beads made with that below.  The middle is turquoise with copper leaf melted in then clear.  I probably melted the copper too much, but I like how it added texture.  The one on the right has some twisty from my ISGB class. 

The two left beads were made with a "tan bag" frit that was in the goodie bag from Olympic Color Rods, one one on the right is dots with a big clear dot melted on top so it looks deep, but they got smeared a bit.

Here's more Caribbean Sea in my attempt to make matching (sized) pairs of beads.

I love beautiful hollow beads, unfortunately, these are not that beautiful.  I think I added way too much glass and then would get blow outs - I tried to repair and then finally gave up on the "Mars" bead.

I love the shape and the shiny-ness of these two.

More Caribbean Sea in the back and an effort to "ruffle" and some left over twisty on the front, that I heated the snot our of, so it smeared and made cool wavy black lines.  I added to black dots on top and like how it came out.

These two are the result of lots of clear over solid.  The blue bead in front looks like it has a really wonky end, but you can see very well the clear over top.

My stripe-y disk is a little wobbly, but not a bad first attempt, and the other barrel bead was one of my best even-shape-good-ends beads :-)

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