Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Yogi Wrap" Amazonite with Handmade Lampwork Glass Button Closure

 Amazonite Meaning – Magical Amazonite Properties

  • Amazonite is excellent for balancing feminine and masculine energy
  • If you are an artist, this is the must have stone for you
  • Use it to increase kindness and become a more practical thinker
  • Develop your sixth sense and increase psychic powers
  • Build self-esteem and realize your hopes and desires

Amazonite Meaning – Amazonite Healing Powers
  • Amazonite is said to have preventative energy that is good for maintaining general health
  • Treat heart problems and metabolic disorders
  • Increase stamina and ease cramp and stress
  • Use its calming effect to correct mood swings and come to terms with grief
  • Relieve tension by placing it on the back and neck
Below you’ll find more on amazonite meaning including amazonite gemstone color, amazonite chakra information, amazonite birthstone and zodiac…
Amazonite Gemstone Color
Green, Blue-Green
Amazonite Metaphysical Chakra Classification
Throat and Heart Chakra
Amazonite Gemstone Zodiac Star Sign
Where is Amazonite Found?
Madagascar, South-West Africa, Brazil, former Soviet Union, USA

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Family of Button Closures

Button Closures for "Yogi Wrap Wrist/Ankle/Necklace Wear"

Yesterday I created glass disks of various colors and shapes and headpins in order to have what I needed to make more Yogi Wrap Bracelets.  These are what happened !  I'm excited to get started making "Yogi Wrap Ankle/Wrist bracelets.   I will have the bracelets in my Etsy Shop as well as at Bikram Yoga Manhattan Beach Studio.  Tomorrow I'm headed out to the LA Bead Bazaar to purchase silver, copper, and other metal and gemstone beads.

I hope these make you happy as you share in the whimsical mood they created for me.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blue Lace Agate Ladder Bracelet

This Blue Lace Agate Bracelet is very simple, elegant and something you can wear everyday.  Just don't ever take it off.  With time, the leather becomes very supple and will form to your arm.  The glass button I made for it is two parts.  The little flower pod and the stamen are two separate pieces.  The stamen is made in the flame on the actual copper wire that is through the flower bead and bent into the wire that attaches to the bracelet making the button closure.  Amazing how the glass perfectly matches the  gemstones in the bracelet.  It is so feminine.

I like wearing the button on the front of my hand instead of to the back of my wrist.  For one thing, as glass it is safer (it will break if knocked on something hard, dropped on tile or crushed in some way or another.)  Although, it has been annealed in the kiln overnight which greatly increases durability.

Blue Lace Agate - What are the benefits of wearing this bracelet on a daily basis?

Blue-Lace Agate

This agate sings the song of the ocean, and so is associated with emotions, and shifting tides. Blue-Lace effects the throat chakra and helps you to speak calmly and effectively. It would greatly benefit writers, speakers, and singers.  Blue-lace agate can help you experience extremely high spiritual spaces, and attain inner-attunement.  Meditate with blue-lace agate to experience the qualities of flight, air, and grace.  Blue-lace agate can stimulate high frequency awareness.
Physically, blue-lace agate helps arthritis, the skeletal structure, and it benefits nervous system and capillary blocks.  The pancreas, and digestive glands are aided, as are the brain and eyes.
Blue-lace agate is associated with the throat chakra and the crown chakra.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bracelet/Necklace Time - Good News

Hi All,  my computer crashed earlier this week and I've been, stopped in my tracks, offline until today.  There is still something wrong with it so it will go in again and I'll be away for another little while.  The goods news is I'm staying very busy while I'm computer-less...

Also, this is so great news, my Bikram Yoga Studio in Manhattan Beach, CA, thanks to owner Tiffany Amelia Rhodes-Friedman, will be carrying my necklaces and bracelets for purchase.  She is such a cool Yogi!  I love her and this is wonderful opportunity to bring my art into a "Very Classy" spa-like space.  Thank you Tiffany !   Tiffany has definitely placed her badge of excellence on the purchase and rennovation of the Bikram Yoga Manhattan Beach Studio.  Check it out  and if you live in the area - you cannot find a more superior studio to practice your Bikram Yoga than right here.  So come by and let them know you found them here on my blog. :o)

With that said, the first of the BYMB bracelet/necklaces is featured here.  I am having so much fun creating these wrap bracelets.  Each has it's own OOAK lampwork glass button closure created, of course, by me.  This bracelet is 28" long and wraps four times around your wrist.  It can also be worn as a necklace with the button closure in the front - or in the back.  Your choice.  I love them !!!  What do you think.


This beauty is black leather cording, Silver African Trade Beads, Real Turquoise and one of a kind, handmade by me, glass, lampwork button closure.  The closure has been specifically created for this bracelet/necklace. 

The cost will vary depending on the type and number of gemstones used as well as the length of the bracelet/necklace.  

I will be creating single and double wraps too.

The gemstones are of the highest quality and specifically chosen because of their size and shape for use in the bracelets.

I hope you like them.  I wear mine everyday and it makes me feel connected to the energy and vibration of the natural stones, earthy metals and glass.  My day just seems to go better when I'm reminded of the beauty of nature and the Power of the Universe.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

One More For You - Sparkle Sparkle

Same bead - both sides - Sparkle Sparkle - Dichro on this one.  I love it!    kisses  off to the torch.

Unearthed -

Just love how this little bead turned out.  The bottom half is silver foiled dark ivory, you can see the little silver flecks making the bead very earthy.  The top has lots of layers of blue, red, and an yellow/orange enameled shard.  The bead just looks like it stepped out of Star Wars.  The murrini flower is my very own handpulled murrini.  I'm very happy that I am able to create much more depth as of late.  Just what I am going for.

God Bless and Have a Happy, Joy-filled Day.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Testing New Photography Set Up

Do you like the new setup???  Seems a bit bright I know.  I like the reflection though.  The button is lampwork glass and the bracelet is copper and silver and leather.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Chan Luu Inspired Bracelet

This is my very first Chan Luu inspired ladder bracelet. Chan Luu is Vietnamese and came to the US after the Vietnam War in the 60's.  She took a trip to India and found the East Indian's wearing these handmade wrap bracelets.  She brought the idea to the US and Hollywood fell in love with them.  The "Stars" are all wearing them.  Jennifer Anniston, Gisele Bunchen, etc.  They sell for anywhere from $150 for a single wrap bracelet to well over $300 for triple wrap such as mine depending upon the gemstone beads or crystals they are made with.  Chan Luu is now a multi-millionairess!  You go Chan.

I chose to be different by using various lengths of silver and copper beads.  This is a pretty heavy bracelet, which I like.  The button is lampwork glass made by me and inspired by the pods I learned to make in Sara Sally LaGrand's class a couple of months ago.  The armature is leather and the thread is blue matching the button better than the picture shows.

I'll be keeping this one for myself, because... I love it.  It feels good on my wrist and makes me feel "snazzy".  ;o)

Thanks for taking a peek at what's new in the creative zone with Suzanne.  Below is a picture of a Chan Luu bracelet just in case you have no idea what I'm going on and on about.  Her's are pretty cool.  The one below is turquoise and semi precious stones and $325.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Practice Practice Practice Implosions


These are my latest implosion beads.  I see how important it is to have an extremely clear glass for these.  They are so much prettier if the clear is crystal clear.  But, I am practicing, so it isn't necessary to use the most expensive glass there is.  Right?  These are much more scaled down to the almost proper size for the beads.  Tiny has not been my forte up to this point.  I've been making big beads.  To scale down is very much out of my comfort zone.  But, it needed to happen.

 PPP  I'll get there yet and when I do - you'll see!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Implosions - Great Fun

Sorry I've been out of the loop for so long.  I was busy buying and reading tutorials as I'd come to a stand still with myself in creating anything new with my beads.  And, I was bored.  I needed more information.  I knew just where to go to get it.  Some of my favorite artists, from time to time, share their knowledge in the form of tutorials of how they do what they do.  Someday, I believe I'll be writing tutorials too, but for now, I'll trust those who have been in this business much much longer than I and are very very successful.  No sense in trying to reinvent the wheel.  Learn from those who have gone before and gleen what you can.  Put it all together and come up with something no one has done yet - in this century anyways.  ;o)

So I'm having a go at implosions on beads.  I bought a tutorial by Sherry Bellamy because I was so intrigued by her fabulous beads which look like "other worldly" is the only way I know how to put it.  If you look closely at the clear side of the beads above you can "almost" see a flower coming from the solid side of the bead or you may see a glob of color which is the flower I am talking about.  Haha

The first couple of tries I didn't have enough clear glass on the implosions to nest it into the bead so it looks like I've used a shard.  PPP makes perfect.  Anyway, I thought you might enjoy my latest adventure in the world of bead making.


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