Fresh Baked Designs

Adventures in jewelry making

Three in One Postie July 30, 2014

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July is winding down, so it’s time to do a little finishing up on a couple of things.

First, the Art Bead Scene challenge.

I haven’t participated in several months, maybe more…

either the art didn’t particularly inspire me or a time crunch.

This month, I was determined to push through this challenge.

That’s what makes it a challenge, right?  Here is the inspiration painting.



The Little Mermaid, 1911 by Edmund Delac

Pencil, pen, black ink, and watercolor with scratching out on paper

And here’s my necklace,  with a poly clay pendant with a glass cabochon

I had made for a Sally Russick cab challenge that I never used.

The glass pebble is backed with a scrap of Japanese rice paper.

I then encased the pebble in textured polymer clay.

After the first baking, the piece was painted with a mixture of alcohol inks and glaze.

Baked again, and varnished.

Mermaid's Tale close up

Mermaid's Tale


Next two quickies are for my monthly Pinterest Pin challenge…

I’m trying to go ahead and make some of the things that I pin, for heaven’s sake!

Crafty Me made this hanging tea light/ flower vase

from a too-cute mason jar with handle…Dollar Store score!!

(Think I heading back there tomorrow, because I decided I really, really need

more of these for summer drinks. Don’t you?)

Some beads, 18 gauge aluminum wire from the hardware store,

and baker’s twine is all I needed.

hanging flower vase

hanging glass jar



And the Foodie Me…made this fancy looking appetizer last week.

Well, not these particular ones, because I forgot to take photos.

However, I can attest to the fact that they were easy and delicious…

and impressive to guests.


Cut thick slices of a French baguette, straight across on end, slanted on the other.

Pull about some of the soft innards.

Spoon in whatever tasty dip and top with whatever veggies you like.

I made some with spicy red pepper hummus and some with a cream cheese Ranch dip.



“We’re All Ears” July Challenge July 18, 2014

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Earrings Everyday continues to inspire me

with their monthly  “We’re All Ears” challenges.

July is no exception with this powerful poster image.

Two sailing boats on Puget Sound, in Washington state.


It was posted on July 4th and besides the obvious patriotic theme,

there is so much energy and movement in photo.

Can’t you almost feel the sea spray in your face

and wind in your hair ?

My goal was to capture some of those gorgeous blues of the sea and sky…

and give the earrings a feeling of easy breezy movement.

I was pleased that their shape also mimicked some of the geometric motif in the sails.


Blue sails


blue seed bead sails 2

Funny how I just cannot seem to get away from seed beads

in these monthly challenges…is it a challenge within a challenge??


Now, I’m heading over to Earrings Everyday to see what everyone else created.

 I love earrings  !


It’s You, Cindy !! July 9, 2014

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Random number generator says…Number Three!  That’s you, Cindy Taylor !

Contact me at with your mailing address

and those cute golden seed bead earrings will be on their way.

yellow seed beads

Maybe not tomorrow though…

because my dear husband and I will be off to celebrate our 44th anniversary.

Nothing super special…just noodling around our beautiful city, enjoying the day together,

and happy hour somewhere in Little Italy, for sure.

Saving our spending money for Austria and Germany in September.

Shhh…don’t tell him, but I’m researching bead stores in some of the cities we’ll be visiting.

Hoping to get some of that beautiful Czech glass on a stop in Prague !


A Pictorial Tutorial! July 2, 2014

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(If you are looking for the Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Blog Hop, go HERE.)

I’ve been asked to get a tutorial up for these fun and colorful Boho-style earrings.

Simple and, hopefully, comprehensible !

So here goes…

With this advisory…be sure to count and recount the beads

on your wire to check your pattern BEFORE you finish

the  final wrapping!

A very painful lesson learned…

I like to mix matte colored seed beads with some shiny

or iridescent ones for visual contrast/interest.

The variations are endless!

Boho earrings



STEP ONE   Gather materials…

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Now grab your favorite summer maxi dress or jeans and a t-shirt

and go make yourself a pair…or two or three !


Or you can drop a comment on this post for a chance

to win a ready-made pair for yourself!

Giveaway closes on Tuesday, July 8th.

Winner’s choice of one of these pairs !

seed bead 2

yellow seed beads

Good luck my friends !



Pearls, Pearls, Pearls…and Copper Too ! June 29, 2014

Last September, Michelle Buettner hosted a fabulous blog hop all about pearls.

Personally, this was one of my favorite hops of the year,

because I too love pearls and have a somewhat embarrassingly large cache of all kinds

that are used in many of my pieces of jewelry.

For that first hop, I challenged myself in one of my designs to pair pearls

with an unusual metal choice for me… Copper.

 Here’s a look at that piece.

pearls and copper


Copper pearls 2


I was pleasantly surprised by the number of positive comments

about the copper with pearls.

 So this time around for the Second (and hopefully, annual) Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Blog Hop,

I present to you… all copper and pearls!



Rosy pearls and copper discs


Cranberry pearl cluster


copper feathers


The copper components were created by me, either from copper sheet

or thick copper wire from the garage (thank you dear husband).

Ear wires and headpins (some sterling silver) were also made by moi.

Proud to say that all the metal elements were artisan made.

Have to give a shout out to those oysters for their fabulous work on those pearls!

I love the richness that these colored pearls add to the patinaed textured copper.


This last piece was inspired by the work of Shel herself…

Pearls and copper crimp beads on silk cord

with an etched and soldered copper cross.


cross 1


cross 3


If you want to know more, her resource page on all things “Pearls” is a must read,



To see the other lovely, pearly creations of the 2014 Pearls Blog Hop, go HERE.

Thank you, Shel, for inspiring all of us to appreciate

and create with this most lovely of gems.






Beware the Brass June 26, 2014

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Have you worked with brass wire before?

If you have, then you know what a bugger it can be.

 Stiff and hard to work with…even the thinner gauges.

Seed Bead Bunch

Sometimes when I look at my hands, I realize just how strong they have become

since I start making jewelry, especially working with wire and metals.

Fighting with the brass wire made the time spent

on these five pair of earrings way too long.

“And my finger tips are sore, too,” she whined.

Of course I had to redo one, because I realized I had miscounted the beads.


seed bead 2


seed bead 5


seed bead 1


seed bead 4


seed bead 3


These are all just fun and flirty earrings for a craft fair this Saturday.


Also made these two front closure sterling necklaces.

What joy to switch to sterling silver !!

amethyst heart drop


chalcedonypearl drop

 The craft fair is part of an early Fourth of July celebration for families…

with music, used book sale, games, and a parade.

                   All at the local library!  I’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating…

I LOVE my library!


NOTE…please come back this Sunday to enjoy

the Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Blog Hop,

hosted by MiShel Designs,

and see what I’ve been cooking up for it!




Quick Button Necklaces June 16, 2014

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Cindy Wimmer recently posted a quick and easy button pendant tutorial. HERE.

Got me thinking about my small stash of buttons. I love buttons.

Even have a Buttons, Buttons Pinterest board. HERE, if you’re interested.


                                                                                                Cindy’s adorable samples

I rediscovered two very pretty clear ones in my button box that look like cut glass.

One was paired with a faceted crystal drop for a simple lariat style necklace.


button lariat


Since these pretties seemed to have a vintage flair, I dug out a sterling plated spoon handle thingie I had played around with awhile ago. I had sawed off the spoon end and tried to smash it flat for a pendant. A total wreck. Threw that away.

I had better luck with the handle end. Flattened the end and used some mighty force to bend the end into a bail. It went into a drawer for a year until I found it yesterday.

Thought it just might pair nicely with the button.


Button charm Spoon



And I probably should not be sharing this next item with you…

because if you all play along, it might decrease my chances of winning some of these goodies

from the Art Jewelry Elements team.

My better nature prevailed!

They are hosting seven days of give aways starting today…Whoot!

Seven days of artisan made components to create with.

Today there are two chances to win…

Kristi's component

from Kristi Bowman-Gruel


Porcelain shell charms 1

from Suburban Girl


Go HERE to see for yourself!




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