Share The Love – Valentine’s Inspiration

Share The Love – Valentine’s Inspiration

Be inspired by Artisan created Valentine’s Jewelry and Component designs.

If you find something you like, you can click on the image to go to their Instagram page and comment or review their profile for more info or many will be adding their info in the comments below.  Also, you can share an image to your favorite social site by hovering over the picture: Dk Blue = Facebook, Lt Blue = Twitter and Red = Pinterest.

If interested in adding your work, please scroll to the bottom for the details!  Enjoy!

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Want your Valentine’s items included??  

Excited to share our first INSTAGRAM #hashtag slide show.  If you have a relevant Valentine’s component or jewelry design you would like to be included follow these directions:

  • Go to your INSTAGRAM App and click the Camera Icon
  • Upload a “Valentine’s relevent component, jewelry design or collage. Could be a selfie shot of you or another wearing your design too.  (Remember Instagram uses a “square image”)
  • In the “Add a Caption” Add a description, business name, website link (while it won’t be a live URL, folks can copy and paste to find you)  add any #hashtags you want, but you
  • MUST*** add our CBC # to be auto included in our slideshow.  #cbcvd
  • Click OK…then SHARE.
  • You may also edit a previous Instagram post to add the #cbcvd
  • Check back in an hour to see your product shine!
  • Please limit to maximum of 15 images
  • In comments below: You may add your Instagram Name, Business Name, Website URL  and any other pertinent info you want include.  Please create one Comment for all info.  This way folks can find you easier! Comments must be approved so you may not see them until someone has time to do so.

We hope you’ll share our page with all your friends to inspire them for Valentine’s…It’s all about the love!  Let’s share each others beautiful jewelry and component designs.  Just maybe we’ll all get a little love and find some great new Artisans to connect with! Any ideas for other Instagram feeds?  It’s a great tool and seen by a huge audience!  Let’s build our businesses!

Skill Swap with Sue Beads

Skill Swap with Sue Beads


I was excited to hear from my friend and favorite glass artist, Sue Kennedy from Sue Beads. A few weeks back she invited me to play with her newest Ammonite Flame Glass “wide hole” beads.

Sue Kennedy – Flamed Glass Beads

After chatting a bit we decided to swap her beads for some of my leather and findings.  We would both design and share today!  I was a bit short on time, but managed to make some pretty cool designs.  One of which is my all time favorite bracelet & I’m keeping just for me! (but happy to create one for anyone interested) Read her Article here

Ammonite Scroll Necklace

I had fun with this design.  Love the copper swirls with blue bead…I wanted to fill the wide hole snuggly, so I started with hammered swirl ends, slid through the opening the curled the bottoms of the wires and carefully hammered those.  Added 3mm Rolo Chain from my store and it’s a fun whimsy design worn long.

Swirled Copper Cuff with Spinning Ammonite Beads

Fun Copper Cuff made with 8 gauge hammered copper – I made the curve part first – hammered then shaped it on my mandrel.  Slid on the beads and hammered the opposite end and curved up slightly so easy to slide on your wrist.  All the beads spin and have a nice wind chime sound when wearing.. A nice thing about this bracelet is that it can be worn Metal swirl down or up…depending on what you feel like! 0100133749d7a9794a67e9ab37dd59fae6af3aef0c

Ammonite Scroll Necklace

This is such a “wearable” design! Boho and Summery!  The  leather is so soft and beads so beautiful.  To the right is a summary of how I achieved the patina look on the beads.  I knotted a long piece of leather, knotted and added Ammonite beads with curved tube beads.  at the end I added a copper “Key and Lock” for the clasp.   Super cute and very easy to make!!

Etched Ammonite Beads shown with Gilder's Paste accent

Playing around with Sue’s etched beads…I wanted to high light this muted white etched bead so lightly applied “patina” Gilders Paste to pull slight patina finish.  Was totally pleased with the outcome it’s just the right touch!  To do this I used a piece of scrap dish towel and added a light amount of Gilders paste…and lightly rubbed on the raised parts of the bead & let dry.

Ammonite Scroll Necklace

I wanted to think out of the box, so to speak, of ways to use the wide hole beads in a different way. I added a large 11mm Rolo link to each side of the brown ammonite bead & carefully closed the ends, so as not to break the glass beads.  I added this wonderful flat chain link that I picked up recently – It has a wonderful texture and just brings the design alive.  Topping it off with mini turquoise beads add just the right accent!

Etched Ammonite Beads shown with Gilder's Paste accent

This is my ALL TIME favorite bracelet!!! As soon as I made it, I put it on and only remove to shower!  It’s 1mm leather based with beaded picasso Matubo beads and Sue’s Red Ammonite bead as a focal.   Added some fun chain to the back side with lobster clasp and drop bead… Full of color and life & looks great with everything I put on for summer casual!


by Melinda Orr

Find me: 


Jewelry & Component Designer – focusing on texture and color in metals & leather.

Most all of the findings and components used for these designs can be found in my DIY Supply Store 

Southwestern Ammonite Beaded Braclet

I’d say we are a perfect mix! Would love to hear your comments!

Sue Beads

by Sue Kennedy 

Find her: 


Flamed glass component designer – focusing on color and texture

Sue is an “Arts Jewelry Elements” contributor and you can find her article at their website!

Sue has generously offered a giveaway!! 

To enter:

You must comment below


on Sue’s post over on Art Jewelry Elements

Sue Beads Ammonite Giveaway Beads

Winner will be chosen on Friday, June 26 – 10:00 EST
To be elegible, you must comment on both posts! Good Luck!

Congratulations to Lori Schneider – winner of Sue Beads Giveaway!
She’ll be in contact via email!!
My Birthday Bead Binge

My Birthday Bead Binge


I love to celebrate my birthday by treating myself to nice things. I usually have a “spa” day where I get a facial and massage. I also buy myself presents. Because I’m worth it. Oh, and also, I don’t just celebrate my birthday on the actual day. I celebrate all month long. My birthmonth celebration takes place from April 1st to the 30th each year.

This year I treated myself to a little artisan bead-buying binge as part of the birthmonth festivities. I love artisan beads, and who knows better than I which ones I want? I have to say, I was very very very good to me this year. I shouldn’t have. But, oh, well, thank me very much, I’m too kind.  Look at what I gave me.

Gaea beads

Ceramic beads and components from Gaea . Some from her shop on Etsy and others won at the Ceramic Art Bead Market group on Facebook.

These ceramic beads and components from Gaea will make their way into some one-of-a-kind statement pieces. I love the way she turns everyday objects like a telephone or a classic truck into whimsical focals for jewelry. You can find more like this in her shop on Etsy, or you can try to win some of her unique pieces at the Ceramic Art Bead Market (CABM, for short) auctions on Facebook.

Beads by Jetta Bug Jewelry

Whimsical woodland critters sculpted in polymer clay by Rejetta Sellers of Jetta Bug Jewelry on Etsy. There are bunnies, mice, birds of all kinds, a fox, a feather, and a hedgehog.

Speaking of whimsical, Rejetta Sellers has a magical way of turning polymer clay into delightful woodland critters with just the right touch of realism. You can find her hand-carved and painted components at Jetta Bug Jewelry on Etsy. You really need to visit her shop to see her photos, which show these itty bead sculptures in better detail than my photos. Oh, wait, I might have bought them all. Technically, these were added to my collection before birthmonth. What’s a holiday in March I can use as an excuse for having bought them?

Beads by J Davies Reazor

These ceramic beads by Jennifer Davies-Reazor were won in the Ceramic Art Bead Market group on Facebook. Except for the top two, which were gifts from the artist.

Jennifer Davies-Reazor has a way with animals and ceramics. I’m not yet sure how I will use the fox, killer whale, and raven pendants, but I knew I had to have them when they were up for auction in the CABM. You can find Jennifer’s components on the CABM and in her shop on Etsy.  I saw she was working on more ravens. I’ll be haunting her shop in hopes of nabbing another. That will make it easier to part with one in a jewelry design for my shop.

Beads by Terri DelSignore

These adorable woodland critters by Terri DelSignore are ceramic.  I won the fox set at auction on Ceramic Art Bead Market, but lost out on the owl because bidding times were so close.  Terri very generously made me my own owl.

Another ceramic artist who has a way with critters is Terri DelSignore. I discovered her work at the CABM. Something about her style reminds me of my home in Arizona. I’m pretty sure that fox and owl will remain in my personal collection, even after I incorporate them into jewelry. I see a bracelet and a necklace in my future. You can find Terri’s components at the CABM on Facebook and in her Esty shop, Artisticaos.

Beads from Thea Elements

I am starting my own rabbit warren with these ceramic and copper hares from Thea Elements. And I have a view of the water.

I am somewhat addicted to these lunar hares by Lesley Watt. In addition to the ceramic ones pictured, which I won on CABM, and the copper ones I bought from her Etsy shop, I custom ordered a baker’s dozen more. That’s 13 more ceramic wabbits.  They’re on their way across the pond right now. It’s the spirals. I can’t resist the spirals. She’s also put spirals into turtles, owls, butterflies, and foxes. Some of those are on their way to me as well. Oh, and how awesome is that “view of the water” pendant?

Beads by Marsha Neal

Swirls, rustic swirls, and spirals galore. All in ceramic, by Marsha Neal-Minutella. That’s not even the whole collection. I forgot to include all the porcelain from another box.

While we’re on the subject of spirals I cannot resist, Marsha Neal-Minutella has me hooked on her rustic ceramic spiral components. Especially the chocolate stoneware. Yummy. Some of these I bought from her Etsy shop, some I won at CABM, and others were gifts from the artist. I forgot that I had another handful in porcelain, in a different storage box, and they didn’t make it for the photo shoot. But they are every bit as dreamy as these.

Did I mention how generous artisan component makers are? Not always, but very often, they include an extra bead or three with your order. I never expect it, and it is always a very very pleasant surprise. And one more reason I enjoy supporting them with my business.

Beads by Scorched Earth

These components from Scorched Earth are made from ceramic, but they look like bits of bark and wood and things.

In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I love rustic components. And organic shapes and colors. Which is why pretty much everything in Petra Capreau’s Etsy shop, Scorched Earth, is on my wish list. I’m not even kidding. I treated myself to a few sets of earring components, and Petra generously added a few other bits and drops. I think the next gift-giving occasion I can use as an excuse to treat myself to more would be summer solstice.

Beads by Suburban Girl Studio

About half of these ceramic components are from Suburban Girl Studio shop on Etsy, and the rest were won on CABM (or gifts from the artist). More yummy chocolate stoneware. And oh, that root beer glaze on the ammonites. Delish.

Until recently, I didn’t know that ceramic clays came in flavors. And then I learned about chocolate stoneware. Which Diana Ptaszynski frosts with just the right touches of glaze, to let the beauty of the clay show through. And then there’s that root beer glaze, which makes me want to lick those ammonite drops. What? There’s nothing wrong with that. You can find Diana’s yummy components on CABM and in her Etsy shop, Suburban Girl Studio.

Beads by Sue Kennedy

A gorgeous mix of bright and earthy colors in lampwork glass beads from Sue Kenedy. Some look like candy and others like mosaic stone.

No collection of yummy beads could be complete without some “chicklets” from Susan Kennedy. Chicklets are those tab-shaped beads with flowers stamped in them. I have a pair in cinnamon and a set of bright citrus fruits. And then I added some other shapes and colors to my collection because Sue was having a sale for her birthday this month. You can find Sue’s delicious lampwork beads in her Etsy shop.

Beads by Genea

Luscious lampwork glass beads by Genea Crivello-Knable on Etsy.  I adore the frosted finish, which makes them look like either sea glass or sand-blasted stone.

Another lampwork artist who helped make birthmonth a blast was Genea Crivello-Knable. Or I might have bought these beauties a few weeks before then, when she was having sale. I can’t remember. It doesn’t matter. These are mine, all mine. The ones with her cute tags on them were chosen to go together in a necklace. Maybe a bracelet. The others, in the lower right corner, were gifts from Genea. You can find her fabulous lampwork beads in her Etsy shop.

Beads from Majoyoal

These ceramic beads from Majoyoal were won on CABM. Except the top two, which were gifts from the artist. I won a few more of her components but they were in the mail (from Spain) during the photo shoot.

Another ceramic artist I discovered thanks to the CABM is Mari Carmen Rodriguez Martinez. She uses these incredible spicy looking glaze combinations in all my favorite earth tones. She also makes bright cheery color combinations. And fun organic shapes. You can find her components at CABM and in her shop, Majoyoal, at the Artisan Component Marketplace.

Beads by Karen Totten

Buying these ceramic components from Starry Road Studio was a total adrenalin rush. If you’ve participated in one of her shop updates, you know what I mean. You have to be quick.

Most of these ceramic components from Starry Road Studio were impulse buys. As in, see it, click the buy button, and rush to check out before they disappear from your cart. No time to study the colors or think “do I really need this?”  I don’t regret a single purchase. Her auctions on CABM go about the same way. If the artist, Karen Totten, had a brick and mortar store and announced a shop update, people would be camping outside the door, lined up around the block, for days in advance. Me included. I have a couple more of those bear totems on order. Can’t wait to meet them.

Artisan beads in boxes

This is my full collection of artisan beads, made from ceramic, glass, and polymer clay. Plus a couple of copper bunnies. I didn’t share close ups of all of them. But you might be able to spot work from some of your other favorite artisans.

I didn’t share photos of my entire artisan component collection – just the ones I bought recently. I also have treasured beads and focals from Donna Millard, Grubbi Ceramics, Tree Wings Studio, Sweet Birch Designs, Captured Moments, Numinosity, Glass Bead ArtBeadFreaky, Summer Wind Art, and Bead Lovelies. So far, all my artisan components fit in these four plastic storage containers. That likely won’t be the case once the mail from across the pond is delivered. All in all, it was a very happy birthmonth, and I would like to thank me, and the artisans, for making it so special.

As you can see, I have a problem with artisan jewelry components. I’m not ashamed to admit it. My problem very clearly is that I may never have enough time to come up with jewelry designs worthy of all this rustic, whimsical, swirly, spiraling, spicy, chocolate-root beery, fruity chicklet, frosted beady goodness.

Do you have an artisan bead problem? Who are your favorite artisans? What design elements do you find irresistible and which artisan’s components do you hoard?

Bead Chat Magazine – Spring 2015

Bead Chat Magazine – Spring 2015


Creative Bead Chat Magazine – Spring 2015

View our free quarterly Spring issue of Bead Chat Magazine. Created by the Creative Bead Chat editorial team. Each issue is filled with jewelry making inspiration, eye candy, new beading products and tutorials. Learn about the journeys of your favorite designers, new products & keep updated on the new website.

For best viewing, click the far right “full screen” icon to view the magazine online.

You’re Just Getting Started… Don’t Stop Yet!

You’re Just Getting Started… Don’t Stop Yet!


I can’t tell you how true these words from Ira Glass are.
It’s one minute long….and will change your creative journey!

I can say for me that it’s so true. It’s clarified this crazy creative journey I’m on.    While I’m still working towards my own high expectations, the joy of working through and getting to a place where I can say…

I did it… Wow!  I did it!   and I LOVE it!

is what propels me forward everyday.  It’s addicting…a natural high that comes from perseverance, hard work, drive and dreams.  After watching this video, it gave me new perspective to my journey.  It allows all the mistakes, baby steps, researche etc to be working towards a greater goal.  I feel validated!

I would love to hear the thoughts of your journey in the comments below and would love to feature them here with this inspirational video….

Please type away….your story will inspire others to forge ahead too!  Maybe you just need a little positive reinforcement…let’s hear it all!

Showing Some Love for Yellow

Showing Some Love for Yellow

Yellow Swirls Necklace

Yellow polymer clay beads and necklace by Tammy Adams – Paisley Lizard.

I thought it was time to show some love for an often underused, if not under-appreciated color in jewelry: yellow. If you ask a group of jewelry designs and component makers what is their least favorite color to work with, odds are good the majority will say yellow. If you go to a bead store or a gem and bead show (yes, please), yellow is likely to be the least common color by a wide margin. (more…)

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