Bead Addiction

I have been working on getting a couple of mobile jewelry cases together so I can carry some of my pieces with me all the time.  I needed some stringed tags, so I stopped in one of my local suppliers to pick up some tags. 

Now keep in mind, I only stopped in for jewelry tags, I should have been in and out and should have cost me less than $5.  Well an hour an half  later, I walked out with a bag full of bead strands – I am starting to understand my husband allure to the hardware store now.  And of course I had to stop by the clearance table, there I found a few shell beads, don’t usually work with shell much but I’m sure I will find something to do with them.  In the bag there was Indian jasper, carnelian, malachite, lapis, and amethyst just to mention a few.    And it was definitely more than just a $5 total.

Yep, I am a bead addict!!  I could certainly have muxh worse vices than gemstones and beads…….

Yep! More Than just jewelry tag...

Much more than Jewelry tags


A Look At My Studio

I thought I would share glimpse of my work shop this week.  I thought about cleaning it up first but decided against it.  I cleaned it up about two weeks ago, so it isn’t in too bad of shape yet.  It really isn’t much just a small corner in the garage that my husband was gracious enough to surrender.  I don’t think he ever thought he would have to give up any of his precious space in the garage.   The space I have works for now.

On the left side of the workbench I have my tool chest.  That is the invisible boundary between my space and his space.  The “Less Nessman tape” so to speak. Oh, look now I am dating myself.  My tool chest has a lot of my tools.  files, burnisher,  brushes, screw drivers, pipe benders, and punches.  A lot of the tools were handed down from my grandfather.  He did metalsmithing as a hobby.  I sure wish I would have been more interested in jewelry making when he was alive.

The center of the bench is where I keep my beading board, this is where I do most of my layout work and assembly of my pieces.   Everything is within hands reach from my board.  Beads on the left and finding on the right. 

On the right side I have a narrow bench where I do some of my metal forming and hammering.  On the end of this bend is my baby anvil.  I just love this anvil. It is great for working with small wire and pieces of silver or copper. 

Well, there’s a quick look of my studio.

ArtFire Christmas In July Sale

The ArtFire Christmas In July Sale is almost upon us! Beginning on July 12th and running for twelve days many of the fabulously talented artisans at ArtFire will be offering a variety or combination of discounts, free shipping, coupons, free gifts, bogo and other types of promotional incentives. It’s a great time to find fantastic deals on wonderful handmade items.

 The “Christmas In July” trend page will be up and running on the 12th so it will be easy to find the studios that are participating in this exciting sale. Just go to ArtFire’s Home Page and then look in the Trends Section for “Christmas In July”. You will be able to search for specific types of items from that page or just browse through all that is being offered.

The Twisted Stone Designs Studio I will be offering free shipping on all items for the duration of this sale.  I will also be having daily specials sales on specific items, keep an eye on your favorite items.  I hope you will stop in… 🙂


The more I work with the natural gemstones the more I become intrigued with the mythical attributes that each of the natural gemstones have.  I thougth I would share the gem-lore for some of my favorite stones:

JADE is a symbol of purity and serenity. much prized in the East, it signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. it is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade treats the kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removes toxins, rebinds cellular and skeletal systems, and heals stitches.

AVENTURINE reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance. Also stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception, and enhances creativity.

JASPER is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper supports the circulatory, digestive, and sexual organs. it balances the mineral content of the body.

MALACHITE is a powerful stone but one that needs to be handled with caution. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. it is particularly useful for cramps, including menstrual cramps, and facilitates childbirth– it has been called the midwife stone.

OBSIDIAN is a molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries and limitation. it is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. Obsidian’s greatest gift is insight into the cause of disease. It aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes physical digestion.

OPAL is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces physic and mystical visions. Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It brings loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity, but may amplify fickleness where the propensity is already present. It treats Parkinson’s disease, infections, and fevers and strengthens memory.

SODALITE unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. This stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, and larynx and is helpful for hoarseness and digestive disorders.
combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to the earth. Tiger’s eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. Also it balances yin-yang and energies the emotional body. It is helpful for repairing broken bones.

TOURMALINE cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. it grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body. It enhances energy flow, making it an excellent stone for healing, energy enhancement, and removal of blockages.

Etsy and Artfire

I can not believe it has been six weeks since my last post. 

I have been working really hard on getting everything ready to get my Artfire and Etsy Store open while trying to get a major deadline out with my day job.   Both the Artfire store and Etsy store are now up and running.  I actually got a few things listed last night and this morning.  Here are a couple of them.  I am hoping to get more up there soon.   I have to say the whole process of setting up both the Artfire and the Etsy store was a fairly simple process.   Have a great week everyone.

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Beads and Wire

It has been a little while since I have  posted.  I have been so busy, but I finally got some time to work on some pieces.  I have been working a little with wire wrapping and wire links.  The first piece is a set of earrings.  They are made from sodalite dangle stones and wrapped with copper wire and copper wire fishhook findings.

Copper and Sodalite Earrings

The next piece is a Jade necklace and bracelet set.  I used wire to create the bead links.  The jade beads are etched with a noveau desgin and the links are made with silver wire and wire findings.  The pendant is a jade pendant with a silver bail. 

Etched Jade Necklace

Jade Pendant

Etched Jade Bracelet

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