Beaded, Woven, Wired, & Wrapped

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The 24″ necklace is woven using tiny seed beads and crystals ending in a beautiful oval golden Labradorite cabochon at drop. This delicate and elegant weaves has the cabochon seamlessly hanging floating in the design and is open both front & back to allow more light through the cabochon.

The black & silver spiral bracelet
Another edition of the black spiral bracelet, this time with silver seed beads and a silver magnet clasp that has crystals in it. Wear with casual or elegant attire!

Turquoise Nugget Bracelet
The finished bracelet (as described below) with huge nuggets of turquoise, Swarovski Caribbean blue opal crystals, Czech cream pearls, and lots more in silver findings.

Tahitian silver pearls

This statement necklace of almost 400 beads including fresh water pearls (in hues of blue, purple, rose, cyan, silver, lavender)  labradorite, Swarovski, Czech crystals, drop and druk beads, plus clear quartz. I made it for a friend who had the beads but couldn’t put the necklace together in time. She loves how it turned out.

Chocolate Quartz Brilliance!
This chocolate (smokey) quartz necklace also contains golden fresh water pearls, Swarovski pearls, mother of pearl chips & Czech beads. The matching wire provides seamless connectivity, floating the beads throughout the the design.

Turquoise Pearl & Crystal  Bracelet
The tiny 4mm turquoise coloured beads are magnesite and add further texture to the design. Lots of Czech pearls & crystals as in creams, blues & black, (with AB coating).  The piece also contain Caribbean  Opal Swarovski crystals further contributing to the range of blue hues. 

Bead Weave

Took a while to make this lovely warm rose and pearl woven rope with tassel. The tassel comes off and doubles as a bracelet. Loved the result! Come see it at my next event!

Beautiful large Labradorite cabochon reflecting it gorgeous blue hues, from Tabor Island, Nain, Labrador. Embellished with aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Czech & Chinese crystal beads and more. If you have ever wanted a brilliant chunk of Labradorite, here it is!

Gorgeous adventurine quartz with loads of inclusions!  Light enters the the stone and strikes the quartz inclusions providing the most interesting light play. You can get lost in this little stone with it’s  sparkly appearance known as “aventurescence”.

A stone graced by the golden locks of angels, Rutilated Quartz is an effective antidepressant because it heals emotional wounds, clearing the way to a spiritual awakening. (taken from energymuse.com) These tiny golden hairs are spectacularly illuminated under the light, a dazzling effect that puts this rock star of gems center stage alongside Diamonds, Selenite, and other translucent crystals. You can see a hint of the “rutile” in the stone as the colour gradation from honey yellow at top, to pastel yellow mid to bottom. In a minimalist wire wrap, I just love seeing more gemstone and less wire, the size, polish and symmetry is stunning! Have a look at the back.
Nice sized oval shaped mother of pearl cabochon in a bezel of pastels: cream, light turquoise, silver, gold & orange. Embellished with carnelian, quartz, citrine, opal, glass pearls and other crystals. Fully reversible, so click here for a picture of the back – just as beautiful! 

“In the works”
This is a STUNNING shell cabochon. Gorgeous hues of blue & turquoise, very light weight.  The cabochon is so well polished and rippled with colour, it only needs a sterling silver chain to finish it! Reversible as shown in the image above.

At 2cm wide by 1.5cm long, these are really cute and harmless. Made Ethel & Willard were made in pure copper.  Only $25 for the pair in copper or tarnish resistant artistic silver wire. Various types of semi-gems available.

Freshwater pearls, baroque shaped freshwater pearls, Czech pearls, agate and nacre pearls, Swarovski pearls, Mother-Of-Pearl, Chalcedony, Swarovski & Czech crystals, .925 sterling silver heart toggle clasp with sterling silver split jumprings, all woven on Parawire, anti-tarnish wire. These bead caps are silver plated. This one was purchased but can make another similar bracelet.

Bead woven peridot bracelet
It became a gift for a friend!

The gorgeous colour in these peridot beads is further enhanced by the beautiful of the golden shadow Swarovski crystals and balanced by the precision of Japanese seed beads in gold.

Peridot occurs naturally in one color only. It is a form of Olivine, a mineral composed of magnesium and iron.  It is unique in its specificity of colour and in this bracelet becomes the perfect gift for an August birthday.

A quartz and crystal 10 strand necklace repair. This necklace is one that can be worn to any occasion as done so by it’s owner, who says this is her favourite piece and she’s so happy it’s fixed.

Lovely cluster pearl necklace – 5 different shapes of fresh water pearls, (rice x2, potato, baroque & round), chalcedony faceted tear drops, Swarovski crystals in light rose and crystal AB, agate and glass pearls and more. SOLD but would love to make one just for you!

A custom set I crafted in Sterling Silver rings, chain & “blue shade” a very subtle blue Swarovski crystal. “Something borrowed, something blue.”

Wedding Bracelet in White Crystal Pearls and Japanese Seed Beads

A custom made bracelet in pearls and clear seed beads with magnetic clasp for the mother-of-the-bridal with coordinating pearl earrings.

Flourite Drop Earrings

A beautiful pair of drop cluster earrings made to order from A-grade rainbow fluorite on sterling silver level back findings.

I did a few of these for the King Studio Tour this coming April 27th & 28th 2019. Pure copper wire on black Greek leather necklace.

Shown in bright copper (before it was antiqued) this horse head shawl or scarf will work with any knitted scarf or shawl. The “spear” is quite dull at the tip but good enough to go through knits.

14 Strand Coral necklace - restrung and custom beaded clasp
This was a 14 strand coral repair

This multistrand coral necklace needed to have the clasp remade and restringing. Blog post coming soon!

This is a beautiful black, cream, red, and crystal clear with a huge black crystal loop to hold the 4 strands into place. I love the colour combination and the vintage beads and design and enjoyed fixing it for a friend.

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Remodel / Recycling Beads.

Want to update the look of your costume jewelry? I can redesign your piece with your beads for a new and updated look so you can love it again!

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Have an idea of what you want but don't have the time or inclination to make it yourself. I would love to work with you to create that gorgeous piece of your dreams - all at reasonable prices!

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If you are in need of a minor repair (like a busted ring or clasp) just ask. Most small repairs are done while you wait for a very small cost.
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Notes of Appreciation

Thanks again Trudy, for your lovely creation. I’m wearing it for several days now. You are patient and talented! 

Liz C.
Necklace & Earring Set

I gave my wife the bracelet you made in her favourite colours Thanks Trudy, she loved it! And it does fit perfectly. Job well done.

Jake S.
Custom Bracelet

Thanks for the repair on my 4 strand beaded necklace. You did a splendid job bringing it back to it's original form. It was a favourite of mine for many years and now I can love it again.

Crystal C.
Lariat Repair

My mother's pearls cost over $5000 when she bought them around 60 years ago. I don't know what they are worth now but I'm really glad I can wear them. Your affordable repair bill made it possible.

Stephanie E.
Knotted Pearls

The bracelet you recommended  was the perfect gift at this time in our relationship. She loved it!  We will drop by your studio to have it resized. - Many Thanks.

S. Allerton
Chainmaille Bracelet for Friend

I made a bracelet last Canada Day at your booth for my friend. You were so patient and made it easy and fun to create. Can't wait to make my next piece!

D. Lee
Workshops

... we loved creating together, but I really love my "host gift". Will post a recommendation on Facebook! Thanks Trudy & gang!

Crystal Johnstone
Adult Jewelry Making Party

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The Stats

Workshops
Cups of Coffee
Design Ideas
(not all good)
Sleepless nights

Time Spent . . .

Want to know why some pieces cost a bit more than expected?  

From inception to completion, it can take a great deal of time before items are ready to be sold and unless someone has specifically ordered a piece, it can take years before that item finds a home!

After completion, the piece must be prepared for sale including, pricing, photography, write-up, description, cataloging and listing online. Then there’s promotion. If it doesn’t sell online (most don’t) then it ends up in some future art show or other event. If it still doesn’t sell, then I cut the price in half and try again.

Now, I can hold on to items for years, and this rarely happens, but with some items, I will recycle the beads. When that item is deemed a definite “no sale” then it may even be taken apart if I see that the beads would sell in a different design.  In this case, I loose the unrecoverable beading string, wire, thread, crimps and covers, jumprings, etc. as they cannot be recycled.

  • Design the Item
  • Purchase all supplies
  • Weave the piece
  • Test the design for strength & function
  • Photograph, document, list online
  • Sell
Bead weaving mess
Design Idea
11%
Gather supplies
17%
Weaving - crafting
43%
Test / reconfigure / complete
17%
Prep for sale
10%
The Sale - Unmeasurable!
100%

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