Category Archives: Found Objects

Beaded Antlers Make Natural Statement

Could beaded antlers be the most unusual beaded object you’ve seen? In New Mexico, mule deer shed their antlers during late winter or in early spring. Antlers, an extension of male skulls, vary in size with age, increasing annually before … Continue reading

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Beaded Clarinet a Rhapsody in Blue

The clarinet arrived with a note on the outside of the box: “Clarinet 3 pieces. You can create with or without assembling the whole.” Not once did I focus on what “broken” could mean for the project. Nor did I … Continue reading

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She Who Hesitates Makes no Progress

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one … Continue reading

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Heart Gift: Inspiration You Love to Wear

Three weeks ago I took a tiny plastic bag filled with found objects into a resin class. Yesterday I wore my completed project containing two of the pieces from my collection. This isn’t a commentary about the time involved but … Continue reading

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Mask and Framework String Together

An authentic African mask dangling from a single strand of seeds inspired me. You know how it is when one hears “the call.” In a fit of bead frenzy I pulled out shells, old brass spacers, some tubular gray vintage … Continue reading

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How do you push your boundaries?

Learning something new can be a bit uncomfortable.  In the face of discomfort or plain fear, mastering a technique seems daunting. Notice the grimace on my face? It confirms uncomfortable. I chose the class, “Drilling Found Objects” on purpose. Early in … Continue reading

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Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese new year!

Inspired to charge into the Year of the Horse? Me too. I have to quit with the horse focals. In an earlier post I featured a necklace of Peking glass and a large horse focal. Year of the Horse II … Continue reading

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Say thanks with a hostess gift

Who doesn’t like a gift? Collaborheartist member and friend Cindy Chavez presented me with a hostess gift box when she came to my studio to play beads. The joy of its contents continues to amaze me because it contained items … Continue reading

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Wishing You the Happiest of New Years

The Holidays signal a time for connection. During the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many folks reach out with good wishes to those they see less frequently. For years, my tradition included the ritual of sending Christmas cards … Continue reading

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Making Your List and Checking it Twice or Three Times

Holiday ideas grace my studio table…and get stuffed into baskets on the shelves, or wait to be noticed in project boxes alongside the workbench. (In fact, so many of “those ones” exist, I’m not even going to start.) Instead, here … Continue reading

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