Snippets from a bead artist.


Handmade Division Team & Blog

Howdy do! I am back again, even if it has been a bit since I've written....

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a new (for me) Etsy team this last month!! I am very excited to announce that I am now a member of the Handmade Division Team, and let me tell YOU, this is one hugely talented team of artists. One of the cooler things that I really like about my team so far is that they give you a topic to blog about once a month, which is fantastic, as sometimes I just can't think of anything to write about. This month, the topic was irresistible for me: Something I would like to create that I don't currently have the skills to do. How do I pick just one?!

Ha! Well, my first priority, I think, would be working with wire. How I would love to be able to include wire wrapped bezels, little curly cues and so on into my work!!! I already add chain here and there to my beadwork, but wire would open up sooooo many possibilities. At the moment, I can't even properly construct a wrapped head pin for an earring! Honest. I can make a loop. Period. And I love trees and leaves and vines in my jewelry, so how cool would it be to be able to use seed beads on some wire to make little tendrils? Or wire leaves with little dew drop briolettes in there?? Making your own clasps and headpins? Learning that lovely 'herringbone' wrap that I have seen in some gorgeous jewelry on Etsy?? Oh, YES, I would loooooooovvvvvveeee to learn wire work. But, finding the money for the tools and wire in order to practice and perfect?? It may have to wait a little bit....and then I have to find someone patient enough to guide my fumbling hands around the tools and wire for a bit... But at some point, I WILL get there!!!

Since joining the Handmade Division Team, I also met a wonderful lady named Delias Thompson, who makes astoundingly beautiful sterling jewelry that I have a horrible horrible time resisting - in fact, I immediately asked her if she would trade with me so I could get my greedy little hands on one of her necklaces and a ring to go with it... and she liked one of my cuffs. So guess who now has a stunning necklace and a ring to drool over??!!! ME!!!!! I still feel that I got the best half of this trade, for sure! Please come and see more of her work at her shop !

And Delias chose my Mocha cuff for hers!! (I was soooo happy to have it go to such a wonderful home!!)

Please do come and check out both the team Facebook Page, and also all of the others on the team who blogged this month: (And don't forget to visit their shops for some MAJOR eye candy!!)

Lisa Hopkins Design:
Jewelry by Natsuko:
Beth Cyr:
ArtJewel Designs:
Abhaya Fibers:
Purified Art:
Nova of Sweden
Bella-Bijou Jewellery:
Pink Crow Studio:
Sand Fibers:
Alice Istanbul:
Thomasin Durgin:
Moxie & Oliver:
Andes Cruz:
Tosca Teran
Delias Thompson


  1. yay!!!! Wonderful post Nancy :) I think you have a good goal in mind... and it will work beautifully take you work to a whole new wonderful extension of itself. :)

  2. Sounds like a great group, Ned! You got some really lovely things in the trade - but the other artist did just as well, I can assure you. Good entry!

  3. I can only imagine the beauties you would create if you got into wirework :) Wonderful trade for both you and Delia!

  4. learning new things to add to things you already do is great! and trading is fun!! great post:)

  5. I started with beads and wire too. I say just go for it!! Practice and experiment. I would love to see what wonderful creations you would come up with! :o)

  6. Nancy, you CAN learn wirework...I know you can! I was like you just a little while ago, not able to even make a decent wrapped loop LOL Just grab a good magazine (Step by Step Wire is a good place to start), some glass beads and craft wire, and practice, practice, PRACTICE! You can do it ;-)

    Lovely trade btw...I've seen Delias work in a few magazines, it is always beautiful! Lucky you to own these gorgeous pieces...but she is equally lucky to own your stunning cuff :-D

  7. You handle such complexities in your current body of work, Nancy, you'd be creating whatever you chose to in the wire shortly after you got your hands on some!!!

    Great to be blogging with you! :)

  8. Oooo- thank you all for the wonderful support and encouragement!!! Now, I must get some wire and start in, I have no more reasons to procrastinate!!!! :)

  9. You can do it! Start out simple and grow as you feel you are ready to move on. Your work is wonderful!!!

  10. What a great post, Nancy! I love your ideas for incorporating wirework into your beautiful beadwork designs.


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