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2000's Updated Work
Malachite Dutch Spiral
This piece is my second Malachite Dutch Spiral, this one I made for my very good friend Red Ventling.  It is an original design using a malachite cab, malachite accent beads on the loops, malachite chips as embellishment on the cab and it has a graduated malachite strap.
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Figure 8 Spiral
This a new type of spiral that I call a Figure 8 Spiral, the peyote in it looks like a never ending figure 8.  This first one, my prototype I call Simplicity.  It is made using matte black delicas and twisted hex's, black delicas and twisted hex's, with crystal ab 8's 11's and bugles on the loops.
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This second Figure 8 spiral I call Mardi Gras.  It is done in  22 kt gold twisted hex's, lilac twisted hex's, silver lined matte violet delicas, with matte forest green 11's, 8's and bugles on the loops.
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Dentalium Choker
This choker was inspired by a brooch of Rayney Kings.  She gave me the instructions for it which I lost.  So I used the basic concept of the knotted peyote to create a knotted Ndebele Choker.  The wonderfully huge dentalium shells were a gift from Red Ventling.  The choker is embellished with coral, shells, freshwater pearls and heishe.  The Ndebele is done in two shades of green Japanese 14's.
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Bitty Beaded Necklace and Bracelet
These  were inspired by Susan Disher and Red Ventling. For directions on making them check out:
 Bitty Beaded Bead Tutorial
This necklace and bracelet are made out of faceted amber beads, the bitty beads are done in 22 kt. gold 14's and cream lined amber 14's.  They are accented with faceted 14 kt. gold beads and have magnetic clasps.
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Valentine Dutch Spiral
This is a dutch spiral with a hearts and flowers pattern worked into the peyote.  It has a beautiful lampwork heart as its focal point.  It is done in delicas, twisted hex's with crystal ab 11's and bugles in the loops.  The accent beads on the loops are 4 mm purple hearts.
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Window on a Garden
I bought this beautiful faceted glass cab from Carol Brown.
Check out her wonderful cabs for auction at:
 Carol's Auctions
For instructions on setting cabs with beads and no backing go to:
 Red's Cab Tutorial
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This bag was designed by Dona Anderson for her new book "Let's Face It".  Unfortunately it didn't photograph well and wasn't included in her book.  She doesn't scan well either.  She is spectacular in real life.  She is done in three different shades of blue delicas, opalescent white delicas and her face it done in 22 kt. white gold delicas.  There are over 300 bicone 2 mm Austrian crystal in the fringe and over 100 bicone Austrian crystals ranging form 4 mm to 10 mm in the spiral rope strap.  Winter will be offered for auction in the upcoming Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer Auction.  For information:
 Bead and Button Silent Auction
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Order "Let's Face It" at:
 Beading Heart Designs
Beaded Needle Case Designs
I have started a new collection of needle case designs, called Flowers from My Favorite Gardens.  These are all original designs based on photographs I have taken of flowers.  They are beaded in Delicas and Toho Antiques.  They are available as patterns (for needle cases or amulet bags) or kits at:
 Kristi's Patterns and Kits
This is an amulet made from one of my needle case patterns.
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Daffodil Needle Case
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Free Form Peyote Bracelet
This bracelet is my first attempt at free from peyote.  It is a challange piece for our local Bead Society.  At our last meeting I gave every their choice of three Chinese glass beads and chalanged them to do free form peyote.
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Amulet Bag
This isn't a new piece, just one that has been resurrected after having a broken strap for a couple of years.  It is my second ever amulet bag.  It is a Carol Wilcox Well pattern called "Damask" from Nicolette Stessin's book Beaded Amulet Purses.  It is done in Japanese 14's and embelished with vintage beads.
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