Sunday, December 28, 2014

End Of Year Sale!

Well, the SueBeads etsy store is in end of year mode - this means I need to reduce the inventory that's going to expire, and well, make a little money to make life a little easier!  So I'm having my big end of year sale - and all you need to know is you save!  Use coupon code ENDOFYEARSALE and you will save 25% off everything in my store, including the items in the SALE section!  There's some great bargains to be had there!  And Happy New Year to everyone!





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sale in Etsy!

There are a quite a few items listed in my sale section in my SueBeads etsy store, including some headpins and great focals!  Please take a look - I'd love for them to sell before they expire and I have to carry over inventory into the new year! Thanks for being great blog readers and customers!








Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sally Russick's Annual Ornament Swap/Blog Hop!

I have been participating in Sally Russick's Ornament Swap/Blog Hop for years, and it's so much fun every year!  Sally partners us with someone and we make a holiday ornament for them!  Today is the reveal!

My partner was Alicia Marinache from Canada! She makes awesome jewelry which you can find here in her ArtFire store!

This is what Alicia made me:

Isn't it wonderful?  Her wirework on this piece is really awesome!  It can be worn as a pendant OR used as an ornament!  I'm thrilled with it!  Thank you so much Alicia!

And here's what I sent Alicia!  I always stress over what I'm going to make, and it takes me a little bit of time, but I'm really happy with what I came up with this year!

This year I made a red lentil shaped bead (it's large, 1 1/4 inches) and wrapped it in pure 22k gold leaf with a swirl imprint.  I strung it on beading wire with rhinestones, gold saucer beads and a swirl star charm!

Please visit everyone else to see what they made and received!  And THANK YOU to Sally for hosting the ornament swap again this year!  I always look forward to it!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beaded Beads

I've been making beaded beads this week because I'm doing a bathroom gut/redo and there are times when I have down time and need to occupy myself - can't make glass beads that way, but I can make beaded beads!  These ones are going into the SueBeads etsy store this afternoon!  Please take a look!








Friday, December 5, 2014

Newsletter Signup!

You may have noticed I have a new button for newsletter signup!  I am going to put a newsletter together to inform everyone of my sales, and updates, etc., because of the new Facebook rules.  I'd love it if you'd sign up.  I promise not to spam you.  I will never sell the info.  I will never use it for anything other than informing you about SueBeads' info and sales and promotions!  After I get some signups, I'll send out a coupon code for you!  Thank you!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

AJE Component of the Month with Kristen Stevens

Once again, it's time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge!  This month, Kristen Stevens provided us with woven beaded rings!  I had some black ones that I wanted to work with.

 I had a few ideas - I was going to make earrings with my glass headpins; I was going to use one of my black metallic steampunk hearts and make a necklace.  But life really got in the way this month for me.  I had a water disaster in my house while gutting and redoing a bathroom, and am dealing with lots of work in the house at this point!
 I had purchased these awesome fox pendants from Summer Wind on etsy to make something for my boyfriend, and so I decided to make him some ornaments (they were going to be a secret, but probably not anymore!).
 Sadly, as I was trying to ream out the hole a little to fit a jump ring in, I broke this one.  It's so cute too.  Luckily she has more for sale so I have ordered one and I'll make him the second ornament when it arrives.

I'm really happy with the way this one turned out!  The accent beads on the other one will be little red czech beads.  I love using my art beads to make ornaments this time of year!

Thanks for looking and please check out what everyone else made with Kristen's rings!

Guest Artists
AJE Team Members

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Sale!!!!

Don't forget I'm having my biggest sale of the year in my SueBeads etsy store right now through Cyber Monday, December 1!  Get 25% off your order with coupon code TURKEY14










Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction!

Each year for several years, Jennifer Cameron has hosted a Beads of Courage benefit - a charm swap and then an auction on eBay.  All proceeds from donated charms go to Beads of Courage.  Today is the reveal and blog hop, and I will give you a link so you can go bid on the wonderful charms on eBay!

 Each participant made 11 charms with the theme SOAR - 10 were swapped (we receive one of our own) and one was provided for the auction.  These are my charms!  Lampwork birdies! 
 I made two colors for the swap, turquoise and red, and I made three for the auction in different colors with heart dangles.

 And these are the charms that I received!
1st row - Cassi Paslick, Caroline Dewison, Jenny Davies-Reazor
2nd row - WindBent, Alicia Marinache, Mallory Hoffman
3rd row - Michele McCarthy, Terri DelSignore, Rita Avila

Please visit everyone to see what they made and received.  And please visit THIS LINK to bid early and often on some wonderful charms!


Host Jennifer Cameron: http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Lennis Carrier: http://www.windbent.net

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Through Cyber Monday SALE!




From Thanksgiving Day, November 27 through Cyber Monday, December 1, please use coupon code TURKEY14 to take 25% OFF in my SueBeads etsy store!!!!!  And thank you for being a wonderful customer and reader!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Do I Do With Those?

In preparation for my big Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale I thought I'd show you what you can do with some of my beads!  Today, I'm showing necklaces!

 This first one was made with 35 of my new round beads made with enamel powders and raku frit!  There are little silver spacers in between each bead!  You can always request large numbers of beads from me to make something like this!
 The necklace above was made with one of my new free-formed focal beads, also with enamel powders and raku frit, with the addition of a swirl imprint, murrini and black dots on both sides.  I used a sandstone colored fossil bead and blue seed beads and bronze faceted beads and a gorgeous saki silver bronze clasp.
 This necklace uses one of my heart focals.  I pulled the green and purple colors of the bead and wire wrapped pretty faceted rondelles and rounds.
 This bead is one of my favorites right now, a long hand-shaped heart with enamel powders, 22k gold leaf and a swirl imprint on both sides.  I wanted to keep the focus on the focal, so I just used gold filled short and long chain from Fusion Beads.
Finally, this necklace was featured in Bead It Today! and features one of my round focal lentils (1 1/4 inches round) and an assymetrical design of various gemstones I have in my stash.  They are wrapped with copper wire, and a hand-forged simple copper clasp finishes the design. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can do with some of my beads!  I'll work on posts for earring and bracelets next!  In the meantime, please visit my etsy store SueBeads or my web site SueBeads to purchase any beads you might be in need of for the holidays or anytime!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Beads!

I've been working on some new beads using a black metallic glass that I really love.  First I made the hearts with the swirl imprint.  I loved the colors I got from the glass. Then had the inspiration to add gold leaf to the bead, to make it really awesome!  Hope you enjoy - you can get these in the SueBeads etsy store right now! 





And I made a few large (1 1/4") lentil shaped beads as well! 



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