And The Big Beads Roll On.

ImageImageHere they are in pink, black and white. I’m just loveing these!

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Big Blue Beads

You know me: I can’t resist inserting color.

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Big and Bold

These are my new passion. They are big — with the beads ranging up to 1 inch in diameter — and bold. I love the high contrast of the colors and the more subtle texture of the beads. I did not roll them to a flat surface; instead, the slices lie on top of the bead itself.

I’m not sure where I got the idea for using cane slices as bead caps, but I’m thinking it might be a Donna Kato innovation. If so, thanks, Donna. It is an intriguing idea and I’m sure I’ll go further with it!

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Pendragon Cuff

Generally, I feel like I should focus on original beads and other projects. However, I love doing seed bead projects from Beadwork and Bead & Button magazines. It’s like guilty pleasure. I could argue that it’s a great way to learn new techniques — and it is! — but I rarely use complex bead-weaving with my polymer clay beads. It just doesn’t mix that well.

Another reason I make magazine projects is because I just plain love the designs and want to be able to wear them.  My favorite so far is the Pendragon Cuff pictured above. This awesome design by Lynn Davy was published in the February/March 2010 issue of Beadwork.

The directions are great and the result is stunning. I highly recommend this project!

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Thinking About Business

My summer was so busy that I didn’t apply to holiday art shows the way I had planned. So I was both relieved and excited this week when I was accepted into a show on December 3. It’s a one-day show, which is my preference, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Now that I know I have a show coming up, I’m thinking more like a business person — and that means thinking in black and white. That color combo has always been my best seller, so I think I need to get claying!

If you are interested in seeing more or purchasing Caffeine Girl jewelry, you can email me at or check out my Etsy store: caffeinegirl1.

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Ocean Inspiration: Sand Dollar

Here is another necklace in my Ocean Inspirations series.

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Ocean Inspiration


I love the ocean; I know, who doesn’t? Even living in the heart of the Midwest, I feel its siren songs. Whether I’m writing or beading, I’m drawn to the colors and sounds of the shore.

Twenty years ago, I made these ocean-inspired beads and strung them very simply. I knew there had to be a better use for these little disks of blues and greens.

I’ve been collecting ocean-related beads for a long time. In my new pledge to use what I have rather than accumulating more stash, I decided to dive in. I gathered the materials together and this one of the necklaces I came up with:

The ring and dagger beads are all from Green Girl Studios, one of my favorite suppliers. Their pewter beads are original and fit my wabi-sabi tendencies. I’ve owned these for years. It feels great to finally use then!

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