Bead Soup Blog Party #7 Reveal

Time for the first reveal at the Bead Soup Blog Party # 7.

First off, I was thrilled with all the beads, charms and bits that my partner Debra Behrends (Hopeful Journeys) shared with me.

So much good stuff that I could not fit everything into my limited design time.

BSBP 2013 D

BSBP 2013 C

BSBP 2013B

(The raw materials.)

Next up, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) for hosting this event and at the same time, to thank all the party goers who make this such a blog blast. Reserve some time for blog hopping. It’s a treat. Participants links are here.

A few words about my design process. Mostly I just sit down and make stuff. Not much for sketching, or grand design planning. I trust that the piece will come into being and to be what it needs to be. And, that it will appeal to someone, somewhere.

BSBP7 Blue Lucite Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Etched Flower Bead Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Butterfly Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Hummer Necklace by The Beading Yogini

(The finished goods.)

Thanks for taking a peek.


Hooters Challenge

The folks over at Artisan Whimsy are having a little design challenge this month…


So many owl fans out there that I just had to join in on this challenge.



Mainly metal components with a row of my tiny lampwork ivory colored beads and connectors.

Check out the entires at Artisan Whimsey, join up and vote for your favorite design.


April Art Bead Scene Challenge

My interpretation of the April Monthly Art Bead Scene Challenge

APR ABS by The Beading Yogini

The real challenge these days is trying to find some time to create. The shortage of time does seems to help me focus and hone down the design process. Nothing too elaborate here with this necklace, but I think it captures the theme of the painting.

Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903

Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as: “In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils”.

Boreas April Art Bead Scene Challenge

Materials used, jump rings, C-Lon cord, silk sari ribbon, lampwork glass beads, recycled metal tin, head pins, mesh chain, seed beads and toggle clasp.

APR ABS Full Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Take a peek at other designs on the flickr group.



Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – BTW

Bead Table Wednesday, time to post what’s on your bead table today. I melted some glass last week and put together some sweet little lampwork glass bead pendant necklaces. I picked up these Tim Holtz Pen Nib findings at the craft store and thought they might work into something easy and different. Here’s the final outcome of this little project >>>>>>>>>

Lampwork Bead Write Home Charm Pendant by The Beading Yogini

Write Home Chocolate Lampwork Charm Pendant by The Beading YoginiWrite Home Copper Bubble Lampwork Charm Pendant by The Beading YoginiWrite Home Purple Lampwork Charm Pendant by The BEading Yognin

Tray of Lampwork Bead Charm Pendants by The Beading Yogini


February 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge

I almost opted to take a nap yesterday afternoon. It was one of those blustery, crazy wind days in the Mojave and as luck would have it, I’m fending off a head cold, hopped out on Zicam. After dropping off plants at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, I decided to take the afternoon off and head home. Had a warm beverage and hunkered down to troll Etsy, just window shopping (you know.) Instead of napping, like a sensible person might choose to do, I pulled out some wool roving to play with and made some cords. Then I wandered into my “bead cave” and started flipping through my stash looking for some bone beads that I swore I had in a box somewhere (again, you know.) Never did find those beads, but I found some other interesting stuff that I thought might work for the February Art Bead Scene challenge this month.

The Conference Of Birds

The Conference of the Birds by Habiballah

I love it when a design magically falls into place, and fast. This only happens every so often, where the combination of beads and materials seem to effortlessly blend together in a split second and I know something bigger than myself is guiding my hands. That’s what happened in a very short time frame during the creation of this necklace. It’s a very simple design, but I like it. Thinking I may need to hold on to this one for a spell.

FEB ABS Necklace Close Up by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace Full Shot by The Beading Yogini

Materials used:  waxed cotton cord, antique lampwork key bead, lampwork glass beads, wooden beads, ceramic beads, clay bird beads, wooden bird focal and some wire wrapping.   See what others have created this month on the flickr group.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – BTW

Here’s what’s on my table this Wednesday…my spin on melting some borosilicate glass.

BoroDiscAsst by The Beading YoginiI’m using Momka boro shorts rods and have no idea what colors these are because they aren’t labeled. I’m finding it difficult to make a decent boro bead shape, but liking the results of the disc beads and pendants. See what others are up to at Bead Table Wednesday.

PaperFairies by The Beading YoginiI’m also working on custom paperdoll fairies for a client. The last time I made some of these was over a year ago. Combining pieces and parts, bits and snips, odd sayings, stampings and color. They will be precision hand cut and then laminated. Fixed with a wire wrap hanger and a few accent beads. Then they are ready to fly away.  I really do get a kick out of making them. Good thing as I’ve about 25 more to go!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 – BTW

I’m multitasking here this afternoon. Listening to C.C. White – This is Soul Kirtan while I wait for the propane guy to come fill the big tank, cooking soup, chili, doing laundry, posting on the business blog and facebook page. Just the usual mundane activities that make life what it is. Here’s a peek of what’s on my bead table this Wednesday afternoon:

Wild About Beads by The Beading YoginiHave I mentioned that I meet the nicest people at the cactus nursery? This kit was a little gift from Chris, Jessica and baby Collin. They have been visiting Cactus Joe’s for a few years now, and we always chat about beads when they visit. They are from Rhode Island and own Wild About Beads in Tiverton, RI. I did not have the opportunity to visit their store when I lived in Lil’ Rhody, but if I ever get back that way for a visit, you bet I’ll check it out. If you live in that region of the world, stop in and say hello. They also dropped off a loaf of Portuguese Sweet Bead from Amaral’s Bakery in Fallriver, MA. While I have been refraining from eating wheat for the past nine months, I found I could not resist having a wee bit of this toasted with butter for breakfast. Can you say, mouthful of bliss? Thanks so much.

Vintage Thrift Beads by The Beading YoginiI sound like a country bumpkin, but I usually only get into the city of Las Vegas once a week on teaching day. Trying to be mindful of my carbon footprint and such. Really enjoying being a homebody these days too. But here’s my find for the week… vintage thrift store discovery of lucite, bamboo, and paper beads. The thrill of the find! See what other have on their table at Bead Table Wednesday flickr group.

November Art Bead Scene Challenge

Madonna Pietradegli Scrovigni November ABS

Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni

by Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927)

Watercolour, gouache and gum arabic, 30.9in × 24.1 in.

Really is a lovely painting and the palette contains such warm colors too.

NOV 2011 Color Palette ABS

I felt like keeping it simple this time around for the November Art Bead Scene Challenge. A pair of wire wrapped earrings using a my lampwork glass head pins, lucite flowers, lucite leaves, thin gauge bailing wire, and silk sari ribbon.

NOVABS Earrings 2 by The Beading YoginiNOVABS Earrings by The Beading Yogini

November 9, 2011 – BTW

Time passes so quickly when you love what you do. As always, I feel that I am seriously blessed to be able to do what I do to pay the bills. Teaching yoga for the City of Las Vegas, one of my long time loves; helping things grow at Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery and making art. For the past few years, that art has been melting glass, making lampwork beads, wire wrapping and making jewelry. This year I have focused on micro macrame jewelry. Now I’m branching out a bit and getting into basic metals, torch fired enameling, clay, and seed beading. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to hunt down used items and incorporate (repurpose) them into my art. Here’s a smattering of what is on my Bead Table Wednesday

Trying my hand at a seed bead embroidered cuff. First attempt, wish me luck.Attempting a Cuff Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Messing around with metal embossing.
Metal Mania by The Beading YoginiUsing the new tool, The Vintage Big Kick. It was a splurge, but I don’t gamble, so…

Vintaj Big Kick by TBYTorch enameling some objects I found in the growing grounds at work.

Rustic Recycled Enameling by The Beading YoginiEnjoying some seed bead goodness from a recent visit to the local bead store (Bead Haven). I only stopped in for beading needles. Most likely a bracelet in the works.

Seed Bead Goodness by The Beading YoginiAnd last but not least, mulling over a design for the Challenge of Color Blog Hop, hosted by Erin at Tesori Trovati Jewelry, with color palette creation by Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds. I chose the color teal because I rarely use it and it seems I have lots of teal beads. I really did end up with a lovely color palette to experiment with. 

Challenge of Color Blog Hop

Tiny Lampwork Beads and Necklaces

The other week I was on a roll making small lampwork beads. The nice thing is that I can usually wrap 7-9 of these small suckers on one mandrel. The not so nice thing is cleaning the beads and reaming out the bead release. That’s probably the reason why you don’t see these type of artisan beads for sale very often. Labor intensive!

These beads are fairly small for lampworking standards, maybe measuring 4 mm x 7 mm, There are slight variations in size and shape because I don’t use any shaping tools. I love the variations though, because it shows that these are indeed handmade. 

small beads by The Beading Yogini

I’ve also been on a glass etching kick and have been etching many of the beads for that, low sheen soft look and feel. I’m using the beads to make a series of mostly monochromatic micro macrame necklaces featuring some of my Apoxie Clay focal pendants along with other artisan pendants and beads. Here’s a sampling of what has been knotted this week.





Orange Sunset Necklace by The Beading YoginiJoshua Tree Necklace by The Beading Yoginiown The Rabbit Hole Necklace By The Beading Yogini

As The Crow Flys Necklace By The Beading Yogini