Monday, December 7, 2009

Aimee's Necklace


Aimee's Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Every once in a while I depart from my regular floral theme and fascination from the textures of nature to explore a more structured and symmetrical form of beading and one of my favorite designs is surely this right angle weave necklace which is three dimensional AND triple layered with three sizes of beads and though it's extremely time (and bead!) consuming, I love the end result.

I had actually made a very pretty Swarovski Rivoli center for this piece which in my outrageous mess of trays of beads and unfinished projects had somehow gotten lost. In my frustration I decided to make this alternative pendant which is a bead embroidery piece with a Chrysanthemum cabochon center and various Swarovski crystals and seed beads. Once it was done it looked much better than my initial idea. Eventually I did find the Rivoli though (it did take some extensive cleaning up first, obviously....lol) and that one will surely find its way into a completely different design. Now, back to my flowers, - a deep desire for all things red and burgundy seems to have descended upon me and I will need to make many more roses and flowers before that desire is saturated...stay tuned, it will be blooming a LOT before I'm done!! :D

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vermillion Bloom Necklace


Vermillion Bloom Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

This is another example of the flowers from the lovely pattern by Kim Anderson. I never seem to tire of the flower theme, or the use of Rivoli, apparently and though I think at times I ought to be a bit more diverse in my designs, I always come back to the realm of flora....
As I was feebly attempting to sort out my bead boxes last night I decided to arrange them according to color...interesting, I usually sort them according to size...turns out I had no less than a staggering 35 (!!!!) boxes of green and an equal amount of pink, red and rose....hmmm....
It's like I'm color blind when I go shopping, I don't see anything else, I just shop for the same palette over and over! LOL!! Oh well...maybe one day I'll do something crazy in...blue?! :D

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monets Garden Necklace


Monets Garden Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


I finally finished this new necklace using the wonderful pattern by the talented Kim Anderson. I couldn't believe how easy they were to make and I simply couldn't stop making more and more once I got started! Eventually I had to gather them all and put them on a necklace like a lovely bouquet of late summer bloom....mmm...I'm thinking there are more of those to come! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mystical Orchid Necklace


Mystical Orchid Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

Here it is finally, my entry for this month's EBW challenge! :) I initially was trying to make a life life Orchid but it rapidly turned into yet another fantasy piece with numereous of unplanned additions and fiddling...still, I'm finding it challenging in a good way to work with free-form herringbone (the leaves of the flower) and trying to sculpture them in a way that would make sense in a more cohesive artistic way. In any event, I'm glad to have finished it on time and looking forward to going ahead with new planned endeavors already in the brew..;)

Alexis Moonlight Necklace


Alexis Moonlight Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Here's the latest addition to my Moonlight series, which I'm incredibly fond of due to the complicated yet balanced design (if I do say so myself...lol, it's not often my designs actually work!!),- I'll probably keep making them since they sell so well, but I've been busy with other things, challenge pieces (pictures coming soon!), custom orders and of course,- my ailing hand/arm.

I've found it completely depressing and deflating to be dictated by a physical temporary handicap, but the shooting pain I get from simply holding my bead work has seriously slowed me down and made me ponder... I love my work, I never work less than 10-15 hours a day and the thought that I can't continue at that crazy pace is really scary to me. However, having said that...I'm learning to pace my self and have the greatest respect for more experienced beaders warnings...if they tell me to slow down or else, I better listen up! ;)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Aysel Moonlight necklace


Aysel Moonlight necklace 1
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



Finally time to make something new, summer is at last letting up a bit, less heat and more time to focus and create...I love that. I'm at my very best when it's raining outside and cold...but for now, here is my latest necklace full of glitter and fun!! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Forest Corsage necklace


Forest Corsage1
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



What started out as a perfectly innocent looking little flower, quickly became a rather big center piece that needed to get attached to a necklace of some kind....I love how these pieces seem to take on a life of their own, no planning in advance...I often wonder if I should try a different approach, like writing and drawing my designs first and then try to bead them but it seems more fun to me to let the jewelry decide which way it wants to go...:)

Thursday, August 13, 2009


The "Big Reveal" on the fabulously fun "Use the Muse contest" was finally made public today and it was such an amazing privilege to see all the fabulous entries and the diversity of the designs. I had such a great time creating this piece, Morai's Charm!! Initially, upon receiving the kit with the beads and the muse, I was puzzled and had not the faintest idea what to do with it. Especially not the muse, this beautiful shell center piece, which really just looked great on its own. It was just laying around for a few weeks before I even attempted to work on it but once I got the general idea, I completed it in less than two days and I reaaaaaaally loved the result!!
It was a total honor to see that this piece won "Design of Destinction" of the contest and I'll definitely consider entering again,- nothing is more fun that pushing the boundaries and discover new and exciting things to do with all those little shiny beady things!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Alexandra's necklace


Alexandra's necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

This has got to be the fastest I ever made a necklace! Less than a day! As always, being a little off in my timing, I discovered that the EBW challenge dead-line was rapidly approaching and I had not even thought of an idea for something to make yet...but with a theme such as "First Ladies of Style", things just seem to flow naturally and with a grand Queen in mind,- the choice was obvious: Lots of pearls, crystals and delicious silver beads!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Savory Blossom necklace


Savory Blossom necklac
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Being excessively creative comes at a price, I have learned...This past week I have worked more hours than I can ever remember, juggling kids on vacation, custom orders, teaching, exploring loads of new ideas, it's been fun and completely my own choice,- however, my back is killing me!! I'm seeing stars and moons and possibly entirely other solar systems...so how to keep a healthy balance and still remain creatively satisfied?? That's the question I'll be pondering this week....meanwhile, here's one of the things I made this week! Enjoy! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Golden Magnolia necklace


Golden Magnolia necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

Just finished a new piece, full of crystals, Swarovski and Czech, in delightful harmony...oh yess...I do love my shiny beads! :D I especially love the cream, white, gold combination, I never get tired of creating new things with these nuances...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rosario Deluge necklace


Rosario Deluge necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Summer vacation is in full blow and much of my time is spent with the kids and generally trying to not die in the heat. Hate the heat. Being born and raised in Denmark, I miss the rain and the cool breeze...
Meanwhile, I've been keeping myself busy, beading away,- here's my latest creation using a polymer clay cabochon made by Marcia of Marsdesign, she does absolutely wonderful work and I loved how it turned out as a center piece for this necklace!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jewels of Dawn bridal necklace


Jewels of Dawn bridal necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



Here is my entry for the EBW June challenge athemed "Here comes the bride". Initially this wasn't what I had in mind for that particular piece but once this was finished, I thought it looked quite fitting for a bride!!! A sparkly piece full of pearls and crystals and it's really comfortable to wear too!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Two more Celestial delights!




I just finished two more, one in Silver and sapphire and the other in hot pink! Love them both and am working on a new addition, this one in black and orange....

Opal Green Celestia necklace


Opal Green Celestia necklace2
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Nothing is more exciting than to come up with a grand new design, trying it out, taking it apart and putting it back together again, until I reach a result I'm happy with! This design is absolutely delightful because it combines my favorite things,- my ever beloved Swarovski chatons that I seem to have an unexplained affection for and the romatic vintage look, that I also seem to favor very often. I absolutely love how this came out and now, in a beading frenzy not uncommon to me, I am making similar necklaces in this line I have named "Celestia" on account of their stary quality. More colors will be posted here!! :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New competition!!

My lovely friend Triz gave me the link to this interesting and challenging competition,- it looks like so much fun and from the looks of the beads, my busy brain is already plotting a new design!!! Can't wait to see what I'll make of this...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Glacier Florenze necklace


Glacier Florenze necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


My favorite colors!! I love working with turquoise, the quality of the stone, the color and everything about it. Every once in a while I just have to make a piece of jewelry using turquoise, - this picture doesn't nearly portray how beautiful the colors are!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Crimson Blossom necklace


fimo rose necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


One of the best thing about beading is discovering new techniques and develop new designs and this piece shows a little experiment I did with polymer clay roses incorporated in a beaded necklace. I have never done anything in polymer clay before but thought it would be interesting to create something to be used with beads and I came up with these roses,- looking quite life-like I think!! :D
It was a bit of a headache to figure out how to actually attach them and make the piece look cohesive, but I think I managed to get quite a nice result for my first try! I'm already plotting making something new, perhaps a bridal piece with cream colored roses, who knows? As always, anything could happen, it's all about exploring and never being afraid of experimenting...often times it's utter rubbish,- but every once in a while, you may just come up with something extraordinary! Happy beading! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Suprastellar Red Carpet necklace- EBW Winner!!


Suprastellar Red Carpet necklace 1
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



I was absolutely stoked to find out that this necklace won the EBW challenge of April, Red Carpet, theme. With all the amazing entries it sure was an honor to win and I appreciate all the votes and kind feed back!! Personally I love this piece, the process of making it was a lot of fun, very creative and it was redone so many times I can't even remember what the original design looked like. But that's exactly what I love about these challenges,- it makes you think, push your boundaries, experiment and explore. I never used bugle beads before but I loved how this piece came out....One of a kind though, can't image I'd make more than one of these!!! :D

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring Rose necklace


Spring Rose necklace, detail
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Apart from playing with swarovski chatons, I also love making flowers. Any kind, but especially roses...they fascinate me no end and I love to make necklaces that allow me to make a whole lot of different components and stitch them together in the end to create something cohesive and complete. My rose necklaces are like that, full of many different layers, texture, individually hand stitched flowers and leaves, and the best part is when it all comes together.
I'm waiting for divine inspiration to figure out where I might go next...it would be fun and interesting to push my usual boundaries a little but we'll see....:)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Timeless Beauty bracelet2


Timeless Beauty bracelet2
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


I'm absolutely loving exploring the new and exciting possibilities of bead embroidery. It wasn't always an area I found inviting, due to being so time consuming and complex , but I have to say that once I got going, it was hard to stop. Lately I've been on a roll and made a lot of different things, it's very different from what I usually make and it's been a welcome change from the regular flowers and floral motifs I favor so much! This bracelet is the latest addition and having always been in love with the Turquoise color, gemstones and nuances, this is really a favorite!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Septerra Core necklace


Septerra Core necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Here's my newest creation using my much favored Swarovski chatons, I don't know why I like them so much, they are quite difficult to work with, but I just love sticking them on everything, sewing around them, and this particular piece, I even made a bead embroidery pendant with right in the middle! Now off to do some serious work! ;)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (4/6-4/12)


Bead Art Originals Items of the Week (4/6-4/12)
Originally uploaded by Sand Fibers


Here are the gorgeous items of the week, check out these beauties!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Atlantis bracelet, detail


Atlantis bracelet, detail
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Despite being miserable about my missing cat, I still managed to finish this piece just in time for the monthly EBW challenge deadline...I guess I would be more excited about it if I wasn't too distressed and missing my little furry baby....*sigh*

Monday, March 30, 2009



I have finally finished this bead embroidery piece which took much longer than I thought it would! But now that it's done, I'm quite happy with the result. Also,- I seem to be gluing everything down now for embroidery, beads, buttons, random items from around the house....hmm...it's so addictive!!!! :D