Natalia Designs

Other Work

My first love in this creative endeavor was metalwork. I still occasionally break out the sheet and wire and use traditional metalsmithing tools to make something from scratch. I also occasionally make jewelry featuring glass beads made by other beadmakers. But my own melting of glass has taken over much of my creative life.

Here are some examples of special pieces I have made.

Frog-leaf Pin

Repoussed and enameled red-eyed treefrog, bezel set on repoussť copper and silver leaf brooch.

Approximately 5.25" long by 1.5" wide.

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Lascaux galloping horse pins

Married metals: copper, silver, and brass. Inspired by cave paintings in the Lascaux cave, France.

About 2" wide by 1.5" high.

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Galloping horse on brass

Cast Treefrog Pendant

Cast sterling silver frog clings clinging to strand of 10 mm jade beads.

Frog about 1" high by 0.75" wide.

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Cricket on Bamboo Pendant Slide

Cast sterling lucky cricket perched on a length of bamboo. Inspired by traditional Netsuke designs.

About 1.75" long by 0.75" diameter.

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Byzantine Lace Necklace

This necklace is made with a crocheted beaded rope inside a netting of bead lace, and features focal beads by Seattle beadmaker Larry Scott, one of my first teachers.  This necklace was part of the "Hand-in-Hand" juried jewelry show sponsored by the ISGB in 2003.

About 26" total length, largest focal bead about 20 mm diameter.

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Zephyr Glass Crocheted Necklace

This necklace features a golden iridized spider web bead by Zephyr Glass, and includes a crocheted beaded rope of iridized Japanese seed beads that closely match the Zephyr bead.

About 28"  total length, bead about 1" by 0.75".

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Silver Rope Necklace

This necklace features a turquoise focal bead set with magnetic clasps at each end, so that the a crocheted bead rope can be worn alone as well.

About 20" total length.

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