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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Viking Knit is a technique for making wire wrap jewelry that is reminiscent of chainmail. Chainmail was a type of protective clothing worn by soldiers in battle in the Middle Ages. It consisted of metal links which formed shirts, hoods, and leggings. This type of armour protected the soldier from cuts although not so much from crushing blows. The earliest known chainmail was worn by Persian soldiers in the 4th Century B.C. Later the ancient Celts used it extensively. The Romans learned about it from the Celts when they fought wars with the Celts in the early centuries A.D. Other European people, including the Vikings, soon adopted it. It remained popular in Europe throughout the Middle Ages until more advanced weapons made it less useful. In recent years jewelry artists adapted the method of attaching links together in making wire wrap jewelry and named this technique Viking Knit.

Rose will be teaching classes in how to make a Viking Knit Wire Bracelet and a new class in how to make a Viking Knit Leather Bracelet at the Pasadena Bead and Design show this week (Jan 12 - 15, 2017) in Pasadena, California. For details see

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Hi Friends,
Last week was a really exciting week. I presented my work at the Bead and Design Show in Costa Mesa, California. I also taught classes there including a class in making Viking Knit bracelets. It was great experience (practical and fun) for the students. I also taught classes in Bead Crochet, Etching, and Bead Knotting. I will be teaching another Viking Knit class in Culver City on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The class will be limited to 5 people. If you are interested, send me an e-mail at or See Classes and Shows for details.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Blue was once considered a hot color but is now considered a cool color. It is found in the flags of many countries and is the color of blue jeans. In the Turkish culture it is the color of amulets worn to ward off the Evil Eye. It now is often associated with sadness as in one is feeling blue. There is a type of jazz music which is known as the Blues.The Egyptians created blue pigment from cobalt thousands of years ago and used it in glass making. It was subsequently used by other ancient civilizations. Later it was perfected in glass making in 18th Century Europe. Azurite was discovered as a source of blue pigment in ancient China and spread to other lands. It became popular as a color in medieval European paintings.Indigo was developed as a blue dye in ancient India. It spread through the Far East and across Asia to Greece and Rome where it was given the name indigo because it came from the East.Ultramarine was a pigment first developed in Afghanistan during the Middle Ages and later was used in Italian Renaissance paintings. It was very expensive because it was made by grinding up lapis lazuli semiprecious stone.The first manufactured blue pigment was Prussian Blue which was created in Gerrmany in the 18th Century.
You can find the blue lapis ring pictured above at METAL JEWELRY SHAPER

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Red is one of the 3 basic colors. It is the color of blood and for that reason has been associated with the origin of life going back to prehistoric times. Prehistoric cave painters used red in painting animals. Red was often considered to have protective properties. Red material was at times buried in graves to protect the dead. Ancient hunters and warriors at times painted their spears with red blood. Red bedding was thought to be able to prevent illness. Red wedding clothes were at times worn by various ancient cultures including Rome, China, and others. The Medieval Christian Church used red in clerical garments and associated red with the cross. Red was a popular color for painting houses in Victorian Times although clothing at that time tended to have drab colors. In modern times, it is not unusual to find red in women's clothing and accessories although not often in men's clothing. Red is and has been a bright attractive color in glass beads even up to today.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016


The color green is a blend of the basic colors yellow and blue. It is the color of chlorophyll which is found in plants and has therefore been associated with life by various cultures. For example, the ancient Egyptians used the color green for the floors of their temples. The ancient Greeks associated green with victory in battle. In Islam it is considered a sacred color. It is the national color of Ireland because of the intense green of the landscape in that island nation. In the Chinese culture green represents the East. Green is considered by many to represent freshness and from there newness leading to the slang word greenhorn alluding to someone who is a new immigrant. In the USA all paper money is printed in green leading to expressions such as “show me the green.” Green in many cultures represents envy as in the “green eyed monster.” It is also associated with illness or nausea as in “it made him turn green.”
Patina is a green color found on aged copper and bronze surfaces because of oxidation. Ancient coins and jewelry made of those metals often show a green patina.
Green glass gets its color from metallic materials mixed in to the glass. There are green glass artifacts dating back to ancient times. The art of making green glass was perfected by the Venetian glass makers in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. Green has remained an important color in glass products to the present times
The green stones in the picture above are part of a bracelet that you can find at BRACELETS

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Beryl is a gem which contains the element beryllium. The name is derived from the ancient Greek word beryllos. Pure beryl is clear but there are varieties with various ranges of color. Emerald is a green variety. Aquamarine ranges from light blue and bluish green varieties to dark blue. Emeralds have been mined in upper Egypt since ancient times and were traded in Egypt and Mesopotamia as early as 4000 BC. Ancient people thought beryl had healing and protective properties. Beryl powder was used in Roman times to treat eye disease. Aquamarine gems were worn by sailors in the belief it would protect them from the sea. People in the Middle Ages thought aquamarine would protect them from poisoning.
You can find the aquamarine necklace pictured above at Aquamarine Necklace

Sunday, October 11, 2015


The color puce is a purplish brown color. The name comes from the French name for flea because the color is supposed to be the color of a flea engorged with blood after feeding.This color was popular in dresses of ladies in France in the late 18th Century and into the 19th Century. At that time it was thought by some people in France to have a sensual flare. The color was thought by some to be a favorite of Marie Antoinette, but this has not been confirmed since there are no pictures of her wearing it. You can find the necklace pictured above at BEADSHAPER NECKLACES
You also might find it at the Beadshaper table at the Bead Elements and Design Show in Santa Barbara, October 30 - November 1, 2015. See SHOWS for details.