No Needle Knitting

My arts & crafts blog – by Curtis Rogers



Three strand necklace

I made this necklace for the South Carolina library associations annual conference silent auction. I hope it gets lots of bids! The money raised goes to the scholarship for diversity for the association.


Fossilized alligator dermal scute pendants and earrings 

I finally finished making these 15 necklaces and two pairs of earrings that were commissioned by my friend Caroline of fossilized dermal scutes (osteoderm fossils) from alligators (I think from the Pleistocene era) that she found at Edisto beach (technically, they’re fresh dermal scutes but being fossilized sounds better)…  I used a variety of beads and basic necklace cords and wrapped them​ with copper wire and silver wire. I might have to go down to the beach to find more to make and sell online!




Hand knotting project

This has been an undertaking! My mom gave me her old double strand of beads with a vintage onyx clasp from the 60’s to clean up and repair. Unfortunately the beads were so old, the coating was coming off so I decided to get all new beads and learn how to knot them. After a few lessons in knotting from my friend Clay Burnette, I found that Griffin silk cord in size 8 was the best option. I knotted each strand, cleaned the clasp, and created a whole new necklace just in time for Valentine’s day.

Laying out the beads before knotting:


Below is the original clasp with some original beads:


Griffin silk cord, size 8 and starting the knotting:


vintage clasp cleaned and ready:


after knotting both strands, I used glue to make sure the findings would stay in place:


Close up of clasp on finished necklace:


And finally, the finished necklace!


I’ve been making more earrings on library catalog cards!

What a perfect gift for the librarian or avid book lover! Each recycled library card comes with three sets of earrings. Visit my Etsy store to find these and more!

Earrings on a Library Catalog Card

I have a ton of old library catalog cards and have finally found a great use for them! I’m displaying and selling sets of three earrings and using the cards to market and display them!  Here are some samples.  You can find them all in my online Etsy shop 🙂

First bead mosaic

I have finally finished my first bead mosaic. It’s only on a 4″ x 4″ piece of pine and is made to sit on a small metal stand. I have lots more beads so I will certainly be doing more of these in the future 🙂


Copper Earrings

My first set of earrings that I made the ear wires for. I used 20 gauge copper wire and various beads. And yes, I used old library catalog cards to display them.







Finished making 8 sets of earrings today!

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