Friday, 31 August 2012


Your last chance to win the original Noor Pendant. Like my facebook page Riana Bootha Olckers Beadwork and add me to your blog list. That's all you have to do. On the 1st September, I am drawing the lucky name for this beautiful gift.

Sunday, 26 August 2012


A simple and gentle lady - but I must admit the Marnette I knew, was vibrant, modern and outspoken. Simple she was not, but gentle for sure

Saturday, 25 August 2012


Grace of God - My Granny( Salomina Smuts) Sally Bootha, passed away before my birth. But my Mom told me the most beautiful stories about her mother-in-law. Her lovely smile, she had a cute giggle, never ever lost her temper, had a good sense of humour, cared about all humankind, adored her children - she was beautiful from inside and outside.
And she smelled nice - she loved perfume and was a very good dresser.
Loved jewelry too. I made her a necklace too.

Friday, 24 August 2012


What is in a name? A lot! Delilah - `delicate, amorous. That says it all.
This lovely set of earrings will bring a love of your life to his knees, when you wear it.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Annah means Gracious and Popular. So true, as I had to name this necklace after a very dear, loyal, trustworthy and confidant of mine. She had been a part of our whole family since 1986. Annah came into our lives without an invite, she decided we need her - she was spot on. Annah's husband is a reverend and just as beautiful as she is. I also named a piece after him, but more about that in another story.The pattern is available from my Etsy Store


Beautiful bracelet with avariety of interesting stitches.
C is for congenial, your pleasing way.
I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.
S is for sensible, the practical side.
K is for keepsake, you treasure your memories.
A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Pattern available

I just completed the pattern for one of my most favourite designs I ever created. What an enjoyable project. The pattern is available from my Etsy Store

Do you prefer Japanese/Czeck beads?

I pondered over this question for a while. And would like to hear from the bead artist, that includes you, which do you prefer to bead with and why?

Saturday, 18 August 2012


Maxine is a very special bracelet. She's got that classy feel to her. Well, she was named after a very good school pal of mine, he wore my jewelry and eventhough I do not sell my pieces - he bullied them off me and wore them with pride. So, I decided to name this bracelet after his only daughther. Sadly he passed away, still miss your visits and our friensdhip, Jan.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Tamaryn Bracelet

This bracelet was published in the Advanced BeadBook(2010), available from my Etsy Store
Tamaryn is a very dainty and feminine bracelet and I named her after a pupil that adored me, many years ago. I was a substitute teacher for a week or two and this pre-school toddler walked up to me the first morning in class, and never left my side for two weeks. A very dainty and beautiful little angel, called Tamaryn. And as I only had sons, I really enjoyed being idolised by this little darling. I even named one of my businesses after her. Today she is a 27 year old women, still the same lovely girl of twenty two years ago.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Suzannah ear rings appeared in The Advanced BeadBook, published in 2010. Visit my Etsy store if you are interested in buying this fabulous book.
When I start with a design, you might think this is quite silly, I usually has a name for that design - the name of someone or something that's got a sentimental meaning to me. This particular design was named after a girl that were in my class ( primary school). We had been in the same class for seven years - they were not wealthy ,but she was a clever girl. Never heard from her since 1975 and many days since I became an adult, I have wondered how she coped with all the humiliation and rude remarks made about her appearance for being so poor. I made this for you Suzannah, and I pray from my heart, that you are a queen today. May God blessed you with all you never had and was not responsible for the lack of. You were just a child

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Want a Beautiful Pendant?

Well, I am going to give the Original Noor Pendant away as a gift. But as we all know by now, nothing comes for free. To be part of the lucky draw of this fanatstic piece of art - I need you to help me, by doing only two very easy things :
1. Please like my facebook page: Riana Bootha Olckers Beadwork and leave your e-mail contact details on this blog post.
2. Share this blog on your page(Blog or facebook)
and on the 1st September 2012, I'll draw the lucky winner.

Monday, 13 August 2012

The Beautiful One
Lynette is available from my Etsy Store. Enjoy

Emri Bracelet

Emri Bracelet is a very flexible bracelet, created with a combination of right angle wave, herringbone and peyote stitch.A good tutorial piece for an advanced beginner.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Linette Pendant

Linette Pendant (The beautiful one). This is a beautiful 3D pendant. I used a variety of techniques and stitches to create it. Peyote, herringbone etc. The pendant can be left plain, without any embellishment and will still be drop dead gorgeous. Please visit and like my facebook page

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Marjan Pendant

This is the Marjan Pendant I so love to wear. BeadButton October 2012.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Bead&Button October 2012

This is my contribution to Bead & Button October 2012. I wear the original pendant often and get many compliments by total strangers - believe it or not , mostly men (accompanied by their wives and girlfriends, I must add).I would never have dreamt that one day in the future, one of my projects would be published in B & B, when I bought my first copy back in 1998, well not any magazine, as a matter of fact. How much I enjoy designing the projects I cannot put down on paper, but I do hope that the beaders enjoy creating and wearing the finished projects.!/BeadandButton

Thursday, 2 August 2012

New version

I made a different colour version of Gertrude and change the style of the embellishments. When you have the basic pendant made, you can play around with hundreds of different styles. The colour scheme I used, to create a rustic and vintage look, can be changed to suit your own mood. If I can fit it into my timeline, I'll try to create a very modern look for the same pattern, just to show off the variety of styles you can create with one design.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Gertrude Pendant

Gertrude (Spear of strength). Gertrude Pendant is a combination of different stitches combined to create a pendant of luxury and above all style. I used a lot of Swarovski crystals in the design, to make it shine, when the light catches the crystals it comes alive. Very quick to make and I reckon that an intermediate beginner can try their hand at this design. Now I must just finish the pattern - I wish I had a little fairy helper (a computer literate of cause) to do that part for me.