Welcome to my blog. I am a Histotechnologist and a Jewelry designer/maker. This blog is my way to tell you about my life and my art. I love art and science. Finally, my jewelry is bringing them together. I am inspired daily by the art and science I see under the microscope. Come with me on this fascinating journey as we explore the blending of art and science. Thank you for coming. Please come back. contact me: mdpraetATgmail.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bead Day Luncheon

 Terri put on a great luncheon for us and we had a great time sharing and laughing. In this group photo - Me, Mega, Lucy, Dell and Linda. Top photo is Terri, Vonda and me. Middle photo is Linda and Vonda.

Bead day at Terri's Nov. 25, 2011

Here I am with new friends Vonda and Irina. I made jump rings and showed the group how to do a Christmas tree pendant in chain maile. Boy, those little jump rings are tuff to work with but they really make the pendant stable.  Vonda was already into chain maile and brought samples of her work to show us. Beautiful, Vonda.

Monday, November 21, 2011


This is my latest bracelet made with iris metallic tila beads, dark purple Swarovski Crystal 4mm bicones, iris 11 seed beads, amethyst 11 seed beads and silver 15 seed beads. I really enjoyed making this one over the weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Luxol Fast Blue Bracelet

Luxol Fast Blue is used in the demonstration of pathologic processes in the nervous system. In particular myelin, the white fatty nonliving material, which insulates and protects the nerve fibers are demonstrated. 
This bracelet is a tennis bracelet made Swarovski 4mm crystals  and pladium delica's for the setting with a small Sterling Silver toggle.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

These are a few of my different bracelets. The turquoise and the purple one are made in a very popular style. I have made that one in many different colors and beads. The top bracelet is a herringbone pattern and can be made with a center stone. It is a great everyday bracelet.

Friday, November 4, 2011


These are some of my favorite earrings. I especially like the Siam Red dangles with the sterling silver cones. I call them my Congo Red earrings. They have a silver flower between two Swarovski Siam 4mm bicones crystals. I hope you all are planning some fun projects for the weekend. I have several orders to fill.