Author Archives: AnitaNH

About AnitaNH

AnitaNH is a self-taught collage artist and former librarian who embraced mid-life crisis, dropped out of the corporate world and moved to rural New Hampshire to become creatively self-employed. Owner of Anita's Beads and Toad Hollow Minerals in Wakefield, New Hampshire, Anita also designs jewelry, fabric, and digital art prints. Original collage art and acrylic paintings are displayed in the gallery. Jewelry-making and collage instruction are offered by appointment.

About Stones: Dragon’s Blood Stone


Astrological Sign: Leo
Chakra: Heart
Lore: Dragon’s Blood Stone is a healing stone that enhances life force, balance, courage, strength and vitality. Carry to draw money and love. It is known as a talisman of safety and profit, helping us to find new relationships. The stone is a “seeker/transformer” helping us discover new paths and approaches.
Geology: Dragon’s Blood Stone is a jasper, a variety of quartz, containing a mixture of green epidote and red piedmontite.
Localities: Australia, South Africa

About Stones: Aquamarine


Astrological Sign: Gemini, Pisces, Aries
Chakra: Throat
Lore: Aquamarine is a stone of courage. It accelerates the intellectual reasoning process and enhances the connection with our higher self. It brings tolerance to judgmental people and order to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It is a talisman for sailors.
Geology: Aquamarine means ‘Water of the Sea’ in Latin. It is a member, together with Emerald, of the beryl group. Aluminum beryllium silicate colored by iron, aquamarine ranges from blue to blue-green.
Localities: Brazil, South Africa, Maine, Connecticut, Afghanistan

About Stones: Dravite


Astrological Sign: Aries
Chakra: Solar Plexus, Sacral
Lore: Dravite empowers us, encouraging inner strength and calm. This tourmaline species is a powerful healer, particularly in the area of family dysfunction. Use for grounding after working with stones of high vibration. Carry for stamina when experiencing difficult situations. Aids in the release of negativity. Supports overcoming of addictions.
Geology: Dravite is a brown, sodium magnesium rich, species of tourmaline.
Localities: India, Brazil, Canada

About Stones: Angelite


Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Chakra: Throat
Lore: Angelite forms a protective field around the environment where it is placed. It assists in communication with spirit totems. It can enhance awareness, telepathy, and astral travel.
Geology: Angelite is the mineral anhydrite, an important rock-forming mineral associated with gypsum and dolomite. The name is from the Greek meaning ‘without water.’ Angelite forms blue and white nodules and masses with an occasional touch of red hematite.
Localities: Peru

Dragonfly Earrings


Below are the instructions for the Dragonfly Earring Kits offered at Anita’s Beads. To complete your kit you will need a “Big Eye” needle, a pair of sharp scissors, and “Hypo-Cement” glue.

The kit includes two pieces of 6# Fireline, Czech dagger beads, Czech 4mm machine cut round beads, size 11/0 seed beads, 4mm soldered jump rings, and earwires.

You will string using a single strand of Fireline. The earring is reinforced by going around the path multiple times. Begin by picking up an 11/0 seed bead, one faceted round (the head), another 11/0 seed bead, two dagger beads, another 11/0 seed bead, four faceted rounds (the tail), and another 11/0 seed bead as shown below.


Pull your thread through, leaving a 9-inch tail (single strand) of fire line at the head. You will need this piece later.


Skipping the seed bead, pass your needle up through the four tail beads. Now add one 11/0 seed bead, two dagger beads, and another 11/0 seed bead. Now pass your needle through the head and the first 11/0 seed bead.

Pick up the soldered jump ring and repeat the path a second time to reinforce the earring. After you go through the jump ring a second time, continue down through the 11/0 seed bead above the head, the head, the left seed bead below the head, the two left wings and the seed bead below the left wings.

Now remove your needle from the main thread and thread the tail onto the needle. Pass the needle through the jump ring, the seed bead above the head, the head, the seed bead to the right, the two right wings, and the seed bead below the two right wings. Remove the needle.

Tighten the threads and tie a double knot. Pass the two ends of the thread down through the top three tail beads and trim with sharp scissors. Lay the dragonfly flat on a piece of scrap paper and glue the knot. Place a drop or two of glue where the four wings come together to keep them from flopping.

After the glue dries, open the loop on an earring hook, slip on the soldered jump ring of your dragonfly, and close the loop. Repeat for second earring.



Instructions for Super-DUO Wrap Bracelets

Your kit has beading wire with magnet clasp, wire guard and crimp already attached so you have a double wire for stringing. You will need chain-nose pliers for flattening the second crimp and cutters for trimming the wire at the end. The wire is stiff enough that you will not need a needle for this project.

Holding two wires together, string on one of the two small glass bead, then two metal heishi. Now separate the wires and put a seed bead on each, then string on a super-DUO two-hole bead with a wire through each hole.

Alternate two seed beads (one on each wire) and DUO’s ending with two seed beads. Let the beaded portion lay flat on your work surface to minimize twisting caused by too much tension.

4-wrap Bracelets: 30 inches of beads will wrap a 7.5-inch wrist four times.

1-wrap Bracelets: String 20 DUOs separated by seed beads before the focal. End with two seed beads and holding the two wires together, string on two heishi, then the focal, then two heishi. Begin the second half with two seed beads, one on each wire. Adjust for size by stringing extra or fewer beads.

Finish with two heishi, a glass bead, a crimp and a wire guard. Attach to the second loop on the magnet clasp. Next, string back through the crimp, the glass bead and the two heishi. This is all done holding the two wires together as one. Do not tighten yet. Leave at least an inch of play between the last beads and the crimp. (There is an extra crimp provided in the kit.)

Separate the magnet clasp and lay the bracelet flat. Slide beads up towards the uncrimped end to release the tension which causes the bracelet to curl and twist. Beads should all be touching with no wire showing between them except at the final end.

Tighten the end wires and flatten the crimp to finish.

All materials for Super-DUO bracelets are available separately at Anita’s Beads. Email Anita at to place an order.

About Stones: Shungite


Astrological Sign: Cancer
Chakra: All
Lore: Shungite neutralizes electromagnetic emissions, waterborne contaminants, free radicals, and negative energy. It shields from harmful electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) from computers, cell phones and towers, WI-FI, microwave ovens and televisions. Shungite removes negative energies and thoughts, enhances metaphysical abilities, and promotes cell rejuvenation. Wear on the left side of the body because energies enter the aura through the left side.
Geology: Shungite is named for the village in Russia, Shunga, in the province of Karelia where it is found. It is one of the few natural Earth sources of fullerene, a rare hollow carbon molecule.
Localities: Russia