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Description from Julie Shane: Please explain to me... A 32mm brass ball in a piece of jewelry? Am I just too timid or too conservative?

***** Based on the comments and suggestions of my fellow chickies: We have created A CHALLENGE!
Create a piece of jewelry -- silly or serious. By December 31.
Rules: Include this 32mm brass ROUND and some other stone/bead/element that is round. Let's post them HERE on this pick rather than in the Design Gallery. Okay? Just attach a picture and description.

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  1. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Now, that’s a really big bead…But it does look pretty….To many things to worry about! LOL
    I like your “rounds”… I just couldn’t say b….!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Maybe just for chucks we should all buy one, make a piece (silly or not–guess what direction I would take :) ), and post it. Have our own little challenge. :)

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    As I was sending my comment I finally realized what Maria said. HAHAHAHA!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    OMG, I just realised that it was You who started that ball thing, or should I say round? Becky that is an awesome idea ;)

  5. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Too funny…it just looks a if it belongs on a Christmas tree to me. BUT, might be fun to see what we could conjure up with the big ’round’. ;-) p.s. Julie, great gathering of pretty b…uh, rounds.

  6. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    LOL :P I dare to say that it’s some great big balls in this pick! I think it would be a fun challange, I woluld love to make something! :D

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    How ’bout we set a deadline to post our balls? Maybe December 31? I’m in if you’re in. :)

  8. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Yes that would be so funny! Some rules? Which balls should we use etc? I put this pick as a fave so I remember it. Then we can chat through it?

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve found more crazy people like myself! :) I promise I did not have anything odd or rude or silly in mind when I made this pick. The title is sort or a carry-over from my other pick called bubbles or baubles or balls.

    So okay. I accept the challenge. Post by December 31. Rules: Include this 32mm brass ROUND and some other stone/bead/element that is round. Let’s post them HERE on this pick rather than in the Design Gallery. Okay? Just attach a picture and description.

    Did I mention that we are all crazy? ;)

  10. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    O, but isn’t it fun to be crazy? hee hee ;-)

  11. Luna Chick aka Coral
    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    OOOH, a challenge. I am not sure I can envision a bead this large but am looking forward to seeing everyone else’s creations!

  12. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I think you can Coral ;)

    So much fun!

  13. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Okay chickies… I have an idea! I have THE BALL and it’s partners in my shopping bag. I’m ready to rumble!!! :)

  14. Asia
    Asia says:

    Julie count me in :D , Coral, yes you can!!! I’m going to bed know, have been up and working since 3 AM. I will look at the picks tomorrow :D

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I’m in, too. Got the whopper in my basket and the beginnings of an idea… :)

  16. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Okay, the big ball is in my cart, too! Haven ‘t got a clue…. but
    we ‘ll ‘see!

  17. Asia
    Asia says:

    Mine brain was not working yesterday, now not know, got the ball too, so far have no idea, but it will be fun ;)

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Hey big ball ladies: I just got the most wicked idea. :-D

  19. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Go for it Ladies!

  20. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh My Gosh!!! THE BIG BALL arrived today. It is freaking outrageously huge and hideous!

    Candy… You responded. You are automatically part of the challenge!!! ;)

    So what’s up Becky? Spill the beans… What is your wicked idea??? :)

  21. Asia
    Asia says:

    So the first ball arrived and is ugly and huge, I will have to wait for mine surprise for another 2 weeks. Becky, share your wicked idea ;)

  22. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    I figure the worse that can happen, we’ll hang it on the tree and forget it. right?!?

  23. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    OK ladies….I’m waiting to see everyone’s balls…. ;)

  24. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I’m waiting for my ball to arrive ;) It takes a bit longer to Sweden especially now bf holidays. So exiting :D

  25. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Susie! :) Ladies, you will just have to wait and SEE my wickedness, but if yours came out of the package looking like mine did, you might come up with the same design yourselves. :) hee hee hee

  26. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think Susie needs to join us! ;)

  27. Asia
    Asia says:

    The more the merrier,Becky I think I have an idea too, hoping to get mine by the middle of December, yes it takes so long for order to come to Canada.

  28. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I’ve been looking at it for a couple days. I’m fairly happy with my third idea. Good thing we can de-construct these afterwards and “save” the normal beads from their ill-fate!

    Pic 1: THE BIG BALL
    Pic 2: Surrounded by normal beads who are quite embarrassed to be forced into the pic! ;)

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  29. Asia
    Asia says:

    You already had 3 ideas, I only have 1 so far, I really need to see that ball myself, hope Susie will join in.

  30. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    1. C’mon Coral! Show us your ball!

    2. I’m in!

    3. I also have a wicked idea!

    4. Gotta go shop!

  31. Asia
    Asia says:

    Great to see you on board Susie :)

  32. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Asia… You really do have to SEE it to believe it. It’s BIG and BRIGHT!
    There’s lots of “silly” things to do with it. I think it would be an easy tree ornament. I think creating a piece of jewelry that someone would actually wear is THE challenge.
    It’s SO big that it overpowers everything else. We need to TAME the BEAST!!! ;)

  33. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Or set it free! :)

  34. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    My balls r on the way. Hee hee. Cant wait to see the beast.

  35. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    OOOOOoo, Jacki! You got more than one!

  36. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Now I got mine ;)

  37. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I like the idea of a Christmas ornament only you gotta paint it with some glitter. I can’t join in this wonderful challenge but remember… GLITTER.

    :o )

  38. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    And I supposed you can glue on some sparklies of some sort……….

  39. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Oh, Julie, this is so cool! POD! Congrats!! My ball arrived this week….It really is huge! Still can’t see anyone wanting to wear this thing around their neck; dangling from an ear or wrapped around a wrist….gotta keep thinking…

  40. Bunny
    Bunny says:

    Holiday wear for the family dog maybe? Use it instead of a jingle bell so you don’t go nuts with the sound. Can a dog be trusted to wear a ‘necklace/collar’ of beads if it’s made to fit?

  41. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    HaHaHaHa I have been laughing at the comments. You girls are crazy. I cant wait to see the stuff you finally make with that rather large brass ball.
    Congrats on pick of the day. The other beads are beautful…big one, not so much.

  42. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Congrats on POD, Julie! I don’t know how I missed this craziness before. I wish I wasn’t in beader’s prison so I could join in. Can’t wait to see what all of you make.
    Julie, do you have incredibly small hands or is the ball really that big? :)

  43. Asia
    Asia says:

    Congratulation Julie, the ball made to POD, now that it is on sale we might have more girls joining in. What is with Coral, does anybody know? Jacki I just read about you getting more than one, so did I just in case, hoping to get mine order next week, fingers crossed :D

  44. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I know it would make POD :D Congrats!

    I have outlined my project, picked out the compononets and started ;)

    Come on ladies join us :D

  45. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Congrats on your POD – - somehow missed this and the challenge involved. What a terrific idea ! Am eager to see the results – - -

  46. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    Congrats on the POD! I would like to join the big ball challenge. I will order the ball today.

  47. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Congrats on POD! I cna’t read all the responses have to go to the office Will see what all the fun is about this afternoon.

  48. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    OK is the challenge an actual piece of jewelry??? Not just a pick? I might have to get in on the BIG BALL CHALLENGE dun-dun-dun!!!!!

  49. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    This has to be POD of the YEAR!!!

  50. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    At least we set a record with the comments!! :-D !!! Hey LB: are you guys reading this? Do you want to have us post our final pieces here or in the gallery? I would love to see these all big and bold! For the newbies–the challenge is to create a piece of jewelry (for you, for the tree, for the dog) with this big ball and post it by Dec. 31

  51. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Hey guys, I said I ordered ‘balls’ (plural)…but I didn’t say if it was multiple big balls. So- I’m not telling. Have to wait & see. I’m still awaiting my shipment with ‘baited breath’. LOL Can’t wait! Please join us chickies. I keep waiting for that big ball to sell out – I bet LB is enjoying this (they won’t get stuck with the ugly things). ;-) Congrats Julie on POD & starting the craze of the year! ;-)

  52. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    OK gotta orders BALLS!!!This is going to be a HOOT!

  53. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    My LB package just arrived! It is a very big ball, indeed!!

  54. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I’m in :)
    In for what, I don’t know, but…I’m in – LOL

  55. Laud
    Laud says:

    *Falls over* This is a hilarious thread. Thanks so much for giving me a well-needed laugh!

  56. Kate
    Kate says:

    How timely– LB is decorating the tree today with some rather big balls. ;-) We’re excited to see what ya’ll come up with here!

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  57. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Holy moly!!! I’ve been at work all day. The BIG BALL has created a frenzy of chaos! We ARE all insane…

    I hope some of you are shopping the PRETTY beads!!! The BIG BALL is just the funny spot.

    EVERYONE is invited into the challenge. Show us your bead-balls!!! ;)

  58. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I’m sitting here and working on my necklace with the big ball ;)

    WoWsa LB tree has many big balls and lots of decoration :D

  59. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Frida, I hope your design is going well! I had to hide my ball away- it was giving me a headache just looking at it and trying to come up with something! LOL Maybe, I’ll take it out tomorrow…

  60. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Maria it goes with some headache ;) Actually I enjoying the ball, great fun! I have many parts to put together so it’s kind of a puzzle right now.

  61. Asia
    Asia says:

    Hooray, I got the balls, never had an order delivered so fast, the Post must have known about the precious cargo. They are rather not the most beautiful things, but very inspiring. Frida I don’t get the seed beads, are you sure you have the right BALL? Kate thanks for the acknowledgment.Julie, yes we are insane.

  62. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Julie, congrats on POD!

    I have received my ball, and I must say, it’s GINORMOUS! I am a bit intimidated, especially as all the beads a got to “go with it” are mere dwarves next to it!

  63. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Yep!!! I was challenging enough within the pick, but in person, it’s nearly frightening! Have fun with it! I’m going for a half-serious and half-fun approach. If my beads could talk, I’m sure they’d be begging for a reprive away from this guy! ;)

  64. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I am channelling the ball…Ohmmmmmm!

  65. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Actually I think I’m starting to love the ball :D Wait and see maybe I can change your mind about it ;) I know I’m cocky now.

  66. Kate
    Kate says:

    I just packed SOMEBODY’S order full of crystal…and a big ball… hmmm!

  67. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Frida your comments are sometimes so full of innuendo I crack up.

  68. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    It’s the dog in me LOL

  69. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I dunno what that remark came from :P

  70. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    OK. I am obviously slow on the uptake…Frida, your comments are hilarious! :)

  71. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    LOL she said she was cocky now. With all the other commenta on this pick…..hahahahaha!

  72. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    8)

  73. Asia
    Asia says:

    I started this morning and i have to say I’m falling in love with ugly thing just like Frida, there are so many possibilities I should have ordered more ;)

  74. Asia
    Asia says:

    Finished it, now I have to go to work, hopefully I will find some time to do the next one, have an idea brewing, how is everybody else doing? :)

  75. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I haven’t even started yet…but now I am thinking I should have gotten more, too!

  76. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I’m almost finished ;) Me too should have gotten more. Yes the ball is growing on you until one can’t resist any more…

  77. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Congrats on Weekly Fav!!! Still say this is the pick of the YEAR!

  78. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    My design is going to need scaffolding! Frida, you must be a “green” personality–you just tell it like it is!! LOVE your sass, woman!! I hope I’m not growing balls!

  79. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Kate- Love the tree! Loaded down with big balls-very masculine ;)

  80. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Right back at ya Becky ;)
    Ohhh is it a big project you are working on, Becky? Hahaha growing balls, mentally maybe.

  81. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    Are the big ball pictures still going up here?

  82. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I think people are done, and they’re holding out!

  83. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    OMG I just got the big ball. Time for me to get to work.

  84. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I’ve had the BEAST for nearly 2 weeks. No, I’m not holding out. I’m scared. ha ha ha

    I hope to have some time this week end to work on my pieces. That darn BIG BALL has decided to make friends with nearly everyone. They all want to be his friend. I say “Heck no.”

  85. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Maybe I post mine today ;)

  86. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I just got mine…ideas are forming…

  87. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Ladies, don’t you think we should post the pics on the gallery? That way they would be preserved for posterity. Any suggestions?

  88. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    I will post mine in the gallery! Here you get a teaser :P

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  89. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh Frida. This is GORGEOUS.
    I most definitely have to step up my game.

  90. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Holy cats, woman!!! I would totally wear that!! (mine, not so much) :) You are GOOD!!!!

  91. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    oooooo, ahhhhhh, Frida, you have set the bar soooo high. This is definitely GORGEOUS. You creating something amazingly lovely out of something very, well….you know.

  92. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    “You’ve created” not You creating…its been a long day. :-)

  93. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. Hope it can inspire you.

  94. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is my first one, still working on my next one.Used liver of sulfur to give the patina to the ball and bead caps, my own copper clasp, yellow opal beads and sari silk.I’m going to post mine in the gallery as well, but I only have one picture.

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  95. Asia
    Asia says:

    Frida I absolutely love it, had very similar idea for my second one, I’m glad I changed my mind and went in different direction. :D :D :D

  96. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Asia your design is awesome I totally love it :D Cool that u have a similar idea as mine ‘course you can use it if you want :D

    Ohh I might buy a second ball hmmm hmm

  97. Asia
    Asia says:

    That ball really grows on you , there are so many possibilities.

  98. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Frida, you are too funny! I LOVE your design!

  99. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Asia, Your design is great, too! I think I will need more balls!

  100. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I might need another one, too, after thinking about these overnight! Asia, yours is very cool!!! I amso impressed you ladies found serious, beautiful uses for the beast!! I am still stuck on silly!

  101. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Ladies, I posted in the design gallery and am glad to have this over with. That ball was giving me migraines trying to come up with something!

  102. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    OK, glad to see that someone (Frida) used the ball “open” – when I got mine I thought it was broken! LOL

  103. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Hi Chickies,
    Posted this info elsewhere too…

    I have finished the focal part of my first piece. It’s okay. I’m satisfied. The BB cooperated with me.

    I’m going to finish this piece… photograph it… deconstruct it… create another different piece… photo… tear that one apart… then create the last one and photo it.

    I’ll post all 3 at the same time. Probably not til late next week since we have Exams coming up. (Have I mentioned lately that I *hate* grading essays?)

  104. Asia
    Asia says:

    You see, Julie it has grown on you, good luck with grading, or give your students an Christmas present and mark them all very good ;)

  105. No Photo
    franny says:

    aha, Julie, now i see the method in your madness!…a ‘BB’ challenge as a total distraction from grading! LOL…good luck with both: so glad you’re getting pally with your nemesis at last!

  106. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    UGH! EXAMS! I don’t know.who to feel more sorry for. The kids taking them or you grading them. I wish both you and your students good luck.

  107. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    Well, here is my colorful big ball creation and of course the toggle clasp is also one-of-a-kind. Cheryl

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  108. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Woohoo!!! that is definitely eyecatching! How fun!!! Love the clasp you made!!

  109. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Ohhh, Julie I think you need moree balls.

  110. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Dear Ms Gems…..whahoo what a great selection. You certainly came up with a colorful big ball piece. Can’t wait to see what the rest of you ladies come up with. I wish I had the time and energy to join in but its great fun reading these comments and seeing your pictures.

  111. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    I tried to add my name but didn’t have the room.
    Just think I had these glass balls for along time and I have more. They were meant for this necklace. I don’t really like it much but my husband says he does. You know he wouldn’t lie.
    Cheryl

  112. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    I hope Lima Beads has a big data storage for the Fresh Pick Challenge.

  113. Asia
    Asia says:

    Girls, I posted my two other BIG BALL designs, the pictures are terrible and I will change them as soon as I get them done in the daylight, probably next week. I’m really going to miss that BALL now that I’m done :D

  114. No Photo
    franny says:

    yes!…gorgeous cheeky colourful fun…great seasonal colour & style, G&S, & such a great idea!….a reversible necklace!; if people keep staring at your BB’s strung round your neck, you can just sling them over your shoulder!

  115. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    OMG my big ball is on the way!!!!! I am so psyched!LOL!!!
    All of the designs so far are truly beautiful and original- who knew??????

  116. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    check out the design gallery for my monster. :)

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  117. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I posted on the gallery last night too.

    Glass and Brass was first since the BB is “plain” (no! I didn’t say naked).

    Deep in the forest is my fave. I’ve already taken it apart. Going to make a bracelet and earrings… that I’ll actually wear! I’ve had those leaves for over a year and thanks to the BB challenge, I finally have a design idea for them.

    I was going to make a third piece. I have 3 shapes of honey-gold porcelain beads and 2 shapes of light honey glass beads. BB simply would not cooperate! I can’t get the brown-gold-honey coloration right.

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  118. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    btw Becky: He is not a monster… He is officially an alien life form. ;)

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