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“Can there be too much bling?”

   

Description from J Yee smart chick: I took a fun beading class this week, on how to make a multi-strand lariat with 8 mm and 4 mm crystal pearls, 6 mm czech glass beads, and seed beads in between each group of the larger beads (glass pearls and czech) -

I had lavender crystal pearls and amethyst gold luster czech together in the big bead clusters, with gray lilac ceylon seed beads - well, both the lavender pearls and seed beads looked pretty light compared to the czech glass -
the instructor commented that in design terms, since the glass pearls and czech beads are pretty shiny, we should put seed beads in between that have a more subdued not so shiny finish - like matte, for instance, she said it gives a different impact... boy was that true!

So I spent the next few days considering what color seed beads to swap my gray lilac ones for - and ended up using some gray rainbow transparent ones I had bought awhile ago... the effect is much better, even if the gray seed beads look somewhat darker than I had hoped - I wanted light gray seed beads, but couldn't readily find any in local shops - or ones that weren't quite as expensive as delicas tend to be...

So I had a great lesson on lots of levels that reminds me of how bead colors do change quite a bit, depending on what you put 'em with - that if I put the lavender pearls and gray lilac seed beads w/ lighter beads, they both would look darker... :), and the same is true in reverse - put darker beads w/ lighter ones, to lighten up the dark beads... ;)

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  1. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Can there be too much bling? NEVAAA!!!! Hahahahahahaaaaa… (evil maniacal laughter) lol :P

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    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Nope Never. Beautiful combo.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    :-D No way!! Plus it’s gorgeous! 8)

    Sounds like a very productive bead class Joyce! Thanks for sharing your learning tips with us too! :-)

  4. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Hee hee Ivy and Beadzilla – I too definitely agree – my beads usually ARE the sparkly ones w/ finishes like ceylon, luster, rainbow, AB… but I also really really LOVE the soft translucence of the matte transparent seed beads – just ordered some way yummy ones from a local bead shop w/ a website, in a color called “matte transparent Peachy Pink”, looking forward to getting ‘em – I saw ‘em in the store first, to make sure of the color, before ordering from the website… ;)

  5. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Great pick! Sounds like you had a fun beading class, thanx for sharing :D

  6. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    And I love bling :D

  7. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Yes Frida, the class was fun, nothing like a class to help get ideas going, seeing the class samples the instructor showed us -
    one lariat used dark burgundy crystal pearls with topaz/crystal fire polished and dark golden seed beads…
    the other used white crystal pearls with matte transparent amethyst AB seed beads…

    and of course, seeing my classmates’ own color combos too –

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, Ivy and Beadzilla – I LOVE bling myself, and was ROTFL with Ivy’s comment yesterday on this one – hard for me to admit anything could have too much bling!!! ;)

  8. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    Too much bling? Never ever!

    I have to admit, I was ROTFL at Ivy’s comment! Love it!

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    Lee D says:

    This is going into my favs: (1) because it is a beautiful pick, and (2) to remind me that I am not alone in my bling addiction! ;)

    Joyce, I hope you post a pic of the lariat you made in class. I know I would love to see it. :)

  10. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Thank you Gina and Lee D, appreciate it – and so glad we can all understand – sometimes I feel like a crow – “MUST have more sparkly shiny objects (aka beads…) – ;) 8O

    Lee D, thanks for asking for a pic of the lariat, I have just a bit more to go on strand #1, not sure if I will make all 3 strands… photographing pieces is a dilemma for me, since I don’t have a good camera system like LB recommends for photographing jewelry up close – in the past, I have simply scanned my pieces to get images to post here, but am aware that scanned images definitely aren’t up to the quality that a good camera system gives – anyone have any suggestions???

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    Lee D says:

    Joyce, I’m not that good at photography…yet… but I don’t think you need a setup like LB suggests to get a half-way decent pic. And the right lighting goes a long way toward that decent pic. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with some of my pictures taken with a old digital camera and late afternoon light, both indoors and out on our deck. If you have any kind of camera, you should give it a try. :)

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    Karen aka kidsauthor says:

    Nope…bling & sparkles is a mainsaty in my work…love it. Thankyou so much for sharing your class, I,too, learned those ideas in my classes! Great job and pick!

  13. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Lee D and Karen – thank you both for your comments -

    Lee, glad to hear that you have gotten good results w/ your digital camera and late afternoon light (indoors and out) – I do not have a digital camera at present, but would like to – esp one that has the option of variable lens focus, to take closeups -

    I finally did finish that lariat strand, and am pretty happy with how it looks – but did come up against a design reminder – the length is too short to allow me to wear it as the instructor suggested – doubled around, with the ends then put back thru the resulting loop, or simply wrapped twice around, from front to back, and with the ends coming back around to drape on both shoulders…
    I can hardly wait, the Puget Sound beadfest is just a little over a week away, whoo hoo – ;)

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