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“can we do something w/this”


Description from Smoky Rose: we have to use our imagination.
I have the huge rutilated quartz vs the pet wood, that I showed - I have faceted rice rut quartz vs the round showed here = I have faceted carmelian rondels vs rounds shown here.... I also have smoky 4, 6, or 8mm + small 3mm? faceted rondels...


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  1. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    THIS is the most hideous looking pick in the world – this is a case where the screen is not doing justice to the beads… at first the bronzite seemed like a good idea because of the shimmer – but I’m thinking no…. to hard against the others?…….

  2. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Hmmm…there’s something I like about the bronzite and the carnelian…

  3. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    the 6 & 8mm garnet rounds are too dark – I have tiny 2mm facet but too tiny, they’ll get lost…… nice color though – so maybe the carnelian is the way to go

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    hmmm – bronzite, rutilated quartz, copper – if you include smoky – I might think about silver instead of copper.

  5. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Take the ones you are not so fond of and make them dangles. Anything looks better as a dangle.
    I am having a lot of trouble getting my posts to take so i hope this works. We have had a couple of power outages lately. have a battry backup but when lights go out in middle of night, I can come in and turn everything off.

  6. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    in a pinch, I just put my watch with that combo before I dig thru my stuff, I think SS is good – bright. the copper kinda just blends in, maybe….. Thank you!

  7. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    good thought, Bonnie – thank you – a dangle would help capture the light, making the dark transluscent look a little brighter.
    I replaced copper w/ss – that was good, Jeanne!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    do you have silver daisies? put them on either side of the 2mm’s. makes them stand out more. discovered that the other day with my china chrysoprase set.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    ps – congrats on ordering your camera! Can’t wait to see your photos now.

  10. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oooooo, I do! with as gigantic as the rut qtz nuggets are – single strand? I’m tall – I can probably carry more, but…

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    I like the Champagne pearls in there too! I love rutilated quartz, and it looks so rich with ss. I honestly think this is a great combo – it just depends on how much of what that you use!

  12. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    was just gonna say that – champ, but not rose chocolate… that’s toooo fussy

  13. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    girls, thank you soooo much for your help!!! hate to ask and run, but I have to – I’ve got everything laid out now so I can make it tomorrow night – but I gotta get some jammies!!!!
    Thank you again!!!!
    Good night – be well – catch you tomorrow.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    ok – is it my imagination or do you keep moving things around?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    hope your camera comes soon! I want to see how it comes out!

  16. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    not your imagination at all! as WE adjust the design, I add & subtract.

  17. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    magical qvc – 7-10 days they say – they’re not far from me, usually about 5 days! Thank you!!!! VERY SWEET!!!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    All righty then – glad WE could help. I gotta go too. need my beauty sleep.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    hey – just realized – do you have your laptop over by your beads????

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Whoa, they did move! I think the “color” beads will really accent the browns nicely! and if you do dangles, you can cluster some on a soldered jump ring to balance the big chunky nuggets. I have some of those too, but haven’t used them yet. I like your combo!

    You might want to get a tripod for pics too. I have a small flexible one that I use all the time. I have a hard time keeping the camera steady for macro pics.


  21. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Hey Smoky! You got your camera? I’m jazzed for ya! You are going to have so much fun – you’ll be taking pics of everything!! R still has to upload for me – I can’t remember how to do it even after he says “now pay attention”! I did another nest today silver with sea blue FWPs – came out nice but I won’t post it – it looks pretty much like the copper one (I found silver leaves like the copper ones in my charm stash – go figure!)…

    Like what you’re doing with your pick – it should make a really pretty piece – Can’t wait to see it…Sorry I missed you today
    :( I’m still trying to dig out from under housework and also line things up to redo the cmptr rm – What a job/nightmare! Hope you’re well…Take care and I’ll try to catch you tomorrow!!! :)

  22. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Hi Chickies – Love all the great advice you’ve given our Smoky Rose! I love when we all get behind eachother like this! You really know how to show the love!!! Big Hugs to all!!!

    Nighty night!! Hope I can join in tomorrow, at least for a while… :)

  23. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thank you all SO much! I love all the ideas and support! it is a beautiful thing! I pulled out some pearls that are a soft, golden peach – they’re even better than the champagne, I think. I’m psyched to put this together tonight. I think I’m gonna go for it, Jeanne – it would make for a pricey piece – but hey, what else am I doing with my pieces right now. Right now, this is all still just for fun, just for me (until I get up and running and sell) – so why not, I’m gonna use both strands of the Rutilated nuggets – make a 2 x 18-20″ necklace – and enjoy! – better than them sitting in a box, saving them…. gonna enjoy! Girls, thank you again soooo much! Love the chick sisters!!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    so Mary – How’s the necklace coming along?

  25. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    taking your advice – I’ve got the computer on and just glance from time to time – just saw your pick and was gonna tell you! I’m working on it right now!
    Thank you for asking!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I’m finishing up the china chrysoprase and peridot necklace I started last week. She just told me she’d like it to be 24 inches and I ran out of ch chrys. and daisies at 21 1/2″. Hope I can stretch it with 4mm silver and the clasp.

  27. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’ll scan it tomorrow and post on this pick…. granted, it will be a yucky, black and white photo, but it’ll give you an idea – until the camera arrives…

  28. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    here’s the necklace…. Look mom, I finished it!


  29. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    ooops – wrong picture….. let me try again


  30. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    yes – I was looking for a cheap laugh – hope I atleast made yas giggle….. :)

  31. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    crumbiest darn picture – sorry bout that – camera is on its way!!!!
    LB Rutilated Quartz Nuggets
    LB Carnelian faceted rondels
    LB Smoky ””””””’
    non-LB pearls, ‘slightly’ more peach than LB’s champagne pearls

  32. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    A little squirrelly today??
    Very interesting use of color, Smokey Rose, but I don’t see the rutilated quartz here. :-)

  33. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Morning Happy! The rutilated quartz are the big non-uniform nuggets…..

  34. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oh!!!!! you mean in the pick! gotcha – well LB is presently out – so for the sake of argument, I chose the petrified wood as the closest looking thing I could find for pick purposes. Sorry I misunderstood – more coffee, please!

  35. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I like the Squirrel, and you did make me smile.
    I think I would smile to have that beautiful necklace, too! Please update w/color when new camera comes. I would like to see this in all it’s glory!

  36. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    yeah! this is how I’m greeted when I go outside with treats for them! :) I would imagine it’ll arrive tomorrow or Sat

  37. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:


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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    WAHAHAHAHA!!! I just saw the Squirrel!!!
    Got a genuine belly laugh outa’ that one!!

    I’m loving the idea of your necklace!!
    Can’t wait for you to get picks with your new camera. Then you can tell ME how to use MINE!!
    I’m so frustrated with it right now.

  39. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    That’s one manly squirrel!! :-) Hehehe!
    I’m sure your necklace is beautiful, from what I can see on the scan>

  40. No Photo
    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    That’s quite some necklace he’s wearing!

  41. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:


  42. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    That is some “nutty” squirrel ya got there, Smoky!!! ROTFL Love your sense of humor!!! :-) The necklace is to die for, even with that (ahem) less than clear pix! Seriously, IT IS GORGEOUS!!!!!! You did an amazing job and, best of all, you finished it! Please send a new pix when you get your new camera, and not just of Mr. Squirrel. LOL :-) Or of your camera. LOL

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:


  44. No Photo
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    wow! I am so impressed and cannot wait to see it in living color….the squirrel pic is hysterical! Thanks for sharing and SO glad you had a wonderful time catching up with your cousin!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Ok Mary – you had me laughing out loud with that squirrel! Lovely way to wake up.

    The necklace looks wonderful. Love your final choice of beads. Can’t wait for that camera and a color pic. :) How was dinner with your cousin?

  46. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Jeanne, did I? Then I accomplished my task! I love to make people laugh! :)

    I wonder if the camera will come today… I hope so!!!!

    Dinner was great – just great. Despite all the years – and the last generation of my families issues with eachother – we had a fantastic time. Lots of talk and laughter. Bittersweet, in that so many years this great guy could have been a positive force in my life – but better late than never, right?! A new leaf – no, two new leaves: a renewed relationship & creating a design and wearing the FINISHED product less than 24 hours later! Thanks so much for not only your input, but your encouragement! You’re a special kind of lady!

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