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Copper Waters

Although I haven't been inspired to DO Fresh Picks lately, I have definitely been inspired BY Fresh Picks. This bracelet was inspired by Asia's "I...
Components: Czech turquoise druks, Swarovski Coral Crystal Pearls (from my stash), TOHO turquoise cubes and matte Terra Cotta seed beads (from LB) with copper findings.


Butterfly Garden

This bracelet was totally inspired by Wanda's Fresh Pick with the same name. Would never have thought about combining these colors, but I love how...
Components: Czech glass and fire-polished rondelles, TOHO seed beads and a Tierra Cast butterfly. The butterfly and 3mm Czech rounds are from LB, the rest from other sources.


Calypso

Summer always means bright colors to me - - this set is just meant to sing of happy times !
Components: Czech glass and seed beads with gold-plated accents and 20-gauge non-tarnish brass Artistic wire.


Denim Diamonds

This fabulous pendant is from Julie Shane’s “Just a Drop” shop on Etsy. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to keep it for myself ! But it took a...
Components: PC pendant from Just a Drop, Ceramic beads, Myuki Seed Beads, Blue Agate rounds, silver-plated beads and Artistic Wire.


Forest Glade

This pendant has been in my “to do” box for months - - and I finally got inspired to incorporate it into a necklace for my niece. At first I...
Components: From Lima Beads: Agate pendant, chocolate shell pearls, Czech rondelles, Brown Iris seed beads, 18 gauge Artistic wire (clasp and bail), 20 gauge twisted wire (wire-wrapped beads). From Other Sources: Beige cat’s eye rondelles, faceted bronzite rounds.


Double Dragonfly

Although I ordered the dragonfly pendant and silver dragonflies way before Christmas to make a present for my sister-in-law, they just sat there...
Components: Amazonite puff coins and 20 gauge Artistic wire for the bail (from LB). Ceramic pendant, silver-plated dragonflies, fresh-water pearls, and seed beads from other sources.


Sun Baked

Recently ordered some PC pieces from Julie Shane and just loved them ! Made this simple bracelet set and the earrings for my niece, and had enough...
Components: Polymer Clay from “Just A Drop” (Julie Shane’s Etsy Shop), TOHO Chocolate seed beads and Garnet rounds (bracelet set), Green agate (earrings).


Zig Zag Bling

Lately I’ve been contemplating working with leather (although I will always be a “stringer” at heart). Looking at Ali’s design for a leather...
Components: Seed beads (my own mix), green and blue baroque glass beads, silver-plated round beads and clasp (all from other sources). 20 gauge Artistic wire for the earrings (from LB).


Denim Spirals

Just had to find someplace to try Angela’s instructions for the Leaf Spirals ! Had started this necklace and decided to try the toggle as a side...
Components: From Lima Beads: African Paper (denim, w/white) Rice 20x10-11mm. Czech Glass Montana Blue Round 3mm, Tagua Nut Cream Tube 20-30x5-8mm. From Other Sources: River Shell Heishi 8mm, Czech Glass Opaque Ivory Bicones 6mm, Gold-plated spiral rounds, Brass Wire 20 Gauge.


Tuscan Bronze

The bronzite pendant had been in my “New Projects” box for a while, then I saw several of Jolene’s Fresh Picks with bronzite and the Tuscan Sun...
Components: From Lima Beads: Bronzite Wavy Oval 30x21mm, Bronzite Flat Oval 18x13-14mm, Bronzite Round 6mm, Czech Glass Tuscan Sun Coin 10mm, Oiled Bronze Crystal Faceted Rondelle 3mm. From Other Sources: Czech Glass Carnelian Rondelle 3x5mm, antique brass bail and trigger clasp from my stash.


Inspiration

Found the wood pendant on a sale table several years ago and never knew what to do with it - - after I finished the howlite pendant with the drops,...
Components: From Other Sources: dyed freshwater pearls, copper rondelles 4mm, copper trigger clasp and a whole bunch of beads from my stash.


Necessity

Necessity is definitely the mother of invention or at least of trying new things ! Had the howlite pendant for a long time and hadn’t used it...
Components: From Lima Beads: Howlite Turquoise Carved Oval 35x25mm. From Other Sources: Turquoise frosted glass tubes 18x8mm, turquoise faceted glass rondelles 4x6mm, turquoise (synthetic) rounds 3mm, gold-plated rounds 4mm, gold-plated heishi 6x2mm, white rounds 10mm (rescued from a vintage necklace), gold-plated jump rings and trigger clasp.


Metallic Latte

Another design with chain - - and although the contrast is pretty subtle, I liked the dark chocolate colors with the gunmetal. Finished length of...
Components: From Lima Beads: Chocolate Shell Pearl Round 8mm, TOHO Metallic Iris Brown Round 6/0 and 11/0 Seed Beads. From Other Sources: Czech Glass Café Latte Grooved Rectangle 18x12 mm, faceted gunmetal bead 10mm, gunmetal rounds 4mm, gunmetal chain and gunmetal trigger clasp.


Blue Salmon

This was inspired by the Fresh Pick of the same name done by Beth. Unfortunately my colors are not as subtle as the ones she used, but hey, I live...
Components: From Lima Beads: Czech Glass Tuscan Sun Coin 10mm. From Other Sources: Blue lampwork coin 14mm, blue dyed agate rounds 12 mm, glass rondelles and seed beads, silver-plated beads and chain, all from my stash.


It's a Wrap

Ordered the “wrappers” months ago and finally decided to play with them. The only natural stones I had in both 4mm and 6mm were Unakite, so that’s...
Components: For the Necklace and Earrings: From Lima Beads: Artistic Wire Antique Brass Pear Wrapper 19x25mm, Soft Flex Vintage Bronze Craft Wire 24 gauge, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Bead, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 11/0 Seed Bead. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm, Antique Brass rectangles 8x10mm, Antique Brass saucers 8x6mm, antique brass trigger clasp. For the Bracelet: From Lima Beads: Czech Glass Peach Tribal Square 14mm, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Beads, TierraCast Copper Round 4mm, TierraCast Antique Copper (plated) Deco Square Toggle Clasp 18x12mm, 21 Bar. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm.


Montana Skies

Anything that is labelled Montana Blue always catches my eye - - this necklace made me think of denim and the simple open sky in the West.
Components: From Lima Beads: Czech Glass Matte Montana Blue Round 6mm, Marine Blue Shell Pearl Round 8mm. From Other Sources: Czech glass transparent montana blue rondelles 6mm, silver-plated beads 20x8mm, faceted silver-plated beads 4mm, silver-plated trigger clasp.


Ancient Impressions

This is a necklace I made for myself, and I really like the bail I made for the pendant. As with most things I try, this is my third attempt (the...
Components: From Lima Beads: Ruby Impression Jasper Coin Pendant 30mm, Ruby Impression Jasper Heishi 6mm, Ruby Impression Jasper Tube 12x6mm, Gray Fossil Coral Puff Coin 12mm. From Other Sources: Czech glass druk transparent garnet red 4mm, silver-plated swirl bead 5mm, opaque dark gray glass rondelle 6mm, silver colored nickel-free trigger clasp.


Triangular

The earrings were the starting point for this set - -saw a similar design on another website and just had to try it myself. The simple design of...
Components: From Lima Beads: black magatama and seed beads. From Other Sources: 8mm Czech olivine tortise triangles, 12 mm Czech olivine triangles, green glass beads and rondelles from my stash. Finished with black chain and findings.


Summer Waves

Usually I struggle with asymetrical designs, but this bracelet just came together magically for me. As with so many of my recent casual...
Components: Various beads from my stash, including a blue and green swirled lampwork bead 20mm, Czech turquoise druks, lime ceramic and glass beads, and gold-plated heishi and clasp.


Summer Fiesta

Found the focal bead on sale at a craft chain store, then just went color crazy with the rest of the beads ! Unfortunately I don’t think any of...
Components: Various glass and seed beads from my stash, with a silver-plated clasp.


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