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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

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    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Lariat Shimmer

About this design:

I was very pleased with this piece when I finished it; it has the exact look I had envisioned. But I 'tested' it today and discovered it has a major problem... Can you guess it my experienced beader friends? Hint; the problem does not show in the pictures, it only happens when I wear it ;) Funny how some pieces seem to have a life of their own and want to teach you something! I need to be creative to solve this problem :D


12mm Tourmalated Quartz rounds, Swarovsky Cosmic Ring Crystal and sterling silver components

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    Reet says:

    Excellent design! Love it very much!

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    Lee D says:

    OH! Love this necklace, Johanne! It lays so beautifully on the neck. I’m wondering if it starts to drift to one side when you wear it?

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Johanne, this is gorgeous! I love your design and color choices! :D

    OK, here’s my guess. Does the “through the hole” part not want to stay where you want it and the length keeps changing? If so, you can stop that from happening by wrapping the chain around the ring twice. If that’s not the problem, then I’m done. LOL ;)

  4. LArc Enciel
    LArc Enciel says:

    Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE LOVE!!!!!!

  5. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    First of all I love the design, second I have the same problem that I think you are talking about. It lands right in between the girls???? Well that is usually my problem.

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    K H says:

    Slippage happens with a lariat, so I like to wrap the end around the loop to make it more secure.

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    love to bead aka Donna says:

    I’m thinking what Jade is thinking it falls between the girls. It’s very pretty though.

  8. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very pretty, hope you can fix it..

  9. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    LOL!! No it doesn’t really land between the girls (small girls here, no problem :D ) And yes it does slip and doesn’t stay still, but that’s OK I consider a lariat as an ‘interactive’ necklace. It’s more than that actually, the problem is that, probably due to the weight of the crystal ring or the fact that it’s a short lariat version, it comes completely undone when I bend down or simply move quickly!! I have tried wrapping one hanging chain around the ring, but it makes it too short, so I suppose I will have to cheat the design and add some kind of security chain loop to keep it tied up. Didn’t anticipate that :D

  10. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    It doesn’t land it just stays in place undone, but you guessed it!! I just realized what you meant by ‘landing’, I was thinking more ‘hanging’, I guess you have to have the appropriate size of girls to understand, LOL!!!

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ah, yes — “the girls” — The reason why I have never been able to successfully wear a blouse that buttons down the front without having some serious “gappage”!!! 8O LOL

  12. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    So pretty!

  13. EVE G
    EVE G says:

    Beautiful necklace… But OMG you ladies are cracking me up,made me laugh out loud. Thanks

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    ZUBEAJAY says:

    i hope you can fix it to your satisfaction. its really BEAUTIFUL!!!

  15. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    I love the necklace, especially with that cosmic ring, Johanne! And I know what you mean about it coming completely undone – you think maybe we just move around too much? ;-)

    Hope you can find a way to secure it without changing the design – it has such a nice flow!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Very modern design! Love it!

  18. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Thank you all for your very nice and useful comments!!! Finally I will lengthen one of the hanging chains to be able to wrap it around the ring,
    I hated the idea of cheating the design too :D

  19. C Strecker
    C Strecker says:

    This is beautiful! I have made a couple and never heard anything negative from the buyers….guess they had it figured out! awesome work!

  20. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Love your design :)

  21. DMYJewelryDesign on etsy
    DMYJewelryDesign on etsy says:

    Very pretty design…i love it.

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