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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

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    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

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    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

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    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I love this! Everything is wonderful, but i especially like the patterned fabric with the…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Little House”:
    “Just great!…” read »

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    MH on “I think I like it?”:
    “Great job!!! I used to make jewelry specifically for plus sized women and these pieces…” read »

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    MH on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “I love this piece! I've put shell and seed beads with dragons in the past,…” read »

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    MH on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC- You're an inspiration to me. I think all this creativity has been building up…” read »

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    MH on “Little House”:
    “This is a wonderful one of a kind necklace! Beautiful work!…” read »

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    MH on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “WOW!!! Wonderful color combination and design!…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Little House”:
    “Just adorable! Very impressive work...the leather is a perfect addition!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC so sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it is as…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Way cool Lauren! You are continuing to grow your creatvity even though school is keeping…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Beautiful, evocative, magical! Love the " shore mist" colors.…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Felted Beads!”:
    “What a cool concept! I really like the variety of colors. These should sell…” read »

  • GemstoneChick aka Lauren
    GemstoneChick aka Lauren on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Aww, thank you! Medieval Momma, they are on my etsy shop and I hope to upload…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Felted Beads!”:
    “So cool! Are these in your Etsy shop?…” read »

Surly or Sane?

About this design:

Following Laud's lead, I decided to do this very therapeutic piece. It put me into a fabulous mood. Serendipity struck again when I opened the package and there was the shrunken face right next to these glass "arrows" and golden brass magatamas. These together point like a lighted road sign straight to the face I am making inside my head. Mentally snarling definitely takes the edge off. :) The swirls are the conflicting emotions the offending party gives me. The gray and black water jasper are the surrounding storm clouds generated by this encounter, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry, buddy, you can't ruin MY day! My attitude is the key-choose to be happy!


Crackleroot face, 2 colors of magatamas, several shapes of black water jasper, crystal picasso table cut nuggets, base metal swirl connectors, hematite wire, gunmetal findings. Lots of it from LB

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Becky! I am so impressed and inspired! I keep seeing the Czech table cut nuggets but have no idea what to do with them. You’ve given me SO many ideas! Love the magatamas with the big beads. LOVE love love the two colors. You got it girl! Texture and color and contrast. :)

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    OMG Becky! I love the concept, story, and design! Mr. Crackle Root even seems to have a sardonic grin! Fabulous!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love what you did with Crackleroot, also love the second picture I can see some grass ;)

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Becky, this is wonderful — such great choices, colors, & design! Love that crackly little face! :D

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    franny says:

    thoughtful & cute, Becky!…voodoo, next? is there a hidden message in the movies listing?…i used to need courage from my chunky red coral & butterscotch amber choker to protect me just to go out into the world after those robbery traumas…so go to it!…love the colours, been playing with champagne crystal & silver pyrite so this drew me; is the big water jasper round from LB?

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Three cheers for jewelry therapy! Nothing makes your day like a successful design and this is definitely one! Love it love the story, too. :D

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    I want to shout OMG!, but then I’d sound like a teenaged girl…. This is wonderful–you even managed to make it lovely. Great, great job! And, yes, choose to be happy.

  8. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What great fun ! Can understand why you found this theraputic – - -

  9. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    That face is great! It’s like telling someone to buzz off and never even have to move your lips! Love it.

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks so much, ladies!! You’re the best! I knew you’d all understand this one! I had to work with one of my tormenters yesterday and she behaved true to form so today I am wearing this to work. She’s parttime so we all get a break from her today and the mood in the place is off the charts better. I really don’t understand sometimes how some people can live with themselves. She has to be spending her entire life being unhappy. It’s sad but no excuse to drag us all down with her.

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    franny, you are too funny! Voodoo ain’t such a bad idea….hmmmmmm…. I hope you some day get over the trauma of those robberies. That was entirely unfair to you. Show us what you are playing with-the champagne crystals with silver pyrite sounds divine!

  12. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is way too cool, Becky! Love it!

  13. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Girlfriend, this rocks!!! Maybe there’s a business in this – Bead Therapy Haven??? I’m shouting w/ Laud…like a silly teenager – OMG!!!

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Yup, I can see a new business angle here. Bead Therapy home parties cropping up all over. And cheaper than paying a therapist! Thanks for sharing about your frustration and wonderful solution with such humor (this probably was also a big part of your therapy).

  15. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Great design……

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely design!

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    franny says:

    hi, Becky, thanks for your thoughts…i was trying to show how we find ways to “fake it till we make it!”…dem beads is a great way!

  18. Frida
    Frida says:

    Awesome! I totally love it :D

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