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Flowering Amazonite


About this design:

This necklace and bracelet set were made possible by a gift...from a friend...to me. I thank her again for her generosity. I've had the beads since before Christmas but no time to make anything. This is from my pick Gift To Me When I Get A Job (still don't have one). Didn't use exactly what is in that pick...ideas change. Things I've had for ages worked.

Components:

From Lima Beads: Amazonite Faceted Teardrop Pendant. Amazonite Carved Flower. Amazonite Faceted Teardrop. TierraCast Beaded Hook & Eye Clasp. My stash: white seed beads. aqua cube beads. white glass pearls. silver flower toggle. silver beaded spacers. small silver beads. oval silver beads with flower. round beaded silver beads.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb this is simply stunning :D

  2. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    LOVE IT!!! I have amazonite that I’ve created and torn apart. Then recreated and hated and just boxed it away. You have inspired me to go back to it. I like the touch of pearls. :)

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Excellent job, Deb! You have a great eye! I love Amazonite with silver and the added pearls are perfect!

  4. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Debbie it is a gorgeous piece!!

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Awesome is the word! Love these pieces, especially the necklace! Kudos!!

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you ladies. I appreciate your compliments so much.
    Guess what…I have to take it apart and restring the darn thing. See if you can find where the bead is missing? Aaarrrrggghhh!!!! Why didn’t I see that before crimping?

  7. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    No! You do not have to! You may say that it is the way you wanted … Nobody will know : it is on the back…

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Dang it Deb. It took a lot of searching… but you are right. once you see it, you can’t help it. You have the pattern… Just follow it EXACTLY!!! No re-do’s on this one! :)

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh I’m leaving the pattern as is.
    Oh no Julia…you see one missing in the back too? Aaahh.
    The one I’m talking about is right down near the pendant. Too easy for anyone to spot.

  10. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    You have done out done yourself. This is amazingly beautiful. I can see this being displayed in a boutique store window in a quaint town. :)
    I don’t know what you do but seems to me jewelry making is your calling.

  11. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Deb I don’t see anything wrong with it, I think it’s breathtaking, luv the quality of the Amazonite, the carved flowers and your design!! My first thought honestly was, why look for a job when you can bead like that!! :D D But unfortunately I know it’s quite difficult to make a living out of it. Bottom line, I agree with leaving it as is, wouldn’t bother me ;)

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Currently unemployed…unfortunately. But I’ve done many things. Teaching Assistant for 8 years. Jazzercise instructor for 7. But since about 1995 I’ve primarily been a retail sales merchandiser. I like that type of work because it gives you a lot of freedom such as setting my own schedule, and I love the traveling. PLUS its how I’ve hones my bargain shopping skills.
    I appreciate your compliment. I’m kinda thinking of setting up an Etsy store, I know a lot of people on here have one.

  13. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful design! The pearls and amazonite go so beautifully together! I would leave as is. Fabulous!

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No no I “have” to fix that. I would notice it everytime I wore it and actually point it out to people. I know me. I have a little OCD as far as stuff like that.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I forgot to say Thank You Gemme Designs.
    And THANK YOU Susie. So should I wear it to a job interview? I’ve applied at Michaels. Wouldn’t that be dangerous???

  16. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    YES!
    Yes, wear it to the interview.
    Yes, it would be dangerous. But if you’re gonna buy beads, you might as well have a discount!!!

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    My thoughts exactly. Hopefully I get an interview. Haven’t even been called for.one lately.

  18. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    These are beautiful, Deb! I love amazonite. Definitely wear them for the interview. Don’t feel bad about “needing” to re-do. I would have to as well. ;)

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Jolene. I’m just aggravated I missed that.

  20. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wonderful. I love the composition, particularly how you used the drops, and the focal looks fantastic–reminds me of a hand-made Native American element. Great job!

    (I know what you mean about being OCD re little mistakes. I keep telling myself no one else will notice, but that never helps. Once, when someone remarked on a costume I made that they couldn’t spot mistakes, I gloated that there weren’t any– I’d fixed them all as I went along. Now, years later, I still feel good about that work. So restring, rejoice and relax.)

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much Laud.
    Nice to know someone else is obsessive about fixing little mistakes. lol Now if I could just improve my crimping…

  22. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Definately wear to the interview!
    That one little bead in the front? Is it a seed bead? I can’t tell. If so, just crack it with your crimping pliers, and you won’t have to restring.

  23. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Debbie, I went back and looked again and this time I did see the missing one up front. Sorry you have to restring it :( But speaking the truth I did restringing quite a few times myself on some works… Anyhow , the work is beautiful!

    Hugs!

  24. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Susie I left out one the tiny silver beads in the tear drop section right near the pendant. So unfortunately cracking a seed bead wont work. I wish it were that easy.
    Julia isn’t it irritating though? You think you’re all done and then you look and just go “NOOOO!”.
    THANKS AGAIN. I appreciate all the compliments everyone here gives because you all do such beautiful work.

  25. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Beautifully done, Deb! I agree, you don’t have to change a thing. Compliments will be flying when you were this gift to YOU!

  26. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Jackie. :) but I “have” to fix that one little bead…I’m that obsessive. It will drive me crazy.

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    OMG — All I can see is that hideous error in front, Deb. 8O LOL ;) ;) ;)

    Seriously, I am every bit as hard on myself & have torn many a design apart because I left out something so teensy that no one else would ever notice it. Do we need a support group for beaders with OCD & would the chairs have to be arranged in concentric circles with even spacing between them?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    This set is gorgeous! I really love the softness of Amazonite & it looks great with silver! Your designs are so beautiful, Deb! :D

  28. Laud
    Laud says:

    Crimping–Make sure the strands are on opposite sides of the crimp bead before you crimp. (This gives each thread its own little tube.) Check that you’re using the slots on the crimp tool in the right order. Oh, and use seed beads before and after the crimp. If you’re using a thread that’s too thin, you may have to go around a few times before crimping. (For a really pro look, use a crimp cover!)

  29. doggiedoodoo
    doggiedoodoo says:

    well, kudos to all of you who found the mistake – even with her DETAILED instructions on where it is I STILL can’t find it — let’s face it – the BEAUTY of something made is in the little foibles – I think it adds to rather than detracts from – if we wanted machine perfection we would not be here — right?

  30. No Photo
    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    LOL! Thanks for the giggles girls….all this talk about a missing bead, makes me want to check my work!:D I love it! But I also have a problem with perfection! I need it !!! I wish I worried as much about my house work as I do with my jewels! :)
    Deb this piece is gorgeous! But it will drive you out of your mind if you don’t fix it, use the wire for a couple of bracelets. I have a small bag of wire from do overs!!:)

  31. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    HaHaHa Lynn. Your comment cracked me up. There should be a support group!! And durn right thise chairs have to be arranged precisely!
    You think that’s bad you should see my spice cabinet.
    Thank you for the compliment Lynn. I appreciate it.

    Laud I have not seen double tube crimps. I’m using thsoe little single tubes. Such a pain. I didn’t use covers on this because the last bead slide up over my crimp. I also never heard the seed bead thing. So much to learn…

    And Doggie its not perfection I’m looking for really.. If that were true id probably rip it apart for many other reasons. That missing bead just helps the teardrops space right so wire doesn’t show. And its up front!! LOL

  32. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Judith. And thanks for the laugh about housework. I totally get tha,t as I look at the pile of unfolded laundry

  33. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    This is too much fun to miss out on. Lots of short pieces of wire from do-overs…why can’t we see the missing beads before we crimp? All the dust bunnies around I guess. Judith I relate and I guess I am also
    OCD. Beautiful Necklace.

  34. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    Michaels is a good place to work, but try to get a job on the floor because cashiering there is brutal. You can also apply to teach jewelry design while you are working there. They send you to some paid classes and then you set the hours and teach…as for employee discounts…the coupons they send out are a better deal..and one last cool thing is you can go to any class they offer for free, as long as they are not full.

  35. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Hey Valley Girl. Thanks for that info. Lol no I wouldnt want to be a.cashier anywhere if you want to know the truth. Its boring…I had to do it occasionally when I was.at Lowes. No thanks. I was looking at this job…cant remember title…basically you were in charge of keeping product on the floor and.planograms updated. I like doing that…I like arranging and.organizing things not so much dealing with customers. And.so you’re saying Michaels discount is about like Lowes…pays the taxes. LOL

  36. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’ve never seen double crimp tubes, either. (Let’s invent them and make a fortune!) What I meant was that before you make the first press, keep your strands separated so the crimp comes between them. Also, the seed beads help keep the crimp itself from moving around.

  37. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh duh…lol. I get it. Now I feel silly. But hey, that would be.a good invention.

  38. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Very pretty, love the set

  39. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Speaking of crimping; I always paranoid that it will undo itself somehow, he-he … SO.. before I part with the piece I wear it for awhile to make sure it is fine. I once had a frantic call from the boutique where my jewelry was sold that the customer who bought the necklace , brought it back be cause the necklace undo itself due to my ‘sloppy” job on crimping. I went there immediately. It was not my crimping though: it was torn. The customer probably just pulled it abruptly and torn it. But.. I restring the whole necklace in her presence and advise her SOFTLY to remember that it is a piece of jewelry and not just a rope one is in a hurry to part with …

  40. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    HaHaHa that is hilarious Julia!! And I have seen customers like that about all kinds of things. They never think its something they’ve done.

    Thank you Rocky.

  41. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Yes I see the missing bead ;) However it’s a gorgeous necklace!! Sorry that you have to restring it, but thats part of the beadingcircus ;) I dunno how much wire and time that I have lost when doing wirework/wrapping and it makes me mad… All my old pices (almost) strunged or wrapped or whatever technique used is being taken appart by me now… LOL hopless

  42. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Frida. I looked at the durn thing 3 times before I crimped it…cant believe I missed it. Oh well. Why are you taking apart all your old pieces?

  43. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Well just think they can be so much better and those loveley beads stucked in those pices screeams to be rescued :P Thats the result of critical thinking, obsessive staring and “those beads will be so much prettier in this design thinking”…

  44. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    HaHaHaHa…yea I’ve done that regarding stuff I made years ago. And old jewelry I’ve bought also. But its actually a good thing…all things should shime with their greatest potential.

  45. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Yes, I think so too :D Same thing with my paintings, many of them becomes new painting many times! Now I’m fast with the vanish so I’m not tempted to paint it over… Has to resque some hahaha 8)

  46. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Lovely designs, Deb. Amazonite is such a beautiful stone and you’ve paired it wonderfully with pearls and silver. Best wishes on your job interview! And yes, Michaels could be very dangerous for folks like us.

  47. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Fresh Baked.

  48. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Total OCD here! With all the chickies weighing in I can see it is pretty much a disease we all share. :) Fix it so you feel good about it, not because everyone can see it! If YOU know it’s there, it will drives you nuts forever. It’s well worth the wasted materials to have peace of mind. You could also reuse most of the stringing wire on a shorter piece anyway! I love it either way! ;)

  49. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Oh, and I would totally love to see you working at Michaels!! Good Luck!!!

  50. No Photo
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful set. I know you wouldn’t be please until you fix the error I am like that too. I usally double sometime triple check before I crimp!

  51. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Beautiful design and combination of amazonite with pearls (I love using them together).

    Too bad that the missing bead was practically front and center AND too big to be able to replace it with a crimp cover. I stock crimp covers for replacing missing metal beads (the small ones at sides/back of a design) or for taking up slack if my wire slipped a bit when crimping.

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