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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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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 »

dillema ??

About this design:

I decided to combine kumihimo necklace with the real stones continuation. In my case :Sunstones. As you can see I did only one side as I ran out of the gold filled crimp beads and covers :( Need to go to the store tomorrow . the cones are gold plated and findings gold filled.
What do you think about this necklace idea??? Crazy? There is going to be a very nice gold plated S hook...

Another matter, bracelet: which is unfinished for right now... I did not have enough magatama beads for the middle parts so I made it kingd of like a short spiral in the middle. Do you think they would go as a set? I meant necklace and bracelet?


Toho 6/0 beads with gold lining and Mayoki magatama beads Sparkling Topaz. Sunstones tumble netts . Gold plated cones , gold filled findings and gold french wire.

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I think the necklace would be great! Bracelet should work, too!

  2. Frida
    Frida says:

    Think the necklace is beautiful. The sunstone has a great color to go with the seedbead work. Cool! And yes, necklace and bracelet would work as a set :)

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fab piece, Julia! (as always)!! I think the bracelet would work, also!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    I think they will go as a set, I like what you did and the Sunstone looks beautiful with the seed beads :D

  5. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Thank You Nancy, Frida, Maria and Asia :) :)

    I will try to finish it tomorrow and then show it…

  6. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    The are both winners! Love the colors too! :)

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Beautiful Julia!!!
    I do like the sunstones with kumihimo. A little more texture. A bright gold toggle in back will finsih it off nicely. I think the bracelet with the same toggle would be perfect. What about earrings with the sunstones and a touch of gold. Fabulous set!!! :)

    PLAESE show us the completed set! :)

  8. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Thank You, Blooming and Julie :)

    Of cause Julie I will show after finishing ;)

    The bracelet definitely will have the same hook or toggle. :)

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Interesting combination of beads with the sun stones and seed beads. They definitely make a set. Beautifully crafted pieces just like all of the others.

    You have inspired me to try kumihimo with beads. How many thousands of seed beads does one need? :D

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    Schouk says:

    Can you give some instructions on how you did the seed beads? How many strands are there? I love it!

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I love the idea of combining your beautiful kumihimo.with stones. I think it will make a stunning necklace. My only suggestion woild be at the connection point. I think the addition of a somewhat large gold bead would look good there. Not a huge one something about the same.diameter as the sunstome section. Maybe a gold disk shape. It will give the necklace a dividing point between the two but also make.the connection point less obvious. Please don’t take criticism because your kumihimo is always spectacular and your color combinations are.beautiful.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well….sorry….I guess I offended you after all. I’m very sorry.

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