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  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

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    R Fulton on “Summer sand dollar”:
    “Thanks so much for all the compliments!!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “I took a Class”:
    “It's a wonderful piece, and the wireweaving is amazing! I'm sure it represents a great…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall Tones”:
    “A really pretty piece. Great colors, great components, what can I say? When you're good, you're…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “I took a Class”:
    “This necklace looks very complex for a beginner. But, you did a great job for the…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Gifted”:
    “Pam is right! The necklace has a great ethnic vibe! The wood beads are highlighted by…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Wow, how beautiful! Great selection of stones. The colors are wonderful, and the caterpillar lends such…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall?”:
    “I love the flower, and agree with Gail that it looks like a C Koop piece.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Tiger Eye”:
    “This is really beautiful. I love the tiger eye and the wonderful copper wirework. That tassle…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Gifted”:
    “Another oh, woooow piece!! I like the chartreuse (maybe yellow) with the wood. This…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “I took a Class”:
    “Oh woooow! This is so very pretty and looks so complicated for a group of…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “I took a Class”:
    “That musta been some class! Wow! I think your wirework is so exciting and beautiful!! It…” read »

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    Idania F on “Nature's Treasures”:
    “Gorgeous…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall Tones”:
    “Another terrific piece! I did miss seeing your little friend. The bail design is…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Haha, yes, he matches.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “This is absolutely gorgeous, even your little friend blends in nicely with the necklace. Is…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Oh wow, that must have been my phone trying and failing to auto correct! It's citrine.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank you! I am not usually very creative with bails, but a simple loop was just…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall?”:
    “I agree with Gail! I also love the acorn you made! I'd take bushels…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Fall Tones”:
    “I like your choice of stones to accompany the pendant, and the bail design.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Hmmm ... I can't find anything on corrine.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I had to look twice to see your little friend! :D I never heard of Corrine,…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I had to add a third picture that shows my little caterpillar friend that came to…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tiger Eye”:
    “P. S. Thanks for the info on the red brass, I bought some and love it!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I'm facinated by those loops too and have also wondered how you made them so perfect!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Fall?”:
    “Love the bracelet! You did a great job on the flower, it looks like a C-Koop…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Tiger Eye”:
    “This is a piece of artwork! How do you get your loops so perfect? …” read »

  • Creel U
    Creel U on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I like the washer. A bit of the not expected and strong.…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Ditto to all, and the asymmetry seems like you get two for the price of one!…” read »

  • Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow gorgeous piece !!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I knew this was yours before I scrolled all the way down! I love tiger eye,…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow...this is fabulous. I love the dangle part in front. I love the asymmetry. I…” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “Vintage Green Sparkle Necklace”:
    “So simple and pretty…” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “A Bit of Boho”:
    “This just makes me want to bead - I absolutely love this design :) …” read »

  • RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs on “Vintage Garden”:
    “I love this!!!…” read »

VioletBlue Floral


About this design:

The matte-ness of the varigated blue beads fell in love with the matte apple green leaves. The pearls fell in love with the blues. So I had to find a way to keep them all together.
Finally finished the earrings. They move a bit when I move.

Components:

LimaBeads: Czech apple green matte leaf. Twilight pearls. Pewter floral lobster clasp. Stash: Czech varigated blue rounds.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wonderful! I see why they all fell in love with each other–they’re made for each other.

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Very nice Julie. The colors were made for each other. So….tell me how the blue beads are atrached…can’t figure it out.

  3. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Love it. All the colors are in sync w/one another.

  4. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    As this scrolled into view, it looked like the edge of a pot of African Violets. Don’t you love it when stones fall in love and demand that you make them into a design? You succeeded with this gorgeous design.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    It looks like a blueberry patch! Woohoo!! Love it when you have help from the beads!

  6. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Deb: I used tiny stretchy cord and made a circle of 5 for the blue beads and teeny-tiny silver beads with the knot hidden in a blue bead. I strung 2 pearls, a leaf, a pearl with the circle “around” it, then a leaf and 2 pearls. So the circle actually “floats around” the pearl.

  7. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Gorgeous ! The colors, leaves and mattes beads work so well. I noticed the bead circles . They look awesome. I guessed they were made with stretchy cord. I am a newbie. ha ha

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Peggy: I tried wire for the little circles but they became stiff and the crimp bead was out of proportion. Try stretchy cord. It’s fun and easy… and quick. :)

  9. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Love the colors and the way it all “fits” together – - great design, Julie !

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Julie, I love the colors and your design! Thanks for sharing your secret about making bead rings. Sounds like a breeze! I’ve been making them the hard way!

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh…see some photos I cant tell what’s going on because things are so tiny on the phone screen. Then when you zoom in it gets blurry. Thanks for that info…its kinda what I thought but wasn’t sure.

  12. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Love this Julie! I was thinking ohh Julie must have done those beadrings with her beloved strechy cord and then I read the comments ;)

  13. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Darling design!

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thanks Julie. I did think maybe wire but the circles looking way too bouncy for that.

    I was working on piece this week. Same idea with the circle and wire. Looked awful and the crimp bead stuck out. I went to Michaels today to get stretchy cord. That were out of the size I wanted which seems to be common there for a lot of beading supplies . I have better luck ordering online and saving gas money. Lol.

    Your work is beautiful. Always a different design :)

  15. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Finally came up with earrings that I like. They “float” around even more than the bracelet.

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