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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 »

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

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

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    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
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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”:
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    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”:
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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”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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Raku Beach

About this design:

I haven't decided if I like this necklace or not. Seems a bit clunky to me. I do like the colors and the Keith O'Connor raku shell, though.


Keith O'Connor raku shell pendant, and various freshwater pearls, Shell, Coral, copper spacers, and copper toggle clasp.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    The colors and the arrangement are lovely, but the piece could be a wee bit long. I’m happier with necklaces that come to the breastbone. If they get so long that the focal is over my stomach, I’m drawing attention to the wrong thing!

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    JC Hamm says:

    It does’nt look clunky to me, I would love to wear this with a white t-shirt in the summer. It’s very pretty.I love it!!I can almost smell the ocean, and imagine walking on the beach and collecting drift wood.

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks, Ladies!

    The necklace is 21 inches in length with a pendant that’s about an inch and a half. It hits just above the cleavage.

  4. rootware
    rootware says:

    I don’t think it is clunky at all and I love the colors together. I think what you are responding to is it being a little off balance. Always tricky to make things ‘balance’ in an asymmetrical design. I might move the larger blue stone on the right side away from the larger purple disc and bring it closer down towards the pendant so it looks like it ‘weighs’ the same on both sides. Otherwise, I like all the great shapes and textures in this necklace!

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    This is a great necklace – - but I mght like it better with one or two of the large purple stones rather than three ?? And your photos are really good, too !

  6. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I’ll probably redo this one in the future. Right now it’s going on the table at my upcoming market next week!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Susie, I love the components but I might agree with rootware about moving that one bead. Or could you just replace the 3 big purple circles with some cmaller purple shell pieces? Just some thoughts. :) Believe me, I have ripped apart plenty of things that bothered me for one reason or other. :) But the whole idea IS fabulous!!! You and beachy were made for each other!

  8. Frida
    Frida says:

    Hmmm hmmmm hmmmm what to say ;) I like those big shell pieces I think they should be three of them. I love the pendant and the colors. I do agree that there are a tiny bit of unbalance. But I think that sometimes untidiness can be cool ;)

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, love the pendant, I like those 3 shell beads, I also don’t think that it is unbalanced, but of course the last word is yours :D

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I can see where I could move a few things around…But…I would like to start some other projects. Would like some new items for next week and the shop. So, it’ll stay as is for now, and probably be redun later…unless, of course, it makes me crazy before then!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, I sent you an e-mail, just making sure that you got it (having some issues with it today),yes it is free everywhere.

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I got it! Thanks, Asia! :)

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Put it out for sale–it is cool and definitely will appeal to the right person! I can’t do asymmetry at all so I need to just shut my mouth. :)

  14. Frida
    Frida says:

    My body is unbalanced due to scoliosis, I’m leaning to the right but I’m darn hot anyway LOL :D

  15. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Frida, you are BEAUTIFUL!

  16. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    I think this is a very pretty piece, Susie. Love the color combo. :)

  17. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The green and purple combination is very pretty. Esp with the horizontal placed beads.

    Is the shop open yet?

  18. Frida
    Frida says:

    Yes the shop is open Peggy :) Check Susies fresh pick Wheels for Miss Dix part two!

  19. Frida
    Frida says:

    Susie you so kind, thank you :)

  20. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I think it is beautiful as is and the colors are just gorgeous!

  21. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    LOVE IT!!! Perfect for Florida beach wear. The colors are both soothing and bright. :)

  22. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well I like it. Perfect beachy necklace. But I thing rootware might have hit your solution. I think if you put the stacked stones between the purple and blue it will give you the same pattern as the left…only smaller.

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