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

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

  • Maggies Mom
    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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

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

  • Sophiebug
    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 »

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

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

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

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

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

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

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

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    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 »

  • Moogie
    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 »

House by the Shore

About this design:

Cool, northern waters and shorebirds--lake or ocean? Take your pick.


Earthenwood Studio Homestead pendant;wild horse picture jasper; abalone; shells; Czech drops and chandeliers; freshwater pearls; antique brass bird chain; Vintaj love knot toggle; ceramic rounds; seed beads

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Jbeadz
    Jbeadz says:

    I love the look! It’s so different!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this, it almost looks like you are telling a story with the necklace :D

  3. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Very nice! I agree w/ Asia, looks like there is a story…. sunbleached wood, late summer/early fall colors, a string of birds across the sky…. (like that bird chain!).

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    Asia, that’s what I was thinking. Near the clasp (the sky) the colors are blue-grays. Then it warms up (sunlight) and cools down with browns and greens by the focal (earth).

  5. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Oh, this is great fun!

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love that this necklace tell a story! Wonderful piece of jewelry.

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Laud…. this is so awesome…. I want this necklace. Is it for sale or are you making it for yourself or for someone else as a gift????

  8. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Beautiful Laud! You’ve outdone yourself ;)

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    DbnRose says:

    I love this . It is breathtaking, Exquisite a dream come true. Wow…….

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thank you all so much! In the midst of the egg hunt, I know everyone’s distracted, so I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

    I spent many years along Lake Huron. The pendant reminded me of the old, weathered house where I stayed. Last fall, I took a trip to New England, which started me thinking of the north Atlantic shore. Still, I didn’t have exactly what I wanted for the necklace until I found the ceramic beads last weekend.

    Granny, I’ll send you a message.

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I was going to say you can send it straight to me but Granny got to you first! :) Brilliant design!!

  12. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    ME third!!! This is one of your best! I also see the “story” in the beads. That’s what speaks to me.
    I keep admiring the homestead pendant but am clueless about what to do with it. You have totally found the right place for this piece. :)

  13. Laud
    Laud says:

    Aargh! I literally can’t make any more of these! LB sold out on the pendant….

    Am I disappointed? You bet.

  14. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    You can always take up ceramics and make your own focals… they’ll be dynamite!

  15. Laud
    Laud says:

    Y’know, I was thinking about that. I always thought of ceramics as figurines or housewares, which weren’t my goals, but making jewelry pieces could be fun. Hmmm…

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    Beautiful, the bird ads movement to piece!!!

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