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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love the mix of metal and your bead and color choices are perfect....great design!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

Blue Bohemian

About this design:

The latest craze at my local bead shop are these mixed bead necklaces. I've resisted creating one, as I want to nurture my own style. Then I saw a strand of beads at JoAnn's for 50% off. I couldn't help myself cuz I loved the blue/brown combo. So, I gave it a go. I think I'll make another!


Shell pearls, seed beads, copper bead caps, brass bead caps, rhinestone rondelles, pyrite rounds, brass gears, bone gears, bone discs, turquoise heishi, crystal rondelles, seed bead rounds, leather round, brass spacers, brass lobster clasp, ceramic round, some sort of other rounds. I think that's it! Is it too "busy"?

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  1. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such a pretty color combo for summer! I can see why you’d like another helping!

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Hey Susie… that necklace is so cool. I don’t think its too busy.

    I love all the different beads. Of course, it would be best on a simple top. Although I’ve seen some bizaar stuff in fashion magazines.

    G. Nancy

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Great beads, great color and a great design! Perfect for a summer sundress. :D

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No its not too busy. Its very cool..I really love those big patterned beads. I was looking at some lampworked ones like that. Too too expensive!!

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the design! This would look great with a plain white Tshirt and jeans. Did you DIY beaded wood beads,the two big ones at the top?

  6. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    It’s terrific! Love it! :)

  7. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The design is great! Kinda thought it was you.
    I really do aspire to design pieces like you. They are so fresh

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    Love it! It’s colorful, bold, tribal, and cool.

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Susie, this is fantastic! What a great idea! Love blues/browns together & this combo of colors, shapes, & textures is wonderful! No, it’s not too busy — just don’t wear it with a patterned top or jacket. A patterned skirt or pants would work with a plain top/jacket. :D

    I envy your ability to create such a beautiful asymmetrical design — they give me & my OCD fits! ;)

    Wanda asked the same question I have re: the larger beaded beads. Inquiring minds want to know…. 8)

    P.S. Hugs to you & tummy rubs for Eli & Dixie! :D

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What a fab work of art. Not too busy at all. It’s a fun statement piece.Love the chunky look that’s so “in” right now. I’d even like to see it on vacation,with a bathing suit.

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    Ann-a706 says:

    Really a beautiful piece.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is gorgeous, and one of my favorite color combinations! The design is fab and not “busy” at all….it has so many interesting pieces. Great design! I wish we had JoAnn’s here. I always stop at the one in Nashville when I am there. I do find a few things at Hancock Fabrics now and then, as they have a bead aisle.

  13. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Beautiful and bold! Wow, I love the turquoise/brown combo. Those big, colorful rounds remind me of “Tibetan beads” sold elsewhere. I bought one on sale once and they are beautiful, but, I wasn’t sure how to work it in a design. You’ve done it famously, I’d say!!!

  14. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, this is a one cool necklace, loving it :D

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Do not change this!! :) Fabulous asymmetric design, Susie!!! You do this so effortlessly (or at least it does look that way :) ) Fab, fab , fab beads and arrangement!!!!!

  16. CAS
    CAS says:

    Echoing all of the above … this is FABULOUS! Don’t change anything. Love the color combo, the asymmetry, the “chunkiness”. Yes, it would be best with a solid colored top and a patterned skirt or pants, but then it would be spectacular! :D

  17. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Absolutely fabulous – - always admire those who want to “grow” and try new styles. Great job, Susie !

  18. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks for the lovely comments!

    Wanda and Lynn, those large patterned beads came that way, 2 to a strand.

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Susie, for the “Big Bead Update”! ;) They look amazing! Hugs! :D

  20. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Susan, it is bold and beautiful! Wonderful job! :)

  21. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks Julia!

    Lynn, hugs to you and Coco! Hope you are well!

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Susie, it looks like you have a winner here! Hope you’re planning to keep it for yourself! Hugs! :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Susie, Don’t change a thing!!!
    It’s awesome as it is! Well balanced, beautiful color arrangement and cool textures! :-D

  24. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Susie for the update on the big beads. :)

  25. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:


    Lynn, I was actually planning on selling this one….but…I may keep it. One never knows!

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