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  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    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 »

  • 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 »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
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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 »

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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 »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

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    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I love this! Everything is wonderful, but i especially like the patterned fabric with the…” read »

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    “Just great!…” read »

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    MH on “I think I like it?”:
    “Great job!!! I used to make jewelry specifically for plus sized women and these pieces…” read »

Going in Circles


About this design:

I'm crazy about Ali's design with the Trinket Foundry glass rings. I'm not as colorful as Ali, so I ordered the amethyst and white glass rings. I thought I'd add some pretty lavendar ribbon and some shiny seedbeads... No problem. Easy and fun necklace. NOPE...

I *hate* the combo I picked (see last photo) because it's BORING! So I decided to add some purple recycled glass... but the purples didn't match the awesome ring. I nearly gave up, but then went rumaging through my Czech glass. EUREKA!!!

I'm really happy with the result. The BEST part of the process is that my mom was here. Usually we both bead and talk... but we do our own thing. She wasn't feeling creative today so she just watched me. She had never watched me wire-wrap and she was facinated by how difficult it looks but how easy it actually is. No, she's not willing to try. It was so cool because we "shared" ideas for this piece. She suggested the Czech rondelle as the center of the flower. It was a PAINFUL task but I think her detail really "makes" the piece.

Components:

EVERYTHING from LimaBeads! Trinket Foundry amethyst/crystal ring, frosted mini flower ring, and ring connector (this textured silver is so pretty). Metalic iris purple megatama. Czech plumage quartz 6x9 rondelles. Recycled glass in crystal flat freeform and 4mm rounds. Textured circular cable chain (this is awesome chain!) and Artistic wire in 20 and 24 gauge.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow, I love your new improved design. I think it’s great that you can share this passion for beading with your mom.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    It’s awesome Julie, and so is being able to share the same passion about beading with your mother. As for the wire wrapping of beads I’m with your mother. I can do it, but if it’s not perfect I keep redoing and redoing. I go through so many headpins it’s not even funny. So I tend to stick to the simple stringing and knotting stuff.

  3. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Really beautiful and unique! What a wonderful time you had with your mother. I often bead with my daughter. it’s fun and helpful to be able to trade ideas and insights.

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is perfect, how great it is to be able to share the same interests :D

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This turned out beautifully, Julie!

  6. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful, Julie! How great is it that you and your mom were able to work together on the design concept!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Mom has some good ideas! :) I love the finished product! :)

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Thanks everyone!
    I have re-ordered the mini-flower ring and the matagamas. I’m going to re-create the flower as the focal of the bracelet and then make 3 stands: crystal recycled, the Czech rondelles and the magatamas. I’m searching my stash for a fun and funky toggle. The earrings will be like the center of the focal rings.

  9. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Holy cow..that a lot of beads!! I admire your stamina. LOL ;) I really like the contrast of the dark and frosty white here. It’s a fab creation!

  10. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I really like the contrast too! I love the entire thing, in fact. It’s so fabulous that you and your mom were able to “collaborate” .

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Its fantastic. Love the rework so much better…1st version nice but no ooomph! Photos on your lovely wood floor are the best, really show the contrast. Use the.floor more…lol.

  12. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Julie, what a fun story and also a great result. Two minds (and sometimes four hands) really do make things better ! Your changes made this necklace so much more attractive – - -

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