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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • 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”:
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  • 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
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  • 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
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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
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  • 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”:
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  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
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  • 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”:
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  • kye
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  • 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
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  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
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  • 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”:
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  • 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”:
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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
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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 »

Apple Taguas


About this design:

Messing around with no clear direction. Opinions, please. :) I think it has a Pacific island feel and I was going for a natural look with the picture jasper standing in for coconut or wooden beads.

Components:

Apple tagua nuts thick slices, Hemp in 3 colors, picture jasper rounds, Vintaj brass parawire, deconstructed chain, headpins, and lobster clasp. All of it from LB

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Wow Becky! I lust love the color! I think either way, the piece is beautiful. The coconut or wood beads may lend a more tropical flair…just depends on you! I’d wear it everyday!

  2. Laud
    Laud says:

    Sensational! I haven’t bought any tagua nuts, but this makes me want some. This is a real head-turner piece.

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I have to find the right beads first-they need to look the part but still be smooth on the neck. I might even do bone (skulls? :) ). But if you like the design as is, it wouldn’t take much work to switch the beads once I find them.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks! Laud–I wasn’t interested in taguas at fist either but once you have them in your hand they are smooth and rich and so organic.

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Fantastic! Those apple tanguas really pop off the page. I just love the color of them, and how you strung the picture jasper in between them. Just fabulous Becky!

  6. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    I love this! The color is fabulous and the way you put it all together is just beautiful. And I agree, I could wear this everyday :-)

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Very cool Becky. I like the picture jasper. It has an earthy textured pattern that complements the smooth tagua nuts. The hemp cord adds another layer of natural element. :)

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    What a pop of color!! And wow on those tagua nuts. Your 2nd photo really shows how pretty they are, shiny and a gorgeous mottled color.
    I like the design just as it is.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I have been wanting to order some taguas in this color….you did a fantastic job with them. Love the color and design!

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    Are they heavy?

  11. GypsyMom
    GypsyMom says:

    Love! Earthy and summer-y and bright. :)

  12. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I love the hemp woven in and your photo setting is superb! Reminds me of a retro-Hawaiian-tiki-totem man modeling the necklace :)
    How did you get the leaves in your background to match the apple green taguas? :) I love the matte picture jasper, imho, no need to exchange out. The only thing that might be fun to experiment with is placing a few spikey-looking daggers/shards of wood or shell here and there to provide a contrast to the round jasper and the ’rounded’ triangle slices. But, what the heck do I know? I just know this is a really cool necklace!!!!

  13. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I think you knocked this one out of the park!

    Picture Jasper is one of my first loves in the jasper family.

  14. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    LOVE IT! :)

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Wow! You guys are awesome!! You all came through with a lot of help! :) Lois, you kill me! :-D I was going to add some more brown hemp “spikes” like what is hanging from the nuts. Do you think I can just attach it to the hemp braid if I don’t cover too much of it? Or is that too much?
    Laud, they are a little heavy which is why I needed something smooth around the back of the neck. Hemp was too sharp and so was the chain alone. I experimented with a strand of the jasper and some magatamas but settled on this because I liked the metal links.

  16. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Hi Becky :)
    Give it a try!! I love the hemp “spikes” you have handing from the nuts. Wonder what it would look like if you took both colors (as in your braid) in several strands (separate the hemp maybe?), and make sort of tiny, spiney sea-urchin-like ‘sprays’ to attach to your hemp braid.
    Add a seed bead or two, kind of like signature “Deb Harding design danglies” – LOL

  17. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I missed this yesterday but I love this whole concept. I would never even think of a design like this. I’m speechless really!

  18. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    You have created a wonder here, Becky ! Love all the details and how they all fit together into a stiking whole – - -

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! Striking just as it is!

  20. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Um…WOW…..LOVE IT! I really like this one! :) Now I need a trip to the islands!

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