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  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • 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 »

Denim Taguas

About this design:

Same general idea as with the greens but now how to attach them and what to add?? This time I used macramé and hemp. There are 2 brown strands in the middle and 2 blues doing the knotting. I had already knotted loops onto the nuts and slid them onto the 2 brown strands and knotted around them. The bronzed capri (I believe) crystals were a perfect match and this time I also added antique copper charms to the necklace and Vintaj brass seahorses to the earrings. The last picture is the pair of earrings I made to match the apple green tagua necklace.


Denim blue tagua nuts, blues mix of hemp, brown hemp, crystals, Tierracast charms, Vintaj brass parawire, deconstructed chain, earwires, and lobster clasp. All of it was from LB.

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    OMG!!! I’ll send you my address and you can get this in the mail to me ASAP!!! ;)
    Becky, the green was so pretty, but this one REALLY speaks ocean to me. DO NOT let Deb see it, because she’ll want it too!

    I bought some of the stonewashed tagua but haven’t gotten to using them yet. I know for sure I’ll use brass. I may have to steal your idea. (Like it will be the first time!!!???)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I loved the green one, but this is a real stunner! I love the macrame and all the dangles–great design!

  3. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    I agree! The green is striking but this one has just got the wow factor of the ocean and that calming tranquil feel! You are totally on a roll! LOVE IT! I so need some taguas!

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Becky, this is awesome! The green piece was fab, but this one is my favorite!
    Love the colors in this! You done good!!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I already saw it Julie & it’s awesome to say to say the least. You should have done this sooner with nothing but Vintaj charms & entered the contest.
    [side note....apparently the last design challenge]
    Love that color of blue with the brass!!
    (btw Julie how was she supposed to hide it from me??? Secret code to look at it…hahaha)

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  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This stonewashed one is awesome, but I still have to say I’m partial to the green one more probably cause I wear earth tones, but both designs are fantastic. Love those seahorse earrings. It’s all just gorgeous Becky! :-D

  8. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Another gorgeous design, Becky! LOVE LOVE LOVE the magatama earrings. :D

  9. Laud
    Laud says:

    Love it. Perfection!

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Becky, this is awesome! The denim color is so tranquil, and the charms just bring the ocean theme home.

    I purchased some tagua beads, too, but they are so many different shapes, I don’t know what to do with them at all!

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Well, you know I love this design. It would be great in just about any color with appropriate charms and hemp colors.

  12. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Love it! Love the colors, the design work, the ocean theme. You are such a talented lady.

  13. franny
    franny says:

    bronzed capri it is for me Becky!….gorgeous, love how you’ve amagamated several styles (ie crystals on chain with tagua & hemp to create a fantasy)…& macrame/knotting in pale blue is so perfect…& Nancy you know purple would pop!

  14. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Love the stonewashed denim! I’m not sure which is my favorite, they’re both stunning but in different ways! The seahorse earrings are adorable!

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    :) !! You guys make my day! Thanks for all the love! wow! Feel free to steal whatever ideas you want! I still have 2 more colors to mess with so I might post more after I take a break to play with Jocelyn for a few weeks. We leave this afternoon and I won’t be home until mid August for a weekend relay and then I go back until baby #2 is born.

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Oh, Susie–they are a lot of different shapes. I had to balance them carefully. I actually buy 10 of each and don’t use the weirdest one. By the end, I will have 4 colors of odd-man-out taguas and I will use those together.

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Last note–I will still be online even if I might not have time to make anything. I’ll be checking up on all of you. :)

  18. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Becky, this is just one of the most fun things I’ve seen you make ! Love all the things you used in the necklace, love the colors, love the design – - well, you get the idea. Have a wonderful trip and do keep checking up on us – - -

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Becky, so glad you posted about the odd shapes. I’ve bought some of the stonewashed rondelles and tubes and had trouble with large variations in color. I had kind of given up on the design idea but maybe I just need to buy a “batch” of them to get what I need. Thanks for sharing.

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