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It's a Wrap


About this design:

Ordered the “wrappers” months ago and finally decided to play with them. The only natural stones I had in both 4mm and 6mm were Unakite, so that’s what I used. After I decided I liked the earrings, I made the necklace to go with them. Had some Unakite nuggets left and noticed they went really well with the Peach Tribal Squares, so I made a bracelet, too (although I used copper instead of brass). The bracelet isn’t really part of the “set” but I just wanted to show how well the beads worked together. Finished length of the necklace is 18”.

Components:

For the Necklace and Earrings: From Lima Beads: Artistic Wire Antique Brass Pear Wrapper 19x25mm, Soft Flex Vintage Bronze Craft Wire 24 gauge, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Bead, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 11/0 Seed Bead. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm, Antique Brass rectangles 8x10mm, Antique Brass saucers 8x6mm, antique brass trigger clasp. For the Bracelet: From Lima Beads: Czech Glass Peach Tribal Square 14mm, TOHO Opaque Frosted Terra Cotta Round 6/0 Seed Beads, TierraCast Copper Round 4mm, TierraCast Antique Copper (plated) Deco Square Toggle Clasp 18x12mm, 21 Bar. From Other Sources: Unakite tumbled nuggets 16x8mm, Unakite rounds 4mm and 6mm.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Both sets are stunning Paula! I’ve never owned any Unakite but I have always been intrigued by it, and the fascinating patterns and colors they posses. I especially love the bracelet and how it matches the tribal squares perfectly. All your pieces are just gorgeous!

  2. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks, Wanda – - wish LB sold more Unakite. Got these nuggets on sale for about 20 cents apiece – - and wish I’d bought more !

  3. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    What a wonderful display of colors.I really love the earrings.I too thought that Unakite is truely a underrated stone.Enjoy your set it’s just beautiful.

  4. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love all of these pieces, Paula! I love working with unakite. The peach tribal squares have been on my wish list for a while. I might have to get them now that you’ve provided such beautiful inspiration. :D

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks, Jolene – - you would love the peach tribal squares – - they’re a shade of your favorite color after all !

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Stunning pieces but I really like the first earrings you made. I would love a pair like those. Really cool. I’ve had unikite and may still have some. I should look. Its interesting how the pink can change to a more peachy color.

  7. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks, Nancy – - I am a real amateur at wire wrapping and thought those Artistic Wrappers would be fun. And they are – - – I think any set of stones in 4mm and 6mm would work well – - -

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Neat! I never knew wrappers even existed! Love what you did with then! Unakite is a very striking stone and the peach squares look awesome with it!

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I didn’t know wrappers existed either…cool. The peach tribal squares go so well with the Unakite. Great set.

  10. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    LB has a section with 21 different Artistic Wrappers. 24 gauge wire works really well with them. Originally these were from the BGBM I think – - but the wrappers are really inexpensive. Am tempted by the gunmetal heart next – - -

  11. Laud
    Laud says:

    Beautiful pieces. I think the peach with the unakite is inspired. Those wrappers are intriguing; I didn’t know they existed either.

  12. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Beautiful Unakite jewelry !!! One of my favorite
    gemstones as it has a rich olive green mixed with
    a rosy type of pink. I love those earrings with the three round stones wrapped up inside. Those are really terrific earrings !!! Just love how
    you designed everything so nicely. Beautiful !!!

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks for all your comments, ladies ! Hope you are planning to try the wrappers, too – - -

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely!

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