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Dancing Leaves-Extremely Reworked


About this design:

So, the moment I posted the original piece, I hated it. It looked like it belonged on a Christmas tree, it was too stripe-y, the style of the Carnelian was wrong with the other stones, etc. There isn't much left of the original. Just the Turquoise, spacers and dangle. I added a Hill Tribe pendent which I drilled (!) an extra hole in and a whole bunch of other stuff. What do you think? The very last picture is the the first version.

Components:

Turquoise, Mookaite, Lava Rock, SS beads, chain, clasp and some spacers, silver plated bead caps, textured jump rings and some spacers. Hill Tribe focal

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I’m actually neutral! I like it both ways!

  2. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    I liked the first one, but I think I like this version better!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I must admit I do like this version…or should I say this necklace…better. Its more muted, elegant. But I still think the way you had the leaves done in the other version is something you should use again.

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The second version is my favorite. I agree with your comments on the first version… it does have that Christmas look and the repeat pattern in the dark beads is strip-y and distracting. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to change your mind? I do like the change you made. :D

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks Becky, N4B, Deb and Nancy for your helpful (and encouraging!) comments! Do you all ever get in a place where you’re unsure about everything you make or you’re struggling with ideas? A slump maybe? Meh! Whatever it is, I’m not a fan! I don’t think I really like the shape of the Hill Tribe pendant with this piece but its the only thing I had that remotely went with it. At least I can replace it easily enough when I find something else I like better.
    Deb, I liked the effect of the leaves too but maybe up the side of an asymmetrical necklace if I can ever make myself do one. Thank you for the comment.
    Nancy, Thanks for agreeing. So when do wire lessons start?

  6. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I favorited your first version, but I will favorite this one too. I agree with everyone though that this one is my favorite of the two because of it’s muted tones compared to the striking colors of the first one. I love the lava, too cool! Your improv drilling worked out perfectly.

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh yeah, I wanted to tell you all that the lava beads are really awesome in person but what a chore to string! Wanna guess how many times I determinedly poked at a hole that was a lava dink and not a stringing hole?

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I’ve had that exact problem…. turns out I needed a new glasses prescription. :) But those beads do have a ton of holes. And I get into that slump every once in awhile. What I do is leave that piece or pieces alone and just start messing with something completely different.

  9. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Ha! Funny comment about needing new glasses. But I like the finished version as well. I’ll have to look at the pendant again a few times and comment on that.

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I liked the first version, but your second attempt is also great! Yah those lava beads can be a real pain in the… :-D

  11. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    I love the focal dangle on the first version, but I like the strung part on the second. Whatever, both are pretty cool!

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    I think taking out some beads, especially the bright red ones, simplified and strengthened the design. The Hill Tribe focal added a lot, as well. Good job!

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    I like it even better, LOL for the comments :D

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