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  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “Thanks for all the comments!It doesn't show up in the pic...but they are both a violet…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Briolettes”:
    “Thanks for all the lovely comments! It was just perfect timing that I had both the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, you're so funny :) I'm sitting here now with a bunch of misc left-over beads in…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Cross”:
    “I don't have any idea what technique you used to make this. I need to look…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Inner Fire”:
    “The inner fire is a terrific name for this luminous bracelet! I've tried a few…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Inner Fire”:
    “Lovely! I understand the inner fire! And this bracelet has captured it.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Crystal, I love your work! I just suffer from a nearly nonexistent attention span! It's funny,…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “Love the bike!!! Maybe hand strength is my problem. :) You do a great job!!!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inner Fire”:
    “The orange crystals captured inside the chainmaille depicts the spirit of Inner Fire. Nice interpretation…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very attractive! In the pictures, the Labradorite is flashing it's iridescence perfectly. The silk…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Cross”:
    “I really like this technique and the step-by-step instructions you gave on your post 'How to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dragonfly fly away”:
    “This is fantastic work! So beautiful--those beaded wings are amazing! You have a very…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Altered States”:
    “Fantastic idea! Again!! Lynda, you are on a roll! The bead addition is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Plum Leaves”:
    “This is so beautiful! I really like the leaves paired with the pearls. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Silver Slate”:
    “Gorgeous! What beautiful statement pieces you create. The color of this one is beautiful--love…” read »

For the love of Turquoise

About this design:

I love the color turquoise, and I love the color orange, so it was only natural to put them together. I've made a lot of polymer clay pieces, but I haven't managed to do anything with them yet, so any ideas would be appreciated. The last bracelet was a first attempt at a hidden clasp, which turned out okay.


First has a polymer clay bracelet bar, czech fire polished rounds in two colors, Goldstone, one orange freshwater pearl and a handmade clasp. The next two are polymer clay pieces. The last has a polymer clay bead focal, lots of different czech glass beads, brass bead caps and a magnetic clasp.

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  1. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    Very pretty designs. I especially like the last bracelet. I just combine a lot of different beads. That is my technique.

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    That 1st bracelet is just toooo cute!! I really like your polymer clay pieces. They remind me of stenciling. :)
    The last bracelet, very nice. Is that the hidden clasp that Heather Powers’ had the tute for?

  3. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I think the blue PC piece would look good with lapis lazuli or impression Jasper and a mix of gold or red seed beads and Czech beads. The other I might put with copper and recycled glass.

  4. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    You are amazing! ! Look at those beautiful designs! I like the hidden clasp. You are really doing well in creating these and creating the complete pieces. Wow!

  5. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Wow! Thank you all so much! Del, I usually do too, but sometimes I get stumped on color combos. Deb, I was inspired by the tutorial, but I didn’t follow it. I kind of just went with it. I used brass flourish bead caps, that I got here on LB. MM, I never considered any of those combos! I think they would look amazing! WWS, Thank you so much! All your comments make me feel a lot better about my work :D

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wow, Your pieces are wonderful! How great it must be to make your own focals. I like your pairing of turquoise with orange–such a fun bracelet that highlights the butterflies. And your mixture of Czech glass on the other is beautiful. Keep up the great work! :)

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    They are all great! Love how you finished off the last bracelet! Beautiful!

  8. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I’d love to use any of those. The turquoise and orange just jump off the monitor!


  9. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    You are TOTALLY on a roll! :D The orange/turquoise is one of my FAVORITE color combos too! These are fabulous! I can tell you it took me some time before I felt comfortable using my own polymer clay pieces in designs but the more you do it, the more you will look at a piece and it will just *click*! You already seem to be comfortable with yours though! I LOVE them! Keep it up! :D

  10. pearlsandme aka Monica
    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Love the PC, beautiful pieces! For me, the problem with making my own components is, that I no longer feel comfortable buying or using ones that are not unique!! Have to keep up the standard…
    I see them with black or white beads (I would, of course…) as an alternative suggestion :-)

  11. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Thanks for all the kind words ladies!! I decided to make some beads to go along with the lighter butterfly pendant. I have at least a dozen more pieces to work with, so I’m a little overwhelmed! I just ordered some more beads so hopefully it helps me come up with some new designs ;) I appreciate all the input!

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love them, I played with magnetic clasp and tulip bead caps too, but the clasp was showing yours is just perfect, I think I have to get a different clasp :D I thing some browns would work great with blue one :D

  13. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Thanks Asia! I played around with it for awhile to get it just right. I get my clasps from a shop on Ebay, they have awesome prices on magnetic ones. I can look up their name if you’re interested. I love the idea of browns, maybe some browns and blues would look great. I have to go thru my stash, it’s a disaster right now!

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