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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

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    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

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

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

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

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    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 »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    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 »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

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    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

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    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 »

The Turritella Challenge

About this design:

I just had to order some Turritella Agate, but when I received it I thought "how can I use this without making a dark and dull piece?" Well, here is the result! Not a summer necklace, but I'm satisfied anyway. What do you think, and do you have any suggestions for other nice beads to mix with the Turitella?


Turritella Agate, Tourmaline, FWP, ox.silver rondelles and a Shibuichi Seashell clasp.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    gorgeous design Wenche!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful design!!!

  3. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    holy moly FABULICIOUS!

  4. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I love it exactly how you did is lovely and those clasps are amazing also…would be a keeper for me..!! :)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Ah, a challenge eehh?
    I love a challenge. Fun Fun. Have to put on a thinking cap, if I can still find one. LOL

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Looks really pretty to me!!! In a couple minutes, I’ll post a design of what I did with the turritella agate! :D

  7. Pam
    Pam says:

    So Very Pretty!

  8. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    love this!!!

  9. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Thanks for your nice comments! Look forward to see some more with Turritella!! ;-)

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    LeighAnn F says:

    Absolutely gorgeous design! I love the way you didn’t make it seem “dark”. I would wear it in an instant!

  11. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    WOW, I would have no trouble wearing this in the summer. The shell clasp just rocks. This is so stunning. I don’t know that I would change a thing, except maybe be on MY neck. Beautiful fave. Wenche, you did it again, and again, and again………

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Goodness Wenche, this is fabulous!!! At first glance I thought you had some of the Ammonite beads on this too. The beads you used are perfect, and I will echo the others in loving your choice of clasp!

    I wouldn’t know without playing with them, but other beads that might work are some of the other “fossil” stones, like the fossil corals, maybe a fossilized opal, or the Palm Jasper. I think I’d like some greens or reds with Turritella too, like copper green opal or apple jasper, or a moonstone.

    Dang, now I need to play with this!

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    Copper Penny says:

    Absolutely beautiful, love the clasp. And all the beads you selected. This is a favorite.

  14. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!11

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    Wenche, you are killing me with these gorgeous designs! This is so beautiful! Another fav! :)

  16. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Thank you! But I don’t wanna kill you, Lynda! Sorry about that! ;-)

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another fabulous design from Wenche!!! Wow, this is gorgeous! Perfect just as it is! :D

  18. Shanti P
    Shanti P says:

    I absolutely love your use of components in your designs. A beautiful piece!

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    Swedish Chick says:

    I think it looks marvellous! Chunky and nice. Very nicely distributed different beads. Super! I want to own it!!!!!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Ditto! All the above comments!
    This is just FANTASTIC!!!

  21. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    This is an awesome piece. You did a great job lightening it up with the FWP. You always come up with the coolest color and texture combinations. I don’t think you know how to make a dull piece. :>)

  22. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Everyone else already said it….Awesome!

  23. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    This came out very nice! I am putting the computer to sleep now with this bracelet on the screen, so when I get up tomorrow and raise the lid, this will be the first thing I see…
    I’ve used cream or white pearls and smoky quartz with Turritella so far, but am now thinking about putting it with some seafoam green New Jade… or perhaps some white moonstone… rose quartz…

  24. Joyce M
    Joyce M says:

    What inspiration! I’m going to have to pull my out of hiding and figure out something to do with them. Really nice with the pearls, and the shell clasp perfectly closed the deal!

  25. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    This is awesome!!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    So pretty Wenche. I assume you have some of the turretella left and do not plan on dismanteling this wonderful piece. I love this one, as is with all your creations.

  27. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Totally luscious. And definitely NOT dull! I like the way you’ve brought out the creamy tones in the turitella with the pearls. I could easily see wearing it in summer — it has a decidedly beach-y feel to me, particularly with the clasp you chose. Very pretty!

  28. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Thanks to all of you for the nice feedbacks!! You are the best!! :-)

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    another beauty! Wenche! a fav! I can tell one of your pieces without even looking at whodunnit… your designs are one of the reasons I keep coming back to check the “Design Gallery” :)

  30. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    OMG, Wemai, I am gasping at the sight of this beautiful bracelet!! It’s DIVINE!!!

  31. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I’m blushing!! Thank you!!!! :-) And I hope someone near me wants to buy it because it’s too big for my arm! :-)

  32. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    Wow – your bracelets are absolutely to die for and this is another perfect example of why! I love the combination of stones and the clasp is perfect with this design!

  33. Valentine Chick
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  34. Buster Browns MoM
    Buster Browns MoM says:

    beautiful!!! luv the clasp… WOW!!

  35. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    This is gorgeous!

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