Save on your whole order with code MAD4MARCH
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!

Chatter

  • 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 »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

  • No Photo
    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 »

  • No Photo
    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 »

  • No Photo
    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

  • No Photo
    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

  • No Photo
    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

  • No Photo
    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 »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

  • No Photo
    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

  • No Photo
    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

Diamonds & Rust Myrtle the Turtle


About this design:

This necklace came about thanks to Martha (Sunny Chick) who told me about this great turtle pendant she bought from our own Lynn G! Of course I had to have one too as she (Myrtle) was so cute! The purple lentil beads I had not had a clue what to do with and the beads that I thought that would work with Myrtle didn't. The small quartz nuggets were an odd purple and part of a leftover from a redo necklace. The rest of the beads I have had and were odds and ends or just forgotten about. I like this piece because it reminds me of the pet turtle I had as a child that lived in a little plastic turtle aquarium with a green plastic palm. tree.

Components:

PMC Turtle bead by Lynn G, Quartz Nuggets, Amethyst Nuggests, Amazonite, Sterling Findings

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Very cute

  2. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Oh Dawn you made a fine place for myrtle..you did a great piece for your diamonds and rust piece…both Shannon and I are so excited to see what you and everyone else was doing! I am dragging my feet I might be waiting until the end! I am so enjoying this though!!!! YFIB Deb

  3. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, my goodness- Dawn this one is adorable!

  4. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Amanda, Deb and Lorrie! This one was so much fun to make! All the colors and beads I thought I would use I didn’t! My husband really likes this one with the lentils. I can’t wait to see what everyone make too. this is so mch fun!

  5. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love this. The turtle is so cute, and pretty at the same time. The necklace is beautiful.

  6. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Dawn! I love, love, love your Myrtle the Turtle design! :D The lentils rock! And your color choices for this piece are fabulous!

  7. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Linda and Martha! I appreciate your kind and supportive words! I too am happy with how she turned out. Sometimes you have to let things meld.

  8. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Way too cute!

  9. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Dawn, what a great necklace for the “Diamonds and Rust” challenge.

    Looks like you found the perfect beads you hadn’t known what to do with them to work with “Myrtle”. And a great childhood memory of your turtle and her aquarium you shared with us all. Love the large purple/tan beads … mimick the lines on her back!! SLS

  10. Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick says:

    SOOO cute! Love these colors!

  11. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Oh so cute, looks like you have a special memory of your turtle too!!!! I like all the beads you used in this one too!!!!!! Great job.. :)

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    this looks great. and the mosaic-looking beads look like a beautifully-colored turtle shell… my 1st pet was a turtle (named Shelley) who lived in a set-up like yours. sorry if I’m a bit incoherent – migraine.

  13. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Dragon Lady! Shannon I too thought the lentils matched her back and I have had those beads for several years! Thannks Mahala and Lynn I am glad you like how she turned out! Eeka glad you had the same pet memories too! So sorry about your migraine feel better soon! I really liked the lentils too. The whole thing rymes Myrtle the Purple Turtle!

  14. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    So lovely, both the combo and the “mignonne” turtle, looks like it just hatched and is making it’s way to the water :)

  15. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Johanne! I love to see the little hatchlings scramble to the water and now that you mention it it does look like it is trying to get to the water!

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.