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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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • Michelle
    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 »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

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    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

"Diamonds and Rust" - Hot Pink Swerve (#5) (YOUR personal challenge too!)


About this design:

This huge hot pink topaz has a cushion cut top and a beautiful angular cut on the back that gives it a 'step-cut'/Asscher cut look when you look deep inside.

I have to confess, I've been holding onto this one for a while so decided with the "Diamonds and Rust" challenge, it needed to see the light of day.

The vermeil 'swerve' is made with amethyst, black spinel, garnet, rhodolite garnet, mystic pink topaz, vermeil disks, and lots of tiny black spinel and faceted amethyst to fill in the gaps.

This was a lot of work to get the balance just right and the gemstones and disks balanced. Since it was a learning process, decided to enter it into this challenge. BTW, it's really pretty on! SLS


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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Very very pretty.

  2. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, my this is a Beauty! Shannon, you make the most amazing & lovely things! I love the sparkle, and you did an incredible job! Very well Done!!

  3. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Wow I am speachless this is amazing! wonderful balance and the focal is awesome!!!!

  4. Buster Browns MoM
    Buster Browns MoM says:

    ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL NECKLACE SLS, THAT PINK TOPAZ IS TO DIE FOR.. <3

  5. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Just beautiful, I probably would of held on to this awhile too, I tend to do that myself.

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    K H says:

    This is beautiful!!!!! :) It inspired me to try a “swerve”, but mine went a slightly different direction.

  7. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Wowwww, Shannon. Great desing, love the way you built up the front. Great colors and shape.

  8. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    This is very dramatic and very feminine at the same time! :)

  9. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Drop dead gorgeous! 8O

  10. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thanks you all …

    My husband said that the focal really didn’t even ‘need to be there’! After all that work and getting it to balance, etc., he tried to get me to remove it. Nah!!! Couldn’t do it!! SLS

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    K H says:

    Your DH is WRONG, and you can tell him that I said so!!!! That hot pink focal is like the cherry and sprinkles on top of a sundae!!!!!! :)

  12. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    It’s beautiful! Love the focal and the design…everything.

  13. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thanks for your note KH and Tara … I’m glad to hear you say that. The beads shimmer in shades of pink/purple/red/black and that focal just seemed to find a nice ‘home’ there to me. Glad you agree. SLS

  14. Rebecca M
    Rebecca M says:

    this is STUNNING!!!!

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    Mokie B says:

    BEAUTIFUL! You are a very talented beader. M

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