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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Spring Green”:
    “Wonderful design, lovely colors and it's going right into my favs! The wirework is…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful! Thanks for the instructions. Do you mind me asking how you protect your fingers? I've…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Cool idea!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is such a different style from your previous bracelet. I really like this simplicity too.…” read »

  • Becca W
    Becca W on “Spiral Dance”:
    “this is exquisite! I can't imagine how much time and patience this took, and you are…” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “and the last one. …” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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

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

  • T thornton
    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 »

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

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

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

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

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • 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 »

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    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 »

Last one b/c it is hard to list with a cat on your mouse:)


About this design:

(not to mention this particular cat has learned how to hit the "sleep" button on my keyboard!) I love this gorgeous orange calcite pendant! And then I found these beautiful rainbow agate tumbled nuggets and a necklace was born:) And that is the way of most of my work - the beads seem to find each other and I just follow their lead. (my husband actually prefers I not tell too many people that beads "talk" to me:) Added to the stones are tiny round gold finish spacer beads and shimmery dark golden brown 6/0 Czech glass beads. The clasp is a heart shaped Bali style toggle.


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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Gorgeous!!! I love how you hung the pendant!!

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Kathryn, this is just gorgeous (and I am not an “orange person” — LOL)! I agree with Anita about the pendant — you did a fab job with the hanging and the detailing. Love the clasp, too. :D

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    BTW, very creative title! ;-)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Ditto to Anita and Lynn! I absolutely love the way you hung the pendant!

  5. Violet
    Violet says:

    Just gorgeous!!!!! My beads talk to me too!

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    K H says:

    I am an orange person (but then I never met at color I didn’t like)I too like the way you hung the pendant

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Ooh, this is lovely :)

  8. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    I really like this!

  9. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Very pretty Kathryn, very pretty!

  10. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Kathryn, thank you very much for telling how you usually create designs, this one turned out wonderfully – the fantabulous orange calcite pendant is accentuated beautifully the way that you attached it to the rest of the necklace, as the “star of the show”! :)

  11. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    To echo everyone else i love the way you created your own “bail” for the pendant!

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Just to clarify — I love the color orange — it just looks hideous on me. :-(

  13. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    Lynn – I had to laugh when I read your comment – Orange is not a forgiving color on me either – I envy people who can carry off colors like this :-)

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I look like an ugly pumpkin when I try to wear any shade of orange clothing. :-(

    I see all these gorgeous gems in shades of orange, but I always pass them by…….Sigh.

  15. IVONNE R
    IVONNE R says:

    I love the details in this necklace. Pretty and more…………

  16. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to make such really nice comments!!

  17. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Kathryn, this is a stunning piece! Love the pendant, and love the unique way you showcased it! It sure is nice when the beads talk to you, isn’t it? So much easier to create when they do! :D

  18. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    I cannot remember if I actually thanked all of you for the incredibly generous comments when I listed some pieces or if I just thought about it (a mind is a terrible thing to lose:) but if I didn’t, please let me do so now. There is such talent and artistry in this garden that I was nervous about even putting something up and you were so kind and complimentary that you just gave me incredible encouragement. Thank you so much.

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